Night Heat

Season 3 Episode 13


Aired Thursday Sep 08, 1987 on CTV
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Prior to his show, lounge singer Frankie D is seen arguing with his friend Vito over another of Vito's gambling debts, this time to a loan shark with mafia ties. After the show, Frankie arrives at a prearranged meeting with Vito only to witness him being shot and killed by a mafia hit man. When Frankie is taken to meet with the crime boss, he is left with the dilemma of helping out the boss, getting ahead in his lifelong dream of a singing career and compromising his good name. The alternative could endanger him and his wife and children unless the police can tie the crime boss to the murder.moreless

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  • Wannabe lounge singer faces a huge moral dilemma

    What an absolutely terrific episode! First of all, the episode features a number of old time songs sung by Special Guest Star Danny Aiello and a lovely rendition of Danny Boy by Scott Hylands (Kevin), which he sings in response to a question asking him what kind of music he likes.

    Danny Aiello plays Frankie D, who despite his advancing years still dreams of making it big in show business. When his friend offers him a job managing his club he turns it down because all he wants to do is sing. Frankie's main obstacle is mob boss John Carlucci, who he stood up to many years ago and has not been able to get a decent singing gig since.

    Frankie's friend Vito is constantly getting into trouble with gambling debts and when he really gets in the soup by indebting himself to a loan shark with mafia ties, he again comes to Frankie for help. Frankie gives him a few dollars and asks him to to wait until after the show when they will meet. When Frankie arrives for the meeting, he sees Vito shot to death by Carlucci's hit man.

    Frankie, who has always been a straight shooter and has a good reputation and a clean name suddenly finds himself forcibly taken from his home to Carlucci's for a meeting. The mob boss is not interested in killing Frankie, but in using him for a few 'small' favors in return for help advancing his singing career. Frankie goes along until one of the favors results in the murder of his dear friend Al Edwards.

    Because of his recent connections to Carlucci, Frankie becomes a suspect in the murders and is taken in for questioning. Frankie refuses to speak but Kevin figures out that Carlucci has threatened his wife and children. When Kevin and Frank save his family, he is faced with the reality that even with his testimony, Carlucci cannot be tied to the murders. In an effort to clear his conscience, Frankie volunteers to wear a wire insisting that he can get Carlucci to confess his involvement in the murders.

    The conclusion, which includes what I think is one of Tom's best closing monologues in the series, is superb.moreless
Joe Spinell

Joe Spinell

John Carlucci

Guest Star

Walker Boone

Walker Boone

Al Edwards

Guest Star

Deborah Wakeham

Deborah Wakeham


Guest Star

Susan Hogan

Susan Hogan

Nicole (Nickie) Rimbaud

Recurring Role

Sean McCann

Sean McCann

Lt. Jim Hogan

Recurring Role

Eugene Clark

Eugene Clark

Det. Colby Burns

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (4)

    • (opening commentary)
      Tom: A man was killed here tonight. In a lot of places murder is a shocking event. Here, it's one of the risks of doing business. On some streets when a business goes bad, they go bankrupt and call in the accountants. Here a man turns up dead and Mr. Anonymous calls the cops. And so the silent dance continues with the three monkeys on the fence. They hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

    • Kevin: Who called it in?
      Freddie: Anonymous
      Kevin: He gets around. Any witnesses?
      Colby: Nobody saw nothing.
      Frank: In this neighborhood, you grow up never seeing nothing.

    • Nicole: Hey Freddie, what kind of music you like?
      Freddie: I've got eclectic musical tastes. I like Gregorian music, I like Mantovani, I like the Weavers and, ah, Dylan.
      Colby: You know what's so scary is he ain't kidding. You ever heard of Joe Tex, Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson, Jay Black?
      Freddie: Yeah, aren't they the infield of the '65 Mets? Just kidding. Colb, just kidding. Look, everybody's got different musical tastes, huh? Hey, how about you Kevin?
      Kevin: (beautifully sings a verse of Danny Boy) There, you asked.

