West is wounded while guarding a shipment of smallpox vaccine and both he and the vaccine disappear. The Secret Service receives an ultimatum: pardon and free Furman Crotty, a crime lord currently serving time in Leavenworth, or the vaccine will not be returned. Since waiting six days for a new supply means that many more people will die of the disease, the thieves' demands are met. Gordon sets out to follow Crotty, find West and stop an epidemic in the making.
Tropes present in this episode:
- Easy Amnesia: A bullet creases Jim's skull and he forgets who he is. The memories come back as soon as he sees Artie in danger.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Artie sets up a joke and Jim delivers the punchline without missing a beat.
- Infant Immortality: Sadly averted (see Would Hurt a Child below).
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Jim comes down with a case. It strips him of all knowledge of his identity but leaves all his skills intact.
- Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Furman Crotty manages to engineer his escape and maintain quick, reliable communication with his gang while behind bars.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Furman Crotty plans to wipe out all human life except for himself and rule a machine world instead.
- The Starscream: Silas Crotty to his brother Furman. Silas helps get his brother out of jail but doesn't like Furman and has decided to work out some plans of his own.
- Would Hurt a Child: Furman Crotty doesn't care who dies due to the lack of vaccine; in fact, he intends to increase the number of victims a thousandfold. The fact that this includes small children is poignantly illustrated when Artie stops near a church to watch a small casket being carried down its steps.