Emergency!

Season 1 Episode 0

The Wedsworth-Townsend Act

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 1972 on NBC
9.0
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The Wedsworth-Townsend Act
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Seeing a dire need in the community for on-the spot medical assistance, LA County Firefighters Roy DeSoto and John Gage attempt to convince their staunchest opponent, Chief of Emergency Services Dr. Kelly Brackett, to support paramedic legislation that means getting help to where it's needed most. Martin Miller and Kent McCord of "Adam-12" guest star in this thrilling 2-hour pilot movie.

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  • The First Act of Rampart 51

    9.0
    I have been a fan of the "Perry Mason crew" and Jack Webb and Dragnet, Adam-12 and Emergency! since are all a large part of why I became a lawyer. I did not remember seeing the Emergency! pilot (I think I was nine at the time), so I watched this episode the other day. This one-hour episode thoroughly cemented the major personalities and their attitudes; also, the episode explained various aspects about the series a casual viewer may not grasp from the tenor of later episodes. The viewer is introduced to a version of the "Hawkeye Pierce" physician and "Margaret Houlihan" nurse prototypes that neither stretches credulity (or the gag reflex) of the viewer. One believes and empathizes with the skilled, ethical emergency physician, partnered by his competent, yet independent, nurse, who is, herself, a veteran of the Korean War "triage" theatre. One understands the genesis of the emergency hospital system on display in the series (where many providers donated their time and talent and where registered nurses traveled on the road with firefighters who were not trained to render medical attention to the victims). And, the viewer sees how Rampart 51 got its start... and how several, but few, firefighters became firefighter paramedics. This show, miraculously, is a solid hit with our generation of America; I say this is "miraculous" because the show depicts REAL LIFE type of medicine and law I have seen throughout my life and not the HollyJollywood soft-pedal fantasy that, obviously, a few other viewers prefer. No one is texting, singing, voting or trying to keep up with another back in good, ole this show still has the power to amaze 2013 audiences.moreless
  • The wedsworth-love every episode

    10
    Love every episode 8.9
  • How it all started ...

    8.0
    I really enjoyed this "first" episode. Obviously, effects and manner of story telling are very different 40 years later, but the show was still enjoyable, the characters well-formed and the story interesting. It made me want to continue on to the next episode.
  • This was a groundbreaking pilot and had a great "wow" effect but...

    5.2
    Jack Web can't direct. He proved that in the pace, character, and structure of the episode. Nevertheless, Kevin and Randolph have enough acting chops to make it work. They are the best parts of the pilot. he Dr. Brackett character is about as likable as a wet tshirt in a snowstorm. He has an uncanny ability to be insulting without any effort. This of course was the dramatic tension between paramedics and doctors in the field; nevertheless, this was about as exciting as washing dishes. Pace is groaning nevertheless this was the setup for a great tv series that was always innocent and charming requiring not too much effort. Some will say this is too simplistic and foolish but considering how scary the world is today, sometimes dropping our tensions into the world of simplicity and charm seems like a pretty good recipe for a night off.moreless
  • The start of It all. Emergency

    10
    The start of it all. Roy and John are new to the paramedics there waiting for the legislation to pass so they can use there training. Dr. Brackett is against the program. Mean while Roy and John go on emergency calls but they half to have a Nurse along who can administer Drugs. When Dixie McCall is Injured they go against Dr. Brackett call to wait for another Nurse. Dr. Brackett finely changes his mind a goes to the legislation committee to testify that the Program is needed. Later when there's a cave in and a man is having a heat attack Dr. Brackett tells Roy and John to shock the man even though the bill has not pass. They do saving the man's life.



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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.

Martin Milner

Martin Milner

Officer Pete Malloy

Guest Star

Kent McCord

Kent McCord

Officer Jim Reed

Guest Star

Jack Kruschen

Jack Kruschen

State Assemblyman Micheal Wolski

Guest Star

Art Balinger

Art Balinger

Battalion Chief

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Bobby Troup (Dr. Early) was an accomplished jazz singer and pianist.  In this episode he is briefly shown playing the piano and improvises and sings a little tune directed at Dr. Brackett.  This is the only time in the series that Bobby Troup's musical talents were put on display.  Troup's real-life wife, Julie London, was also an accomplished jazz singer.

    • This was the only episode of the entire series in which Roy's wife Joanne appeared on camera.

    • Ron Pinkard, who appears at Dr. Tom Gray in the pilot episode, would star as Dr. Mike Morton for the remainder of the series.

    • Robert Fuller (Dr. Kelly Brackett) had been close friends with Julie London (Dixie McCall) and Bobby Troup (Dr. Joe Early), long before he co-starred in Emergency!

    • Dixie lives in Apartment # 16.

    • While Dr. Brackett is blowing to get the chorloform into the the horn to relax the baby rabbit, there are shots of the little boy pursing his lip and blowing and Joe Early doing the same thing.

    • Prior to Julie London's marriage to Bobby Troup, she was married from July, 1947 to November, 1953, to this show's creator, Jack Webb.

    • Although their relationship was platonic on the show, Julie London (Dixie McCall) and Bobby Troup (Dr. Joe Early) were married in real life. Their marriage lasted from December, 1959 until Troup's death in February, 1999.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (5)

    • This pilot episode is actually a two-hour-long made-for-television movie.  This format would return after the sixth season, when six more made-for-television movies were produced in 1978 and 1979 to close out the series.

    • Station 10's alarm tones are identical to the ones Station 51 used from the second episode on. Station 51's tones are also different.

    • Engineer Mike Stoker was a real Los Angeles County Firefighter. He was assigned to Station 21 in Lawndale, CA. He retired from the department in 1996 with the rank of Captain.

    • As Gage and DeSoto are rescuing the man caught under the trencher, the tunnel wall to their left gives way, causing water and rocks to rush down towards them. As the camera pans back to their continued rescue efforts, you can see several of the rocks floating on top of the water, rather than sinking like they should. This indicates the rocks were made of some other substance (foam, for example).

    • "Station 10" is LA County FD Station 8 in reality. Later episodes refer to it as such and stock footage of "10" from the pilot is used to show Station 8, which is also a part of Battalion 14 in the "Emergency!" universe.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Dr. Early: Well good Doctor, you do recall The Longest Day? A reference to the movie "The Longest Day" a movie about D Day that tells both the Allied and German points of view.

    • Dr. Brackett's line, "That's what you get for playing the 'Perils of Pauline.'" is a reference to silent film episodic serial in which the main character Pauline evaded attempts on her life week after week.

    • Joe Early's line, "Tell me about the rabbits, George." is taken from Of Mice and Men. Lennie liked his friend George to tell him about the soft rabbits that he (Lennie)dreams of being able to tend and touch.

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