Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Season 1 Episode 8

Bad Medicine

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 29, 1974 on ABC

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  • Who would have known that--three years in what was then the future--the supernatural menace of this episode would achieve cinematic immortality as the Bondian hitman, "Jaws?"

    That's right! Megalithic actor Richard Kiel played the Diablero (an evil shaman of Native American mythology), before appearing in "The Spy Who Love Me" as the metallic-toothed henchman of eco-terrorist Karl Stromberg. And, I'll confess: I found him suitably scary in the role, the first time I saw this ep.

    But, I also loved it for the touches of levity laced throughout. For example?

    KOLCHAK (trying to crash a private jewelry auction): "The name is Kol...worth. Carl Kolworth!"

    SNOBBISH BUTLER (being sarcastic): "Any relation to the Woolworths?"

    KOLCHAK: "Only distantly. They dealt mostly in wool. And, we...dealt in coal."

    The biggest laugh of all, however? When I saw a SCIFI Channel re-run of this, last year, I made a hilarious discovery. The chant being done by the Diablero, in that half-finished skyscraper, is "E-I-E-I-O" from "Old McDonald!"