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Good episode, but a question remains
The other reviews touch all the main points to discuss: this is an episode with a lot of action and in which Paul Drake takes a surprising role. Although how and when Perry realized that 'his' case and that Paul's work for the trucking company were related, I'm not sure.
However, I didn't get to watch this episode on DVD or 'in full' via some other method. I watched it on TV, and it's likely that a minute was snipped here and a scene cut here to fit it in the TV schedule. Therefore I might have missed a scene that deals with pertinent facts of the case.
So my question is this: if only Paul and the trucking company owner knew what route Paul would be driving, who tipped off the hijackers? It was mentioned prominently that nobody knew the route--certainly not the stolen art ring-leader--so the question remains... who was it??
BTW, Della looked lovely in that first scene at the art gallery. Very chic with the upswept hair.
MacGyver: The Stringer (1992)
So.... that was the finale?
This was a thoroughly mediocre episode. It includes the return of a character we met in a previous episode, and, according to the credits, "introducing" an actor that I'm sure nobody had ever heard of at the time. So that "introduction" alone means something is going on with this episode. Anyway, as I said, the storyline was the epitome of 'meh,' and the only item of note was the introduction of-- surprise!!--MacGyver's grown son.
Yeah, it was pretty weird. Almost like the Powers That Be found out halfway through filming that this was going to be the finale, so a quick rewrite and bing-bam-boom, we have Mac Junior, and a heartwarming connection for our lone-wolf hero.
The best part of this was the final scene, which actually was kind of fitting for MacGyver, as he literally rides off into the distance on a carefree road trip. (However, as wonderful as it was to see RDA in leather (!!) on a motorcycle, I think his jeep would have been more eco-friendly in the long run.)
In any case, I can think of a dozen other ways this series should have ended, rather than with a nothing of an episode, and the addition of a surprise offspring. (Although I have to say that him discovering he has a son is a lot better than him rediscovering an old love, or going off with a new one--like that German woman, Maria.)
Also loved the voice-over by RDA thanking the show's fans for their loyalty and support. Nice!! <3
Diagnosis Murder: Wrong Number (1998)
Based on bad/crazy premise
THis episode would have been better if it weren't for one major glaring error toward the beginning. The premise of the episode: Mark gets a "wrong number" call about a payoff for a child's kidnapping. They don't know any details of the matter (who was kidnapped, when, etc.) but somehow Mark discovers the place where the ransom will be paid and he and Steve show up there. They see a man with a briefcase (obviously the father with the ransom) and for some unknown reason MARK GOES UP TO TALK TO HIM. Whiskey tango foxtrot!! They had the perfect opportunity to see the kidnapper pick up the money and discover who it is, but what does Mark do--he walks up to the poor father, who was supposed to be ALONE, which gets the father shot and killed. There are other twists involved in this, but why someone would approach a man paying off a ransom is beyond me.
Further, nobody thought to ask how the father knew to be in the park at that time, since the ransom demand was supposedly made to Mark by mistake. Yes, there are more twists involved regarding the phone call, but the point is, it didn't occur to anyone to wonder how the father knew where to be, and when.
Other than these glaring plot-holes, it was a decent episode. Although the aforementioned plot-holes were distracting enough to take me out of the story to some degree, not to mention that the guilty party was pretty obvious from the get-go.
Warning - Characters mis-identified in other reviews
Unless I'm totally off the mark, the other reviews of this Perry Mason episode are way off-base. They ALL identify the character of Margo Stevens (played by Carol Anderson) as the "lonely eloper" of the title, that is, the child-like niece who is charged with killing her overbearing Aunt Olivia. Margo Stevens is NOT the niece, and does NOT stand trial, and is, in fact, little more than window- dressing.
The basis of the story is: Olivia Langley is the trustee of her niece MERLE TELFORD's fortune, and she treats Merle like a child, belittles her, and does not allow her to make any decisions on her own. On Merle's 21st birthday, when Merle will legally be free of her aunt's influence, Olivia is found stabbed to death and the murder weapon is in Merle's possession.
As far as I know, Margo Stevens barely appears in the episode at all (one scene) and does NOT play a large role in it; turns out she is only involved in a case of mistaken identity with another character, Gina Gilbert.
