Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Season 1 Episode 10

The Energy Eater

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 13, 1974 on ABC
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Lakefront Hospital and Research Center is a shining example of modernity. Built on reclaimed land, it was completed with only a few tragedies - Indian construction workers killed while doing high-rise work. Then the hospital begins to shake and crack. Strange accidents occur, killing patients and staff. Kolchak thinks he's onto a construction scandal. But when he talks to construction foreman and Indian medicine man Jim Elkhorn, he discovers the truth is much worse: the construction has awakened something old and powerful. If Carl can't persuade hospital officials to take action, a lot more people will die...moreless

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  • Haunted Hospital

    7.0
    When Kolchak: The Night Stalker fired on all cylinders, it was solid gold - scary, with enough humor to keep the show in check, and strong performances all around. Occasionally, the "frights" would falter and the humor would pick up the slack. Hence, we have "The Energy Eaters."



    The idea is a good one, but like other episodes, the execution is spotty. Despite the deaths, we never get a sense of urgency about the Bear god and his attacks. Even Kolchak seems detatched. Perhaps it's because the scenes of the specter at work consist of bursting light bulbs and doors crashing open. Not terribly exciting, and definitely not fright-invoking. The guest players are weak this time around too, particularly the hospital administrators when they discover that there may be some truth to what Kolchak is preaching.



    What saves this episode is the humor. The newsroom provides some laughs when we see that Carl bribed Emily into writing his story (and tricks Tony into taking another assignment meant for him). The scenes where Carl breaks up a romantic rendezvous between the tribal shaman and his neighbor is also well done. Even when he was bored, Darren McGavin brought his best work to the table, and even a mediocre episode like "Energy Eaters" is worth seeing for his performance and some well-delivered shouting matches with Simon Oakland.moreless
William Smith (I)

William Smith (I)

Jim Elkhorn

Guest Star

Elaine Giftos

Elaine Giftos

Nurse Janice Eisen

Guest Star

Robert Cornwaithe

Robert Cornwaithe

Dr. Hartfield

Guest Star

Paul Baxley

Paul Baxley

Electrocuted Worker (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Jack Grinnage

Jack Grinnage

Ron Updyke

Recurring Role

Ruth McDevitt

Ruth McDevitt

Emily Cowles

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • It's never explained why only the Indian construction workers were killed during the hospital work, but other workers were okay and could finish the job.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Kolchak: (opening monologue) The city of Chicago sparkles with monuments to man's achievement; his aspirations, his quest for the truth, his respect for the law, now a different sort of monument. There was a theory that dying institutions erect their own mausoleums before they die. This particular monument was to be a hospital and research center, dedicated to extending the life of man, improving the quality of that life. It succeeded instead in introducing a new horror, a new way of death – a mystery.

    • Kolchak: Anybody important here today?
      Receptionist: Oh, no. Just a bunch of reporters.

    • Kolchak: Uh, Nurse...Eisen. You enjoy your work?
      Nurse Eisen: Oh! Oh, yes...yes...a well-performed autopsy is a joy forever.

    • (about a shooting)
      Vincenzo: You don't think there's anything printable here?
      Kolchak: No. Nobody ever talks. Listen, the last one I covered was typical. Of the thirty people in the restaurant, twenty of them claimed to be in the men's room, and the rest of them claimed never to have heard one of the eighteen shots that were fired.

    • Vincenzo: Your angle on the hospital dedication, Carl. How did you come up with it?
      Kolchak: Oh, a little, uh, research and, uh, imagination.
      Vincenzo: Some angle. Two pages condemning the lack of geriatric facilities.
      (Emily turns around and looks at Vincenzo)
      Vincenzo: What did you promise her this time? Orthopedic glitter shoes?
      Kolchak: Well, Tony, Tony, there is a vast and growing proportion of our citizens in their autumn years who are living on fixed income, faced with a-a growing inflation, possibly even recession. I mean, they have their rights, their special needs. They're organized.
      Vincenzo: Really? What do they call it? Wrinkle Power?
      Kolchak: That's disgusting.
      Emily: They call it Gray Power. And we're tough. We're standing up for our rights.
      Kolchak: Well, don't stand up too quickly, Emily.
      Emily: I'm all right. I'm sorry, Mr. Vincenzo. I may have come on a little too strong at the first, but I can't stand to see senior people glossed over.

    • Vincenzo: Need I remind you that within the last year, you completely ruined two cameras? And the electric pencil sharpener?
      Kolchak: Yeah, remind me of that sometime.

    • Kolchak: What would you say if I told you there was a force beyond your comprehension trying to destroy this hospital?
      Webster: I'd say goodbye, Kolchak!

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