Harry O (1973–1976)
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The Mysterious Case of Lester and Dr. Fong 

The fourth "Lester" episode is a pilot for what would have been a spin off "Fong and Hodges" series. (Sadly, the episode's relatively low ratings may have been the tipping point in ABC ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Thorpe

Writers:

Howard Rodman (creator), Robert Dozier (executive story consultant) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Harry Orwell
Anthony Zerbe ... Lt. K.C. Trench
Keye Luke ... Dr. Creighton Fong
Les Lannom ... Lester Hodges
Anne Archer ... Felicia Applequist
Sorrell Booke ... Edward Tabor
Dean Jagger ... Simon Applequist
Judith McConnell ... Sylvia Applequist
Roddy McDowall ... Arnold Applequist
Stuart Whitman ... Arthur Rubin
Paul Tulley Paul Tulley ... Sgt. Roberts
Richard Stahl ... Dr. Samuelson
Susan Adams Susan Adams ... Jean Parnell
Barry Atwater ... Hammond
Bea Silvern Bea Silvern ... Mrs. Grinsing
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Storyline

The fourth "Lester" episode is a pilot for what would have been a spin off "Fong and Hodges" series. (Sadly, the episode's relatively low ratings may have been the tipping point in ABC deciding to cancel "Harry O." Harry receives a note from Simon Applequist, asking Harry to come to a meeting at Applequist's palatial mansion. Applequist is a fabulously successful businessman who made more enemies than even he could count. Applequist greats Harry and introduces him to his various relatives -- one of whom is Lester Hodges. Then he fixes a baleful glare on the group and announces someone has sent him a threatening audiotape. Applequist puts the tape on and sits back as a whispered death threat plays. As the voice hisses: "Wait to die! Wait to die!" that's what Applequist does. Officially he suffered a heart attack, but Lester and his oft-mentioned mentor, Dr. Creighton Fong find that Applequist was poisoned by a venom found in the skin of an Amazon River basin alligator. At the reading ... Written by Peter Harris

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1976 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Keye Luke first worked with David Janssen 18 years prior to this on Janssen's first TV show, Richard Diamond, Private Detective: Chinese Honeymoon (1958). Each time, Luke played a doctor and Janssen played a private detective. See more »

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Harry Orwell: I've never met Simon Applequist and from what I'd heard about him I wasn't sure I wanted to. But he'd asked to see me and the note requesting my presence was accompanied by $1000 in cash. At those prices, why not see how the other half lives.
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not enough Harry
31 March 2016 | by MissClassicTVSee all my reviews

While not entirely without merit, this episode doesn't belong. There were only 44 regular season episodes of Harry O and it's a shame this is one of them. This one is all about Lester. They should have just made a TV movie featuring Lester and Fong. Instead, we have this, and it's one less hour of Harry O for the archives. Harry and Trench are hardly in this episode. Actually, it's kind of similar to "The Last Heir" from season 1 in that one by one a member of a wealthy family is being killed off. It's a whodunit. Really a waste of time. Viewers watch Harry O for David Janssen. Not a show heavy on forensic evidence with a character that's OK as a sidekick but can't carry an entire episode.


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