Night Heat

Dead Ringer

Season 2, Ep 2, Aired 2/6/86
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  • Episode Description
  • When Kevin and Frank investigate a homicide at an upscale home, a neighbor provides them a blow-by-blow account of the incident, including the license plate of the suspected murderer and the name of a detective who has had the house under surveillance for two weeks. Shortly after the murder, the rental car that sped away from the scene is found at the airport, along with a second dead body. As the detectives pursue the investigation, a clever plot of embezzlement, murder and blackmail unfolds.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tim Dunphy

  • Michele Scarabelli

    Laura Lazaro

  • Sean McCann

    Lt. Jim Hogan

  • Allan Royal

    Tom J. Kirkwood

  • Larry Jacobson

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • (opening commentary) Tom: Nice place. But this crowd isn't here to admire the architecture. They're all imagining the ugly mess behind those walls. That's why I'm here too. Nothing makes better copy than the ugly mess that's on the inside of well kept people.

    • Kevin: (at the second murder scene) Stanton picks up the lady, the jealous husband shows up, Stanton kills him. Frank: Uh-huh. Kevin: Then he runs to the airport to get away. And then he kills somebody else. Frank: Now, just because he was here doesn't mean he had anything to do with this you know. Kevin: I hate coincidences. Besides, if there's two killers, that makes twice as much work for us.

    • Lt. Hogan: What have you been able to dig up on this Stanton? Kevin: Everything I didn't want to hear. He is from San Francisco. He's a salesman. San Francisco P.D. says he has no priors, no parking tickets, doesn't even have a library fines. In short, a model citizen. Lt. Hogan: Model citizens do not kill two people in one night and then vanish off the face of the earth. Stevie: Well, I checked the airlines like you requested, and if Stanton's flown out of here, he's got feathers and wings. Frank: He could have paid cash and used a phony name. Stevie: Not a chance. Security's pretty careful about checking out their cash payers. Frank: Really? Stevie: Hijackers are pretty shy when it comes to using their credit cards. Know what I mean?

    • Kevin: There's something wrong with this case, there's some things that just don't fit. Nicole: You always say that when you haven't solved it yet. Kevin: I know that Nikki, but this one is different. (later in the conversation) Nicole: Bartenders are paid to listen, detectives are paid to detect!

    • (closing commentary) Tom: One night, Laura and John Lazaro decided to put on a little play for the neighbors. It was a very cleverly concocted piece of fiction in which the husband gets killed in the first act. Like any good play, it had a happy ending: the husband didn't really die. Opening night was a smash hit, the box office took in two million and then, just when this little play looked like it was going to be a runaway hit, it closed on the second night. Somebody rewrote the ending and the husband really died. Poor Laura, she had to take the curtain call alone.

    Trivia (1)

    • The name of the nightclub where Laura Lazaro picked up Tom Stanton is Panama Joe's. The murderer was hiding out at the Lions Court Motel, Room 104. The organization both murder victims were associated with is the Community Relief Foundation. Jeffrey Cantrell is the operations Manager for Jetstream Oil Ltd.

    Allusions (1)

    • Moose hunting in Labrador Labrador is a region of Atlantic Canada, which together with the island of Newfoundland constitutes the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Labrador has a land area of 103,896 square miles, approximately the size of New Zealand. The area is well known for moose hunting.

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