Emergency!: Season 1, Episode 0

Emergency! (15 Jan. 1972)

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The new LACFD paramedics struggle to prove themselves to a doubtful Dr. Brackett as a pending state bill authorizing their field duties comes to a vote.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
State Assemblyman Michael Wolski
Woman In Trouble
Lew Brown ...
Man with Ulcer
Art Balinger ...
Battalion Chief Conrad
Wilma Jacobs, R.N.
Herb Vigran ...
Committee Chairman
Ron Pinkard ...
Tom Gray, M.D.


After Roy DeSoto encouraged Johnny Gage to join the paramedic program, their first mission was to face their staunchest opponent, Chief of Emergency Services, Dr. Kelly Brackett, to support paramedic legislation that means getting help to where it is needed most. While running two separate calls with Gage and DeSoto, their mentor and friend, Head Nurse Dixie McCall, is injured and knocked unconscious. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (brothergaryii@gmail.com)

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Martin Milner (Officer Pete Malloy) and Kent McCord (Officer Jim Reed), from another Jack Webb series, "Adam-12", occasionally showed up in cameos at Rampart Hospital. After appearing in the "Emergency" series premiere, they later appeared in another first-season "Emergency" episode. However, this second appearance is in an installment of their own TV show "Adam-12", which the Station 51 crew watch on the firehouse TV. After being established as "real" people, no explanation is given for their subsequent appearance in a dramatic TV show. See more »


In the second hour, the paramedics discuss with Dixie McCall a heroin overdose case that was just brought in. DeSoto mentions that the OD was a "...post-graduate mainliner. Sheriff's follow-up found two balloons of hash in her pocket." Hash is a derivative of marijuana. It is smoked, not injected, has no relationship to heroin, and is seldom distributed in balloons, as heroin is. See more »


[Brackett is addressing a legislative committee to promote support of the bill to allow paramedics to operate]
Dr. Kelly Brackett M.D.: Gentleman, you are all in danger. If an earthquake or a bomb should hit this room right now, I might be the only doctor available to all of you. Oh sure, independently owned ambulances with attendants would be here in a few minutes, and rescue units from the fire department. But all they could do is carry you off to where another doctor is waiting. I wonder if you could all last that ...
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Ahead of it's time.
2 August 2003 | by (El Cajon, California) – See all my reviews

Jack Webb was a genius. He had real world ideas. This is the movie that started a wonderful series. Of the series, it is my favorite. It was the forerunner of series like ER and Third Watch. Before 1972, it was common not to want anyone to take care of you except a doctor, but doctors couldn't be everywhere. Even in the few years after the paramedic program started, it was still a novelty and difficult to trust those firemen and policemen who had been trained. Not only was this series fun to watch, but it broke important ground to make the public aware that a new public service was a available and safe. It was because of this series(it was a romantic vision, to be sure.) that I became an EMT and since my training I have enjoyed assisting several people. There is nothing in the world to compare with giving CPR to an injured person and that person waking up.

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