Emergency! (1972–1979)
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John and Roy have a trainee ride along for field experience, but he's an ex-army medic with vociferously little patience for civilian paramedic protocols.


Dennis Donnelly


Harold Jack Bloom (created by), Robert A. Cinader (created by) (as R.A. Cinader) | 1 more credit »

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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
Robert Pratt Robert Pratt ... Ed Marlowe
Jackie Coogan ... Junkyard Owner
Charles H. Gray ... Chief Sorenson
Michael Norell Michael Norell ... Captain Hank Stanley
Tim Donnelly ... Fireman Chet Kelly
Marco Lopez Marco Lopez ... Fireman Marco Lopez
Mike Stoker Mike Stoker ... Fireman Mike Stoker
Vince Howard Vince Howard ... 1st Deputy
Lillian Lehman Lillian Lehman ... Nurse Carol Williams
Ron Henriquez Ron Henriquez ... Sailor


A paramedic from Vietnam has been assigned to John and Roy, who absolutely thinks that he knows more than the Rampart doctors. Dixie confronts the trainee about his unprofessional behavior with the staff, especially, the paramedics. Roy, John, and the trainee interrupt a purse-snatching, rescue a man who fell down a cliff, help a woman overdosed on prescription drugs, and save a man with an insulin reaction. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (brothergaryii@gmail.com)

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11 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The location where the guy falls of the cliff was also used in the "A-Team" episode "Harder Than it looks". See more »


In shots of Roy, John and Ed in the squad, we see a blue studio background rather than the scenery moving in the background. One scene they came up on a grove of palm trees and the inside shot has none. See more »


[first lines]
Fireman Roy DeSoto: [Reading results of inspection] OK. Item number 12. All the alleyways should be a minimum of ten feet width. All right? Number 13. There are several piles of accumulated combustibles around your yard here. Item 14. All acetalyne bottles should be stored in an upright position. Now uh...
[cut off by Junkyard Owner]
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Why we do what we do (or, Roy to the rescue!)
5 July 2013 | by slackersmomSee all my reviews

"Why we do what we do" might have been used as a title for this episode. Instead it's called "Trainee," which is also apt. It's very much a paramedic episode, having been written by the paramedic pioneer on whom the John Gage character was based, and highlighted a lot of issues that the paramedic program faced in those early years.

The Trainee in question, Ed Marlowe, was a medic in Vietnam, and had lots of hands-on surgical and practical experience there. He assumes his knowledge and experience will translate easily to the paramedic program: he was at the top of his paramedic class, got highest marks in the program's history, etc. On paper, he's a GREAT paramedic. The problem comes in the field, when all that theory becomes practice. Marlowe makes a number of assumptions and doesn't see any reason to go "by the book." He considers it a waste of time to get permission from Rampart when HE knows exactly what needs to be done. Not surprisingly, firebrand Johnny gets into it with him, but more importantly we see Roy--genial, easy-going Roy--confront Marlowe not once, not twice, but THREE times, trying to get Marlowe to rein in his ego. After all, Roy reminds him, when they're on a call, it's all about the patient, not the paramedic.

All in all, it's a very interesting episode. I did miss the action of the rest of Station 51, they're only seen briefly in this one, and only at the station. But for those who are interested in the genesis of the paramedic program, this episode helps illustrate the process of becoming a certified paramedic.

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