Pole Position

The Thirty-Nine Stripes

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 10/20/84
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  • Episode Description
  • Uncle Zach sends Dan and Tess after a series of abstract paintings sold at an auction. One has already had a piece cut out of it, and the second is vandalized as the kids meet with the owner. The kids monitor the last two paintings in museums, losing one to Dan's falling asleep on the job, and the final one to... a toy robot! But who's behind it all, and why?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 (7)

    • "Now that's what I call a real work of art!" --Tess' critique of the hole in the seat of Dan's pants.

    • (Dan is arrested for his reckless driving.) DAN: Roadie! Call Tess and get me out of this! COP: (to his partner) Talks to his car.

    • "Why can't our car do that?" --A wife to her husband, as Wheels and Roadie cruise past them in hovercraft mode.

    • (Uncle Zach won't give Dan a straight answer.) UNCLE ZACH: Dan, to use a phrase you're so fond of, "Lighten up." DAN: Sometimes he makes me so mad!

    • "When I was a kid toys didn't do things like that!" --Dan, as the robot suddenly sprouts a propeller and flies out the door.

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode was included on the "Road Fever" compilation tape by Karl-Lorimar / Kideo Video.

    • The winding mountain road in this episode actually has guardrails, for once.

    • In this episode we learn that Kuma is male. He also takes offense at being called a monkey by the cola guy, despite his obvious simian characteristics.

    • This episode's title comes from the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Thirty-Nine Steps".

    • Dan mentions that the Pole Position team is in L.A. in this episode. We also see freeways, palm trees, and Beverly Hills-style houses, and one of the museums is in Malibu.

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    Trivia (13)

    • The closing credits incorrectly list Lisa Lindgren as "Linda Lindgren".

    • The shapes on the assembled painting change colors several times during the final scene.

    • The door on the cola truck opens the wrong way when the bad guy gets out.

    • Daisy is in the museum with Dan when the robot escapes. How could she have gotten to the museum gate on foot faster than Tess in Wheels?

    • At the museum gate, the back of the van has glass windows. When it's sinking, Dan and Daisy look out them through bars (which should have let the water in).

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