How special is this episode? Future super-stars Jack Nicholson and Richard Chamberlain acting together show their early talent. For Chamberlain this was his fourth role. Nicholson plays only his third role on screen. In an early scene of this episode he is leaving Mr. Lucky's office after being fired for incompetence as a waiter. As he opens the door to exit, Nicholson glances back and gives Lucky what I refer to as "the look". That signature Nicholson glance of evil intent he would later use in several roles.
After leaving the Fortuna, Nicholson returns to his partner in crime (Chamberlain) to finish plans to rob Mr. Lucky and his guests the next night.
The episode epitomizes television's role in the early development of talent in acting, production, and music. Top notch future actors not to mention the amazing talent of producer/director Blake Edwards and of course the music of Henry Mancini.
This episode has it all – and the series was great. I will never understand why it lasted only one season.moreless