Simon & Simon: Season 2, Episode 19

What's in a Gnome? (24 Feb. 1983)

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Rick and A.J. are called in to find out who is sabotaging rides at a new theme park before its grand opening.


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Episode credited cast:
Mary Carver ...
Cecilia Simon (credit only)
Myron Fowler (credit only)
Luke Dwyer
Denise Carroll
Lori Lightbody
Vince Hurst
Ted Markland ...
Ed Williams
Col. Lawrence Grayson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Beckley ...
Dr. Anderson
Olan Soule ...
Minister (as Olan Soulé)
Alan Toy ...
Dodger Doyle


Rick and A.J. are called in to find out who is sabotaging rides at a new theme park before its grand opening.

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Simon & Simon Deal with Vietnam Issues Despite Lighthearted Title
2 August 2006 | by (San Jose, California) – See all my reviews

This episode of SIMON & SIMON deals with the two detective brothers going undercover at an amusement park to catch a would-be saboteur of the parks' rides. The theme of the amusement park are 'Gnomes' (hence the title of the episode) and Rick Simon (Gerald McRaney) goes undercover as a costumed Gnome in the park. However, the undermining subject matter is a lot more serious than the title of the episode, as it deals with Vietnam and Vietnam Veterans. Rick Simon must confront a fellow Vietnam Vet who might be the amusement park saboteur. However, in one of the episode's lighter moments, Rick Simon/McRaney must go to "Gnome School". It is a training class on the amusement parks' facility to learn what it takes to be Gnome. All who attend are the costumed Gnomes of the park (with mask/headgear off). During one scene in the class, the instructor,Lori Lightbody (played by Anne Lockhart) asks Rick, "What's the most important thing to being a Gnome?". A strait-faced and serious Rick answers, "Oh, I don't know...SEX?". The response gets a laugh out of the other 'gnomes' in the class (and a laugh from this reviewer). Good episode from a very good 80's action/mystery/adventure show.

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