McCloud: Season 7, Episode 1

Bonnie and McCloud (24 Oct. 1976)

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When Bonnie Foster shoots her ex-boyfriend, the boss of a trucking company, and flees to Oklahoma with McCloud, the trucking company's goons send an entire fleet after them along with ... See full summary »

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Bonnie Foster
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Andy Kline
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Sheriff Matheson
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Harry 'Steam Hammer' McNair
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Pete Stern
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Big Mama
Chuck Morrell ...
Johnny Foster
Gilbert Green ...
Jack Straker
George Memmoli ...
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John Clavin ...
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When Bonnie Foster shoots her ex-boyfriend, the boss of a trucking company, and flees to Oklahoma with McCloud, the trucking company's goons send an entire fleet after them along with numerous Oklahoma state troopers eager to avenge the goons' murder of a cop. Written by Peter Harris

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On initial broadcast, this episode was shortened by 5 minutes to make room for a political program at the end. When it was rerun in June 1977, it had a higher rating and a much higher placing (No. 15) than it did on the initial broadcast. (This is the only episode to air both the original and the repeat in a later time slot than the regular "Sunday Mystery Movie," which normally ran before "The Big Event." Some of the original episodes were shown as the back ends of "Sunday Mystery Movie" double features, strictly throwaways.) See more »

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Sam McCloud: You're a cog in Clifford's machinery! You're the butt end of his cigar!
Sergeant Joe Broadhurst: I'm gonna make you eat those words, McCloud. Every one!
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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World, Meet Michael Sloan; Michael Sloan, Meet the World
30 March 2007 | by (Lubbock, Texas) – See all my reviews

The series finally and definitively Jumped the Shark with this episode, which earned Variety's bid as "perhaps the sappiest episode in the series' history." The definition is accurate. There are a few worse episodes, but everything that can go wrong in this episode does, starting with the clumsy attempts to page "Bebe Murchison" and "Jack Haferman" (from an earlier episode) in the hotel only a minute into the show. Michael Sloan couldn't write good dialog, but he sure could waste money (along with producers Glen A. Larson and Ronald Satlof, both of whom he was destined to displace) and director Steven H. Stern. The source material appears to be the C.W. McCall song "Convoy" (which spawned a terrible motion picture in its own right), with a touch of Dennis Weaver's TV-movie "Duel" and even the crop-dusting scene from "North by Northwest" -- for no reason at all -- thrown in. Leigh Taylor-Young gives an awful performance in the title role, as a trucking-company boss's mistress who shoots him in self-defense and flees to Oklahoma. There are numerous examples of bad writing, in McCloud's dialogs with Bonnie to the situations they find themselves in, including a lynching bee. There are many scenes which make almost no sense. Some are listed above; others include Bonnie not recognizing Andy Kline when he's first pointed out (only to fully describe his criminal activities later), s sheriff way overstepping his jurisdiction, the is-he-dead-or-isn't the descriptions of the second state trooper, the decision late in the show for Klein to shoot at the cab of the truck (from an impossible angle) rather than the tires, and heaven knows what else. Broadhurst only makes it halfway through the show before being knocked out in a car rollover, and is sorely missed. McCloud and Clifford get a few good lines, but the episode is very depressing to watch because everybody seems to know the series got this one final season only because Universal Television played hardball to get "Columbo" paid for (all three episodes of it).


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