Tod and Buz, traveling along the California coast, go to work as "shark hunters" for a doctor using sharks as lab specimens to study the effects of cholesterol. The doctor, working under a ...
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Tod and Buz, traveling along the California coast, go to work as "shark hunters" for a doctor using sharks as lab specimens to study the effects of cholesterol. The doctor, working under a research grant, has an unhappy jealous wife who wants him to return to private practice. Their son is caught in the middle of the turmoil. Written by
Okay episode, with good view of pre-Jaws (1975) sharks. The guys hire on with research scientist Duncan (Nielsen), who catches sharks for research into the nature of cholesterol. Trouble is that his penniless dedication is displacing wife and son (Linville & Howard) from family life. Looks like he may have to choose between them, since the wife is getting fed up with being alone.
The last part handles a rather clichéd plot in an intelligently suggestive manner. Once again acting plays a big role in keeping viewers engaged. Now when I think research scientists, the hunky pre-farcical Leslie Nielsen doesn't come to mind. Here, he looks more like a head lifeguard, which may be why the script emphasizes his heartfelt dedication to science. Nonetheless, he brings the role off well enough. However, I'm still wondering why Duncan's wife puts up with his nubile young assistant (Pierce), who he spends majority time with. Surprisingly, there's no mention of that aspect, but then she does give Buzz someone to play with.
Anyway, there're some views of the late, lamented Marineland of the Pacific, which I believe has given way to fancy coastal housing. I still have fond memories of my visits there where I learned a lot. The entry's also notable for the presence of a very young Ron Howard showing why Andy Griffith's producers hired him onto that heartland series. All in all, it's notable that this may be the only entry where the guest star is hunkier than our two regulars.
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