'The Dark Side of the Street' is a different sort of episode. Different in a good way. Brian Kerwin is excellent as the troubled guy marrying into a wealthy family, whose life seems to be in jeopardy. The scene where his mother (special guest Marie Windsor) appears is interesting. The writing is solid; we are given a good red herring in the form of the prospective father-in-law, played by the always brilliant William Prince.
Again the Simon boys are undercover in ways that suit their unique personalities-- A.J. is a college friend of Kerwin's; and Rick is doing a security detail in the department store. The episode has a laugh-out-loud moment when Rick pulls a 'third arm' off a shoplifter. As for A.J.'s shtick, it's rather clever how we see him making up stories about college days, when he is in reality playing a figment of Kerwin's imagination. Freudian psychologists would find a lot of deep meanings in this episode I'm sure.
One scene is worth noting-- usually in shows of this type, cars are wrecked, exploded and so forth, but the story moves on. However, in this case, we actually see the Simons recover Liz's car after it has plunged off the dock. I guess we have to know that A.J. will return it back to her in mint condition. That he and Rick might mess things up along the way, but they are still responsible. We see A.J. in a phone booth (before cellphones) talking to Liz about Rick washing the car, while Rick is standing nearby as someone helps fish the vehicle out of the water.
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