Season 2 Episode 1

Sweet Britches

Aired Unknown Sep 22, 1984 on CBS
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Sweet Britches

After an old Vietnam buddy of Hawke's is shot in the desert when trying to escape a corrupt Sheriff, Hawke gets a call from an inmate who had been in jail with the man to alert him of the escape, and flies with Dominic in Airwolf to Pope County, Texas, to investigate. There, Hawke meets Highway Patrol Deputy Caitlin O'Shannessy, who had a run in with Sheriff Bogard prior to the killing; but Hawke's appearance on the scene sees him arrested by Bogard and released on a private game reserve, where gun-happy sportsmen pay big money to hunt big game – and Hawke is the latest bait...


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  • Dom: "...all systems are in the green." Hawke: "Well what are we waiting for?" Dom: "Oh, I was hoping you would say that!" And so in a nutshell we have an exciting start to season 2.moreless

    A great way to open up season 2 and towards a new direction of "domesticating" the show to appeal to a larger "family" audience. This is one of the few episodes to be written by Donald Bellisario himself, which made it a treat, but also the introduction of sassy Caitlin O'Shaughnessy made it a hoot to watch.

    No evil planes or helicopters to shoot down. No sir. Instead it's a mean ol' feller of a county sheriff that Airwolf guns down in the end….not to mention one last blast of the cannon to boot. This was a refreshing change to the melodramatic spy and espionage story lines of the first season. Sheriff Bogan was an excellent foil for Hawke. A man of his stature upholding the law for his own personal gain or ego makes him just as evil as any international spy or terrorist.

    But the real gem to the episode was Caitlin. Introduced as a romantic interest for Hawke, she was played brilliantly by Jean Bruce Scott. A sassy no-nonsense "flying meter maid", she was not to be backed down by Sheriff Bogan in any way. Hawke does rescue her twice in the episode however, but she does show that she has some 'fighting' in her. "You try anything cowboy, and I'm gonna make what he did to you look like love taps."moreless
  • Hawke is sent in to rescue an old friend and meets a beautiful patrol woman who is getting roughed up by the local sheriff.

    Fairly routine plot that has been done before on other shows and movies. Hawke is sent to investigate the whereabouts of a friend and then runs in to the local sheriff. The sheriff basically puts him in jail for nosing around. Hawke then has to depend on Dominic to use the Airwolf to bail him out of prison.

    When Caitlin herself is in danger, Hawke goes back to rescue her. Like I said very much an unoriginal plot but we do get to see this Caitlin (who comes out later) to be sort of a romantic love interest for Hawke. The action is ok but largely happens in the beginning and end. Still if you're a fan of the series you'll love this episode too.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The bi-plane that we see Dominic working on when we first see him and Hawke in this episodes looks as if it's probably the same one used in 'To Snare A Wolf'. (As we never found out what happened to Toni, the owner of the plane, after that episode, it's not clear whether it's meant to be the same plane within the context of the series).

    • With the new season, Hawke and Dominic have new Airwolf flight-suits. More silvery-grey in colour that the bluey-grey ones of the first season, their other main distinguishing difference is the much higher collar. This style of fight-suit would be used for the rest of the show's run, including when Caitlin joined the Airwolf pilot crew, and onto the Canadian-filmed 4th season.

    • The two bullet hole cracks that Sheriff Bogan fires into the windshield of Caitlin's helicopter during the story's climax, seem to have disappeared in following shots.

    • Nitpick: At Santini Air, Dominic comments that it's been a nice quiet two months without any Firm/Airwolf missions, yet in the Lair as they retrieve Airwolf, he comments that "three months" doesn't seem to have affected her. (In fairness, it could just be assumed that he's just giving a rough estimate to how long they've been out of action).

    • In the opening scene, just before Jimmy's motorbike crashes over the ravine, as he looks over his shoulder at the pursuing Sheriff Bogan, it is concrete on the ground, not desert sand – the shot is taken from a few moments earlier, when he was on the road.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dom: (about Caitlin) She's uhh, kinda cute, huh?
      String: Cute? She's a kid!
      Dom: (sarcastically) Oh, I didn't know the Texas Highway Patrol let kids fly their choppers. Well, you know what they say....
      String: What?
      Dom: "They always get their man."
      String: (getting testy) That's the Canadian Mounties!
      Dom: Same principle.
      "There's a yellow rose in Texas, that I am gonna see,
      Nobody else could miss her, not half as much as me,
      Ohhh, she cried so when I left her, it like to make me cry,
      And if I ever find her, we nevermore will part!

    • (String and Dom are lifting off from the Lair in Airwolf)
      Dom: Well, nothing in three months seems to have bothered her. All systems are in the green!
      String: Well, what are we waiting for?
      Dom: Awwww, I was hoping you'd say that!
      (String hits the turbos, leaving the Valley of the Gods)

    • Sheriff Bogan: (to his Deputy) I catch you with your boots on my desk again Bobby, and you're momma's gonna be wearin' black.

    • Sheriff Bogan: (to Caitlin) Meter maid, you go stickin' your butt in where it's not wanted, it's gonna get kicked, no matter how cute it is.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode features James Whitmore Jr. who previously appeared in the first Airwolf episode (After the Pilot) "Daddy's Gone A Hunting" as Maj. Roper who wanted to give a plane to Russia in exchange for his son. Here he plays millionaire Sam Houston.

    • Also with the new season, a new sequence of Airwolf taking off from the Lair is used, using matte paintings to give a far more convincing look. It's far more impressive that the (not always convincing) first season style, which generally just consisted of Airwolf rising from behind a ridge of rocks.

    • Lance LeGault here plays the corrupt Sheriff Bogan; he'd previously played Government agent D.G. Bogard in the previous season's final episode, 'To Snare A Wolf'; meaning that nowadays on re-runs (assuming the episodes are being broadcast in order), he appears in two consecutive episodes in different role (The noticeable similarity between the names "Bogard" and "Bogan" may well be deliberate). Jeff Mackay, who had also appeared in 'To Snare A Wolf' as Sergeant Willie Nash, also appears in this episode as a different character.

    • Alex Cord (Archangel) does not appear in this episode. It is the first episode of the series not to feature him and thus, the first not to concern The Firm (reflecting CBS's wishes to broaden the series).

    • This episode introduces Jean Bruce Scott as Caitlin O'Shannessy, brought in mainly as a result of CBS's insistance that the series have a regular female character as they tried to "family-ise" the show after it's rather dark 1st season.
      Scott appears on the opening credits from this episode, even though Caitlin is not seen again and instated as a regular character until 'The Truth About Holly'.