Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Bad Medicine

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 11/29/74
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  • Episode Description
  • A series of apparent suicides among high-society matrons coincides with a bizarre jewel theft by a towering Indian who mysteriously disappears when cornered. Carl must learn who the tall Indian is, why he's stealing gems and slaying their owners - and how to stop him forever.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Darren McGavin

    Carl Kolchak

  • Simon Oakland

    Tony Vincenzo

  • Alexander Grasshoff

  • L. Ford Neale

  • John Huff

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Humor elevates this episode over its weak menace.

    By jamoon2006, Oct 29, 2007

  • A cursed Indian medicine man steals and murders in Chicago.

    By walrus_8463, May 16, 2006

  • Who would have known that--three years in what was then the future--the supernatural menace of this episode would achieve cinematic immortality as the Bondian hitman, "Jaws?"

    By Carycomic, Mar 07, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Kolchak: F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, "The rich are different than you and me." They sure are. They got more money. But there wasn't enough money in the world to save some of the members of Chicago's upper crust from a fiendish force so dark it can only be called diabolic.

    • Obnoxious Staffer: Quality...I could have shot that better with shoebox and a pinhole! To think I stayed here all night to develop...that! Kolchak: Why don't you stay a little longer and develop a personality?

    • Kolchak: Dr. Temple, I seek information about Indians. Now, I don't know the difference between a Chippewa and a Chippendale...

    • Auctioneer: And your name is, sir? Kolchak: Kol…worth. Carl Kolworth. Auctioneer: Any relation to the Woolworths? Kolchak: Distantly, yes. They dealt in wool, we dealt in coal.

    • Captain Baker: "Diablero"? Now what is that - an Italian sport car?

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    Notes (2)

    • Victor Jory is billed by character name.

    • Also known by the title "The Diablero".

    Trivia (4)

    • They finally settle on "Emily Cowles" for Ruth McDevitt's character in this episode and stick with it.

    • When Carl thumbs through a phone book for "kennels," the page is torn out but on the next page there's an ad for garage door owners. Alphabetically, that doesn't work out. Even if he was looking under "Guard Dogs" (which he also mentions) it still doesn't work since "gu" comes after "ga".

    • Why doesn't Carl have any pictures of the diablero? He took pictures of it at the jewelry exchange and the auction. But he doesn't show them to Rolling Thunder when he's trying to describe it.

    • You can see the dog killed by the diablero move as Carl takes its picture (in the second shot of the dog).

    Allusions (1)

    • The Joliet State College of Barbering Described in the context of an ex-con, Carl is undoubtedly referring to the Illinois State Prison at Joliet. Like most correctional facilities, it provided vocational training in the hope that inmates with skills won't return to a life of crime. Presumably, Al Delgado learned barbering there.

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