Kojak (1973–1978)
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Dead on His Feet 

On the trail of a ring counterfeiting lottery tickets, a detective's partner is killed. Det. Fiore feels guilty for giving in to his partner's quest for front page heroism, plus being ... See full summary »

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Det. Benny Fiore
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Solly DeChico
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Ellen Ryan
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Eddie Ryan
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Inez Wilder
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Det. Stavros (as Demosthenes)
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Manny (as Mike Robello)
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Gance
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Deidre (as Anne Newman)
Borah Silver ...
Prince
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Miss Wina
Robert Darnell ...
Dr. Grimaldi
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On the trail of a ring counterfeiting lottery tickets, a detective's partner is killed. Det. Fiore feels guilty for giving in to his partner's quest for front page heroism, plus being felled by stomach pains when he had a chance to shoot his friend's killer. When Fiore's diagnosed with terminal cancer, he realizes he's sacrificed having his own life for devotion to Det. Ryan and Ryan's wife. Kojak worries that Fiore's quest for salvation will result in murder, blowing their long-pursued case against the counterfeiters. Written by David Stevens

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6 March 1974 (USA)  »

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The first episode where Kojak actually says "Who loves ya baby". See more »

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Kojak: [dripping with sarcasm] Hey look, Deidre, I'm sorry I missed your coming out party. I hear you were crowned Miss Sillicone, is that right?
Solly DeChico: Hey, Kojak, did you come here to break in a nightclub act or was there something special you wanted?
Kojak: Hey, Counselor, you tell your client to have his mouth behave, or he's a prime candidate for a get well card.
Solly DeChico: [raises voice] He threatened me! You heard that, he threatened me!
Kojak: Greeks, they don't threaten. They utter prophecies.
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References Test Pilot (1938) See more »

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Throw Away the rule book, nothing to lose
29 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Kojak starts with detectives Harry Guardino and Jed Allan trying to bust a counterfeit lottery ticket racket. But Allan who is a flashy guy who doesn't always play by the rules gets himself killed and the killers get away because of something that Guardino is hiding from his late partner and the rest of Manhattan South including Lt. Kojak.

Guardino finds out that the stomach ulcers he thinks he has is now an inoperable and terminal cancer and he's got only a few months to live. Now with absolutely nothing to lose, he gets very unorthodox and throws away the rulebook to bring down Allan's killers.

The episode is dominated by Harry Guardino and his final confrontation with racket kingpin Malachi Throne is some of the best acting ever seen on a Kojak episode. Fans of that series should not miss this one.


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