Nick Bonetti is a cop from New York who accidentally shot a boy. His department felt that it would be best that he leave New York until all the excitement dies down. So he is sent to California, and far as he is concerned, it's like being sent to another planet, and as far as the locals are concerned, he is an outsider. He is teamed with a dog named Tequila, who is not exactly Rin tin tin. But they try to work as best as they can.
Detective Nico Bonetti is a New York cop who one day gets transferred to a California beach town, after being in a a shootout that fueled a lot of bad press for the police. Here he must adapt to the way California officers do things. But one of the most shocking things he must stand is his new partner, a drooling bulldog called Tequila. Bonetti cannot hear his partner's musings but viewers can. The first case this offbeat duo must crack has to do with a supposed suicide which all the evidence points to murder. This is the pilot episode for the series.
Reverend Pasko, a demented preacher, is released on a technicality after attempting to rape Garcia. The man had been arrested as a suspect in a series of attacks on women in parking lots. Now Pasko has a new target, Garcia's daughter, and Bonetti must be on the lookout.
Bonetti's 1957 Cadillac gets stolen. Tequila's to blame because he got distracted by a cute poodle.
Bonetti receives with alarm the order of helping Hollywood star Chad Rydell become familiar with a cop's work in preparation for a role. Rydell becomes from now on Nico’s constant companion. Yet the situation becomes dangerous when the star begins to intervene in Bonetti’s latest case and wants to arrest a murderer by his own means.
Bonetti experiences something odd: while he and Tequila are on the beach carrying out an arrest, a small girl appears in the distance. Tequila barely sees the girl, and begins to run hastily towards her. Bonetti is amazed. He can't guess that Tequila has found again his earlier owner, Casey.
The murder of a Hispanic youth portends a gang war in South Beach--and is followed by attempts on the life of an autistic witness.
Bonetti airily dismisses a psychic who "sees" a surfer's murder and also hears Tequila's thoughts until a body in a wet suit is found exactly as predicted.
A murder investigation leads to a dating agency where there are 4 suspects. Unfortunately, one of them is dating Captain Midnight.
Commander Rinker, a K-9 expert, is called in to sniff out a bomber and, make no bones about it, he wants Tequila off the force since he considers the dog unworthy.
Tequila lands an ad contract after saving a baby from a fire, but the security firm he's representing is involved in robberies.
Bonetti faces a lot of bad press from a ratings hungry newsman.