Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Mr. R.I.N.G.

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 1/10/75
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  • Episode Description
  • Kolchak writes an obituary for a deceased scientist, but soon becomes involved in further investigation when no one can give him a straight answer on how the scientist died. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure goes on a rampage throughout Chicago, stealing morticians' wax and Halloween masks. Kolchak eventually finds out that the scientist was working on Project R.I.N.G.: the development of an artificially intelligent robot. R.I.N.G. killed his creator rather than be shut down, and now the government is hunting it. Kolchak must find where the robot is hiding and reveal the story before the government catch up to R.I.N.G.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Darren McGavin

    Carl Kolchak

  • Simon Oakland

    Tony Vincenzo

  • Gene Levitt

  • L. Ford Neale

  • John Huff

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Kolchak gets caught up in a government cover-up.

    By walrus_8463, Mar 25, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Kolchak: (after being drugged by government agents) I don't know when exactly I was in this office last. Someways, it seems like I never left. But no, that's not right. For at least a few days I was away, far away, in the hands of men with no faces and no names. They broke me down, broke my story down, telling me how it hadn't happened the way I claimed. At least, that's what I think they did, between injections. Memories fade fast enough without chemical help, but if I don't tell this story now, I don't think I ever will.

    • Kolchak: Uh, what time is it? R.I.N.G.: Considering the expense of my development, it would be wasteful to utilize me for simply telling time, especially I do not wear a watch. The prudent option would be to consult a rudimentary clock. Kolchak: Makes sense.

    • Mrs. Walker: Have you ever been bored to tears? Kolchak: Yeah, I spent four years in high school and the hanky never left my hand.

    • R.I.N.G.: (dying words) Alpha…beta…gamma…delta…Leslie…Leslie…mama…ma-ma.

    • Kolchak: I went up to the Tyrell Institute, and I got the feeling that if I mentioned R.I.N.G. up there, I'd spend this weekend in a concrete room with a giant joy buzzer strapped to my temple. So I thought I'd mention it to you instead. You know, just sort of drop it down the well and see if it made a splash...yeah, it made a splash...

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    Trivia (6)

    • Carl says Dr. Avery "might" have family and friends. Carl was the one assigned to do Avery's obituary - shouldn't he know if Avery has family?

    • Trivia: We find out in a brief exchange that Ron Updyke hails from San Francisco (or perhaps considers it a second home).

    • The first murder takes place on April 2, and Carl spends April 3 investigating. But the next day he says is April 3 again when he goes to Dwyer's apartment. Later that day, he learns that Mrs. Walker has sold her house and collected her insurance (and is preparing to move on). Anyone who has actually sold a house or collected insurance knows it takes far longer than a day.

    • Despite the fact that earlier the military had instructed Akins not to shoot the robot, the military arrive at Dwyer's house later and open fire on it almost immediately.

    • Why does R.I.N.G. need tapes for the blind? It can see - why can't it read?

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    Allusions (2)

    • Carl: ...this will make Watergate look like a pie fight. On June 17, 1972, burglars broke into the Democratic Party offices in the posh Watergate Hotel. They sought the Democratic strategies for campaigning against Richard Nixon. They were discovered, and the scandal eventually cost Nixon his presidency and his reputation. One of the most far reaching political scandals ever, it generated tremendous amounts of news coverage. Only a very significant story could eclipse it.

    • Carl: I'm not exactly Jimmy Olson, cub reporter. In the Superman comic books, Superman's secret identity is Clark Kent, reporter for the Daily Planet. Jimmy Olson is a young and very raw reporter who is also a member of the Daily Planet staff, and a major supporting character in these comics.

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