Kojak (1973–1978)
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Down a Long and Lonely River 

Ex-con Lou is determined to settle old scores with his ex-wife and her mobster boyfriend who set him up to serve hard time. Lou's fiancée, a wide-eyed prison sociologist, enlists Kojak's help to keep Lou from killing and/or being killed.

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Lou Giordino
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Lyndsey Walker
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Alexandra Hay ...
Elena Rozelle
Kenneth O'Brien ...
Ankrum
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Dancik
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McKinney
Charles Dierkop ...
DeLuca
Ed Bernard ...
Watson
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Joseph V. Perry ...
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Ex-con Lou is determined to settle old scores with his ex-wife and her mobster boyfriend who set him up to serve hard time. Lou's fiancée, a wide-eyed prison sociologist, enlists Kojak's help to keep Lou from killing and/or being killed.

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20 March 1974 (USA)  »

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When Ankrum upsets Dancik during his lunch, Dancik thrusts his right hand with a pair of nutcrackers into Ankrum's chest as he glares intently. He then relaxes, puts his hand down and proceeds to pick up a glass for a drink also with the right hand while smirking and delivering some sarcastic remarks. We then see a close up of a nervous Ankrum realizing he tempted fate but when the shot returns to Dancik, his right arm and hand is still extended into Ankrum's chest. See more »

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Lt. Theo Kojak: Hey look, kid, I'm gonna talk to you like a father
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Lt. Theo Kojak: And I never even put my arms around your mother.
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Teacher's Pet
1 December 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Not too long before he became Davey Starsky of the LAPD, Paul Michael Glaser played a newly paroled convict who is on a mission to find his ex-wife who did him wrong while he was in prison. The ex-wife is now a strung out junkie making a living singing in cheap piano bars. It seems as though Glaser who owned a trucking company heisted one of his own shipments when she threatened to kill herself. When he was in prison Alexandra Hay the ex-wife sold out his interest to the mob.

The mob wants the company for very un-mob like reasons, the local capo has a thing for Hay, but it's only a passing thing and she's a junkie anyway. Never mind Glaser's lost his company and he wants answers.

Worried about how he'll get the answers is Sian Barbara Allen a sociology student who's fallen for Glaser. Talk about luck, Allen comes off like an airhead but she really picked a longshot, a guy who actually if not framed got suckered into the correctional system. Her being an airhead is the biggest problem the episode has. If she was a bit older and came off serious this Kojak show would have been better.

And it's Telly Savalas whom she looks to for assistance. She must have been teacher's pet because he drops a few actual police cases and has the Manhattan South Squad looking to help Glaser. Kojak even goes to bat for Glaser with his parole officer Ed Bernard.

Playing a nice interesting role is another regular from Policewoman, Charles Dierkop who may have the sweetest racket of all if the most dangerous. He's a professional informant that the FBI keeps on the pad. His involvement in Glaser's situation is what perks Kojak's interest.

Allen's character as written prevents this from being one of the better Kojak episodes, still series fans will like it.


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