Ironside

A Death in Academe

Season 7, Ep 20, Aired 2/21/74
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  • Episode Description
  • A philosophy student commits suicide, and her death leads to strong criticism of her college professor. When it seems that the life of the professor himself may now be in danger, Ed brings in the team to try to protect his old friend.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Parks

    Professor Riley MacDane

  • Don Galloway

    Detective Sergeant Ed Brown

  • Malachi Throne

    Reggie Barrot

  • Don Mitchell

    Mark Sanger

  • Mike Kellin

    Remy Dallavaca

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Fran: Are you sure you're not coming down with the Hong Kong flu? You know, half the town's coming down with it.
      Ironside: Hong Kong flu, Asian flu. Why does everybody need to have an exotic disease these days?
      Fran: Irritability is one of the symptoms.
      Ironside: In that case, it's obvious my health is perfect.
      Mark: Your health wouldn't be any other way.

    • Fran: Here it is, Chief. The department keeps a correspondence file for all its professors. In the short time that he's been at the university, MacDane has drawn more mail then anyone else.
      Ironside: Not all of it favorable, I'm sure. Can any of the letters be interpreted as real threats?
      Fran: I'll have to let you know after I read them. I spent most of the day checking on the students.
      Ironside: Progress?
      Fran: Nothing solid. He has a total of 57 students in all of his classes. All but three of them have alibis for Monday night.
      Ironside: All right, follow up on that. No, no, let Mark do that. See if any names in there match your list of students.

    • Rosakis: Maybe you can rationalize your way out of that. You can rationalize your way out of anything. But that's because you're empty--you've got nothing to give.
      MacDane: Well, that's a rather severe judgment on your part, wouldn't you say?
      Rosakis: Yeah, but it's true. You're like a machine, you've got no soul. You don't even believe in caring.
      MacDane: As far as what I--I believe in, it's irrelevant. But, uh, what you believe in, Mr. Rosakis, which makes me think of something that's chaotic and prejudicial and contradictory, which is a result of your experience, is pregnant, that is pregnant, Mr. Rozakis. Now if we choose together to explore this chaos and throw away all those concepts that should and do crumble under close scrutiny, well, then we might very well find ourselves in a world that is very fine and clear. A world in which, if you will, we might lay the foundation for a house of intellect. A foundation that is made of honesty and openness and then confrontation. We'll see you Monday, thank you.

    • Ironside: Some of his thesis may answer that question. MacDane's insistence on confrontation and honesty led her into real self-examination and a hard look at her past. Her family, most importantly her father.
      Fran: Things were going so well for her.
      Ironside: Perhaps that's what made it all the more difficult for him to give up old patterns, old ways of thinking.
      Mark: You, uh, think we should?
      Ironside: Depends. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
      Ed: This sounds a little inconsistent.
      Ironside: Consistency, to paraphrase Emerson is the "hobgoblin of small minds."

    Notes (1)

    • French title: Drame Au Campus.

    Allusions (1)

    • Ironside: Consistency to paraphrase Emerson is the "hobgoblin of small minds".
      From the essay "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson in which he says "A foolish consistency is the Hobgoblin of little minds.

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