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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.
Emergency!: Saddled (1972)
Something a little different
Along with the previous episode, Peace Pipe, this episode (Saddled) is a little different than the 'usual' Emergency! show. Peace Pipe got a little political with Johnny talking about the Indian (i.e., Native American) situation, and this one goes in a different direction.
The two main story lines are about a little boy with a head injury which leads Brackett to suspect something even more serious, and a nun who is seriously injured and trapped inside a crashed bus. Most of the boy's story takes place at the hospital, but it's the scene of the bus crash that forms the crux of the story. Roy is the first one to assist her, and while John is busy getting the bus passengers (a bunch of kids) evacuated, Roy stays at Sister Barbara's side doing what he can for her until they can get the equipment in there to extract her. (And, this being TV and all, of course the nun is young and very attractive. Not that that has anything to do with Roy's care of her, of course, but as I said, it's TV, so naturally she has to be pretty.) Anyway, she's a brave soul and asks the boys to retrieve her purse for her and give her her rosary. Then she asks Roy to read her a prayer from her prayer book. "I'm not Catholic," he protests. "I'm sure God won't mind," she replies. (Of course!!!!) Roy reads the prayer, which is really quite a touching scene, and once she's extricated out of the bus she later asks Roy to accompany her to the hospital. You can see he's quite moved by this encounter, and the viewer almost expects Roy to follow up with some comment about stopping by a church at some point.
However (probably wisely), the episode ends with the usual silly banter back at the station, with Gage bearing the brunt of it. All in all, it's pretty interesting episode, and not quite run-of-the-mill.
Emergency!: Decision (1972)
I really like this episode. Roy's "dilemma" was very natural, something I'm sure a lot of paramedics at the time faced at one time or another: for some reason it's not possible to reach the doctor, and action is needed NOW, so what should they do? Roy did what he thought was best based on the situation and on Brackett's instruction (keep patient ventilated), and he did it efficiently and successfully. I think Brackett's advice to Roy was good too; he basically said 'you were right to jump into action without stopping to consider details such as where he was, how far from the hospital, etc.' I've had occasion to say (and think) the same thing that Brackett said: a little amount of fear is healthy, too much will paralyze you. I wonder if that Dr. Sanderson ever apologized to Roy? He should have!
One thing I thought was interesting, though. At the house fire, I'm surprised that both John and Roy didn't go into the house for the boy. Usually in any type of situation in which someone is left in a burning building, both paramedics go in. I think in this case, for the sake of drama the writers had just Roy go in. It worked for this episode, but I don't think it was the usual practice during the run of the show.
Also, since when does the ambulance driver just stick an antenna on top of the ambulance in such a slap-dash manner?? Another contrivance that never usually happens, but which was done for dramatic effect in this episode. But that's quibbling. :-p
TWO things that were VERY GOOD about this episode!! As the first ep of the 2nd season, it marks the first appearance of our beloved Cap'n Stanley. He got no big introduction, no fanfare, and in fact I don't think he was even referred to by name, but it was great to see him. Oh, and the new firetruck, too!
The 2nd thing I liked about this ep was the final scene, of John & Roy driving back to the station in the middle of the night, all disheveled and dirty and sooty from the fire. There's something very attractive about a person (in this case, a man) who's all messy and rumpled from physical exertion. Rawr!! ;-p
Emergency!: Dilemma (1972)
Dixie dropped the ball
In the early scene in which Brackett is on the call w/ squad 51 and things are tense, we see the student nurse looking up at him worshipfully and standing about one foot away from him. Brackett moves from the EKG (?) machine back to the phone and bumps into Nurse Walters. At THAT POINT, Dixie should have stepped in and physically moved the girl away, but instead she just sat there and watched. Then Brackett bumped into the girl AGAIN, and AGAIN Dixie did nothing. She's the head nurse in the ED, so it's up to her to ensure that things run smoothly, and that includes not intentionally allowing the doctor-in-charge to get ticked off. But that's exactly what happened, and what Dixie allowed to happen. The result? Brackett lost his cool and yelled at Nurse Walters, thereby making her even more nervous and continuing the cycle of disaster.
Elsewhere, I don't know how Chet got the date with Gage's stalker Cynthia, but he was out of his mind to allow her to come into the station to meet "the guys." (And btw, I see that Johnny is already starting his habit of having some fixation to obsess about each week. I had hoped to at least get out of Season 1 before those started, but.. I guess not.) :-(