Again, the main character/defendant in this episode is Merle Telford, played by Jana Taylor.
Pete gets disillusioned
This isn't a typical episode of Adam-12, with Reed & Malloy on patrol, dealing with the usual variety of crazy calls during their shift. Instead, it opens with Adam-12 assisting another unit with some thugs, and an officer named Johnson commandeers a runaway forklift and supposedly saved Pete's life. (Although it didn't look quite as dire as they made it out to be.) Anyway, Pete is floored when Johnson tells him that someone has put in a charge of blackmail against him (Johnson). Malloy tells Reed that Johnson is "one of the best cops" he knows, and doesn't have a dishonest bone in his body. (Reed, though, doesn't look convinced.) Anyway, in talking to Johnson, Reed and Malloy are sort of talked into helping him find a witness who might be able to clear him, a "b-girl" named Ginger. (Despite what might be assumed based on dialog in the show, a b-girl is NOT a hooker; apparently they 'worked' at one particular bar trying to get men to spend lots of money.)
Anyway, one thing leads to another, and when Malloy & Reed "happen" to find Ginger, she's very willing to help out the cops and answer questions. All of which leads to a very intense, emotional scene between Johnson and Malloy in the precinct break room. There's great dialog there, especially after the truth comes out. I honestly don't know why Milner hasn't been better recognized for his acting work, as he was impassioned and on fire in that scene.
Again, not the usual A-12 episode, but a terrific example of an issue that dogs police officers.
Emergency!: The Professor (1973)
The previous reviewer connects Roy's mysterious admirer, Susan St. John, to an actress who was (at the time of the show) starring on MacMillan & Wife. This is incorrect. The actress who played on MacMillan & Wife was Susan Saint JAMES, not Saint John. Whether the writers of Emergency purposely used a name similar to a known actress is unknowable, but perhaps they simply thought that the name Susan Saint John sounded fancy and classy. In any case, regarding this episode of Emergency, any references to MacMillan & Wife in particular, or network synergy in general, should be disregarded.
And btw, why SHOULDN'T Roy have an admirer? Johnny's a hot-head and gets obsessed with crazy ideas. Roy is level-headed and supremely capable at his job.
Emergency!: Women (1972)
Not the best--a very 'dated' episode
This episode, in my opinion, has not stood the test of time, as the main conflict in it is no longer an issue today, and something that anyone under the age of 30 wouldn't be able to identify with. Regardless, it at least gives food for thought.
The journalist assigned to ride with Squad 51 is a woman--a young, very attractive woman (Christy). Of course, Gage finds her charming... until she opens her mouth and challenges and questions everything that the paramedics--and even the firefighters--do. "I could have done that. Women can do that too," is her refrain. Her reverse chauvinism is off- putting and grating.
To me, the biggest failing of this episode is the lack of follow-up, and the fact that the storyline didn't get thoroughly explained. For one thing, I want to know what Dixie had to say to Christy. After the arrogant journalist takes Brackett to task for his perceived attitude of male superiority (in his own department, no less!), Dixie suggests the two women have a cup of coffee. And personally, I want to know what they talked about! Dixie is very confident woman; she's surrounded by headstrong men on a daily basis, and not only does SHE not feel they're superior to her, the men themselves don't think that either. If anyone could, Dixie might have been able to give Christy a better perspective of the people she was supposed to be writing about (paramedics, firefighters, doctors), all of whom just happen to be men. Secondly, it was commented on more than once that whatever article this woman writes could have an impact on the public's opinion of the paramedic program (and firefighting in general), but not once do we hear what she actually ends up writing about for her article. Was it fair? Complimentary? Glowing, even? At the building explosion site, after Roy helps Johnny escape just before it blows, viewers are led to believe that she might be 'seeing the light' about firefighters and how they're willing to brave imminent danger to help 'one of their own,' and yet, we don't get to find out if that's true since, again, we don't know what she wrote about. I suppose firefighting can be a real "boy's club;" it's still dominated by men and I'm sure a fire station can probably have an atmosphere like a sports locker room, but still, this woman was judging every firefighter by whatever preconceptions she had, whether true or not, without giving them the benefit of the doubt. (Plus, did anyone else think it odd? Here she is a journalist, and she's five feet away from a man who's been sought by the police for blowing up buildings... and she didn't at least TRY to talk to him??? Not much of a journalist, imho!)
