Season 1 Episode 6

One Way Express

Aired Unknown Feb 18, 1984 on CBS
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One Way Express

Santini Air is hired by a film company to perform a dare-devil helicopter stunt of a gold bullion robbery for an upcoming movie, but Dominic and Hawke fall out when Hawke, concerned for his friend's safety, doesn't want him to perform the dangerous stunt. Hawke asks Archangel to pull some strings to prevent Dominic from flying the stunt, but in doing so, Archangel discovers that the stunt is in fact a cover for a real gold bullion robbery arranged by an infamous master criminal, and asks Hawke to fly the stunt himself in order to thwart the robbery.


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  • Santini Air is hired by a film company to perform a highly dangerous – and lucrative – stunt for a new movie. But Hawke and Dominic fall out over who should perform the stunt – and the stunt is all a cover for a real robbery. Not my favourite, but good...moreless

    'One Way Express' is a really good first season instalment of 'Airwolf'. It's not one of my outstanding favourites of the entire show's run, but on its own merit, it's a good 'un.

    As another reviewer has commented, the real hook of this episode is not really the enemy chopper – it is just a standard Bell that is defeated easily; the real draw is to see Hawke and Dominic's strong friendship tested. Although Dom could sometimes be grouchy and Hawke nearly always broody, this is the only real time the pair fall out in the entire show's run.

    There is some nice dialogue in this one, particularly from Archangel – I liked his quip about getting "an ice cream truck ... with one headlight", and his comment to his assistant about Hawke isn't really a friend, they just "use each other".

    And of course, Ernest Borgnine comes into his own, with some really dramatic scenes to get his teeth into. After playing the light-hearted element of the majority of stories, it is good to see him given something more serious here.

    There seems to be a big deal about Hawke trusting Dom to fly Airwolf – although it might not be as obvious to those who have already seen later episodes, where Dom, and Caitlin, fly Airwolf themselves regularly (and in the terrible fourth season, just about everyone and their aunt could fly it!), but this is the first time since it was prized from Moffet's clutches that anyone other than Hawke has flown the Lady. (Though Hawke did fly her for a short distance in 'Daddy's Gone a Hunt'n', something that seems to be overlooked in this story).

    This is a very good episode of the series. It's not one of my all-time favourites – it somehow seems a little "empty" compared with some of the other first season greats, and, after you've seen it once, doesn't for me have as much re-watchable value; but it's still a decent episode in its own right. I give it a reasonable 8 out of 10.moreless
  • String has to decide what's more important: Dominic's pride or Dominic's life!

    On this episode they don't find too much trouble to beat the enemy helicopter. The real value of this episode is that you see String against Dominic, since String is truly worry about Dominic's safety and Dominic is too stubborn to admit that he may be too old for certain stunt tricks. One of the best moments is when Dominic hit String and String didn't return the punch since he would never dare to hit Dominic, he cares too much for him.moreless
Jan-Michael Vincent

Jan-Michael Vincent

Stringfellow Hawke

Alex Cord

Alex Cord

Michael 'Archangel' Coldsmith-Briggs III

Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine

Dominic Santini

Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow

Philip Maurice

Guest Star

Paul Carr

Paul Carr

Simon Sayes

Guest Star

Phil Rubenstein

Phil Rubenstein

Edward (Ed) Stoner

Guest Star

Deborah Pratt

Deborah Pratt


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Hawke is piloting the helicopter onto the back of the truck, at one point it seems directly over-head and about to touch down, but suddenly in the next shot (possibly over an ad break) is further back again.

    • As the robbers exit the chopper when it has landed on the back of the truck, its obviously a sound set – nothing (their hair, etc.) seems to be blowing as much as it should from the current of the helicopter blades.

    • At the climax, when Hawke and Dominic are in Airwolf forcing the robbers to land their helicopter, the escaping chopper several times banks sharply to the side. During the robbery we didn't see if the gold was strapped down or not, but even so, surely it would spill over or tip out with such severe manoeuvres.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (String and Dom are sawing on a log)
      String: What's the rush?
      Dom: Too much for you?
      String: Supposed to be exercise. We already had the war!
      Dom: Come on, come on, this old man ain't done yet.
      String: [stops sawing] Did I ever call you that?
      Dom: No, but you made me feel like it.
      String: Now, Dom, you made yourself feel like that.
      Dom: Ahh, what are you, quitting on me?
      String: Maybe.
      Dom: And maybe not. [laughing, starts sawing again]
      String: You know, Dominic, you know you've always been younger than me!

    • (String and Dominic begin to disagree over Dom's flying the stunt)
      Dom: I'm not an old man ready for the rocking chair! I'm a pilot and a darn good one! I taught you, remember?
      String: Yeah, you've taught me a lot. You taught me how to survive.
      Dom: Evidently, I guess I didn't teach you well enough, because you're still standing there!
      String: Hey, Dom.....
      Dom: I mean it, String!

    • String: You sure took your sweet time getting here!
      Dominic: Sweet time? Heh, you're lucky I got here at all!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Deborah Pratt appears as Marella only in one scene of this episode, with one line of dialogue. For the rest of the episode, Archangel is aided by another assistant, Meryl.