Season 1 Episode 20

The Lonely Hostage

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Feb 01, 1968 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Hickman tells Ironside that his policeman's salary is $142.97/week. Ironside says his salary was $91.50/week and that that was well before Hickman's time.

  • Quotes

    • Ed: My aching back.
      Eve: Oh, my feet.
      Ironside: If you two are an example of the younger generation, I'll take us senior citizens.
      Eve: Mercy, Chief.
      Ed: Do you know where we've been?
      Ironside: Every hotel, motel, trailer camp and flophouse in the Bay Area. Terminals: air, rail and bus, abandoned buildings, vacant lots, ships at anchor, ships at sea, stadiums, parks, aqueducts, viaducts and the San Francisco sewer system.
      Ed: Yeah!

    • Ed: I am going with you.
      Ironside: Sergeant! You are about to become an ex-Sergeant!
      Ed: Well, that's better than being one of your pallbearers.

    • Ironside: Nice of you to look in on me.
      Mark: Went out to get the paper.
      Ironside: Where to - Los Angeles?
      Mark: I waited for the 5-Star
      Ironside: And what did you find?
      Mark: Same that was in the 3-Star.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Commissioner: The new Don Quixote and his Sancho Panza.
      Referencing Don Quixote, from the novel of the same name (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes. Quixote is actually Alonso Quijano, a hidalgo who sets out to revive chivalry. He recruits a farmer, Sancho Panza to act as his squire. From him comes the word "quixotic," meaning to go headlong after idealistic goals and romantic deeds regardless of everything.

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