You really have to wonder why Cannon even bothered.
"Nobody Beats the House" is a very weak episode of "Cannon". While it's reasonably entertaining, a lot of the show doesn't make a lot of sense. Cannon is hired by the wife of a total idiot (Tom Skerritt). It seems that her idiot husband is a compulsive gambler and the people he owes are threatening to kill him. Cannon decides the best way to handle it is to perform a 'Sting' all by himself.
This is an irritating episode because the writer didn't seem to know much about addictions and the characters behaved weirdly. Considering that Cannon is a detective and ex-cop, you'd think he wouldn't just blindly assume that his client has gotten over his addiction--but he does. And, you wouldn't think that Cannon would promise that this addict would pay back loans--but he does. And, you'd think when he has a client THIS obnoxious and unwilling to help that he'd just walk away--but he doesn't. Overall, a weak episode with an entertaining ending.
By the way, this episode features quite a few familiar faces in addition to Skerrit--John Marley, Geoffrey Lewis and Paul Michael Glaser.
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