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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
The Director
Jonathan Cambro
Alex Henteloff ...
Dr. Charles Franklin
Darrell Zwerling ...
Dr. Eckhart
Dr. Davis
Melissa Nelson
Karen Purcill ...
Kelly O'Neal
Zacki Murphy ...
Charlene Hutton
Susette Carroll ...
Dr. Jessica Barnes
The Voice of Effie (voice)
Jim Galante ...
Felix (as James Galante)


Some scientists are working on a microbe that was found on the Venus probe when it came back from there. Now it can destroy all life when released. One of the scientists steals the container but in doing so he releases some of it. So the lab is sealed and all the scientists inside have only a few days before they have to blow up the lab. Thomas deduces that KARTEL is the one behind the theft. And they also deduce that they wouldn't take something they couldn't control so there must an antidote. But the scientist who stole the microbe stole the formula for the antidote too. But when they decide to test the antidote on the scientist himself, it doesn't work, it seems that part of the formula is missing. So they have to find it. Thomas also learns that a woman was following the scientist. he finds her and learns she a P.I. who was following him because his wife was wondering where he is. She tells Thomas that the scientist went to a gambling place which is owned by a man who works for ... Written by

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27 October 1979 (USA)  »

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"I Think We Gave Him The Slip!"
25 March 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

A U.S. space probe to Venus brings back an unwelcome hitch-hiker - a microbe capable of destroying all life on Earth. Dr.Charles Franklyn is part of a team of scientists working on an antidote, only to steal both the microbe and antidote with the help of the lovely Charlene. Sloane and Torque chase after him, and are pursued by an ambulance whose siren doubles as a rocket launcher. Franklyn gets away, handing his booty to evil gambling den owner and KARTEL agent Jonathan Cambro. The ungrateful Cambro tests the antidote on a live subject - Franklyn himself. When the scientist dies, Cambro realises the antidote is incomplete. Apparently Franklyn mislaid a page when transcribing the formula in his mountain cabin. The person who has it is Melissa Nelson, a sexy detective hired by Franklyn's wife to keep tabs on him. Eager-to-please Melissa has no idea of how important she has suddenly become...

Marc Brandel wrote for the original 'Danger Man' starring Patrick McGoohan, and the short-lived 'Amos Burke Secret Agent'. He could have called this 'The Satan Bug' had the title not been used already. Its another outing for that hoary old spy cliché - killer virus threatens Mankind. Sloane has only twenty-four hours to retrieve the antidote as the scientists who developed it are trapped in their lab. He and Cambro have met before, apparently, the latter was responsible for the death of a woman Sloane loved. Which makes it all the more strange why Sloane doesn't exact a more satisfying revenge than the one eventually achieved - he simply punches the villain in the stomach.

The underrated Monte Markham plays 'Cambro'; fans of 'The Six Million Dollar Man' will recall he played bionic 'Barney' in two memorable episodes: 'The Seven Million Dollar Man' ( written by Peter Alan Fields, co-author of this episode ) and 'Bionic Criminal' ) as well as being one of the hired gunslingers in 'Guns Of The Magnificent Seven'. Why he never achieved stardom is a mystery. Fellow cast member Morgan Fairchild, who played 'Melissa', fared rather better, notching up roles in hit 80's soaps 'Dallas' and 'Flamingo Road'.

Sloane's gadget - a pen torch capable of projecting light that can open locks. Very handy.

Best bit - the ambulance chase. Whilst hardly in the same league as 'Bullitt', it gets the episode off to a good start. Luckily, our man is prepared for such an eventuality - he sprays the road with oil, causing said ambulance to go spinning off the road. Cue witty quip ( quoted above ).

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