Ironside

The Lonely Hostage

Season 1, Ep 20, Aired 2/1/68
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  • Episode Description
  • A cop goes bad and shoots a fellow officer, then offers to give himself up to Chief Ironside. Instead, he takes the Chief and Mark hostage, and plans to kill them as soon as his escape is certain. Ironside has to convince the man's wife that her husband is no longer the man she married.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Raymond Burr

    Chief Robert T. Ironside

  • Don Galloway

    Detective Sergeant Ed Brown

  • Barbara Anderson

    Officer Eve Whitfield

  • Don Mitchell

    Mark Sanger

  • Norman Katkov

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Ed: My aching back. Eve: Oh, my feet. Ironside: If you two are an example of the younger generation, I'll take us senior citizens. Eve: Mercy, Chief. Ed: Do you know where we've been? Ironside: Every hotel, motel, trailer camp and flophouse in the Bay Area. Terminals: air, rail and bus, abandoned buildings, vacant lots, ships at anchor, ships at sea, stadiums, parks, aqueducts, viaducts and the San Francisco sewer system. Ed: Yeah!

    • Ed: I am going with you.
      Ironside: Sergeant! You are about to become an ex-Sergeant!
      Ed: Well, that's better than being one of your pallbearers.

    • Ironside: Nice of you to look in on me. Mark: Went out to get the paper. Ironside: Where to - Los Angeles? Mark: I waited for the 5-Star Ironside: And what did you find? Mark: Same that was in the 3-Star.

    Trivia (1)

    • Hickman tells Ironside that his policeman's salary is $142.97/week. Ironside says his salary was $91.50/week and that that was well before Hickman's time.

    Allusions (1)

    • Commissioner: The new Don Quixote and his Sancho Panza.
      Referencing Don Quixote, from the novel of the same name (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes. Quixote is actually Alonso Quijano, a hidalgo who sets out to revive chivalry. He recruits a farmer, Sancho Panza to act as his squire. From him comes the word "quixotic," meaning to go headlong after idealistic goals and romantic deeds regardless of everything.

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