Emergency! (1972–1979)
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The staff of the local Los Angeles Country Animal Control department office assist Fire Station 51 and Rampart Hospital on some animal related emergencies.


Jack Webb


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


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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
David Huddleston ... Barney 'Doc' Coolidge
Albert Popwell ... Ofcr. II Les Taylor
Mark Harmon ... Ofcr. Dave Gordon
Gary Crosby ... Supervisor Walt Marsh
Rose Ann Deel Rose Ann Deel ... Patty Burns (as Rose Ann Zecker)
Ruth McDevitt ... Mrs. Quincy (as Ruth Mc Devitt)
Virginia Gregg ... Rosa Bernardi
Stephanie Steele Stephanie Steele ... Sandy
Ned Romero ... Officer Garcia
Ron Pinkard Ron Pinkard ... Dr. Mike Morton


Roy and Johnny respond to Bernardi's Market, called by the owner's wife who believes her husband was attacked by a maniac with a knife. Johnny investigates and comes face to face with 500 pounds of mortality: a roaring tiger. Roy asks the dispatcher to call Animal Control. Officer Dave Gordon (Mark Harmon) recognizes a Bengal tiger when he sees one; and his partner, Les Taylor, recognizes she is 450 pounds. A local man is operating an unauthorized zoo and mistreating animals. LA Animal Control is concerned with the animals' health; they want to tranquilize, not neutralize. At County Animal Shelter 2, Supervisor Walt Marsh, works with one vet, Dr. Barney Coolidge, and an assistant, trying to "catch and release" various types of wildlife displaced by modern civilization; often, they must also treat wounded or sick animals. Gordon and Taylor meet the paramedics again, trying to help an old man and his little disabled granddaughter who lost her pet Pygmy goat, William, in the brushfire. ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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1 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first (and only) time the Rampart paramedic communications station is shown to be on wheels (Starting in Season 5, the equipment was placed in a separate room). See more »


During the hospital scene where Brackett and the others are working on the pet goat, the vet gives Brackett instructions on how to intubate the goat. But in previous scenes, the goat has already been intubated. See more »


Dr. Kelly Brackett: That vet, Coolidge. I'd sure like to meet him one of these days.
Dr. Joe Early: Why don't you give him a call?
Dr. Kelly Brackett: Ah, I wouldn't want to bother him. He must be a pretty busy guy.
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From a Son of a Animal Control officer
19 June 2015 | by RichN36See all my reviews

OK this might not have been the best of the best Emergency episodes ever made but knowing what Animal Control officers go through on their day to day work load this was close to some of the adventures my Dad had gone through working in the City. Of course he never met a Tiger or Lion other then those who played on the Detroit Home Teams. But other then that he did come across some interesting events where they had to rescue Cat's and Other animals in house Attic's and other wild animal you might be surprised to find in a Big City.

I liked seeing a Very Young Mark Harmon in only his third TV appearance I'm surprised that the writers of NCIS haven't made a In-Joke about the team going after a Tiger or other Animal would be a Wink at the followers of Mark Harmon saying see where he got his start?

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