The Streets of San Francisco: Season 5, Episode 20

Dead Lift (5 May 1977)

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Ah-nold, long before his movie stardom, made his TV-acting debut as a champion bodybuilder (which he was at the time) visiting San Francisco for a competition. Something (it's not made ... See full summary »

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Josef Schmidt
Larry Mahan ...
Henry the Hustler
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Mr. Jenks
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Judith Winters
Frances Rafferty ...
Maxine
Hilary Thompson ...
Irene Lupoff
Peter Brandon ...
Paul Allen
Jerry Ayres ...
David Garver
Brendan Burns ...
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Jim Barnotti
Florence Sundstrom ...
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Barry Cahill ...
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Ah-nold, long before his movie stardom, made his TV-acting debut as a champion bodybuilder (which he was at the time) visiting San Francisco for a competition. Something (it's not made clear what) has made him incredibly buff and muscled, but has also left him extremely hypersensitive to criticism and with no control over his anger. When he shows off his poses for a young woman, he becomes enraged and unwittingly chokes her to death. He's taken in by a couple and entered into the bodybuilding contest, but broods when he finishes only second. Stone and company suspect him in the death of the woman, and fear he may kill again if provoked. Written by Peter Harris

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Josef Schmidt: [shaking Irene Lupof violently to death after she makes fun of his poses] STOP THAT! I'M NOT UGLY! I'M BEAUTIFUL! THIS IS WHAT THE BODY'S SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE!
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The most fascinating episode in the entire series
13 April 2007 | by (Lubbock, Texas) – See all my reviews

This was one of only two TV guest roles Arnold Schwarzenegger did before getting into movies, and it's his best early role before The Terminator. It was hard to find good roles for a muscle-bound hunk for whom English was a second language (very second language at the time), but the story works beautifully for Arnie, who plays a bodybuilder who comes to San Francisco to make it in the big time. Despite his immense muscles, he can't quite crack it, and he has developed an extreme hypersensitivity to criticism which could combine to produce a lethal assault on somebody (which it does). I only watched this episode on first broadcast so I'm fuzzy on the details, but my recollection is that steroids weren't explicitly mentioned. Schwarzenegger has always denied taking them, but there's no doubt that he saw other body builders use them and saw many of their effects -- which would include the temper and the hypersensitivity. In today's steroid-scandal era, this episode would be a fascinating look at the beginning of the steroid era and why people should be so concerned about it. Hopefully, this episode will show up on DVD some day and be a selling point for the fifth season.


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