Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Season 1 Episode 2

The Zombie

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 1974 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Kolchak: (opening narration) Popular folklore would have us believe that there exist in the underworld ruthless men who fear nothing. This story should debunk that myth.

    • Vincenzo: Good morning, Carl. Did you get those extra pencils you wanted?
      Kolchak: Oh, yeah.
      Vincenzo: Listen, I read your Willie Pike story.
      Kolchak: Oh, well, you must have taken up speed-reading. I just typed it.
      Vincenzo: Oh, it's very good. Really, Carl.
      Kolchak: You've got it upside down.
      Vincenzo: Oh.
      Kolchak: What do you want of me?
      Vincenzo: I'm starving. Let's get down to Manny's and grab a cup of coffee and a piece of Danish.
      Kolchak: The last time that you invited me out for coffee and Danish, I ended up in Sioux Falls, Iowa, covering a hardware convention. And the time before that-
      Vincenzo: Well, listen. Can't a man take a coworker to coffee without being suspect?
      Kolchak: Coworker? The last time you called me a coworker, I spent three days rewriting the obituaries because Charlie Creach was out on one of his benders! Coworker? I had no coworker! I was the coworker!

    • Kolchak: Captain Leo Winwood and I had a relationship that was long and bloody, like the Crusades, only without the chivalry.

    • Kolchak: Then came the part that makes the news what it is today. Getting pictures of the bodies.

    • Kolchak: Nine a.m., August 16, the official police briefing. As foolish a game as any Gordy the Ghoul could make up.

    • (about an informer)
      Kolchak: The Monk was of a lower order. He had never taken the vows of poverty or silence.

    • Kolchak: I saw Victor Friese get his back snapped! I heard it crunch!! ...and the man who did it was dead - dead - and had been dead for over two weeks!
      Vincenzo: Well I envy him - at least he's getting some sleep!

    • Winwood: Now we think the body was exhumed by some cult. However, I didn't want to speculate as to the purpose. After all, these are Haitians. They're people from a foreign country.
      Kolchak: Yeah, that's right, especially Francois Edmonds. He, sir, is from Hell itself.

    • Winwood: And how is this stiff walking, Kolchak? Who's pulling the strings?
      Kolchak: Well, I don't know exactly, but I've been doing some research. It's voodoo. Francois Edmonds has been turned into a zombie. Now, the process that activates him has something to do with chicken blood and corn kernels...

  • Notes

    • This is one of only two episodes that Jack Grinnage doesn't appear in.

    • This was the last episode that Paul Playdon produced - supposedly over conflicts with Darren McGavin who was unofficially doing "production" work. Cy Chermak came in at Universal's request. Chermak for whatever reasons wasn't happy with the dynamic of the office cast and Carol Ann Susi only makes two brief appearances after this episode, probably because she was contracted rather then any desire by Chermak to keep her on. Chermak was probably also responsible for adding Miss Emily, although she doesn't appear until a few episodes later.

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