After an attempt is made on the Angels' lives, Charlie hires a rival detective agency run by his old friend, Antonia Blake, to keep an eye on his employees. Blake, who likes to be called '... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Shortridge ...
Cotton Harper
Bruce Bauer ...
Matt Parrish
Bob Seagren ...
Bob Sorensen
Andy Romano ...
Anne Moore
Roz Kelly ...
Jade Allen
Jenny Sherman ...
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James Brodhead ...
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After an attempt is made on the Angels' lives, Charlie hires a rival detective agency run by his old friend, Antonia Blake, to keep an eye on his employees. Blake, who likes to be called 'Toni', assigns her three boys to the case. They are: former U.S. Olympic champion Bob Sorenson, master of disguise Matt Parrish and champion rodeo rider, roper and tracker Cotton Harper. The Angels, feeling they can solve the case themselves, try to ditch the men as soon as possible. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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2 April 1980 (USA)  »

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This episode was what is considered a "back door pilot." Had the episode garnered high ratings &/or sparked interest to executives of the network, then a red light could have been given to go ahead with plans for a series based on the premise of which this episode was about. Unfortunately (or some may say "fortunately") the episode did not create much scuttle and the idea for further development in a regular series was dropped. See more »


Kelly's Mustang is seen outside the Townsend office after having been destroyed. See more »


Tiffany Welles: Charlie, we appreciate the concern, but eh, we can take care of ourselves.
Toni: Not as good as my boys can. Now Bob is a former U.S. olympic champion and Matt is a master of disguises and weapons and Cotton is a champion rodeo rider, roper and tracker.
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A Pilot For A Supposed Spin Off
26 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a number of attempts on their lives,Charlie Townsend hires Antonia Blake,also known as Toni,to protect Kelly,Kris and Tiffany in a sorta pilot for the show's supposed spin off,Toni's Boys.

While his boss distracts Kelly with a phone call, a man breaks into her car and switches Tiffany's birthday present with a package containing a bomb. Fortunately, she leaves the box in the car while taking groceries into Tiffany's house, so the Angels are unharmed when the bomb goes off. Charlie forces the Angels to become clients of his friend Antonia Blake, who has run a successful detective agency since the death of her husband. Her female private investigators are told to work with her operatives: Olympic decathlete Bob Sorenson, actor Matt Parrish, and rodeo champion Cotton Harper. They believe they can solve the case alone, and try to ditch the men. Toni finally manages to convince them to cooperate. The man plotting against them is believed to be Michael Durano, a mobster who vowed revenge against the Angels for testifying against him. He was recently released from prison after serving just six months of a 15-year-sentence. Together - Charlie's Angels and Toni's Boys - try to capture him.

Too bad that the supposed spin off of Charlie's Angels,Toni's Boys did not push through due to the fact that having handsome detectives isn't an interesting concept as compared to having sexy and gorgeous female detectives considering that most detectives are male and they are the gender known for the job unlike female back when Charlie's Angels was conceived in the 1970's.Sad but true.Also,their intention to "protect" the Angels made Toni's Boys somewhat a turn off for they conceive that women aren't capable enough to protect themselves.Should have Toni's private detectives worked together as a team earlier in the episode,who knows? Besides,there are already a lot of cop shows back in the 80's that features men.What would make Toni's Boys different?Probably none.

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