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There is no Next Episode of The Man and the City planned.
Mayor Tom Alcala tries to help a devoted but brain-damaged janitor keep his job at City Hall. A rift between a proud cabinetmaker and his mentally disturbed son. Guest star David McCallum (of UNCLE fame) plays a brain-damaged man faced with losing his job as janitor because he can't pass a written test for city employes. Mayor Alcala (Anthony Quinn) decides to help his loyal employee, but that doesn't work. Burgess Meredith, who plays McCallum's father, indignantly accuses Alcala of playing for publicity, but Alcala continues trying to save the Job for the janitor.
The Mayor tackles the problem of illegal, cheap labor from Mexico, including a pregnant Oriental seeking a Vietnam veteran, the father of her expected child.
Lois Nettleton plays a deranged woman who kidnaps a baby believing the child is her own. Mayor Alcala (Anthony Quinn) becomes involved because the baby was left in the care of his secretary (Mala Powers). Nettleton, a healthy, normal secretary who one day just picks up a baby, being cared for by Marian (Mala Powers), and takes it home as her own. Seems she's normal in every area but the one involving her own baby, which died at birth, a fact she has never been able to accept. It'll hold your interest.
The last story for the series concerns a hospital which has been a life's work for Alcala (Quinn), and a newspaper story that says corruption and thievery are going on there. Is the story true? And if so, who is the thief? Charles Aidman plays Alcala's old friend, a once great surgeon now confined to a wheelchair, and the hospital administrator. Carolyn Conwell plays his devoted wife, Peter Donat is a staff doctor and Dan Travanty is the investigative newsman, who's really not a villain — another good point for the script.