Fragile Is the House of Cards

Season 7, Ep 4, Aired 10/4/73
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  • Episode Description
  • A lawyer turns up at Ironside's door late at night, badly bruised and unable to remember what has happened to him. All that he can recall is that a man who needs rescuing is trapped in a sinking boat; but he cannot remember where the boat is, or who the man might be. The Chief begins a race against time to find the victim before it is too late.

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Olson

    David Wills

  • Raymond Burr

    Chief Robert T. Ironside

  • Don Galloway

    Detective Sergeant Ed Brown

  • Lorraine Gary

    Ellen Wills

  • Don Mitchell

    Mark Sanger

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • David: I don't need that.
      Mark: Hey, if you're in shock you need to keep warm.
      David: All right. Thank you.
      Mark: Well, it's nice to know that you're human.
      David: Yeah. I guess whenever the Chief and I meet, the chemistry makes for antagonism.
      Mark: How come?
      David: Too many wars.

    • David: (starting to remember) Chief, Chief, something just came back to me.
      Ironside: Good.
      David: Sounds, like--like footsteps, hollow footsteps.
      Ironside: You were dreaming?
      David: No, no, I've never been so awake in my life. It was like the sounds were coming out of wood, like kind of boardwalk, a dock.
      Ironside: At a boat basin, a marina?
      David: Yeah. A cabin cruiser. There was a fight.
      Ironside: With whom?
      David: No, no, I wasn't fighting.
      Mark: Hey, but you've been roughed up.
      David: There were two men... fighting, hurting each other.
      Ironside: On the boat?
      David: Yes.
      Ironside: Then you went aboard?
      David: I must have. I'm not sure but I think there was a man lying on the deck unconscious.
      Mark: What happened to the other guy?
      David: I don't know. Water, uh, a--a faucet, some kind of valve being turned on. I remember the sound of water coming into the boat. It's no use, I can't put the pieces together. It's just a lot of fragments. What's keeping Ellen? I ought to be in a hospital.
      Ironside: Not yet, Mr. Wills.
      David: What?
      Ironside: You've painted a frightening picture. If you did hear water coming into a boat, and if you did see a man unconscious on the deck, unless we find out more and fast, that man is going to drown.

    • David: (waking up from sodium pentothal injection) Well, did I say anything important?
      Ironside: From the minute you walked through my door.

    Notes (1)

    • French title: Vers Le Chemin De La Liberte.

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