Harry O (1973–1976)
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The Mysterious Case of Lester and Dr. Fong 

The fourth "Lester" episode is a pilot for what would have been a spin off "Fong and Hodges" series. (Sadly, the episode's relatively low ratings may have been the tipping point in ABC ... See full summary »

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Dr. Creighton Fong
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Felicia Applequist
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Edward Tabor
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Simon Applequist
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Sylvia Applequist
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Arnold Applequist
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The fourth "Lester" episode is a pilot for what would have been a spin off "Fong and Hodges" series. (Sadly, the episode's relatively low ratings may have been the tipping point in ABC deciding to cancel "Harry O." Harry receives a note from Simon Applequist, asking Harry to come to a meeting at Applequist's palatial mansion. Applequist is a fabulously successful businessman who made more enemies than even he could count. Applequist greats Harry and introduces him to his various relatives -- one of whom is Lester Hodges. Then he fixes a baleful glare on the group and announces someone has sent him a threatening audiotape. Applequist puts the tape on and sits back as a whispered death threat plays. As the voice hisses: "Wait to die! Wait to die!" that's what Applequist does. Officially he suffered a heart attack, but Lester and his oft-mentioned mentor, Dr. Creighton Fong find that Applequist was poisoned by a venom found in the skin of an Amazon River basin alligator. At the reading ... Written by Peter Harris

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18 March 1976 (USA)  »

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Dean Jagger, who plays Simon Applequist here, went way back with David Janssen. They were costars in Zane Grey Theater: There Were Four (1957) and again in The Fugitive: Right in the Middle of the Season (1966). See more »

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Lester Hodges: [as Harry looks at a reel of film] She started out to be a serious actress but as you can see her talent seem to lie more in the area of... what's the word?
Harry Orwell: Pornography.
Lester Hodges: Pornography, yes.
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not enough Harry
31 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

While not entirely without merit, this episode doesn't belong. There were only 44 regular season episodes of Harry O and it's a shame this is one of them. This one is all about Lester. They should have just made a TV movie featuring Lester and Fong. Instead, we have this, and it's one less hour of Harry O for the archives. Harry and Trench are hardly in this episode. Actually, it's kind of similar to "The Last Heir" from season 1 in that one by one a member of a wealthy family is being killed off. It's a whodunit. Really a waste of time. Viewers watch Harry O for David Janssen. Not a show heavy on forensic evidence with a character that's OK as a sidekick but can't carry an entire episode.


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