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After watching this episode, there's a reason why the series was on its last legs. The only good thing was a stunning looking Linda Dano. Col. Austin keeps seeing a ghost that looks like himself & Margaret (Linda Dano) is trying to help him. The writers threw in a side Russian Agent plot but it's 60 minutes I wish I had back.
I stumbled on this episode while waiting for my clothes to dry in the dryer & was mesmerized how bad it was for 60 minutes. Dick Van Dyke plays a lookalike mobster named John Gotti (hmmm) who wears sunglasses to differentiate between the mobster & Dr Sloan. I just stayed tuned in because Michelle Stafford plays a spicey girlfriend of Mr "G" & was always wearing something skimpy. Overall, CBS should've cancelled the series halfway through this episode & fired the writers.
The A-Team: Hot Styles (1984)
No Mr T!
Another poorly written script, but it wasn't all bad with Markie Post guest starring as a former mob wife turned model. She is dating Face until her past catches up with her. Also Mr T is nowhere to be seen until the very end of the episode. It's the only episode that he missed during the entire series. Maybe he was at the mall kiosk buying more ridiculous gold colored jewelry & couldn't make it back for shooting the episode in time.
Low Blow Of An Episode
This episode could've been really good except the writers decided to "take a dive". Why would anyone believe an aging Joe Kapp would be an amateur boxing contender? Then there is the knife throwing hitman guy with the large gut who is either a boxer and or an accomplice of the saucy yet former Batgirl Yvonne Craig. Steve gets trained by former pro boxer Jerry Quarry, whose acting skills rivaled Mr Ed. The plot is confusing until the end when the gang tries to steal some device that looked like a silver dumpster. WTF was it or why they were even stealing it is anyone's guess. (Sidebar) Three former cast members of The Longest Yard did appear in this episode, yet the theme was boxing.
Beverly Hills, 90210: Face-Off (1997)
Hockey & Harassment
Well, thank god there was some hockey involving Brandon & Tom or this episode would've been a snoozer. Donna with some way over the top acting. It seems she's been harassed way too many episodes. How about a different story arc with her character? Come on Darren Star, you're better than that. Also Kelly & Val renew their hate for each other in a love twist involving Brandon & Tom.
Ray Walston plays a scrooge like character while Dick Sargent plays his nephew who is under a lot of pressure from his uncle. Steve Austin helps Dick & his family out during Xmas. The actual plot is quite weak. Adam Rich plays the son (before his Eight is Enough days) & Quinn Cummings (before starring on Family) plays the older sister. The youngest sister doesn't have a cast credit.
Slow & Confusing
This 2 part episode was one of my least favorites. I get they were trying "The Sting" theme, but the plot was bad. Trisha Noble is worth watching, but even she can't carry it. Garner's hillbilly character was unnecessary. He should've just played a character based more on Paul Newman. Seems Angel should've had more airtime since he's always trying to run a con on previous shows.
Great & Terrible
This was one of the best & worst episodes in the series. The plot was either written by a 6 yr old kid or the actors improvised for 60 minutes. Guest stars were former NFL players Mike Henry who was fresh off The Longest Yard, Dick Butkus, Carl Weathers who was about to star in Rocky, Larry Csonka, Tom Mack & Earl Faison. As an 8 yr old kid who loved the Miami Dolphins, I remembered being excited that Csonka was on the Six Million Dollar Man. After watching it again 42 yrs later, it seemed the producers thought it was a good idea to have these guys play a sandlot football game out on a hilly field with tall grass & weeds. It was a predictable ending in 1975 & again in 2018.
