Kojak (1973–1978)
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Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die 

An obsessed neighbor murders anyone he thinks is a threat to his relationship with a mentally fragile young woman.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lisa Walden
Capt. Frank McNeil
Det. Bobby Crocker
Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
Dr. Kirk
Mrs. Harrington
George Shannon ...
Mr. Doyle
Pat Corley ...
Mr. Miller
Peter Carew ...
Mr. Dean


When a very active ladies man is killed, Kojak traces Lisa Waldena, a former mental patient who went to a play with him that night. She is having flashbacks about her obsessed neighbor having been there with a bloody knife. In fact, Joyce Harrington murders anyone whom he sees as a threat to the relationship he imagines he has with Lisa. At first, Kojak is not sure whether Lisa is a killer or just a witness who has been traumatized, so he befriends her, just in case. Another body is found in a barrel-Lisa's psychiatrist-and Kojak rushes to catch a killer. Written by jeaneva

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1 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Lt. Theo Kojak: Well you see Captain, not every suspect is a villain, and on he other hand, not every witness is a hero, as offered up by that great Greek philosopher, Larry Csonka.
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Referenced in Kojak: I Want to Report a Dream (1975) See more »

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Bring her around slowly
7 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

The murder of a well known player among the female population is the case that the Manhattan South Squad is dealing with in this story. One murder turns into two when it's discovered that Andrea Marcovicci's treating psychiatrist has been missing for weeks.

The first victim had just finished a date with Marcovicci and she witnesses the killing, but is too traumatized to help. Telly Savalas attempts to really get inside her mind in order that Marcovicci open up.

We know from the beginning that the perpetrator is Lenny Baker who's also one disturbed, but violent individual. He's a pretty frightening character. Baker was very good and sadly died at a young age, one of the very first AIDS fatalities in 1982.

How the squad traces Baker's involvement is quite interesting. Check this one out for good performances from Marcovicci and Baker.

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