Kojak (1973–1978)
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May the Horse Be with You 

Horse stealing in New York City is the focus of this episode, focusing on the kidnapping of a mare in foal and the attempts to sell her offspring (which has already been pegged as a champion racehorse) to various bidders.


Charles S. Dubin


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
George Savalas ... Det. Stavros
Mary Louise Weller ... Stacy
Roz Kelly ... Millie
Steve Franken ... Arnie Goldman
Benny Baker ... Danny Fogarty
Richard Foronjy ... Ferarro
Ric Mancini Ric Mancini ... Woody
Sally Kirkland ... Shirley
Jeff Conaway ... Bert Gaines
Sy Kramer Sy Kramer ... Elliott Myles
Jill Jaress ... Harriett
Mark Russell Mark Russell ... Det. Saperstein


A 40-year veteran cop stables his horse (illegally) in the NYPD stables where he is a groom; he is shot trying (unsuccessfully) to prevent her being stolen. The thief knows that the filly is expecting, that the sire is a champion racehorse. The plan is to sell her foal to the highest bidder. The incompetent thief is in over his head with a gangster literally calling the shots. The chase scenes are reminiscent of a Keystone-Cops-type western. Written by jeaneva

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See a man about a horse
30 November 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Other than a sharp comment to the detectives under his command and a witticism with Stavros usually the butt of same, Kojak was not a man of humor at his very serious job. However this episode where a retired cop is stabling a lame racing mare at the police barns and said mare is stolen brings the Manhattan South Squad into it.

Benny Baker is the retired cop and during the robbery he suffers some serious injuries and it's touch and go for awhile. Mary Louise Weller is the horse's trainer and she and Kojak have some history. In fact Telly Savalas has history with all of them involved.

With the exception of Jeff Conaway who did the deed. Turns out that while the horse is may be lame, she is in foal with the last horse sired by a Derby winner. That makes her valuable property and some crooks want her bad.

The episode has far more humor than is normal for Kojak. Still it's a lot of fun.

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25 February 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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