Gunsmoke: Brides and Grooms (1975)
Bizarre & Terrible
This was the worst idea of an episode. It literally make no sense. It was a sequel to "The Wiving" from a year before. You'd think it being towards the end of the series before being cancelled, the writers would've paid tribute to the cast by honoring them. The actual Gunsmoke cast barely makes it in this episode. This had to be a potential spin-off idea from CBS. The mom & dad who were played by Harry Morgan & Fran Ryan are involved in getting their three sons married off all the same day. Shenanigans ensue with the brothers tusslin' with a group of local ruffians. One of the soon to be brides knew one of the ruffians & the girl keeps it a secret. Jim Backus plays a preacher who'd rather sip on some spirits than lift any for his congregation. Later that same year Harry Morgan would sign to play Col Potter on MASH. David Soul would make a pilot for ABC called "Starsky and Hutch" & it would run 4 seasons from 1975-1979.
Mannix is hired by a kid....
This episode is why Desilu should've kept Mannix working at Intertect for Lew Wickersham instead of going out on his own in season 2. Mannix is hired by a young girl to help her dad get out of prison because she thinks he is innocent. Her father is scheduled to be put to death in a matter of days. The episode was well written. The story includes the mob, Lou getting pissed at Mannix, Mannix getting down & dirty with the mob boss' girlfriend, Mannix being blown up, shot at & trampled by a horse. Does it have a happy ending? Maybe or maybe not.
Far fetched Plot
This episode was the worst of the first season. Enright dates a supermodel. No really he dates a supermodel in this episode. Without giving spoilers, the episode contains the McMillan's sitting around & talking for almost the whole time. It was as if NBC ran out of money for the show budget, so the writers come up with a plot where the McMillan's sit in their condo for the 90 minute episode. The serial killer angle would've been great if the writers were a little more creative.
Emergency!: Hang-Up (1972)
Weird Adam 12 Crossover
In the pilot episode, Malloy & Reed from Adam-12 make an appearance. Then in the 11th episode of Emergency, John & Roy discuss the Adam-12 tv show plot throughout this episode. It is a bizarre & awful written plot. The only reason I can give for this episode is Adam-12's ratings were dipping. Adam-12 would hang on for 3 more seasons before being cancelled.
Mannix: The Sound of Murder (1972)
The premise starts out with a guy spying on residents with a mic & telescope. Then a woman hires Mannix to find her missing husband. After that, there's the usual extortion, murder etc... But the jewelry heist ending made literally no sense, almost as if they added it at the last minute to the episode. Oh I almost forgot, Mannix drives off a cliff & survives with only his 100th concussion. In the first 5 seasons, I've seen Mannix drive off or literally fall down large ravines numerous times without sustaining paralysis or broken bones. Either he is Wolverine or just a lucky SOB.
Mannix: A Gathering of Ghosts (1971)
Mannix attends his HS reunion in a deserted "ghost town". Mannix' HS football teammates, well 4 teammates & 2 of their wives are the only people attending this HS reunion. Mannix has no idea it's a reunion because his invitation was a phony telegram from a "Mr Webster" about a case & someone shoots at him as he arrives as a practical joke. His former teammates had duped him because they felt he would not attend a HS reunion. If that's not strange enough, the remaining 54 minutes of the episode will have you thinking, "Were the writers on mind altering drugs when they created this script?". I've seen many Mannix episodes & this easily is the worst in the series so far.
Plot as slow as Cannon running a 100m race
This has to be one of the worst written episodes during the 5 year run. Vera Miles did a great job playing the somewhat evil president of an oil company, while her barely legal daughter, played by Vera Miles' real life daughter Kelley Miles, was dating the older oil executive framed for embezzlement. Denny Miller plays Vera Miles' assistant who was drilling more than just oil. Cannon is hired by the oil exec Alan Feinstein, who realizes someone has pegged him to take the fall when the IRS is called in to investigate corruption. Cannon finds out about the company's illegal slush fund & by the end of the episode, I just didn't care any longer. Oh yes, Cannon gets ran off the road by some heavy machinery, which made absolutely no sense when you find out who the real killer is after 55 minutes of wading through this terrible plot. Cannon does sport some 1770's style mutton chops in this episode.