Ironside: Season 7, Episode 8

Downhill All the Way (8 Nov. 1973)

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Two part episode. A boy witnesses a murder of a campaign manager for a politician just before an election. There is a leak inside the police department. Ironside retires from his job and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Galloway ...
Don Mitchell ...
Elizabeth Baur ...
Jerry (as Lee H. Montgomery)
Gene Evans ...
Gene Lyons ...
William Mims ...
Arthur Brody
Paul Benson


Two part episode. A boy witnesses a murder of a campaign manager for a politician just before an election. There is a leak inside the police department. Ironside retires from his job and poses as a drunk and a bum. Ironside meets new "friends" and one of them tries to poison Ironside before he can find the leak in the police department. Written by Anonymous

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Originally 2 hours, this episode was split into two, one-hour shows for syndication. See more »


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Written by Marty Paich & David Paich
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10 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This special two hour Ironside story has the Chief going into deep undercover and letting himself go to seed in front of our eyes. His team was involved in a case where a campaign manager for a Board of Supervisors candidate is shot in a junkyard. The only witness is young Lee Harcourt Montgomery who is autistic, but of course the bad guys don't know that.

Later on there's an attempt on the boy's life while he and the Chief are out sailing. They've bonded you see and Raymond Burr is hoping that young Montgomery can tell him something. After that the Chief puts in a resignation. And its for real, he starts drawing his police pension and moves downtown to a small flat in a seedy area of San Francisco.

Problems in continuity and complexity plague this show and it could have been better. For one thing in a previous episode where the Chief was held hostage in a bank he was in that bank checking on his accounts and listening to an investment plan. He says his police pension's his only income. And we're never really sure why the one ultimately responsible for the original death is doing what he's doing. He says the deceased was blackmailing him mercilessly over what we're never told, but this guy has some powerful reach. Seems like he could have done in his blackmailer a bit more expeditiously. Look at the lengths and the complexity of his scheme to kill Burr.

I think the writers got carried away a bit.

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