Emergency! (1972–1979)
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The Wedsworth-Townsend Act 

The new LACFD paramedics struggle to prove themselves to a doubtful Dr. Brackett as a pending state bill authorizing their field duties comes to a vote.

Director:

Jack Webb

Writers:

Harold Jack Bloom (creator), Robert A. Cinader (creator) (as R.A. Cinader) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Fuller ... Dr. Kelly Brackett
Julie London ... Dixie McCall, R.N.
Bobby Troup ... Dr. Joe Early
Randolph Mantooth ... Paramedic John Gage
Kevin Tighe ... Paramedic Roy DeSoto
Martin Milner ... Officer Pete Malloy
Kent McCord ... Officer Jim Reed
Jack Kruschen ... State Assemblyman Michael Wolski
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Woman In Trouble
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Man with Ulcer
Art Balinger ... Chief Conrad, Battalion 14
Virginia Gregg ... Wilma Jacobs, R.N.
Herb Vigran ... Committee Chairman
Colby Chester ... Fireman Tony Freeman
Ron Pinkard Ron Pinkard ... Tom Gray, M.D.
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Storyline

The Wedworth-Townsend Act (Assembly Bill PM 11307) passed on July 14, 1970. This 2-part pilot episode is set in early to mid-1970 during the 7.5 months before passage. Mark VII Productions/ Jack Webb passes the torch and segues "Dragnet" with "Emergency!" using the protagonists of "Adam-12" in cameo roles and Art Balinger, alumnus of both shows, as 14th Battalion Chief Conrad. Fireman Johnny Gage works the Rescue Squad out of huge Station 10. He encounters the doctors and staff at the Emergency Center at Rampart General Hospital: Dr. Kelly Brackett, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Joe Early, eminent neurosurgeon and generous volunteer of time to Rampart and Dixie McCall, R.N., Head Nurse and decorated Korean War veteran. Johnny meets Roy DeSoto, who completed the first 12-week training program and is gung-ho to see the bill pass and the new program start. Roy retakes the training with Johnny at Rampart as Dixie finagled for Kel and Joe to teach the course; Kel is not happy. They all ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Trivia

Martin Milner (Officer Pete Malloy) and Kent McCord (Officer Jim Reed), from another Jack Webb series, Adam-12 (1968), occasionally showed up in cameos at Rampart Hospital. After appearing in the series premiere on January 15, 1972, they later appeared in Emergency!: Hang-Up (1972), another first-season episode that aired on April 8, 1972. However, this second appearance is in an installment of their own TV show "Adam-12", which the Station 51 crew watch on the firehouse TV. After being established as "real" people in the pilot, no explanation is given for their subsequent appearance in a fictional TV show. To add even more confusion, after the second appearance, the main cast of Emergency! appeared in Adam-12: Lost and Found (1972), which aired on October 4, 1972. See more »

Goofs

When Gage and DeSoto are aiding in the rescue of the miner trapped under the tractor and the tunnel wall collapses, several rocks can be seen floating on the water, obviously made of foam or some similar material. See more »

Quotes

Paramedic John Gage: [Gage learns that the man he rescued had worsened beyond hope in transit to the hospital because his team was not able to medically stabilize him first] Rescue, Hell! All we rescued was a corpse.
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Connections

Followed by Emergency!: Survival on Charter #220 (1978) See more »

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Emergency--now this was "Must See TV"
22 June 2005 | by johnfuenSee all my reviews

I remember that a few years ago, NBC used "Must see TV" as their network slogan. They should have used it back in 1972. I was about 14 when the show hit the air and I don't think I missed more than a couple of episodes during its network run. Much like Adam 12, the show concentrated on the day to day activities of its main characters, in this case 2 LA county Paramedics, and the hospital staff that helped them save the lives of people in trouble. Just like Adam 12, there was humorous interplay between the younger team member, Johnny Gage (Randolph Mantooth) and the older, senior member Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe).

It was particularly funny to see the ever on the make Gage trying his moves on nurses. In a way, he was the forerunner of Frank "Ponch" Poncherello in his constant attempts on charming single females.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1972 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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