Charlie's Angels

Season 3 Episode 5

Angels in Springtime

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 11, 1978 on ABC

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  • Woman Spa and Murder

    Angels were assigned to investigate an all woman spa, no men allowed. Sabrina went undercover as a Dietician, Kris, a dancer/fitness instructor, and Kelly as a guest. The Angels discovered that it is impossible to make contact outside the spa. Kelly found out that her room had a peek hole and no phone in her room.

    A longtime guest Norma is well aware of the Angels being private investigators. The spa doctor attempted to hypnotize Kelly, the doctor also was about to inject a lethal dosage of truth serum. Kelly wrestles with the doctor and Sabrina and Bosely manage to get the truth behind the murder. Norma murdered the her best friend and actress because of the manuscript contained personal information about her that she did not want the police or the public to know about her. The physical therapist, Ingrid, the Spa Doctor, and Norma were apprehended and charged with the murder and attempted murders and blackmailing. Norma throughout the episode portrayed an eccentric, histrionic and helpless guest, but deep down she was a cold blooded murder and that is what led to the surprise ending.
  • Although "Charlie's Angels" has some episodes that jump the shark completely, the series has many others which are good. This is a good example.

    The Angels are hired to discover if the death of an actress in a women's spa is a murder or not. Of course it is but the Angels get inside a complex that looks more to a jail than to a spa.

    They go undercover, Sabrina as a diestist (it's really funny to see her eating once and again when preparing food or giving carrots to the womens), Kris as an exercise instructor and Kelly as a guest. The women who work or are guest in the spa are very strange in the way that some of them have the word "suspect" written on their face. But who was the killer? What I like about this episode is that the story is interesting from the beginning to the end and although the suspects are very clear there are some surprises. For once, nobody wants to kill Sabrina but Kris... twice.
  • When a famous stage actress is electrocuted at an exclusive women's spa, the Angels are hired to capture the murderer and find a missing manuscript.

    Although "Charlie's Angels" represented an important moment in TV history for action roles for women, where they got to dish out physical punishment rather than just standing on the sidelines while the men fight, rarely did the heroine trio lose a physical battle, which certainly betrays any sense of treating the premise sincerely (even if going one level beyond that in taking such a fun show seriously is more than one would want). In this episode, there is finally a scene where Kris (Cheryl Ladd) is cornered by a strong woman and demonstrates overconfidence in taking her on, only for the woman to throw Kris through a table knocking her out, dragging her away, and positioning her on a massage table for a novel way of bumping her off, by disallowing her skin to breathe through its pores, reminiscent of the same urban legend as used in the film "Goldfinger" when a beautiful blonde was killed by being covered head-to-toe in gold paint. The other Angels of course come to Kris' rescue just in time, but not before her humiliating defeat by knockout, which didn't happen often enough to the heroines in this show. This may seem an offensive viewpoint in a post-feminist era, but what should be offensive is the idea of it being politically incorrect for fictional women to demonstrate defeat, which is just another case of restriction of a female stereotype, and whenever a woman is seen on the losing end, it actually may give the female audience a feeling of empowerment, just as any demonstration of female victory was empowering before the feminist era.