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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Kelly Brackett
... Dixie McCall, R.N.
... Dr. Joe Early
... Paramedic John Gage
... Paramedic Roy DeSoto
... Barney 'Doc' Coolidge
... Ofcr. II Les Taylor
... Ofcr. Dave Gordon
Gary Crosby ... Supervisor Walt Marsh
Rose Ann Deel ... Patty Burns (as Rose Ann Zecker)
... Mrs. Quincy (as Ruth Mc Devitt)
... Rosa Bernardi
Stephanie Steele ... Sandy
... Officer Garcia
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)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Barney 'Doc' Coolidge: Thoase people at Rampart, they did all right on this. I'd like to meet that fella Brackett one of these days.
Supervisor Walt Marsh: Why don't you give him a call?
Barney 'Doc' Coolidge: Nah. They're busy over there. I wouldn't want to bother him.
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Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright
19 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's not good form to comment on other reviewers but I make a brief exception here. It's one thing to dislike something for articulable reasons, but quite another to characterize it as 'creepy' (one of the most egregious but casually tossed around deprecations made these days) without stating why. For me it says more about the commentator than the target.

Not to mention that reducing Harmon's role as a 'dog catcher' illustrated the point of the episode! That said, this episode was formulaic, predictable and looked very much like a pilot for a spin-off. Nevertheless I found it fun and informative. Though I love them, Jack Webb's public service shows tend to be clunky in dialog but this one was better than usual. It was corny, but when the injured firefighter at Rampart gave up his place in line, so to speak, for treatment of the goat, I gave him my applause.

If nothing else, watch this one for the by-play between all the ER professionals, Brackett and Dixie in particular. David Huddleston makes a great case for DVMs as well, and humanizes Brackett in the process.

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