Kojak (1973–1978)
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The deaths of a junkie and a television commentator put Kojak onto the trail of a drug/prostitution ring.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Bert Podis
Cheryl Pope
Spencer Galen
Audrey Norris
Robert Burr ...
Daniel Pope
Danny Boy
Steve Gravers ...
Jerome Guardino ...
Tour Guide
Sgt. Stavros (as Demosthenes)

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The deaths of a junkie and a television commentator put Kojak onto the trail of a drug/prostitution ring.

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6 February 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Daniel Pope: Scientific breakthrough. I discovered how to get ice-cold tomato juice from a from a very warm tomato.
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Ginger shooting it up
23 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Tina Louise who most remember as the vapid castaway movie star on Gilligan's Island Ginger Grant will be a revelation to you as a strung out junkie/hooker in this episode of Kojak. She's who you will remember after seeing this one.

When television commentator Robert Burr is murdered after getting too close to a prostitution/pornography/narcotics trifecta racket he gets shot down by Harris Yulin who in the Seventies was coming into his own playing a nice variety of bottom feeding lowlifes. He's the linchpin in the racket.

Yulin finds the talent on the street with a variety of hookers whom if they're not junkies already, they are after dealing with him. They're recruited to perform in various porno projects financed by uptown trust fund baby Colby Chester who gets all the women as he runs a casting couch for performers. And when they're done, he disposes of them like condoms.

Jess Walton is the widow of Burr and she was in the life before and Burr got her out. She takes up where he left off and with her knowledge she's ahead of Telly Savalas and the squad from Manhatan South.

Isabel Sanford who was already playing Louise Jefferson on All In The Family plays a former madam who is Kojak's informant. She's a revelation herself in her one scene.

Still it's Tina who should have merited Emmy consideration for her performance.

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