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Code I: Johnny slips and bangs his ribs on a high tower rescue knocking the wind out of him.
On the first run, the cost of gasoline from the Union 76 station was $0.419 for regular and $0.449 for premium. On the second run, the cost of gasoline from the Shell station was $0.259 for regular and $0.279 for premium.
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.
Eric Shea is listed in the credits at the end of this episode, but his character Clyde appears in the following episode, "The Hard Hours"
Captain Stanley calls for more light water. Light water is water with an additive used in the water to extinguish petroleum and similar fires.
Charcter Note: Dr. Kent Donaldson Jr has a bedside manner 100 times worse than Dr. Morton.
Chet has the slowest time of the station--46 seconds--for getting his gear on. Having the slowest time means Chet has to cook supper.
When Bracket goes looking for Old Bill and Morton is standing there looking at a chart there's an announcement about needing a Dr in Treatment Room 1 but both of them just ignore it. In fact Bracket just goes into his office while Morton just stays where he is
The guy that played Gus the gas station attendant, is actor Karl Swenson. He played Mr. Hanson on Little House on the Prairie.
We discover that Chet Kelly has an alter ego called the Phantom who loves to play pranks. Johnny Gage is his primary target.
The vending machines are only seen when needed for a plot device...such as Dixie getting her hand stuck. Usually they get their coffee from a coffee pot.
Goof: on the run to get the man out of the safe dispatch says 1817 for the house number. As Johnny and Roy are leaving the number painted on the curb is 4017.
Dr. Brackett orders Dixie to start the spinal cord injury patient on dexamethasone. It is used in spinal cord to reduce swelling
Goof: On the car accident, the status board at the base station at Rampart shows 51 at a fire. There was no fire involved in the wreck.
Before the advent of electronic computers, data could be stored and tabulated on paper or metal punch cards. By the mid-70's most large institutions (like Rampart General) had converted over to magnetic tape storage, but punch cards can still be found in use in places like your local voting booth.
Near the beginning of the episode, when the alarm sounds, the dispatcher says Station 51, Engine 36 and Truck 116. When Captain Stanley acknowledges it, he says Squad 51 KMG-356 instead of saying Station 51 KMG-365 since everybody was going.
Kip Niven, who appears as the man who gives his hospitalized catatonic friend an injection, previously appeared as the paramedic trainee in the Season 2 episode, "School Days".
This was the final appearance of Boot for nearly two years. He makes one final appearance in the Season 5 episode, "The Inspection".
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70s, not for the faint of heart, hospital backdrop, high stake situations, for the nostalgic