The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo: Season 1, Episode 0

The Day That Shark Ate Lobo (18 Sep. 1979)

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Lobo schemes to make money off the giant bass in the Orly County lagoon by holding a $200 entry fee fishing contest. Meanwhile, an escaped convict and his moll looking to fetch their ... See full summary »

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Lobo schemes to make money off the giant bass in the Orly County lagoon by holding a $200 entry fee fishing contest. Meanwhile, an escaped convict and his moll looking to fetch their stashed loot attempt to scare off the public by releasing a great white shark into the lagoon. Written by Gary R. Peterson

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Believe It . . . . . . Or Not!
23 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

It was the pilot. Sonofagun.

Now I thought it was Christopher George and his wife, Lynda Day George, but of course, I see now it was Caren Kaye.

This episode came about because of the Jaws craze. It involved a fishing contest, and a mechanical shark that Sheriff Lobo decided to have put in the lake for the winner to catch.

I'm certain Lobo had the contest fixed somehow.

Well, Chris George was a criminal who had just gotten out of jail and now went with his moll, Kaye, to dig up the loot, but the spot they had buried it was now covered over by the lake.

For some reason (I can only deduce to scare people away), George turned a real shark loose in the lake.

Why the events took place at night, I don't know, but we find our cast out on the lake in a boat, with Chris George declaring very excitedly "you mean to say you didn't get that great white out of the water?" and then the boat gets tipped over and everyone has to swim for shore.

Oh, they all made it.

So I watched this episode, more because I hadnt gone to see Jaws in any theatre and this was my best chance at seeing a shark adventure, I thought.

What fascinated me most was the original trophy, before the mechanical shark.

Apparently Lobo had obtained a gargantuan bass, I will deduce from the Gulf of Mexico (I will reveal my source later), and stuck it in the lake, perhaps with some intention of catching this fish himself, however he planned that. For those who don't know, the adventures of Lobo took place in nearby Georgia, Jimmy Carter's homestate.

Whatever he intended, it didn't take place, as Deputy Perkins (Mills Watson) accidentally tripped while carrying a rifle and struck the fish when it leapt out of the water, killing it.

But what a sight that monster was leaping out of the water! I suppose the fish was really fake. But the effect was very nice for this teen-ager.

I would have rather seen something about this giant fish than the goofy shark stuff.

Years later, I would obtain a calendar from the local newspaper. It would include several historical pictures of our state, but one stood out very well.

I would take this picture to work and it has been quite a conversation piece.

Taken in 1906 in Pass Christian, it shows Captain John T. MacDonald standing alongside the Black Sea bass he caught in the Gulf of Mexico, with a rod and reel.

The fish is 440 lbs, and measures 8 feet, 1.5 inches long and has a five foot ten inch girth.

The photograph is property of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

MacDonald's story made it into a Ripley's Believe It Or Not Article.

As I look at the picture at work, I recall this episode of Sheriff Lobo (didn't realize it was the pilot) and have always regretted the fish got killed.


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