Season 2 Episode 4

The Disposal Man

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 29, 1971 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Asked by retired disposal man Sid Nylan (who can't stand a hypocrite) if he was in the service, McCloud replies that he flew Air Force reconnaissance missions in Korea.

    • Chief Clifford mentions that he has a six year old daughter in this episode. This is in contrast to later episodes when the Cliffords appear for all intents and purposes to be childless.

    • Det. Thatcher refers to "Chief Peter J. Clifford". It appears that his name was changed in subsequent seasons.

    • The credits give George Lincoln for Peter Lincoln.

  • Quotes

    • Marian Yerby: (on the telephone to NYPD) Sergeant Thatcher. This is Mrs. Arthur Yerby. I was wondering if you'd be kind enough to arrest my son.

    • Marian Yerby: (to McCloud) The really ironic thing, according to your theory, is that Philip thought I'd give him control over the corporation. Why, he could never handle it. He can't even manage a simple thing like having his own father murdered.

    • Rosalie Hudgins: (to McCloud, laughing) You vice squad guys are too much; these weird disguises! What are you supposed to be, Midnight Cowboy?

    • Sid Nylan: (about Arthur Yerby) He's not a hypocrite. He's honest like a shark is honest. There's very few of his kind left. I'd hate to see him go.

    • Det. Thatcher: Marshal McCloud, you are devious, subversive, manipulative.
      McCloud: I appreciate y' confidence.

    • Chief Clifford: (to McCloud) Stop calling me "Chief," you make me feel like a Comanche.

    • Arthur Yerby: (of his family) Well, here we are all together again, brought together by the strongest bond of all, our mutually-held stock.

    • Arthur Yerby: (on his wife's influence) From a conservative megalomaniacal empire builder, I became a hedonist megalomaniacal empire builder.

    • (on who wants to kill Arthur Yerby)
      Marian Yerby: (to McCloud) I could give you enough names to fill a petition.

    • (about Frank Gordon's story)
      McCloud: I have a strong feelin' about it.
      Chief Clifford: I hesitate to ask where.

    • (on jealousy at headquarters)
      McCloud: (to Chris Coughlin) Every time I appear in one of your columns, there's trouble in the bunkhouse.

  • Notes

    • Additional Credit:
      Titles & Optical Effects: UNIVERSAL TITLE

    • Felix (played by Pat Morita) does not appear in some syndicated versions.

    • At the art warehouse, Edward Kienholz's The Beanery (1965) and Back Seat Dodge '38 (1964) are reflected in the sculpture, with significant differences. The couple are not embracing in the back seat of the old Dodge, rather she is being throttled in the front seat, and the customers at Barney's Beanery are mannequins, one of which (with a cowboy hat on) is beheaded in the shootout. A surgical operation is also represented in the style of the sculptor George Segal.

    • Sgt. Broadhurst (Terry Carter) does not appear in this episode and is not credited.

  • Allusions

    • Field & Stream
      Field & Stream is a magazine published in the United States which features articles on hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. It was founded in 1873 by Charles Hallock in New York City and has been in print ever since (as at 2008). Its original name was Forest and Stream.

    • Hippocratic Oath
      Chris is referring to the oath of ethical practice of medicine taken by doctors. The oath is named after the Greek man Hippocrates, who is known as the father of modern medicine. It is widely believed that he wrote the oath in the 4th century BC.

    • In his hotel room, Thomas Dane watches the classic 1932 horror film Murders in the Rue Morgue starring Bela Lugosi on his television set.