Magician Bradley Merrick pulls off the greatest illusion of his career: disappearing right onstage before a packed theater surrounded by police ready to arrest him for embezzlement. Banacek is called in to find the missing man and the securities he allegedly stole and disappeared with. Keen to go on vacation, Banacek accepts the job after thinking it over and meets the one member of the magician's family who cares about him. Written by
Did You Know?
This wasn't intended to be the final show of the series. The show had good ratings and was set to go for a third season until George Peppard pulled out. He was going through a divorce at the time, and he quit to prevent ex-wife Elizabeth Ashley from receiving a larger share of his earnings in the divorce settlement. Sadly, this ended any chance of a series' revival during Peppard's lifetime, and another season was never made. See more
When Banacek and Vicki Merrick have dinner, she refers to the Peter Marshall character as Hal Porter. ("I like Hal Porter, but..."). The credits list him as Hal Parker, and that's the name Louise Merrick (Nancy Olson) uses when introducing him to Banacek. See more
Why do they always get so excited? Every theft is like the first time. Everyone in the bonding business is a virgin.