    • (closing commentary)
      Tom: Most of us deal with the devil at some point in our lives. We compromise, surviving doing what we have to to get along in this world. Frankie D. didn't want anything to do with the devil, but one dark night he stumbled into him and couldn't find his way back into the light. Tonight, he broke free.

  • NOTES (4)


    • I like Gregorian music, I like Mantovani, I like the Weavers and, ah, Dylan.

      Gregorian music
      Refers to Gregorian chants, which are a form of liturgical chant of Western Christianity and accompany the celebration of Mass and other ritual services. These chants are the oldest music known dating back to the 10th century. They originated in Monastic life, where singing psalms made up a large part of the life of the community.

      Annunzio Paolo Mantovani (1905-1980) was an Italian popular conductor and entertainer in the "light orchestra" style. He studied at Trinity College of Music in London and after graduation formed his own orchestra, which, by the time World War II broke out, was very popular in England. From 1955 to 1972, he released over 40 albums in the United States with 27 reaching the Top 40 and 11 the Top 10. He made his last recordings in 1975.

      The Weavers
      The Weavers were an influential American folk music quartet formed in November 1948 by Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman and Pete Seeger and were based in Greenwich Village, New York City. The group sang many different types of music including traditional folk songs from around the world, children's songs, gospel music, blues, labor songs and American ballads. They inspired the commercial "folk boom" that followed them in the 1950s and 1960s which included The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary.

      Refers to Bob Dylan (b. Robert Allen Zimmerman, 1941), a famous American singer-songwriter, author, musician and poet. His most famous work dates from the 1960s, when some of his songs became anthems of the anti-war and civil rights movements. His lyrics incorporated social commentary, philosophy, politics and literary influences.

    • You ever heard of Joe Tex, Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson, Jay Black?
      Joe Tex
      Joseph Arrington Jr. (1933-1982) was a Texas born American soul singer-songwriter. He lead the Joe Tex band and was most popular during the 1960s and 1970s. He had a style of speaking over music which he called "rap", making him a predecessor of modern style rap music.

      Smokey Robinson
      William Robinson, Jr. (b.1940) is an American who has had a successful career as a Rhythm & Blues and soul singer, songwriter, producer and record company executive. He is of the primary figures of the Motown record label, second only to company founder Berry Gordy. Robinson recorded 37 Top 40 hits for Motown between 1960 and 1987 as both a solo artist and a member of the group The Miracles. He also served as the Motown's Vice President from 1961 to 1988.

      Jackie Wilson
      Jack Leroy Wilson, Jr. (1934-1984) was an American singer who was influential in the development of rhythm and blues (R&B) into soul. He gaining fame in his early years as a member of The Dominoes and after going solo in 1957, he recorded over 50 hit singles in a variety of genres including R&B, pop, soul, doo-wop and easy listening.

      Jay Black
      Born David Blatt in 1938 in New York, U.S.A., he is a singer whose height of fame came in the 1960s as lead singer of the band Jay and the Americans. His nickname is "The Voice". Black also received notoriety because of his close friendship with former Gambino crime family boss John Gotti.

    • And so the silent dance continues with the three monkeys on the fence. They hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.
      The three wise monkeys embody the proverbial principle to "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". They are believed to have originated in Japan and are named Mizaru (covering his eyes); Kikazaru, (covering his ears); and Iwazaru (covering his mouth). The original phrase may have come from Confucius who said "Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety". From this saying, there is sometimes a fourth monkey symbolizing "do no evil".
      There are many meaning to this phrase:
      1) In Japan the proverb is regarded as a Golden Rule.
      2) It also means not to be snoopy, nosy or gossipy.
      3) Some believe the message is that a person who is not exposed to evil will not behave in an evil manner.
      Today, the phrase has changed to describe someone who doesn't want to get involved or willfully turns a blind eye to their own immoral acts. It is in this context that Tom is using the allusion.