Pole Position

Shadow of a Trout

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 12/1/84
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  • Episode Description
  • When Dr. Zachary mysteriously disappears, the kids head to Pole Position headquarters to look for clues. They are contacted by businessman Alfred McGuffin, who tells them to "find the colored fish". The kids visit several restaurants with promising names, but quickly find they are being set up to be caught by police and even the FBI. Another visit to PPHQ reveals that McGuffin is actually an international spy. A trail of mysterious puzzle pieces leads the team to Alcatraz Prison... and a shocking revelation about Uncle Zach!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Coburn

    Dan Darrett

  • Kaleena Kiff

    Daisy Darrett

  • Jack Angel

    Dr. Zachary Darrett ("Uncle Zach")

  • Lisa Lindgren

    Tess Darrett

  • Marilyn Schreffler

    Kuma

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • "You did that just to make me look bad!" --Dan to Kuma, after he cracks the Chinese puzzle box in about three seconds.

    • "I'll bet this is the first time anyone broke into this prison!" --Tess to Daisy, on Alcatraz.

    • (Uncle Zach never told the kids where PPHQ was:) ROADIE: Computers keep secrets better, guys. DAN: Somebody's gettin' too big for his diodes!

    • "Pay attention, Dan! I don't think our insurance covers collisions with dinosaurs!" --Roadie

    Notes (10)

    • "Shadow of a Trout" is the only Pole Position episode not released commercially by Karl-Lorimar / Kideo Video. That's a shame, because the scene where the kids meet Uncle Zach in person is one of the best moments of the entire series.

    • For the truly obsessed: Assuming the series takes place in the "present" (i.e. at the same time the show originally aired), this episode is set on either February 2nd or February 20th, depending on which year you go with as the current one. Those dates were the Chinese New Years for 1984 and 1985, respectively.

    • The team's dual-trailer truck does not appear in this episode.

    • The FBI agents' names are Jay and Edgar (as in Hoover).

    • This is the third time Kuma is referred to as a dog (this time by Daisy). The other times were by Dan in #6, "The Thirty-Nine Stripes" and the candy store owner in #10, "To Clutch a Thief".

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    Trivia (20)

    • Why didn't McGuffin destroy the incriminating puzzle piece immediately, if he didn't want anyone to see it?

    • Uncle Zach pulls the lever up to disable the electrified walkways, but it is down again in the next shot.

    • For that matter, why did McGuffin leave such an odd clue for the kids to follow? How could he have known they would interpret it correctly and go to those particular restaurants?

    • How did Uncle Zach set all the clues up? Dropping the puzzle pieces was one thing, but how did he hide the Chinese puzzle box in the elevator phone without McGuffin noticing? And how did he know to put the rock in it as a clue he was being taken to Alcatraz?

    • Wheels retrieves O'Connors' file before Tess even gets his name out.

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