Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
Officer Phil Waverly (Steve Carlson) requests that Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) represent him at a hearing accusing Waverly of associating with a bookie, accepting a bribe, and failing to identify himself as a police officer to policemen conducting an investigation. Despite Waverly's temperamental attitude, Friday and Officer Gannon (Harry Morgan) soon find out that Waverly and bookie Ted Clover (Peter Duryea) are old Army buddies. When approached by Friday and Gannon, Clover proves a bit too standoffish to offer any true assistance and his record of the alleged bribe is difficult to decipher since it was written in code. As the lawmen work to break the code, Waverly reveals that during their stints in the Army, he won all of Clover's money in a crap game and his visit with the bookie was strictly made on the basis of settling an old loan. As the case draws to a close, Waverly is acquitted and Clover faces a charge of perjury.