Emergency!

Season 1 Episode 10

Hang-up

2
Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Apr 08, 1972 on NBC
9.1
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Hang-up
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John misses the end of an Adam-12 episode. A jewel thief is trapped in an air-conditioning duct. Two battered men continue their brawl in the hospital. A man ruins his cast by going surfing. Dr. Brackett treats a woman with a neurological disorder. Radioactivity impedes the rescue of a lab worker.moreless

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  • The reasons I chose alternate reality are: Do people really go OCD on things, then forget they were hyperfocused? Yes they do. BUT do hospitals really ask all visitors to leave because "visiting hours are over"--at somewhere between 2 and 5 AM?moreless

    9.5
    One of the few, possibly only, episodes where one knows the date it took place. I know that this episode was "set" on November 10, 1971. How do I know that? Elementary! That was the airdate for the Adam-12 episode featured in Hang-up. Since nobody Johnny calls could tell him how it ended, I figure that none of them had seen it previously--and they expect that they'll be able to see it "next summer" in reruns. Therefore, it was clearly a first run of the episode. 11/10/71 it was!



    I enjoyed how really OCD Gage was; I have had times I was that focused, and it really does drive others wonky. However, I know how true it can be that bigger issues can completely cloud that focus. I wonder which writer, or other person in the process, knows someone with a good set of OCD symptoms; Johnny's got a low-grade case, at least. I also appreciated seeing Roy trying, subtly, to shut up the prisoner they were taking in. I loved that this guy wouldn't shut up, even though there was a police officer in the ambulance. He was just SO proud of his great MO, and what a great deal it was for him. Roy tries to re-direct his talk--he clearly doesn't want the guy to be "testifying against himself" when he's injured and not thinking clearly. Finally, I did like the last portion of the episode, with the radiation accident. Despite a couple of editing goofs (unless Captain Hammer was saying Kelly was worth two men, and visiting hours really ARE over at 3 a.m.), it did a good job of showing how fire fighters have to be aware of, and work around, situations such as radiation leaks, etc.moreless
Randolph Mantooth

Randolph Mantooth

Firefighter John Gage

Kevin Tighe

Kevin Tighe

Firefighter Roy DeSoto

Robert Fuller

Robert Fuller

Kelly Brackett, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Bobby Troup

Bobby Troup

Joe Early, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Julie London

Julie London

Dixie McCall, R.N.

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly

Chester B. Kelly

Mort Sahl

Mort Sahl

Burglar

Guest Star

John Smith (I)

John Smith (I)

Captain Hammer

Guest Star

Shelly Novack

Shelly Novack

Vern Hammond (as Shelly Novak)

Guest Star

Vince Howard

Vince Howard

Officer Vince

Recurring Role

Art Balinger

Art Balinger

Battalion Chief

Recurring Role

Chris Forbes

Chris Forbes

Nurse Ellen Bart

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The Adam-12 episode the guys are watching in this episode is an actual episode of the series entitled "Ambush" and originally aired November 10,1971. Jack Webb also created the show.

    • Series stars Marco Lopez and Ron Pinkard both also appeared in the Adam-12 episode "Ambush".

    • Goof: Reed and Malloy were guests on the Emergency pilot(The Wedsworth-Townsend Act) and the cast of Emergency were guest on Adam-12 (Lost and Found) AFTER this episode aired.

    • John Smith, who appears as Station 51's captain for the final two episodes of the first season, co-starred with Robert Fuller in the series "Laramie".  They were also best friends from 1956 until Smith's death in 1995.

    • There is conflicting information whether John Smith's character replaced Captain Hammer, or was actually supposed to BE Captain Hammer. The credits that appear at the end of this episode list the character name as "Captain Hammer", but in the next episode it's listed as just "Captain".  The character's name was not spoken or otherwise revealed during either episode.

    • Goof: When Johnny and Roy are leaving Rampart after freeing the burglar, Johnny wants to go back and ask some patients about Adam-12, and Roy reminds him that visiting hours are over. But later, when Johnny and Roy are back at Rampart getting treated for radiation, you hear a woman over the PA system say that visiting hours are now over.

      Goof: Where did Roy get the street clothes from after he re-showers at Rampart (the very end of the episode)?

      Goof: When Brackett first learns of a possible radiation case, he tells Dixie to prepare three beds. Dixie says that there's only one patient, and Brackett reminds her that if "they" (Johnny and Roy) have to go in after him, they'll be exposed, too. That's fine, but why don't any of the other guys who help rescue the guy have to go to Rampart to get checked out? Okay, I guess you could say it's because they weren't exposed as long as Johnny and Roy were. But... Brackett didn't know that would happen when he ordered the 3 beds.

      Goof: When Gage leaves the "hot room" he has no gloves on. When he's out of the room talking to the captain they're back on.

      Goof: Johnny drops his helmet on Chet's head (maybe on purpose).

      Goof: In the Adam 12 episode Johnny is stuck on is "Ambush". Look for Ron Pinkard (Dr. Morton) as a police officer in the actual Adam 12 episode. And of course, there's always the little problem of the cross-over Adam 12 episode that had Roy and Johnny (as well as Rampart staff) in it.

      Goof: When the guys are going to go in to free the scientist in the room full of radiation, they are all outside discussing how they are going to go in the room. It will be in teams of two at a time for 6 minute intervals with Cap. Hammer and Kelly being first, then Marco and Mike while John and Roy are last. When Captain Hammer and Kelly come out and Mike and Marco go in, Captain Hammer says " Ok Take off you two." Then Kelly is the only one that goes outside to be decontaminated. When Captain Hammer makes that statement Mike and Marco are already in the room so who is he directing this to. Also why doesn't he go out to be decontaminated when he just spent 6 minutes in a room full of radioactivity.

    • In regards to the goof comment about the "street" clothes Desoto was wearing at the end of the show. He was wearing all white clothes like the orderlies wore. They didn't wear scrubs like nowadays. It would make sense that the hospital would hand out those for him to wear. After all the nurses wore dresses & the doctors wore street clothes.  You do not see the doctors (except for the surgeons) wearing scrubs. So the only option left was those that the orderlies wore.  In today's world if a patient, firefighter, cop, etc. needs a change a clothes hospitals will, most of the time, give the patient a set of scrubs.

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