Season 7 Episode 21

Close to the Heart

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Feb 28, 1974 on NBC
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Close to the Heart
When a woman crashes her car into the Chief's van after suffering a minor heart attack, doctors discover a bullet lodged in her chest, where it has apparently been for several years. When she claims to have no knowledge of ever being shot, the Chief investigates, and soon links her case to that of an unsolved murder.moreless

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  • Great episode, Elizabeth Ashley is absolutely amazing in her portrayal as the unsuspecting victim. One of the finer episode of this classic old series. Raymond Burr is phenomenal.

    This is one episode worth watching. Suspense, dialogue and intense acting pull this off without a hitch. Many old shows have great moments, this is one of them. Ironside never disappointed, there may have been a few not so great episodes, this one isn't one of them. Definitely a stellar moment for Burr and Ashley.
Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr

Chief Robert T. Ironside

Don Galloway

Don Galloway

Detective Sergeant Ed Brown

Don Mitchell

Don Mitchell

Mark Sanger

Elizabeth Baur

Elizabeth Baur

Officer Fran Belding

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Fran: Good morning. Hey, I bought that new blend of coffee you wanted.
      Ironside: Umm-hmm. (ignoring Fran)
      Fran: Did you hear what happened last night? It seems a UFO landed in Candlestick Park right in the middle of the ballgame. The creatures inside must have thought it was an airfield. They ruined a double-play and now the game is being protested.
      Ironside: I'll be back around three, I'm driving down to Santa Cruz.
      Fran: Santa Cruz?
      Ironside: I'm giving a lecture at the college.
      Fran: Do you want me to drive you?
      Ironside: No need.
      Fran: Umm-hmm.

    • Ironside: Oh, doctor. If I'm going to be your reluctant guest for the night, what can I expect for dinner? How's the cuisine here?
      Dr. Furness: Oh, average hospital food, I'd say.
      Ironside: As bad as that.

    • Ironside: Hello, Mrs. Keyes.
      Laura: Chief, I was just telling Miss Belding I really don't need any protection.
      Ironside: Well, I'm not here to argue the point.
      Laura: What is it this time? More questions?
      Ironside: This time I thought I'd try a few answers.
      Laura: I've already told you what happened.
      Ironside: Were we really supposed to believe that story about a stray bullet? Really? On June 4th two years ago, Carlos Ortega was murdered. Now there are two interesting things about that murder. One, he was challenging the leadership of his union. Two, he was killed with the same gun you with which you were wounded.
      Laura: I already told you and it's the truth. I have never laid eyes on nor have I ever heard of anyone called Carlos Ortega.
      Ironside: Just about the time you abruptly quit your well-paying job, Ortega was proposing the union have the pension fund audited. It never happened because he was murdered. If it had happened, something very interesting might have come to light. One of the supposedly legitimate investments of that pension fund is Seaview Estates. It's all here in the annual statement. And although Seaview Estates has seemed a very prosperous venture, none of its profits are going into the Union  pension fund. Money's being siphoned off. Now only two men could have arranged that. One named Bill McCracken, one named Mike Purcell. Which one shot you? I nominate Purcell.
      Laura: Those are your answers, not mine. You never heard any of that from me.

    • Mike Purcell: Oh, Laura, listen. Marriage and all that sort of stuff is old-fashioned. Nobody treats it seriously anymore. Everybody cheats. I bet your husband cheats.
      Laura: No.
      Mike Purcell: Well, what do you think he's doing on those cold nights when he's away? What is he, some kind of saint?

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