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Ironside

Season 2 Episode 7

I, the People

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Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Oct 31, 1968 on NBC
9.4
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I, the People
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An obnoxious talk show host known as "The Peoples' Voice" begins to receive death threats, and the Chief is assigned to protect him. Firstly he must overcome his own feelings of dislike for the man, but are those feelings entirely misplaced? Events escalate when the host's wife is killed by a car bomb apparently meant for her husband.moreless

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  • Uncle Miltie...what happened?

    9.5
    In a departure from his usual comedic roles, TV legend Milton Berle plays an inflammatory talk show host who becomes the target of death threats. Ironside, who loathes Howard, is reluctant to take the case but steps up his efforts when a car bomb apparently meant for Berle kills his wife. Berle's Ross Howard and his show "The People's Voice" may remind a modern audience of Bill O'Reilly and others who invite guests on to their shows and deny them a chance to speak. His quick, dismissive tone certainly made me think of O'Reilly. Not only is Berle terrific in the part, but he co-wrote the episode. It's a great example of an actor going outside of his norm and the results being amazing. While I don't know how much of the script or story Berle came up with, it is clearly his project and he makes the most of it.



    The only downside to this episode is that, aside from the ending, Raymond Burr and Milton Berle don't have many scenes together. The times they do share the screen, it's electric, but I would have liked to see more of it. Otherwise, it's a very well plotted mystery and it puts Ironside in the unenviable position of working to save the life of a man he can't stand.moreless
Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr

Chief Robert T. Ironside

Don Galloway

Don Galloway

Detective Sergeant Ed Brown

Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson

Officer Eve Whitfield

Don Mitchell

Don Mitchell

Mark Sanger

Milton Berle

Milton Berle

Ross Howard

Guest Star

Dane Clark

Dane Clark

Phil Manning

Guest Star

Patricia Barry

Patricia Barry

Martha Webb

Guest Star

Gene Lyons

Gene Lyons

Commissioner Dennis Randall

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Ironside: Someone ought to muzzle that guy.
      Commissioner: Someone wants to muzzle him for good. Howard has been receiving threatening letters. I want you to handle it.
      Ironside: Pass.
      Commissioner: His producer wants to be kept quiet. No publicity.
      Ironside: Sorry, Dennis. Even a judge has the right to disqualify himself on grounds of prejudice. Assign someone else.
      Commissioner: I'm assigning you. Ross Howard is no longer just a TV personality. They're going to run him for the Senate.
      Ironside: Senate?
      Commissioner: Yes, and that makes him a political figure now, and you know what that means. He's got to be protected.

    • Ironside: Do you have any idea who hates you enough to write these letters?
      Ross Howard: Well, let's see. The ratings say I've got ten million viewers, so be kind, figure 90% like me. That would mean about one million hate my guts. Do you know what they call me?
      Ironside: Demagogue?
      Ross Howard: The People's Voice. Oh, fudge. Too sweet.
      Martha Webb: Ross, please take this seriously.
      Ironside: You've smeared a lot of people, Mr. Howard.
      Ross Howard: Not smeared, Chief, exposed. And only if they had it coming.
      Ironside: And Captain Finch?
      Ross Howard: Look, Chief, you're in my ballpark now, so tune in on the ground rules. I don't make the law, I observe it. When somebody starts twisting it and he's a little too important for the newspapers to do anything about, I--I do. I've got no axe to grind, I don't lean left or right, I'm a registered neutral. All I care about is this country, my country.

    • Mark: You don't seem too shook up over this Ross Howard case.
      Eve: You really do have mixed emotions on this one, don't you?
      Ironside: I'm a trained police officer with a moral obligation to protect the lives of the public.
      Mark: He's got mixed emotions.

    • Phil Manning: (to Ed) Hey, Sherlock. Look, if someone trying to kill Howard, I've got a great idea. Let him.

    • Eve: One more thing, Norma Howard filed for a divorce four years ago.
      Ironside: And withdrew it two days later.
      Eve: Strange, wasn't it?
      Ironside: Strange?
      Eve: A woman files for divorce a day after her father dies.
      Ironside: Why did you wait until now to tell me?
      Eve: (leaving) It's my drama training. I saved it for an exit line.

    • Ross Howard: We understand the captain is one of your boys. You have to live with him. So it's only natural that...
      Ironside: What about you, Mr. Howard? This is where you live. In this box. Like a vampire who comes to life in his electronic coffin every night when the sun goes down. Every night on prime time.
      Ross Howard: Pretty clever material, Chief. You outta have your own show.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Ironside: Something like a Dr. Jekyll?
      Refers to Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson's novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which was first published in 1886. The work is known for its vivid portrayal of a split personality and gave birth to the popular phrase "Jekyll and Hyde."

    • Phil Manning: Hey, Sherlock.
      Refers to Sherlock Holmes, a fictional character created by Scottish-born author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes appeared in publication from 1887 through 1927. In total, Doyle wrote four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes.

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