Season 1 Episode 8

Deadly Force

Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Nov 18, 1994 on ABC Family
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Deadly Force
Broadway accidentally shoots Elisa with her gun. Wrecked by regret, he takes her to the hospital and then goes off on his own to take his frustration out on any criminal he can find. When the others hear, they assume it was the work of a gangster Elisa was investigating, and set out to take him down - permanently.moreless

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  • One of the best examples why "Gargoyles" is the best animated series ever made.

    Every animated show has at least 1 public service episode, dealing with a "real-life" problem. Most of these turn out to be of pretty poor quality, but Deadly Force sets a fine example.

    We see a character go through all the steps- being introduced to guns by the media, accepting them as cool and necessary, then finally realizing the true purpose/method behind a gun.

    This story doesn't really take sides in the gun issue, so to speak. It just tries to show people that actions have consequences-and it does so brilliantly.

    And the sight of Elisa lying in a pool of her own blood makes this one of the most exceptional Disney cartoons ever made. Yet their programming won't even acknowledge its existence.moreless
  • Broadway watches a Western movie and becomes interested in playing with guns. He accidentally shoots Elisa while playing with hers. Recent events suggest that a mobster shot Elisa. Goliath and Broadway go after the mobster and subdue him.moreless

    Well-written episode. Just a few problems I had with it, and those refer to the medical side of things.

    1) When you come across somebody in cardiac arrest, the first thing you do is start CPR, not rush them into the ER. When life is at stake, seconds count.

    2) You can't shock asystole (absence of any electrical activity in the heart, which was what Elisa had). Asystole is incredibly difficult to bring someone back from, and I am quite surprised that she would already be in that rhythm, since it's not a typical initial rhythm after cardiac arrest, particularly since Elisa is young and (we presume) otherwise healthy.

    3) When your patient converts back to a normal sinus rhythm, you first check for a pulse-you don't automatically assume they have one (it is possible for a person to be in a sinus rhythm without a pulse; this is an example of pulseless electrical activity, or PEA).

    I guess I'm a bit biased because I'm a nurse, and I understand how things work with medicine in the real world, which is often very different from what's displayed on TV. Otherwise, I thought that this episode really gave a message to kids about the importance of being responsible and NOT playing with real guns. (Also, gives an important message to parents about ensuring that guns are kept locked up where children can't get hold of them.)moreless
Richard Grieco

Richard Grieco


Guest Star

Michael Horse

Michael Horse

Peter Maza

Guest Star

Robert Ito

Robert Ito

Dr. Sato

Guest Star

Frank Welker

Frank Welker


Recurring Role

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Derek Maza / Glasses

Recurring Role

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Diane Maza

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • There are actually two endings for this episode. In the original, at the end when the sun rises Goliath and Broadway are seen taking up frightening poses. This is later explained in the second season episode "Bushido" that In Scotland gargoyles face outwards and adopt poses to frighten away enemies, and Goliath did state that he and Broadway would protect Elisa. However for some reason (probably due to complaints about the already mature tone of this episode) the ending was edited, with Goliath and Broadway now taking the far more neutral forms that they usually do at sleep. Disney would later go on to pull the episode from further Gargoyles airings due to the same complaints.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Goliath: (about Broadway) Where's he off to in such a hurry?
      Lexington: Ah, he's going to see Showdown again.
      Goliath: "Showdown"?
      Brooklyn: Yeah, it's a wWestern. Great movie. We all saw it the other day.
      Lexington: You know: cowboys, horses, guns...
      Goliath: It must be good, if he didn't have his dinner first.

    • Broadway: (taking a gun from a crook) What's this? A new kind of gun? (angrier) A new way to kill people!

    • Broadway: (wielding Elisa's gun) Let's go, Pilgrim! And don't forget your horse!

    • Broadway: Elisa, it was all my fault. I was playing with your gun and... it went off. I'll never touch a gun again.
      Elisa: I should have been a lot more careful about where I left it. We both made mistakes.
      Broadway: Yeah, but you nearly paid for those mistakes with your life.
      Elisa: Then let's not repeat them.

    • Owen: Mr. Xanatos isn't going to like this.
      Goliath: I'll be happy to discuss the matter with him.

    • Hudson: Movies, television, video games. These days it's hard to tell what's real and what's not.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Michael Reaves was nominated for the 1995 Annie Award for "Best Individual Achievement for Writing in the Field of Animation" for this episode.

    • This episode, along with "Enter Macbeth" is available on VHS as Gargoyles: The Force Of Macbeth.

    • Beth Maza appears in the family photo early in the episode, and is mentioned by the Mazas to be in college. She makes her first appearance in #2-5 of Marvel Comic's shortlived Gargoyles series, though those stories aren't considered by Weisman canon. Her first full canon appearance is in the episode "The Cage"

    • TV Guide praised the series for doing this episode.

    • This episode only aired on Toon Disney, for the first time as part of a Gargoyles Halloween marathon, airing all 78 episodes in a span of 4 nights, starting October 28, 2002. It aired out of original airing order, however, airing the last hour of the night along with the following episode "Enter MacBeth." Various blood shots were removed and Elisa's face was zoomed in instead of view her body with the puddle of blood next to her. The Fox Family version uses the same cut to avoid Elisa's blood as Toon Disney's (The DVD of the first season contains the uncensored version of the episode). As of 2004, the episode would air on a regular basis on Toon Disney.

    • First appearances of Tony Dracon, Glasses, Darek Maza, Peter Maza, and Diane Maza.


    • Cagney and Lacey
      Elisa's cat's name is Cagney after the character on the cop drama Cagney and Lacey. Det Chris Cagney was played by Meg Foster and later Sharon Gless.