Ironside: Season 2, Episode 24

The Tormentor (27 Mar. 1969)

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Ed's friend, a major-league baseball player, receives a series of threatening letters. He then claims an object was thrown at him in the outfield during a game. Ironside must find the culprit before the attacks become more deadly.

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Clint Atkins
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Ernie Wilson
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Ed's friend, a major-league baseball player, receives a series of threatening letters. He then claims an object was thrown at him in the outfield during a game. Ironside must find the culprit before the attacks become more deadly.

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Robert T. Ironside: Sick minds are not in short supply.
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In which good use is made of Gary Collins in various ways
23 November 2009 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

The baseball scenes seem a bit "cheesy" and they're padded out in obvious fashion with stock stadium-and-field footage from San Francisco Giants games but, hey, it's a TV show and a good one at that. Efficient, interest-holding, satisfying. Fans of guest-star Gary Collins who've tuned in with the hope of some "beefcake" footage will not be disappointed, though Collins' bare-chest scene comes in an unexpected way. He's cast as a star player for the Giants who's being tormented by threatening letters and phone calls from an extortionist. The extortionist lends substance to his threats by wounding Collins twice with a pellet gun fired while Collins is on the playing field. In the locker-room after each incident -- and a very chaste locker-room it is with none of the players actually undressing -- Collins modestly lifts his shirt just enough to give a momentary glimpse of the pellet wounds on his torso. Not much "beefcake" here despite the golden opportunities offered. Then, almost out of the blue, there's a bedroom scene featuring Collins and his wife, (played by real-life wife Mary Ann Mobley). She's lying in bed and he walks around the bed, wearing only blue pajama bottoms -- worn high enough to mostly cover his navel -- thus displaying the top half of his 31-year-old physique. The physique is admittedly pleasing to the eye but maybe too scrawny for a professional athlete. (His upper arms look toothpicky, his chest seems a bit concave, and someone should have pinched his forlorn-looking nipples in order to give them both color and definition.) Collins' character is presented as such a wholesome, all-American guy who sits around the house reading the evening paper while wearing a cardigan sweater -- a la Ozzie Nelson -- that it's surprising his half-naked scene comes not in the hearty confines of a locker room but rather in the sexually-charged surroundings of a bedroom. He just doesn't seem like a "bottoms-only" sleeper but there's the implication his display of "beefcake" is about to help him score a bases-loaded home-run between those silky marital sheets. Batter up!


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