Emergency! (1972–1979)
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The paramedics have a female reporter accompanying them for the day who rubs some of the personnel of Station 51 the wrong way.


Georg Fenady (as George Fenady)


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




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
Leslie Charleson ... Christy Todd
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Tilly Meers
Dick Van Patten ... Morris Meers
Joshua Bryant ... Mr. Bodine
Michael Richardson ... Artie Howarth
Stacy Harris ... Mr. Howarth
Janit Baldwin ... Monica Howarth
Randall Carver ... Harvey Gibbs
Susan Damante ... Harvey Gibbs's Neighbor (as Susan Damonte)
Michael Norell Michael Norell ... Captain Hank Stanley


Journalist Christy Todd is assigned to cover Squad 51's rescues, and has an immediate dislike to John's (and many of the other firemen/male doctors') chauvinistic demeanor toward her, after Dixie recognizes most of John's rude personality. The journalist also observes the team save a trapped man under stuck under live power lines, a man trapped in a sofabed, another man, whose arm is stuck in a garbage disposal, and another man trapped in a bombed building, during which Roy has to rescue an injured John before the building explodes. The doctors treat a boy poisoned by wild hemlock and a girl addicted to drugs. After a nurse who failed to follow Dr. Brackett's instructions, he vehemently fired her, who himself brought that on to Dixie, hearing mistakes that kill people, which led her into calming Brackett down. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (brothergaryii@gmail.com)

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25 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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Dr Morton says that the boy who'd accidentally eaten wild hemlock plants might have been saved if he'd been brought in an hour earlier, but all indications are that the boy was brought in immediately. So it would not have been possible for him to have been brought in an hour earlier. See more »


[first lines]
Fireman John Gage: With our luck, we're probably gonna have to drive him around.
Fireman Roy DeSoto: Now look. Don't complain. Any publicity this program can get is valuable.
Fireman John Gage: Yeah. We have enough to do on our runs without to playing host to some newspaper guy.
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Not the best--a very 'dated' episode
6 July 2013 | by slackersmomSee all my reviews

This episode, in my opinion, has not stood the test of time, as the main conflict in it is no longer an issue today, and something that anyone under the age of 30 wouldn't be able to identify with. Regardless, it at least gives food for thought.

The journalist assigned to ride with Squad 51 is a woman--a young, very attractive woman (Christy). Of course, Gage finds her charming... until she opens her mouth and challenges and questions everything that the paramedics--and even the firefighters--do. "I could have done that. Women can do that too," is her refrain. Her reverse chauvinism is off- putting and grating.

To me, the biggest failing of this episode is the lack of follow-up, and the fact that the storyline didn't get thoroughly explained. For one thing, I want to know what Dixie had to say to Christy. After the arrogant journalist takes Brackett to task for his perceived attitude of male superiority (in his own department, no less!), Dixie suggests the two women have a cup of coffee. And personally, I want to know what they talked about! Dixie is very confident woman; she's surrounded by headstrong men on a daily basis, and not only does SHE not feel they're superior to her, the men themselves don't think that either. If anyone could, Dixie might have been able to give Christy a better perspective of the people she was supposed to be writing about (paramedics, firefighters, doctors), all of whom just happen to be men. Secondly, it was commented on more than once that whatever article this woman writes could have an impact on the public's opinion of the paramedic program (and firefighting in general), but not once do we hear what she actually ends up writing about for her article. Was it fair? Complimentary? Glowing, even? At the building explosion site, after Roy helps Johnny escape just before it blows, viewers are led to believe that she might be 'seeing the light' about firefighters and how they're willing to brave imminent danger to help 'one of their own,' and yet, we don't get to find out if that's true since, again, we don't know what she wrote about. I suppose firefighting can be a real "boy's club;" it's still dominated by men and I'm sure a fire station can probably have an atmosphere like a sports locker room, but still, this woman was judging every firefighter by whatever preconceptions she had, whether true or not, without giving them the benefit of the doubt. (Plus, did anyone else think it odd? Here she is a journalist, and she's five feet away from a man who's been sought by the police for blowing up buildings... and she didn't at least TRY to talk to him??? Not much of a journalist, imho!)

Lastly, the BIG mystery is... how did Johnny get a date with her? They had been at daggers drawn for the whole time she was with Station 51, and most of that time he couldn't stand to be in the same room with her. So what happened? Did he ask her out in spite of his dislike of her? Did she ask HIM out? Obviously any explanation that Johnny Gage gives about women should be taken with a grain (or shaker) of salt, so how did that REALLY come to pass?? Inquiring minds really do want to know!!

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