Sunday, March 31, 2013

MCMILLAN AND WIFE ONCE UPON A DEAD MAN

(PILOT)

Guest Stars

Jack Albertson as Police Chief Yeakel
Rene Auberjonois as Mr. Stryker
Kurt Kasznar as Mr Corday
Jonathan Harris as Mr. Wortzel
Herb Edelman as Mr. Constantine
Jonathan harris as Mr. Wortzel

Sally has set up a charity auction at Merryvale antiques and she is working with Mr. Constantine who he does not want any police at his auction house. The business has its own security, so sally calls and gets him to call off the police. But she shouldn't have done that, that night the auction is robbed.

The most valuable piece in the auction is the coffin of Caesarian, son of Caesar and Cleopatra, which is covered with gold and jewels. During the auction all the items are kept in a locked room in the basement and are brought out one at a time by armed guards.

After the auction the police find out that a city utility truck from the water department was used to carry away the coffin. The burglars had gotten near the auction house through tunnels and then blasted a hole through the vault.





An antique clock was being auctioned just before the coffin and it goes for too much money. this leads mac to the conclusion that the bidding was rigged to give someone time to get the coffin out of the building.


There is a big hole in the vault where the items where kept and this leads to a tunnel for the water department. a water department truck was stolen just before the auction and mac is sure this is how the coffin, which was quite heavy, was taken away.


Sally goes to visit Corday at his shop, he was one of the bidders, and he wasn't wearing the hearing aid that he had at the auction. Corday is killed before Mac can question him.


So Mac suspects the bidders on the antique clock and starts to investigate the two bidders, Chief Yaekel suspects Mac's driver, who is a ex-con. Enright and Mac try to figure out how long it would take to carry the coffin out of the auction house.





Here is a good mystery in this episode, but mostly it does a good job of setting up the series. We learn that Mac talks to Sally about all his cases because her father was a former police commissioner.

Enright is becoming Mac's trusted sidekick and the marriage between the title characters is a close and loving one. In the pilot, Sally is young and naive, she gets more mature and confident as the series goes on. There is no Mildred in the episode, although she is mentioned.

This house is in the city, but in the next episode, Mac and Sally are moving out of a house in the suburbs to move to the duplex they will have for the rest of the series. The house is actually Rock Hudson’s and he allowed the pilot to be filmed there.

However in the next episode the couple are moving out of a house in the suburbs into the duplex where they will live for most of the series.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

BANACEK NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON'T

(SEASON TWO, EPISODE EIGHT)

There is a magic show being put on for charity. Bradley Merrick is doing an disappearing trunk trick with his daughter. The daughter is put in the trunk and at the end of the trick, she is out of the trunk and her father is in it. She gets out of the trunk, but when they open it up he is not in it. The police at the theater to arrest him for 1.75 million in disappearing securities.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

BANACEK FLY ME IF YOU CAN FIND ME

(SEASON TWO, EPISODE SEVEN)

A plane is flying from La to Philadelphia and 2 engines fail. At first, they contact Las Vegas for an emergency landing, but a man comes on the radio. He says Hankston Field is nearer and , as a former Air Force base, is suitable for landing.

The 3 man flight crew and 2 flight attendants (one played by Victoria Principal) land safely and are met by Charlie Tyson, the man on the radio. He takes the women and 2 of the flight crew into town to a motel for the night. The flight engineer, Walt, stays with the plane. He calls the charter owner, then grabs a soda from the machine in front of the airport and that is the last time he is seen alive.

He is found the next morning at the airport dead and the plane is missing. Charlie Tyson has also disappeared.

Old Polish Proverb
When the wolf is chasing your sleigh, throw him a raisin cookie. But don’t stop to bake him a cake.
A truly wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn.




Sunday, March 10, 2013

BANACEK ROCKET TO OBLIVION

(SEASON TWO EPISODE SIX)

Cherry (Linda Evans) is setting up an exposition for new inventions. She knew Banacek was she was 12 and had a crush on him. The exposition has several exhibits including a dry cleaning laser (invented by Dick Van Patten’s character) and a revolutionary rocket engine. It is much smaller than a regular engine, it is insured for 5 million dollars.

There is a private preview and Carly is there on behalf of the insurance company. There has been a threat to destroy the engine, so it is put inside a plastic cylinder for the viewing. Wardlow, the engine inventor, has invited some people who refused him funding, just the rub their noses in their mistake. They want the engine and the government wants the engine.

Wardlow is rather paranoid. As he is talking about the engine in front of his exhibit. A light falls over on the laser exhibit and the lights go out. When they come back on, the engine has disappeared from the cylinder.



Old Polish Proverbs



If the butterfly had teeth like the tiger it would never make it out of the hanger.
It is harder for the spider to catch the fly than it is for the fly to catch a horse.




Sunday, March 3, 2013

BANACEK HORSE OF A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT COLOR

(SEASON TWO, EPISODE 5)

Oxford Don is a famous race horse who is being sold for stud. He is training for his last race and the press is there. His owner taught him a trick which he does for the reporters. Then he goes out on the track.

On the way back to the stable the horse seems to be painted, it is running from the sweat from the workout. It looks like he was taken while he was on the track and the jockey disappears later. This takes place in California and Banacek is eventually called in. The horse owner and one of the trainers are female and both seem to like Banacek, of course.

OLD POLISH PROVERB
Only someone with nothing to be sorry about smiles back at the rear of an elephant.
The chicken that clucks the loudest is the one most likely to go to the steam-fitters picnic.