Season 7 Episode 4

The Moscow Connection

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 1977 on NBC
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The Moscow Connection
The State Department sends Chief Clifford and McCloud to Moscow with a touring country & western singer, undercover.

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    Dennis Weaver

    Dennis Weaver

    Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud, Taos, New Mexico

    Terry Carter

    Terry Carter

    Sergeant Joe Broadhurst

    J.D. Cannon

    J.D. Cannon

    Peter B. Clifford, Chief of Detectives, City of New York

    Hoyt Axton

    Hoyt Axton

    Johnny Starbuck

    Guest Star

    Britt Ekland

    Britt Ekland

    Tatiana Krasnavian

    Guest Star

    L.Q. Jones

    L.Q. Jones

    Kenny Hingle

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • I got the feelin'-like-a-prairie-dog-sittin'-by-the-freeway blues.
        -Song performed by the American Country Jubilee in Moscow.

      • (In the club car on the train to Yalta, Tereshkoff calls McCloud's bluff by asking him to sing, which he does as follows.)
        I'm a cop in a little bitty town
        And I don't get much pay.
        I caught seventeen out-o'-state cars
        And four o' muh friends today.

        Well, I let the hometown boys go on home,
        They paid five dollars bail.
        But all the drivers in the out-o'-state cars,
        They had to go to jail.


        [A spoken riff continues, "and old Charlie, he's workin' out real good down at the corner drugstore where the red light signal is. I tell ya, that ol' boy can spot an out-o'-state car ten blocks away." As it approaches a green light, Charlie operates a "secret button" which lets the yellow light show for "a tenth of a second."]

        The way it stands this year so far
        I've made four hundred thou.
        For a high school dropout I'm doin' fine,
        I make more than the President now.
        [Spoken.] (O' course, he's honest.)

        If you're drivin' down the road
        And flashin' lights ya see,
        If they're on top of a red Rolls-Royce
        You can bet your boots it's me.
        If they're on top of a red Rolls-Royce
        You can bet your boots it's me.

    • QUOTES (13)

      • McCloud: Do svidanya!
        Tereshkoff: Marshal, why is it I feel I've been rode hard and put away wet?
        McCloud: There ya go.

      • Pierre Belsen: (Descending on a camera crane.) Fantastic, it's beautiful, I'm a genius! Bresnovitch, put a thirty-five on this. Perfect! OK, yes, fine... (Etc.)

      • Tereshkoff: I was hoping to learn something about the American way of life. How is it?
        McCloud: Well, I think we'll be in there kickin' for some time yet.

      • McCloud: Well, ya know, there's nothin' more disturbin' to a chicken coop than an intrudin' rooster.
        Chief Clifford: Does that lend itself to any kind of English translation?

      • McCloud: (To Tatiana.) Ma'am, I've never been one t' manhandle a lady. Y'understand? But if it means gettin' the truth outta ya, I'm goin' t' give it a shot.

      • (After suffering withdrawal symptoms onstage in Moscow, Johnny Starbuck has one more performance in him before heading off to a Swiss clinic.)
        Johnny Starbuck: It's a long way to come, to find out you've reached the end o' the line.

      • Lukoff: From Ciphers. "Rode hard and put away wet." Western American expression meaning hard labor, followed by no reward.
        Tereshkoff: (Musing.) "Rode hard..."

      • (McCloud is arrested after being knocked out during the fistfight at Dom Kino.)
        Tereshkoff: First you bring a gun into the Soviet Union. Then you instigate a riot in a nightclub. Then you try to evade the police while in possession of Turkish drugs.
        McCloud: Yeah, yeah, I do my best evadin' while I'm unconscious, that's true.

      • Tereshkoff: (To McCloud.) I was born in a small town a hundred miles from Moscow. Last month there was a terrible earthquake there. A thousand people died. Well, that's a statistic. One man's suffering, that's a tragedy. Why don't you tell us why you come to our country?

      • McCloud: Feel like I've kinda been rode hard and put away wet.
        Tereshkoff: Uh-huh. (Goes to door, confers with assistant sotto voce.) "Rode hard and put away wet." Get that to Ciphers immediately.

      • (Psssing through customs with the American Country Jubilee in Moscow, McCloud is detained by the KGB when an x-ray machine discloses his six-shooter.)
        Tereshkoff: The travel manifest says you are a guitar player. Do you use the gunbarrel to hit the strings?
        McCloud: Well, I'm kinda half a guitar player and half personal security for Johnny Starbuck. A celebrity like Johnny is always in danger from unsavory individuals.
        Tereshkoff: Unsavory individuals is not a problem in Soviet Union. They do not exist.

      • McCloud: Now, you know that it takes two t' decide on the price o' beans.

      • Pierre Belsen: (Working with the cast of his film, a historical epic called Andrei Vasilievich.) You're not paying attention! You must pay attention when I give you these notes! ...You're soldiers, you understand?

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