Fire!

Hot enough to burn through 30 years of Federal files, The Greatest American Hero episode “Fireman” originally aired this date (May 6) 1981. One of Ralph’s students, Tony, gets mixed up in an arson rap of a stereo store when he repossesses (legitimately) the car used in the crime. Worse? The Federal records depot building was torched in a similar fashion a few weeks earlier. It’s up to Bill, Ralph and Pam to clear Tony of any wrongdoing and find out who set the fires.

 

To completely …uh…smoke out the guilty party who torched the Federal records depot, Bill and Ralph bait Mr. Moody and Maxwell doesn’t mince words in his spiel. Moody then tries to give Maxwell the hot foot.

Some more classic Maxwell. The FBI and the ATF never got along anyway…

Heroes and Cowboys

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.

Saturday Night’s All Right…

…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…

What Are You Lookin’ At?

We’re lookin’ at you, Bill—er, I mean, kid! The Greatest American Hero episode “Here’s Looking at You, Kid” aired this date, April 1, 1981. Bill and Ralph must find a stolen weapons component before it’s sold to the highest bidder. Ralph discovers he can completely disappear with the suit which will be a big help, as long as he can hold it together long enough.

It’s one thing when Ralph gets the funny looks because of the suit. In this episode, Bill gets his turn when he’s pulled over by a motorcycle cop who spots the Fed appearing to be talking to himself in the car.

Later in the episode, Ralph – still invisible – saves Bill from the bad guys and they get the gun sight back. Maxwell’s retort to Ralph about using the rifle is priceless along with his grumbling later in the clip about “working with the Cheshire Cat.”

The Gang’s All Here…

…what the heck do we care? What the heck do we care? Hey hey! Hey, the gang’s all here….in the second Greatest American Hero episode to air, “The Hit Car”on March 25, 1981.

You can check out my overview and capapalooza post here.

One of my all time favorite Culp/Maxwell scenes is when Maxwell confronts Johnny Diamante in the restaurant. It doesn’t get much better than this…