Lastly, the BIG mystery is... how did Johnny get a date with her? They had been at daggers drawn for the whole time she was with Station 51, and most of that time he couldn't stand to be in the same room with her. So what happened? Did he ask her out in spite of his dislike of her? Did she ask HIM out? Obviously any explanation that Johnny Gage gives about women should be taken with a grain (or shaker) of salt, so how did that REALLY come to pass?? Inquiring minds really do want to know!!
Adam-12: Log 173: Shoplift (1970)
Pete and the lady cop
The most important aspect of this episode is the fact that we see one of Pete's former girlfriends. Apparently at one time (more than a year ago) he dated Jane Hayes, and since she was with the force, he had somehow kept up with her career, acknowledging that he knew she worked part-time in the security force of a department store. He also knew that she was "practically engaged to some guy"... although we don't know if that relationship still exists. Jane's response? "Yeah. Some guy who's willing to overlook the fact that I'm a policewoman."
The clear implication is that Peter J. Malloy was NOT willing and/or able to "overlook" the fact that she was a policewoman. Which I find a little disappointing and pretty much out of character for him. I always thought that Malloy was quite open-minded about a lot of things, and that he was willing to give anyone (even us second-class womenfolk) the benefit of the doubt and not pre-judge anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or whatever.
Regardless, it was clear that he was "over" this woman, as he cast no longing glances her way, nor was there any look of regret on his face at any time that she was on screen. That part is fine with me, as I like the thought that Pete is (as he ever was) a 'free agent.' What's NOT fine with me is the hint that he might have been a little narrow-minded, even if it was somewhat understandable for the time. :-/
Emergency!: Trainee (1972)
Why we do what we do (or, Roy to the rescue!)
"Why we do what we do" might have been used as a title for this episode. Instead it's called "Trainee," which is also apt. It's very much a paramedic episode, having been written by the paramedic pioneer on whom the John Gage character was based, and highlighted a lot of issues that the paramedic program faced in those early years.
The Trainee in question, Ed Marlowe, was a medic in Vietnam, and had lots of hands-on surgical and practical experience there. He assumes his knowledge and experience will translate easily to the paramedic program: he was at the top of his paramedic class, got highest marks in the program's history, etc. On paper, he's a GREAT paramedic. The problem comes in the field, when all that theory becomes practice. Marlowe makes a number of assumptions and doesn't see any reason to go "by the book." He considers it a waste of time to get permission from Rampart when HE knows exactly what needs to be done. Not surprisingly, firebrand Johnny gets into it with him, but more importantly we see Roy--genial, easy-going Roy--confront Marlowe not once, not twice, but THREE times, trying to get Marlowe to rein in his ego. After all, Roy reminds him, when they're on a call, it's all about the patient, not the paramedic.
All in all, it's a very interesting episode. I did miss the action of the rest of Station 51, they're only seen briefly in this one, and only at the station. But for those who are interested in the genesis of the paramedic program, this episode helps illustrate the process of becoming a certified paramedic.
Emergency!: Fuzz Lady (1972)
The best scene in this episode was when the "fuzz lady" asks John & Roy to help her nab a hospital-supply thief. When she's ready to frisk the suspect in the parking garage, she hands the gun to a stunned Johnny, who looks both perplexed and slightly sick at the thought of holding it. (And the way he was waving it around was a recipe for disaster!). But the best, absolute best, was right after that, when she took the gun back and ordered Roy ("You!") to get the cuffs out of her pocket and cuff the suspect. Roy, being Roy, actually said "Excuse me" to the perp as he bent his arm back to attach the cuffs. Too funny!!
This was a hospital-heavy episode (except for the requisite Big Rescue to finish the hour), and I didn't really care for Sharon Gless as the "fuzz lady," who was actually a sheriff's deputy. Also, this episode foreshadows the tension between Morton and the paramedics, which flares up again from time to time. But, I always love seeing "the boys" in action, so that alone is worth the cost of admission on this one.