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
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Did You Know?
The dispatch controller who calls in the alarms to the Station 51 intercom was played by Sam Lanier. Lanier was not an actor, but was actually a real-life emergency dispatcher. Jack Webb wanted a real dispatcher's voice to lend authenticity to the role, and show the professionalism of the actual LA dispatchers. See more
Early on, Dixie McCall is established as a former military nurse who had served in the Korean War. Later, when she is injured during a rescue, Johnny tells Rampart her age is "approximately 30". The Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953, which means Dixie would've only been between 9 and 12 years old at the time of the war, far too young for military service, let alone as a nurse. Her correct age should've been closer to Julie London's actual age of 45 at the time this episode aired. See more
Dr. Joe Early
[Talking to Brackett after Gage and DeSoto were forced to treat victims on their own, after Dixie was injured
That woman with the busted fibula, she's coming out of shock now. She might have stayed there if it hadn't been for those two ninety-day Kildares. I looked over Ferguson's shoulder in the cast-room, the immobilization of that guy with the broken legs. Pete could have phoned it in. No distal blood problems, a piece of cake. And then there was Dixie. I don't know, Kell... Dixie might be ...
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