"Discards" is an episode of Diagnosis Murder starring Dick Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell, and Charlie Schlatter. Jesse's dad Dane Travis fights off an assaulter with amazing ease, then turns up in Jesse's flat unannounced, and thanks to Mark's good word is granted quality time, fishing together in ... See full summary »

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... Dr. Mark Sloan
... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
... Dr. Jesse Travis
... Steve Sloan
... Cinnamon Carter
... Dane Travis
... John Garrison
... Jim Kesler
... Alexander Drake
... Bruce
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Jesse's dad Dane Travis fights off an assaulter with amazing ease, then turns up in Jesse's flat unannounced, and thanks to Mark's good word is granted quality time, fishing together in Baja. Steve examines a certain Kim, found at LAX with a broken neck. Dane bails out on the fishing, Jesse has to content himself with dinner in Del Florio at 8. Jesse gets another surprise visit from his tall step-brother Bruce Travis from Toronto, whose mother may divorce Dane, Jesse invites him along to the restaurant; when Dane hears, he gets jumpy and strangles Bruce in the lavatory before Jesse's eyes, explaining it's an assassin, not his son: Dane is a CIA analyst without a family and forcibly takes unwilling Jesse for his own safety to a company facility, where he confers with colleague Cinnamon Carter on spy matters and tells both he fears to be targeted by Jim Kesler, the son of a former colleague whom Dane had to kill before he switched to a desk job after the Cold War. Jesse decides to stick... Written by KGF Vissers

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Phil Morris, who plays "Jim Kesler," is the son of Greg Morris who played Barney Collier in the original Mission: Impossible series. Phil also starred in the 1988 reboot of the classic series, where played Barney's son. See more »

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At the beginning Dane Travis wears sunglasses in the dark parking garage which would make it unnecessarily hard to see. See more »

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Old time spy fans should love this
17 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

I'm watching this because Robert Culp is in it. It has a kinda silly plot about spies, but Culp is always interesting. Then Barbara Bain from Mission Impossible comes on. Then another actor from a different spy series comes on. Then another one. All from secret agent shows in the 60's and 70's. The dialogue isn't great but seeing all these TV spies from the past is a blast! And it becomes clear that the title - Discards - is meant apply to plot elements as well as the actors themselves, although fans of those series will argue that the actors prove that they are more than just "discards".

Roughly, the plot involves an attempt by unknown people to resurrect an old spy network that some of the actors were part of.


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