Season 3 Episode 6


Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 1973 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Returning from a fishing trip, Roy, John, and Chet help the victims of a car accident. On duty, after rescuing some joyriders whose car went over a cliff, John is bitten by a rattlesnake.

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  • I was the kid in the back of the car in the desert when John and Roy were coming back from the fishing trip and they came accross the accident. I was six years old at the time, my name is Jack Paar.moreless

    Great show, I enjoyed working on this show, we worked on this series as kids several times. I remember this episode to this day and I am 40 years old now, I was the kid in the back of the car in the desert when John and Roy were coming back from the fishing trip and they came accross the accident. I was six years old at the time, my name is Jack Paar and I can't believe that they did not include me in the cast. It was a wonderful cast and a long running show what a blast. I now run a music management company called BusyBoy Productions Inc. and our web site is www.busyboyproductions.commoreless
  • On the way home from a fishing trip, John, Roy, and Chet resuce a woman and her son in a car wreck. Back home John is bitten by a rattlesnake and must treat himself in the field.moreless

    This episode was great. It was interesting to see Johnny and Roy have to treat victims without the benefit of all of their gear. At the accident while they wait for help to arrive, their frustration is clear. Especially Roy's, who is treating the injured child. Johnny's interaction with the injured woman was very much in character. His compassion helps to calm her.

    The rural hospital was interesting. We see Roy and Johnny trying to get help for the victims. The nurse's reactions were funny. Dr. Frick's arrival is a surprise in that he's not "Old Doc Frick," but young doctor with long hair and hip clothes.

    Back at the station, I did find Mike Stoker's reaction to be out of character. I can't really see him reacting like that. It was bad writing for this character--who got way too few lines.

    As they work the rescue for the car over the cliff, we again get to see Johnny's bedside manner as he calms and soothes the young lady who can't see. When Johnny goes back down to retrieve the handy talkie and gets bit by the rattlesnake, we see that Johnny can still keep his wits and knows what to do. At the hospital, the reactions of his fellow fire fighters is true to life. The final scene where Roy and Chet go to visit Johnny is humourous and light. It was the perfect ending to a story that had dramatic rescues.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.

Ron Pinkard

Ron Pinkard

Doctor Morton

Richard X. Slattery

Richard X. Slattery


Guest Star

Reta Shaw

Reta Shaw

Ozella Peterson

Guest Star

William Bryant

William Bryant

Captain Engine 85

Guest Star

Steve Stafford

Steve Stafford

Paramedic Steve

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The funeral home hearse doubles as an ambulance. This was a common practice in rural areas until the late 1970.

    • The helicopter water drop should have produced mud around the car. Helicopters carry about 300 gallons of water. The ground was completely dry.

    • Code I (fireman injured) count
      1. Johnny Gage--Rattlesnake bite

    • Blooper: When the rattlesnake bites Johnny, he drops the handietalkie and it falls off the far side of the car. Yet as he falls to the ground, he has the handietalkie back in his hand again.

    • Chet's Disappearing Helmet

      When the are loading Johnny onto the hose bed after the rattlesnake bites him, Chet has his helmet on. After a close up of Johnny talking into the handie talkie, we see Chet putting a torniquent on Johnny's leg, but Chet's helmet is no longer on his head. As the engine begins to back up, we see Chet still treatibng Johnny, and his helmet is back on his head. In route to Rampart, Chet is using a suction device on the snakebite and his helmet is gone again.

    • As Engine 51 is driving to Rampart with the injured Johnny Gage on the back, Captain Hank Stanley can be seen holding the microphone backwards as he is relaying information to Rampart.

    • When Roy and Chet come to visit Johnny, Dixie tells them that he's in room 205. So when they go to his room, the number on the door is 230, not 205.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Roy: Dr. Frick, that was a very fine job of vascular surgery you performed in there.

      Dr. Frick: Hey, thank you, Roy.

      Johnny: It sure was, but you know what blows my mind?

      Dr. Frick: Uh, no, what's that?

      Johnny: Well, you actually. You see, you have to remember, I expect to see "Ol' Doc Frick." You know, the kindly, white-haired, lovable, old country doctor, but...

      Roy: Yeah, well, whatever prompted you to set up practice in a place like this, anyway?

      Dr. Frick: Well,it's just that there isn't another doctorinthe whole area. People need me here.That's what I really want, a practice where I'm really needed, you know.

      Johnny: Can you imagine their reaction to all this back at the station?

    • Roy: Hi, Dix.

      Dixie: Hi, you guys here to see our star patient?

      Roy: Yeah, how's he doing.

      Dixie: Well, he's getting his strength back. We'll have to release him pretty soon or tie him down.

      Chet: You know I had a lousy feeling yesterday he wasn't going to make it.

      Dixie: You were really concerned.

      Roy: Well, you'd better not tell John that, it's gonna ruin their relationship.

      Chet: What relationship, I just didn't wanna have to break in a new pigeon.

      Roy: Now, see what I mean.

    • Johnny: (to the reluctant nurse) Ma'am, these people are going to die if we don't get some help in here. Now I want an outside line, now. Please!

    • Roy: It's quiet around the station.
      Johnny: The only way you'll get peace and quiet around the station is if Chet gets terminal laryngitis.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This was the final of three episodes written by Jim Page, who was a member of the LA Fire Department from 1957 until 2001, and was considered to be the father of modern emergency medical services. He was good friends with Randolph Mantooth, who spoke at his funeral in 2004. He was credited in this episode under the alias "Carroll Christensen," who was his daughter.

    • Reta Shaw is best known for her role on Mary Poppins.