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An odd episode that hinges on a woman's traumatic brain injury....and not among the better episodes.
planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
15 March 2016
"Head of Fire" is a watchable but confusing and rather muddled episode
of "The Untouchables". It begins with an old high school chum of Ness
showing up unexpectedly. Jack Barber (Jack Warden) has come to see Ness
but the audience can't help but think that Jack is up to something.
Soon you learn that Jack isn't altogether honest and bets on fixed
boxing matches. Additionally, there's SOMETHING going on between Jack
and a nasty hood, Johnny Fortunato (Nehemiah Persoff). How does Ness
fit into all this? And, how does a woman with a traumatic brain injury
(Madlyn Rhue) end up helping Ness figure out the truth?
So much of this episode doesn't work. The relationship between Jack and
Ness is bizarre and makes little sense. Plus, the show is trying to
humanize Ness...and very unsuccessfully. Off-duty, Ness is MUCH more
rigid and humorless than Joe Friday ("Dragnet") or McGarrett ("Hawaii
Five-O")...so seeing him acting (or TRYING) to act casual is strange to
say the least.
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