Mannix: Season 2, Episode 19

End Game (15 Feb. 1969)

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Mannix gets an urgent call from the police. Lt. Art Malcolm, Mannix's friend who also served with the detective during the Korean War, is being held hostage in an abandoned building. The ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Peggy Fair (credit only)
Steve Ihnat ...
Gus Keller
Ward Wood ...
Joseph Breen ...
George Atkinson ...
Captain Griswold


Mannix gets an urgent call from the police. Lt. Art Malcolm, Mannix's friend who also served with the detective during the Korean War, is being held hostage in an abandoned building. The police are unable to enter the structure, which is filled with explosive booby traps. The man behind Malcom's abduction served in the same outfit as Mannix and Malcom. The man was left behind when a group of G.I.'s escaped from a Korean prison camp. He has been revenging himself on the escapees and now only Mannix and Malcom are left alive. Written by Bill Koenig

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Steve Ihnat, who plays Gus Keller, was actually stationed in Korea during his stint in the U.S. Army in the 1950s. See more »


When Mannix first approaches the photograph of his Army unit in Korea that is displayed on the wall, there is a grease pencil dangling in front of it on a string. Then the string and the pencil are not visible in the first closeup of the photograph, but in a subsequent closeup the shadow of the string and pencil hide part of the photograph, even though Mannix hasn't touched the string, pencil, or picture. See more »

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A ridiculous plot, that's for can it have an IMDb score of 8.0?!
13 July 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am amazed that this episode currently has an overall score of 8.0, as it's a bad "Mannix" episode...really, really bad. It strains credibility WAY beyond any previous show in the series and the ending makes zero sense.

The show begins with the police sending for Mannix. It seems some nut has boobytrapped a building and is threatening to blow it up unless he sees Mannix ASAP. However, when Joe enters the place, soon it becomes apparent that all this was created in order to kill him! Why and who is behind it? It turns out that a crazy old Korean War 'friend', Gus Keller (Steve Ihnat), has been systematically killing off men who were in a POW camp during the Korean War--and Mannix is next on the hit list. What follows is pretty silly--with the killer baiting Mannix and tormenting him--sort of like a cat toying with a mouse before eventually killing it. After all, what does this have to do with the show "Mannix"? But what REALLY becomes stupid is when, FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON WHATSOEVER, Keller starts helping Mannix! Huh?! Inconsistent and silly. But, at least it ended pretty well. Overall, a show that strained credibility to new heights. A poor episode indeed.

By the way, you might recognize Ihnat. He played 'Lord Garth' in "Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy".

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