Roy and John rescue a man whose engine has fallen on him during his car repair work.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Larry Sunderlin
Jessica Rains ...
Dr. Eccles
Mike Stokey ...
Chuck (as Michael W. Stokey)
Victor Mohica ...
Husband (as Vic Mohica)
Wife (as Annette Cardona)
1st Deputy (as Keven Dobson)
James Byrd ...
2nd Deputy
Michael Norell ...


Roy and John rescue a trapped man whose engine fell on him, en route to the hospital Roy's link to Rampart malfunctions, and he treats the injured man without supervision; when the patient later dies from his injuries (and not from Roy's actions) his doctor excoriates Roy and the whole Paramedic program, which angers the doctors and Dixie, especially after a doctor dies from a heart attack despite all their efforts, and Roy considers resigning from the program. Dixie chokes down of Roy's decision. Other rescues include a motorcyclist gored by a bull and a boy and his dog from a burning house. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (

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16 September 1972 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Decision, also known as Problem was filmed simultaneously with Adam 12's Lost and Found. During production, the cast of Emergency! filmed a few scenes for Adam 12. This is known as doing a cross-over and has been done on many other television shows. Both Adam 12 and Emergency! were produced by Universal Studios, and mostly the same crew, making the process simple. See more »


The external antenna is shown breaking away from the ambulance. For some reason, Roy needs this for the bio-phone, which has its own antenna to communicate. The bio-phone has worked in the most remote areas around Los Angeles. For some reason here, the internal antenna fails. See more »


[first lines]
Captain: Now we got some new problem locations in our area. Start with 1806 North Oak.
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Referenced in Emergency!: Transition (1975) See more »

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Roy's Problem
18 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The DVD actually lists this episode title as "Problem." Either one will work. The focus of this one is on Roy. While transporting a man to the hospital, he has to make a decision and gets chewed out by a doctor for not following protocol. Roy takes it to heart and wonders if he should leave the fire Station. Johnny thinks Roy is crazy to be so broken up about what he did. Even Dr. Bracket and Dixie think he made the right decision!

This is a good episode because we get to see the support Roy has. We really get to see a new element to Roy's character - how he CARES, something we don't always see so much of in the health care professionals. Roy, of course, makes the right decision and all turns out okay. Of course, Roy is in the spot light as he saves a child from the burning building.

Another thing that really stuck out to me in this episode is the look on Johnny's face when he realizes the safety rope was burned in half and Roy was in the burning building on his own. The Chief has to stop Johnny from rushing in there to his partner's rescue. This was such great acting!

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