Perky flight attendant and gullible mark Connie (Kathryn Witt) agrees to deliver a package for her friend Artie (Peter Hobbs). He is a nice old man who has convinced her to deliver packages for him before. He tells her that very innocuous things (Insulin, diabetic chocolate) are in the packages and they are for his brother Walter Truman (John Anderson).
After collecting the latest package she forgets to ask him something and goes back to Artie's house just in time to see his murdered body as a mysterious hood George Bobbitt (Pepper Martin) stands over him with a gun. The man chases her but she manages to get away.
Los Angeles private investigators/seductive face-men Cody Allen (Perry King) and Nick Ryder (Joe Penny) are planning a hot double date with Tammy (Robin Evans) and Bambi (K.C.Winkler) - beautiful young female crew members who work for rival boat captain Mama Jo (Anne Francis) whom, rumor has it, is out of town.
Their business partner Murray Bozinsky (Thom Bray) is insulted that his buddies are trying to get him to go away for awhile so they can enjoy themselves. Bribed with guilt cash from them, the keys to Nick's vintage corvette, and a mandate to enjoy himself, Murray is persuaded to go out on his own without his two safety valves - Cody and Nick.
He has elected to go to the movies instead of an Aerosmith concert. Classic cartoons are playing at the local bijou and he can't resist. They've given him $70 which back in 1984 was enough to budget for a flick and buy movie theater popcorn.
There he finds Connie sobbing and terrified and he bonds with her. She has been hiding out in the theater from Bobbitt who chased after her. She is afraid to leave. Her fears are well-founded. The man is waiting right outside having cut off the entrance.
When she finally does leave it is with a sympathetic Murray who pledges the support of the Riptide detective agency and drives her back to the boat after failing to chase down the murderer in Nick's car. Murray can't handle the high-speed car chase and ends up in an accident. Not only does the baddie get away but the cops nab an irate Murray for reckless driving and speeding. But Connie is at least safe.
The police hear Connie's story and investigate but find no body or sign of a struggle due to the killer employing excellent cleaners. Back at the Riptide, Connie & Murray find tiny crystals they identify as diamonds in one of the insulin bottles inside the package which even conservative estimates suggest are worth a fortune. No sooner do they find the precious stones than they are abducted by Bobbitt. An unknown factor presents itself when Cody and Nick try go full John Wayne and try to rescue Murray and Connie.
Pretty solid entry although the baddies are a tad on the decrepit side. Having flight attendants smuggle illicit goods has long been a practice in the underworld. It has even happened in recent years despite considerably more stringent airline security and tougher penalties.
Kathryn Witt starred as Pam Bellagio on the CBS series "Flying High" during the 1978-79 TV season. She portrayed a flight attendant.
This episode is the only listed directorial credit for Gloryette Clark who was best know for editing for TV shows.
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