In fact, there is hardly any meat to it. Viewers easily perceive, almost from the beginning, what is about to happen. Axel Foley—a man born to get into trouble—witnesses the death in his hometown Detroit of one of his best friends, Mickey. Disciplined already for an unauthorized sting of theft of a truck filled with cigarettes, Foley demands a vacation to “secretly” search out the villains, having heard his friend mention he had worked for a gallerist in Beverly Hills.
With Taggart and Rosewood on his trail, Foley finally breaks into the house of the evil Maitland, where he encounters a whole force of Maitland’s protective gunmen, the three shooting up havoc before the Beverly Hills police with Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox)—a man who goes “strictly by the book”—arrives with a squadron of black-and-whites, only to find that Foley and his fumbling friends have killed the gunman and Maitland, vindicating Foley’s suspicions.
Several times throughout the movie, the honest Taggart and Rosewood have admitted the truth when questioned, with the fast-talking Foley scolding them for having “fucked up a perfectly good lie.” This time around, Bogomil himself fabricates a story to his superior, Chief Hubbard (Stephen Elliott), about the chaos spread out before them. The Beverly Hills police have finally learned how to lie.