Chico and the Man (1974–1978)

The Hot Rock 

Ed plans to make a fortune by getting his kidney stone removed.


Jack Donohue


James Komack (created by), Ron Friedman


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Episode cast overview:
Jack Albertson ... Ed Brown
Scatman Crothers ... Louie Wilson
Gabriel Melgar Gabriel Melgar ... Raul Garcia
Della Reese ... Della Rogers
Herb Edelman ... Doctor
Ned Glass ... Berkowitz


Ed plans to make a fortune by getting his kidney stone removed.

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21 July 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Barbecuing a kidney stone
6 July 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Hot Rock" is a kidney stone that gives Ed, the pain in the a--, a pain that leaves him hunched over. Louie drops by with a crazy idea for barbecuing through solar power, offering Ed a partnership for $2400. Two different medical insurance policies inspires a get rich quick scheme to receive expensive surgery under cynical doctor Herb Edelman. Della warns him about going under the knife unnecessarily, especially after her uncle wandered into the wrong operating room and came out her aunt! Fellow patient Berkowitz (Ned Glass) shows off his broken bones, all of which resulted from a simple blood test in 'this wonderful hospital!' Kathleen Doyle, who'd previously played a nurse on James Komack's WELCOME BACK, KOTTER, repeats the part here unbilled.

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