Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
Felix: What did you see?
Banacek: Well, it wouldn't be fair.
Felix: To whom?
Banacek: To you. What if I helped you out and you won the game? I mean, how would you feel?
Felix: Better than if I lost the ruddy game through my own ineptitude.
Felix: By the way, have you seen the latest issue of Sports Illustrated?
Banacek: No, I've been busy.
Felix: Pick up a copy. Contains an article on the ritualistic ancestry of pro football, by Arnold Shore. Very definitive piece. Very brilliant research.
Banacek: Umm. Yours, I suppose.
Felix: What tipped you off? "Brilliant", or "definitive"?
Banacek: Your smirk, as a matter of fact.
Banacek: There is an old Polish proverb that says..."If you're not sure it's potato Borscht, there could be orphans working in the mine."
Susan: What was that, honey? Some kind of trick play? Banacek: If it was, it was called by a coach named Houdini.
Felix: Say, didn't Jay give you my message?
Banacek: well, he was about to, but your accent is better.
Jay Drury: Yeah, well someday I'd like to hear his Sicilian.
Felix: By the way, there's an old English proverb that says... "The only thing worse than a devious Russian, is a sneaky Pole."
Banacek: You mean the only thing better.
Joe Thaddonhurst: Well, I thought you were going to talk to the engineer and the brakeman, and the...
Banacek: I don't have to talk to anybody. You did your investigating for me. I forgot to say thanks, didn't I? Thanks.
Jay: How was the lady engineer?
Banacek: Electrical, but not civil.
Additional Credits for all episodes of the show:
Titles & Optical Effects: Universal Title
John Brodie is billed as Special Appearance by.
Filmed at the Pasadena Art Museum, later known as the Pasadena Museum of Modern Art and now the Norton Simon Museum of Art.
For the second season, Christine Belford is introduced as a series star, as rival insurance investigator Caroline 'Carlie' Kirkland.
Banacek's father worked as a research scientist in his native Poland and as a mathematician in America.
The pilot was aired as an NBC Mystery movie; A&E did not air it when they reran the series in the mid 1990s.
In this episode, Banacek tells us that his father came to America from Poland in 1924 at the age of 16.
We learn from this episode that Banacek's father was called Leo and that he had died "a couple of years ago".