Season 3 Episode 17

Desperate Monday

Aired Unknown Feb 08, 1986 on CBS
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At Caitlin's sorority reunion aboard the Queen Mary, the boyfriend of one of her sorority sisters plans to kidnap her for ransom. The attempt goes awry when the brother of the boyfriend fumbles up the job, leading to the entire sorority being held hostage.

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  • Great ending

    The story line is blah. But the acting, especially by the support cast, was great. The special brother relationship between two of the bad guys, the pregnant woman, and the other woman who hates the rich woman was well crafted into a short 1-hour episode.

    At the end, when one brother kills his other brother out of brotherly love that Hawke empathizes with, is what makes Airwolf special and a cut above other 80's movies like Knight Rider, Manimal, Street Hawk, and others. It is the human - that relationships, the tears, the hardships in life - that makes Airwolf stand out from the rest.

    The ending reminds me of "Bite of the Jackal" from Season 1 when Shannon Doherty's character was reunited with her father, and Hawk empathized it with his yearning to be reunited with his brother.

    You can tell that now into the 3rd season, Hawk is more mature to not brood over the matter as he did in the 1st season. Much of his strong zeal he had in the first season in the search for his brother has tappered off in the 3rd season.

    Just like in real life, as time passes by and little progress is made in the search for lost loved ones, we must go on with our lives. Hawk still hopes and yearns for his brother's return, however.moreless
Jan-Michael Vincent

Jan-Michael Vincent

Stringfellow Hawke

Alex Cord

Alex Cord

Michael 'Archangel' Coldsmith-Briggs III

Jean Bruce Scott

Jean Bruce Scott

Caitlin O'Shaughnessy

Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine

Dominic Santini

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This is the only episode of the original three seasons that Hawke does not pilot Airwolf in. Dominic is seen to pilot The Lady, while Hawke is seen at the controls of another chopper as they try to free the hostages from the seige.

    • GOOF: When Caitlin is set in front of the door by a hostage taker, she isn't wearing earrings. When the scene flips from Hawke back to Caitlin, she mysteriously has earrings on to send her Morse code message.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • J.J: You gotta do me a favor. You remember that pact we made in the bar, you and me?
      Robert: Yeah.
      J.J: I can't do it.
      Robert: J.J., you promised.
      J.J: I know I promised. Look, I've been thinking about it, you know, and I can't do it. You gotta do it for me, Bobby.
      Robert: (nervously walks away) I can't do that.
      J.J: Look, Bobby, Bobby! I can't go to prison. I can't make it on the inside, and you know it!
      Robert: I made it.
      J.J: No, but I'm not as tough as you are. I never was. You gotta promise me right now, if it looks like we're gonna get caught, if we're not gonna get out of this thing.....Bobby, you gotta kill me.
      Robert: (long pause) What are brothers for?

    • (Robert just upheld his end of the pact with his brother, killing him before being arrested)
      Robert: He's my brother... (faintly) my brother. He'd never make it in prison. You understand?
      String: Yeah, I understand. He's your brother.

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