Night Heat

Tell Me a Story

Season 3, Ep 12, Aired 9/1/87
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  • Episode Description
  • When a girl is brutally murdered by a gang of boys in a rundown neighborhood known as The Pocket, a mentally challenged boy confesses to the crime. When his confession is shown to be an obvious lie, Kevin and Frank begin their investigation by focusing on Theodore Telford, a martial arts expert and author who seems to exert an unusual control over many of the boys who live in The Pocket. The investigation is further complicated by the residents' silence.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Larry Jacobson

  • Susan Hogan

    Nicole (Nickie) Rimbaud

  • Scott Hylands

    Det. Kevin O'Brien

  • Timothy Van Patten


  • Stephen J. Roth

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • (opening commentary) Tom: There must be other neighborhoods in the city like this, but you forget them, just like I forgot this neighborhood existed. The Pocket: a place the city swallowed for lunch on its way to an industrial dinner. Forgotten, in some ways as isolated by its unique geography as a remote mountain village. But, in other ways, the Pocket is as much a part of the city as the grittiest slum.

    • Kevin: We bring them (the boys in the neighborhood) in one at a time and we question them. One of them's bound to break. This guy Telford can't be that good. Elaine: (to Frank) What do you think? Is he that good? Frank: (nods yes) Elaine: Well, I read his book. it's sexist, stilted and incredibly pretentious. Frank: I didn't read it. Elaine: Too bad, you'd have loved it!

    • (closing commentary) Tom: Don't we all want writers to wrap us up in good stories, take us out of our lives and into their imaginations? Sure we do. The problem is we have to come to the last page and when we close the cover the writer's gone. We're left looking at the same walls, the same streets we tried to shut out by opening the book in the first place. And in the end, it was just a story.

    Notes (2)

    • This is the fifth of six consecutive episodes in which the episode title is shown at the beginning of the show. They are the only six episodes of the series in which the title appears.

    • David Carradine, who plays Theodore Telford, is billed as a Special Guest Star in the opening credits.

    Trivia (3)

    • Theodore Telford's oft-discussed book is called Visions of Triumph.

    • Nicole tells the guys that she read Telford's book in university and that she thinks he is a fascist.

    • Frank demonstrates his excellent kickboxing skills on an unruly suspect.

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