Emergency! (1972–1979)
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The Stewardess 

John falls for a stewardess and shows his stuff when a passenger has a heart attack; later, he tries to date her. The firefighters respond to a motorcycle accident and a chemical fire.


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Episode credited cast:
... Dr. Kelly Brackett
... Dixie McCall, R.N.
... Dr. Joe Early
... Paramedic John Gage
... Paramedic Roy DeSoto
... Kirk
James Ingersoll ... David Cort
Joe La Due ... Captain Dowell
... Fireman Chet Kelly
Michael Norell ... Captain Hank Stanley
Marco Lopez ... Fireman Marco Lopez (as Marco López)
Mike Stoker ... Fireman Mike Stoker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Sue Hickman
... Paramedic Tom Dwyer - Squad *51, LACoFD
Sam Lanier ... Radio Dispatcher (voice)


Roy and John are on a return flight to Los Angeles when John meets and falls for a stewardess, during the flight one of the passengers suffers from a heart attack, and the paramedics retrieve their equipment from the cargo bay (while speaking with Rampart from 30,000 feet) to help the victim, after landing John tries to get a date with the stewardess. The firemen assist a victim of a motorcycle accident and of a chemical fire, while Dixie and Dr. Early treats a young man with broken ribs, who later has epilepsy. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (brothergaryii@gmail.com)

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13 September 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Coincidentally, LA City Fire Dept station 51 is located on-site at LAX and Rescue Ambulance 51 would be first due to respond to a medical emergency on an inbound flight. See more »


The aircraft shown in flight is a Douglas DC-8. The one shown on final approach and roll out is a Boeing 747. The taxiing shots are of a Convair 990. See more »


Captain Hank Stanley: [Roy and Johnny pull Captain Stanley from the foam-covered floor after an explosion knocks him down] What a way to get clean!
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Edited from Airport 1975 (1974) See more »

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Could Have Been Better
10 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps it's my bias but I would prefer more episodes of Emergency that handled hour-long stories, rather than multiple paramedic calls. This one came pretty close, with a dramatic mid-air heart attack. Plus John's attempt to establish a relationship with a stewardess he meets on the flight from Sacramento to LAX provides a unifying thread from beginning to end.

Alas, rather than setting the story up, it starts in mid-flight as John bores the woman with tales of heroic rescues he's performed. Until one of the passengers needs medical attention she thinks he's made the stories up as a way to make a pass at her. The rest of the first 1/2 hour is devoted to treating a passenger suffering a heart attack with the plane's first aid kit, retrieving their regular equipment from the baggage compartment and establishing communications with Rampart. Gates and DeSoto get to treat the victim first on the plane and then in an ambulance en route to Rampart. Then the ER staff take over and the paramedics off to 2 more not very interesting calls before the final credits roll.

I liked the way progressively more sophisticated treatments from the plane's very limited first aid kit to working in a well-equipped ambulance to hospital emergency room were shown. But, sadly, the writers gave up an interesting chance to show the guys' reactions to each other under slowly increasing tension. It would also have been a good episode in which to demonstrate their interactions with the flight crew, the passengers (where did they all disappear to during the medical emergency and why wasn't there a seat-belt announcement before landing?), the other paramedics and ambulance driver, and the hospital staff.

I can understand that Emergency did not have a huge budget for guest stars. OTOH, an episode that gave guest cast a chance to say more than a few lines and act might have been improved the show. As it was Emergency opted for its "extra with a few lines of dialog" approach to supporting cast.

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