Pleasantly diverting but still finding it's sea legs
"Mike & Pat" is the second episode of the second season of Simon & Simon, and one of the first to air at the new time slot on Thursday evening, October 14, 1982. Having almost been canceled after its first season, Simon & Simon really took off in this season, benefiting from the Magnum P.I. lead-in. However, it is hard to tell that from this episode, which is mildly diverting but a largely unremarkable outing for the Simon Brothers.
The story revolves around a dolphin that is kidnapped from Sea World one evening under cover of darkness. To complicate matters, it's mate is so distraught that it starves itself and will soon die unless the missing dolphin is returned. The bad guys plan to use the trained dolphin to transport a large shipment of cocaine somewhere, I can't say it totally makes sense. As a matter of fact, it seems doomed to fail from the start, seeing as how the kidnappers are incapable of training the dolphin despite their best efforts.
Noteworthy in this episode is the appearance of character actor Charles Napier, who has appeared in a plethora of TV shows and movies including one of my favorites, Blues Brothers. Anyways, he plays the heavy of sorts in this episode and was good as always but overall was not able to pull this one out of the doldrums. 6/10
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