Kojak: Season 4, Episode 1

Birthday Party (26 Sep. 1976)

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Three liquor-store robbers, two men and a woman, kill a cop while escaping. The woman and the younger man get away, but the older killer is captured. When allowed to make his one phone call... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Dan Frazer ...
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George Savalas ...
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Tony Papas
Donna Mitchell ...
Lena Martin
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Geno Papas
Julie Garfield ...
Paulina
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Pete
Gigi Semone ...
Ellena
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Nico
Michael Vale ...
Nightclub Manager (as Michael Vael)
George Morfogen ...
Charley
Ron Max ...
Officer Mason
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Bartender
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Three liquor-store robbers, two men and a woman, kill a cop while escaping. The woman and the younger man get away, but the older killer is captured. When allowed to make his one phone call, he talks in Greek to the younger robber, telling him about Kojak's niece and the birthday party she is having in East River Park. The killers stake out the party and kidnap the little girl, demanding the leader's release as a ransom for letting the child go. Kojak uses a painting the little girl included in a ransom note to figure out where they might be headed. Written by Peter Harris

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Lt. Theo Kojak: CROCKER! Make a note. I want this joint busted often, and I want it busted HARD!
[storms out of the nightclub]
Nightclub Manager: Why is he so mad?
Det. Bobby Crocker: Because you didn't tell him what he wanted to hear.
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Bold as brass kidnappers
15 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode gets real personal for Telly Savalas. It is also one of the craziest stories that Kojak ever had on a series that boasted some consistent high quality.

Three robbers, Marco St. John, Donna Martell, and a still unknown Richard Gere of Greek origins hold up a liquor store in broad daylight and get spotted by two detectives. One goes in to investigate and is shot and later dies. St. John is caught exiting the store by the partner. Gere who was the lookout and fell down on the job and Martell who was driving the getaway car split without getting spotted or caught.

When St. John who had history with Kojak from the old neighborhood sees it's Kojak in charge of the squad he calls ostensibly a lawyer but it's to his conspirators and tells them in Greek to kidnap one of Kojak's family and they kidnap his niece from a birthday party she's celebrating. The cops release St. John and the little girl goes free.

I had a lot of trouble with this episode. I could never buy the criminals would be that brazen as to pull something like this. If they knew Kojak, they would also know he'd never rest until he brought them in dead or alive. It was a story that was just too much to swallow.

I wish I could do better by this episode, but no way.


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