Ironside

Season 2 Episode 26

Not With a Whimper, But a Bang

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Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Apr 10, 1969 on NBC
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Not With a Whimper, But a Bang
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The second season concludes with a local college being plagued by false bomb threats, and the editor of the campus paper is convinced that leftist militants are responsible. However, when the fourth bomb proves to be real, and a member of the bomb squad is killed, the Chief begins to look in another direction.moreless

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  • Ironside's Team Does it Again

    7.0
    Here is an episode which keeps you guessing as it unfolds. A series of bomb threats at a college campus keeps Ironside and his protégés busy trying to discover the identity of the bomber. The main suspect seems to get into deeper trouble until a unique piece of evidence turns Ironside's team in a different direction. Two seemingly unrelated storylines eventually converge and reveal the true criminal. It is always fun to see famous actors in the earlier stages of their careers. Edward Anser plays a cranky bomb squad officer. While his acting is great, his performance is marred by a number of technical inconsistencies by the screen writers. All in all it is a good episode.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

Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Sgt. Arnie Vernon

Guest Star

Edward Asner

Edward Asner

Warrant Officer Frank Simpson

Guest Star

Philip Chapin

Philip Chapin

Neal Morgan

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Ed: How soon can I have an analysis of the paste used to attach the letters?
      Technician: About an hour.
      Ed: Thirty minutes! (both smile)

    • (after being put on CQ duty for a second consecutive night)
      Sgt. Arnie Vernon: You can't do this to me, it's against regulation ns.
      Warrant Officer Simpson: RHIP, Sergeant. Ask any officer. Goodnight, Chief. (the two men leave)
      Mark: RHIP?
      Ironside: Rank has its Privileges.
      Mark: Well, this type of a thing could go too far.
      Ironside: Mark, would you make some coffee please and then turn on the news.
      Mark: I wanted to look at the fights.
      Ironside: News.
      Mark: RHIP? (Ironside smiles at him and nods) Like I said, this kind of thing can be pushed too far.

      ...at the end of the show...

      Ironside: Well, everybody ready for the ball game?
      Mark: Ball game? I though we were going to the fights.
      Ironside: Ball game!
      Mark: Why do I have to go to the ball game when it's fight night?
      Ironside: (yells) RHIP!
      Mark: I'm going to remind you of that 20 years from now.

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  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Mark: O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on...
      Mark is quoting Iago from Shakespeare's Othello Act 3, Scene 3.

    • Not With a Whimper, But a Bang:
      The episode's title is a take-off on the final verse of "The Hollow Men," one of Nobel-Prize-winning poet T.S. Eliot's (1888–1965) most famous works. The final verse reads This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.

    • We've got a real Rube Goldberg here

      Refers to Reuben Lucius Goldberg (1883–1970), who is best known for a series of cartoons depicting complex and deliberately over engineered machines made to perform simple tasks in indirect and convoluted ways. Known as Rube Goldberg machines, they are the inspiration for international competitions which challenge participants to make a complex machine to perform a simple task.

      Goldberg also won a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948 and was a founding member and the first president of the National Cartoonists Society.

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