A plane crashes in the desert and Joe is hired to find the missing pilot. He finds a small town with a big secret.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Fair (credit only)
Granny Nell Foster
Ward Gillis
Reverend Walker
Jenny Bailey
Ted Bailey
Karen Ericson ...
Sandy (as Karen Huston)
Bill Vint ...
Willie Gillis
Don McGovern ...
Mrs. Slocum (as Carol Lawson)
Debbie Lytton ...
Bert Kramer ...
Mark Slocum


A plane crashes in the desert and Joe is hired to find the missing pilot. He finds a small town with a big secret.

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21 October 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Rather illogical...but for season 7 that's not all that unusual
30 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I've noticed when I've watched several series on DVD that after a while, the shows tend to be second-rate. Smart programs like "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" end when they're still on top of their game and many, such as "Hawaii Five-O" (the final season was just god- awful), go on too long. I have been watching the "Mannix" series on DVD and can see that by season 7, the show had definitely seen better days. The biggest problem is that more and more of these shows have glaring plot holes--something they rarely had in the earlier shows. It's as if some sloppy complaisance set in or they just ran out of decent ideas.

This show begins with a woman hiring Mannix to find her husband and his missing airplane. The trail might lead to a weird almost ghost town- -a place with only about a half dozen residents in a mostly dead western desert town. However, a few problems develop. First, the women who hired him is NOT the wife of the missing man. Second, her boss really is the one hiring Mannix because some else was with the missing man. Third, the townsfolk are bonkers.

The plot problem is fundamental...if the guy who actually hired Mannix is planning on killing him once he finds the missing man, why hire him in the first place??!! It simply doesn't make any excuse to bring in a top notch and indestructible private eye. Nor does it make much sense when Mannix beats up folks in town trying to kill him BUT he forgets to find their guns after he subdues them AND they magically stay unconscious for a very long time after he slugs them. It just didn't make much sense...any of it.

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