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The Strange Fate of Flight 608 

Joe and Frank are in Bermuda. Before they leave, a man who works for a someone who smuggles diamonds, needing money to pay back some people he owes, steals the diamonds and replaces them ... See full summary »

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Ron Satlof
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shaun Cassidy ... Joe Hardy
Parker Stevenson ... Frank Hardy
Thayer David ... Goldman
Robin Mattson ... Carla Bradley
Katherine Moffat ... Beverly Dettman (as Kitty Ruth)
William Sylvester ... Martin Dettman
Herbie Braha ... Prager (as Herb Braha)
Susan Woollen ... Margaret
Frank Parker ... Captain Morse
Don Marshall ... Flight Engineer Eddy Baker
John Clavin ... Hal
Elena Frank ... Lisa Lindsay
Rozelle Gayle Rozelle Gayle ... 1st Twin (as Rozelie Gayle)
Byron Webster ... 1st Newsman
Warren Munson ... Controller
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Joe and Frank are in Bermuda. Before they leave, a man who works for a someone who smuggles diamonds, needing money to pay back some people he owes, steals the diamonds and replaces them with fakes. His boss then gives them to his courier, a flight attendant on the plane Joe and Frank are on. So he goes to the airport and before it leaves, drugs the pilots, so while in flight, they pass out. So Frank and Joe try to fly but instead crash on an island and some of the passengers think they're in the Bermuda Triangle. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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When deplaning during the emergency, you see numerous men boarding the boats and rowing them. The plane should only have had 5 men, the three pilots and the Hardy Boys. See more »

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A cheesy, reasonably entertaining piece of fluff
21 July 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

A diamond smuggler is attempting to put one over on his New York associates by sending glass instead of the real thing. To cover his tracks, he decides to drug the flight crew in hopes of bringing down the plane. His thinking is that if the plane is lost, the fake diamonds will be lost. As you might expect, Frank and Joe are on the ill-fated flight.

I'm not going to go into a lot detail about the actual episode. It is about what you'd expect - a cheesy, reasonably entertaining piece of fluff. Instead, I want to write about a couple of things that stood out to me as I re-watched The Strange Fate of Flight 608 last night. First, I've said this before, but seriously, is there anything these guys can't do? We've already seen the boys fly a small, private plane. But here, they get the chance to fly and land a commercial airliner in the middle of a hurricane. Not a problem for the Hardys! And I loved the way the boys took charge after safely landing the plane on a deserted island. On a plane loaded with trained flight attendants, Frank and Joe are just about the only ones to keep their heads. How remarkable!

Second, I'm not sure what the thinking was behind the two diamond smugglers. I'm shocked they put these guys in a 70s TV show aimed at a teenage demographic. The character Goldman is obviously "inspired" by Sydney Greenstreet. And less obvious, but I'm sure no less intentional, is Herbie Braha's take on Peter Lorre who often played Greenstreet's henchman. I'm not sure any of the kids got it in 1977 (I know that as a 14 year-old, I didn't), so it just seems terribly odd. Not to mention, the characters seem wildly out of place.


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6 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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