The Last Payment

Season 7, Ep 13, Aired 12/20/73
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  • Episode Description
  • A friend of Mark's is being unfairly shaken down by a crooked loan shark with crippling interest demands. Worried for his friend, Mark goes undercover, despite objections from the Chief, and sets himself up as a potential customer in the hope of digging the head of the operation out of the woodwork.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Felton Perry

    Gilbert Loggins

  • Raymond Burr

    Chief Robert T. Ironside

  • Scatman Crothers

    Theodore Jason

  • Don Galloway

    Detective Sergeant Ed Brown

  • Don Mitchell

    Mark Sanger

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • (after Mark takes a beating in an alley in a case of mistaken identity)
      Gilbert: Hey, blood, you awake?
      Mark: Shuggie, it's Shuggie, did anybody catch up with Shuggie?
      Ironside: I'm afraid not, Mark.
      Mark: Mean dude, bull strong, both of them.
      Gilbert: Did you get a look at the other cat?
      Mark: Just a glimpse, he hit me from behind. Face like a fried rat. I heard a woman screaming. Was there a witness?
      Gilbert: Yeah, yeah, there was. She came inside the restaurant screaming about that two men were killing a black cat out in the alley, you know? There weren't any more brothers around so I figured I'd go out a take a look.
      Mark: Girl still there?
      Gilbert: Nah, man, I sent her home in a cab. You know, Maylene wanted to stay but... (shrugs)
      Mark: Tell her thanks. I'm flat on my back and she looked like a winner.
      Gilbert: Oh yeah, you want to see her again?
      Mark: Oh yeah, but not tonight.
      Fran: Poor baby, it hurts, huh?
      Mark: Ask any middle linebacker how he feels Monday morning.

    • Ironside: Well, Mark, you've done as much as you can do. The rest of it's undercover work.
      Mark: Yeah, I know, in the Fillmore District where I can blend in like an ant at a Sunday picnic.
      Ed: Ants get stepped on, you know.
      Mark: Oh, but it's my battle, Don. I mean I know the gangsters, I know the cons, I know the chumps they run on. Reach out your hand full of a little hope and bloodsuckers like the Shepard is right there to grab it.

    Notes (1)

    • French title: Dette De Famille.

    Trivia (2)

    • The opening theme music is played out-of-sync with the video. The music starts sooner than usual and the gunshot sound is heard later than normal.

    • The Shepards' hangout is Dancing Waters Club.

    Allusions (1)

    • Hotel Clerk: Yeah and I sing tenor for the Jackson Five.
      Referencing the pop music group of brothers called the Jackson Five.

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