Vega$: Season 1, Episode 1

Centerfold (20 Sep. 1978)

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Model Shawn Adams' agent Nat Finer is a two-bit hustler whose shady friend Mr. Smith drugs Shawn, takes X-rated photos of her, then tries to blackmail her into a five-year contract.

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A model is having a photo shoot at the hotel and she takes a liking to Dan. She tells her manager she wants to take some time off but he needs her to keep working. He tells her that he has a major client lined up and asks her to meet him. But it's really a ruse to get naked pictures of her as leverage so that she will keep working. When the manager is approached by the men who helped him; they want a piece of he's getting. When he says there's nothing right now, they kill him. They later tell her unless she works for them the pictures come out. Dan tries to find them. And at the same time Roth has him looking for a missing lion. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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At one point in this episode, Bea (Phyllis Davis) claims to have a son. In later episodes, it becomes established that she has only one child; a daughter. See more »

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Beginning of episode shows the Maxim Hotel sign on Dan Tanna's residence, then a few minutes later in the episode the Desert Inn sign takes its place. See more »

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Sleazo Circus
26 April 2014 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Las Vegas private detective Dan Tanna (Robert Urich) usually has all the work he can handle augmenting security & 'loss prevention' at the casino resort hotels of shady tycoon Phillip 'Slick' Roth (Tony Curtis). But his job allows for freelance assignments and in this episode he is hired to bodyguard supermodel Shawn Adams (Cristina Ferrare) during a photo shoot assignment at a Roth hotel.

During a contract negotiation with a new cosmetics firm she passes out from drugged booze and is stripped down for non-consensual nude posing. Her debt-ridden agent Nat Finer (Dane Clark) whom she has been trying to fire plans to then blackmail her if the cosmetics company reps don't nudge him out of the way. Tanna tries to recover the photos and negatives whilst also attempting to find a lion missing from a magic show at one of Roth's hotels.

Las Vegas circa 1978 - a garish cityscape of flashing lights and tacky marquees. A place where washed-up entertainers and fixed boxing matches were used by organized crime elements to entice hardworking people from all over the world to throw away their savings in games of chance which heavily favored the house. In no small way the same entertainers were also being paid to confer legitimacy via association with the casinos.

A nice guy private investigator with strong morals is not really the type of detective one associates within such a milieu. But due to the appeal of Robert Urich it somehow seemed right. With recurring guest stars like Tony Curtis augmented by other solid guest performers as well as Charlie's Angels as lead-in this show should've been more popular than it was.


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