will be making changes to the Private Message system the week of Jan 26, 2015. For more information click here


Season 3 Episode 19

The Hard Hours

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 1974 on NBC
out of 10
User Rating
14 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Dr. Early is diagnosed with a heart condition and undergoes a bypass. A pro football player is embarrassed to admit that his son tackled him too hard. The firemen rescue a boy trapped in his homemade rocket, a woman with her toe stuck in a bathtub faucet, and an electrocution victim.moreless

Watch Full Episode

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
  • Joe Early has to undergo bypass surgery. His friends have to wait for the outcome.

    There is great character interaction and development in this episode. The depth of feelings the characters have for each other is clearly reflected in this episode. Joe Early is discovered to be in need of by pass surgery. Bobby Troupe's acting ability comes to the forefront as a man facing his own mortality. His acting is convincing and realistic.

    Julie London and Robert Fuller also demonstrate excellent acting in this episode. Their performance as concerned friends is very realistic. The interaction between their characters in this episode was great too. All the Dixie/Kel fans enjoyed it.

    Mantooth and Tiege's performance was also excellent. Captain Stanley's performance as the concerned Captain and listening ear was great.

    Writing for this episode was great. The cast carried it off perfectly.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Eric Shea appears in this episode as the rocket-building kid, Clyde, but he was mistakenly listed in the credits at the end of the previous episode, "How Green Was My Thumb"

    • Johnny mentions to Dr. Early that they almost didn't make it to Rampart due to the fact the squad's engine was running rough. Joe listens to the engine and says it sounds like the points are closed. Since the squad is a 1972 model at the oldest, it couldn't have points since Chrysler Corporation did away with them after 1971, and went to electronic pointless ignition in 1972.

    • In the last scene, Dr. Early has a copy of the New Yorker magazine below his right elbow on the tray table. That particular issue was published on June 19th, 1971, almost three years before this episode aired.

      The cover, a man and a woman playing doubles tennis, was drawn by Charles Saxon.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (0)