The Greatest American Hero episode “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” originally aired April 29, 1981 and features one of my favorite Maxwell action shots…
“You boys are all through for today…”
In the episode, an old friend of Bill’s, who is a LA cop, is planning to leave the department and take some hot diamonds with him to fund his retirement. Winslow tries to get Bill to go in with him, but when Bill hesitates, Winslow says it’s all a joke. But Bill knows it’s not and he attempts to stop Winslow from going through with the plan.
In this first clip, Winslow is a tired cop and has become very disillusioned. He shares his plan with Bill who is clearly verrrry uncomfortable with it.
In this next clip, Bill pulls some Federal weight and basically bulldozes his way in on Winslow’s scheme. The other side of this episode is Ralph’s decision to put away the suit after nearly sending a busload of people off a cliff, thus his reluctance to don it here.
The final first season episode of I Spy, “One Thousand Fine” aired this date (April 27) in 1966. Still in Acapulco, Kelly and Scotty are given an assignment to locate a missing US Air force plane that was carrying nearly $6 million in gold when it crashed 8 years earlier. The only surviving crew member, Jack Gannon, is an old acquaintance of Kelly’s and together the men, along with Jack’s fiancé go looking for the plane. To complicate things a bit Jack’s fiancé is someone from Kelly’s past…
The past between Kelly and Jean (Jack’s finance) creates some tension in this episode. This first clip shows the tension with Jack and the brewing jealously. The second half of the clip has a great bit of comic relief from Scotty.
Another great scene with some more tension between the three characters. Jean figures out what Kelly’s secret was that he couldn’t tell her years before and Jack’s jealously is still brewing. It’s also becoming apparent that relationship between Jean and Jack is changing as Jack knows they’re getting closer to finding the gold.
And finally a clip from the beginning of the episode (it wasn’t all tense!) with some great back n’ forth between Kelly and Scotty about, what else, a girl. “All other bikinis would be stuffed with plaster of paris” next to Kelly’s latest find.
…is to make you bow to someone else’s command. The I Spy episode “It’s All Done With Mirrors” originally aired this date, April 13, 1966. While on a break in Acapulco, Kelly is abducted and brainwashed into believing that Scotty must be killed because he has turned traitor. But does Kelly believe it enough?
Carroll O’Connor plays the enemy scientist, Dr. Karolyi, who conditions Kelly and is very far removed from Archie Bunker here.
In the clip below, “Miss Pemberly” reminds Kelly of why Scotty must be killed. Although Kelly thinks she’s a government agent like himself, she is actually part of the team that brainwashed him.
There are many great scenes in this episode (the entire episode is superb) but this one below is fantastic for the tension that builds with Kelly’s erratic behavior and treatment of Scotty.
…for The Greatest American Hero episode “Saturday Night on Sunset Boulevard” which aired this date, April 8, 1981. When Bill fails his lie detector test he has to bargain his way back into the good graces of the bureau, with a little help from Ralph, Pam, the suit and Ralph’s students.
This episode establishes the highly entertaining and classic animosity between Bill and Carlisle. It can be assumed that William Bogart’s subsequent appearances on the show, with Carlisle’s promotion to Agent in Charge of the LA bureau and becoming Maxwell’s suffering boss, was due basically to this one scene.
Bill’s six month lie detector debriefing, however, does not go well…
To bargain his way back into the good graces of the bureau (and bury the failed lie detector test) Bill figures to find one of two missing people that the FBI are anxious to find. To do so, he’ll need some foot soldiers. Enter, Ralph’s students…
…she was a pain in the butt for Kelly and Scotty! The I Spy episode “There Was a Little Girl” aired this date, April 6, 1966. Kelly and Scotty are assigned to “babysit” the teenage daughter of a US cabinet member on her vacation to Mexico. Buying a souvenir at a shop gets her and the boys mixed up with drug smugglers.
In the clip below, the young Kathy Sherman is easily dazzled, but not dazzled enough with Kelly’s history lesson on the Church of San Sebastian and Santa Prisca in Taxco, Mexico.
Kathy’s mask was originally sold to her in error and the shop owner tries everything to get it back. In the clip below, another attempt is made…
Lastly, this clip is for no other reason than Culp wearing cowboy boots and Cosby’s line of “You’re the one that wanted to look like a cowboy.” He shoulda called him Hoby!