Season 1 Episode 23

Something for Nothing

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Feb 22, 1968 on NBC
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Something for Nothing
A compulsive (and unlucky) gambler is in debt to a local mobster for $32,000. Ironside wants to put the mobster away, but only can if the gambler is prepared to turn state's evidence. The Chief has to persuade him to turn against the man who is offering him a way out of debt.moreless

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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

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Susan Saint James and James Farentino sing "Downtown".

    • The second episode to feature the original song "From The Day You're Born." James Farentino's character sings it with guitar. The first time the song was sung was in Episode #11 - The Man Who Believed.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Ironside: Mr. Faber, as in Mr. Drugs, as in Mr. Money Shark. Always in the background; delusions of invisibility. Calls himself Mr. Faber. The best lawyers, the most perfect alibis. Yes, I'm interested, Verna. I've lived with the smell of Mr. Faber for eight long years, and it is a smell. Yes, I'm very interested.

    • Tommy: Verna's a worrier. I gamble, she worries. I owe a man a few dollars, that's all.
      Ironside: What man?
      Tommy: A friend. A man who lent me the money.
      Ironside: Mr. Faber doesn't have friends. Mr. Faber has possessions. Are you a possession, Tommy?

    • Ironside: (to Tommy) If you think you can lie to me you're foolish. If you think you can lie to yourself, you're stupid.

    • Ironside: Where is large money generated?
      Eve: Big hotels. Department stores. Jewelers.
      Mark: Sporting events.
      Ironside: Ball games. Candlestick Park at night when there's a doubleheader.
      Mark: Next week we play the Dodgers. Marichal pitching, that'll be about 50,000 fans out.
      Eve: How much money?
      Ironside: A doubleheader, including concessions? In the very plush neighborhood of a quarter of a million dollars.

    • Tommy: That's good chili.
      Ironside: Only food fit for man - contains all the proper vitamins and minerals.

    • Ironside: You've got more brass than the whole Pentagon. You're offering him a bribe right in front of me.
      Faber: Prove it! I pay for the best legal talent in the country, and I get it! Tommy... I won't go to jail. So don't throw your career and marriage away in a useless attack on me.
      Ironside: Prove it! I pay for the best legal talent in the country, and I get it! Tommy... I won't go to jail. So don't throw your career and marriage away in a useless attack on me.
      Faber: Of you? The famous Ironside? Look at him, Tommy. There's your reward for years of dedication to the law... a cripple.
      Ironside: Only on the outside, Faber. Not on the inside where it's ugly.

    • (after the case is solved)
      Eve: Well, this calls for a celebration - meatballs!
      Ironside: No, Eve.
      Eve: Meatballs and chili. Lots and lots of good hot chili.
      Ironside: Well, I guess just this one time.

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    • Next week we play the Dodgers
      The Los Angeles Dodgers are the Giants hated rival dating back to when both teams were in New York. Both the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants moved west before the 1958 season. As of the 2008 season, both teams play in the National League's Western Division.

    • Marichal pitching
      A reference to Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal (b.October 20, 1937; Laguna Verde, Dominican Republic) who pitched for the Giants from when he made his major league debut 1960 to 1973. All told, the right hander had a 16-year career in which he had a record of 243-142. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

    • Candlestick Park
      Home of the San Francisco Giants baseball club from 1960 to 1999. The Giants moved into a new, baseball only facility called Pacific Bell Park (which has been renamed twice and as of February 2008 is called AT&T Park) for the 2000 season. The San Francisco 49ers of the NFL still play their home games there and the park was renamed to 3Com Park and then to Monster Park, which is its name as of February 2008.
      Candlestick Park is so named because it is located on Candlestick Point. The point and the cove in its embrace were named long ago after the indigenous candlestick bird.