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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