The F.B.I. (1965–1974)
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An Elephant Is Like a Rope 

A young man drives to FBI headquarters from Virginia. He is carrying a large amount of cash and has been shot. He also can't remember his own identity. Is he a criminal or an innocent. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Medford

Writers:

Robert Leslie Bellem (teleplay), Lee Erwin (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Inspector Lewis Erskine
Philip Abbott ... Arthur Ward
Stephen Brooks Stephen Brooks ... Special Agent Jim Rhodes
Lynn Loring ... Barbara Erskine
Beau Bridges ... Jerry Foley
Larry Gates ... Dr. Lovane
Wright King ... Scott Boles
Paul Mantee ... Frank Macklin
Ted Knight ... Doc Ventura
John McLiam ... David Callander
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Roy Moberly
Parley Baer ... Jake Jason
Mary Jackson ... Mrs. Otto Foshay
Vincent Van Lynn Vincent Van Lynn ... Lucky Sandstone
Nora Marlowe Nora Marlowe ... Harmony Butler
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A young man drives to FBI headquarters from Virginia. He is carrying a large amount of cash and has been shot. He also can't remember his own identity. Is he a criminal or an innocent. The title stems from the story of blind men trying to establish what an elephant looks like by feeling different parts of the animal. That story summarizes the challenge facing Erskine and Rhodes as they try to reconstruct what happened. On top of that, a pair of hit men are stalking the boy. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Who is he and where did he get nearly half a million?!
28 February 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the episode begins, a young man (Beau Bridges) finds a dying man and his car by the side of the road. The man dies soon after...and the young guy finds nearly half a million dollars stashed in the car! He takes the car and is soon intercepted by another car carrying two thugs (one is Ted Knight). They shoot him and somehow he escapes.

A bit later, the bleeding guy wanders into the FBI building and collapses. Now the agency has to determine who he and and where all this money came from as well as is the money legitimately his. But there are a few problems. First, after surgery, the guy has no memory of who he is...and this is consistent with his injury according to the surgeon. Second, no one has reported this money as missing. Can the agents sort all this out by the time the final credits arrive?

This is an interesting episode with a rather violent finale. Worth seeing...and worth seeing Ted Knight playing someone this awful. In fact, before he played Ted Baxter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", he did occasionally play evil folks...not just here but on "Get Smart" and a few other shows.


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