Season 1 Episode 29

Return of the Hero

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Apr 04, 1968 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • April 4, 1968
      The show aired on the same day as the assassination of U.S. Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King. He was shot in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray.

  • Quotes

    • David Larkin: I was framed and you (Ironside) were the prize chump.

    • Ironside: Who made this coffee?
      Mark: I did. It's Swedish coffee, you put an egg in it.
      Ironside: Next time try a fresh egg.
      Ironside: You know, this would be a good time to make another pot of coffee. We're out of eggs!

    • Ed: You're talking about a man (Larkin) you knew before he went to Vietnam. The Larkin who came back after two tours of duty in a shooting gallery where you aim at live targets ...
      Ironside: Ed, the essence of a man doesn't change.

    • (after the Chief has earlier criticized her for taking a "leisurely lunch")
      Eve: For your information, I only took 28 minutes off for lunch.
      Ironside: Don't gulp your food. From now on take a full half hour.

    • Mark: How'd you get all that so fast?
      Ed: I have wonderful cooperation.
      Eve: (plucking a woman's hair from his jacket) You must have.

    • Ironside: (upon finding Mark putting a bomb together) You going into the bomb- and mine-making business?
      Mark: The only way I can understand a gadget is to put one together.
      Ironside: Let me know before you start trying to understand what happens when it goes off. Ed called in?
      Mark: Eve did. She said...
      Ironside: Call Ed. He's with Rutledge. Or would you have to take a phone apart and put it together to understand how to use it?
      Mark: I did that when I was a kid, Chief. A pay phone, to see how to get the coins out.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Ironside: Willie Mays said to me that he's going to steal Second, Third and Home.
      Willie Howard Mays, Jr. (b.1931; Westfield, Alabama) played the majority of his 22-year career with the New York and San Francisco Giants. In 1968 Mays batted .289 hitting 23 home runs and driving in 79. Mays stole 338 bases in his career, but only 12 in 1968. He is nicknamed The Say Hey Kid and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. Mays won two MVP awards (1954 & 1965) and appeared in 24 All-Star Games. He finished his career with 660 career home runs, which was third most in baseball history at the time. He is considered by many to be the greatest all-around player in history.

    • Dodgers vs. Giants, final game of a 3-game series
      In 1968, the Giants finished with a record of 88-74, in second place 9 games behind the National League (NL) pennant winning St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers finished eighth with a 76-86 record 21 games out of first. At that time, there were no divisions in the NL.

      The teams played each other 18 times that season , with each winning nine times. The show aired on April 4 and the closest three game series at Candlestick Park to the air date was April 26-28.

      Drysdale faced the Giants in five of the games, but only faced Marichal once, with Marichal prevailing 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. The win was Marichal's 20th of the season. Marichal finished the season with a 26-9 record and a 2.43 ERA. Drysdale's record was 14-12 with a 2.75 ERA.

    • Marichal vs. Drysdale, Dodgers vs. Giants, final game of a 3-game series at Candlestick Park.

      This is the second episode in which a Dodgers-Giants game is referenced. Please refer to the episodeSomething For Nothing for details on the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Juan Marichal and Candlestick Park.

      A reference to Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale (1936–1993), who pitched his entire career for the Dodgers from 1956 (when they were still the Brooklyn Dodgers) to 1969. The right hander had a career record 209-166 striking out 2,486 in 3,432 innings pitched. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
      After his retirement, he went on to have a successful broadcasting career not only with the Dodgers, but also with the Montreal Expos (1970-1971), Texas Rangers (1972), California Angels (1973-1979), Chicago White Sox (1982-1987) and ABC Sports (1978-1986).
      At age 56, he died in his hotel room in Montreal, Quebec on July 3, 1993 from a heart attack.