Night Heat

Season 3 Episode 16

Mean Business

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Aired Unknown Oct 08, 1987 on CTV
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Financially troubled businessman Milan Dvorek is found dead outside his office window and all evidence suggests suicide. When his distraught wife arrives at the scene and insists that her husband would never take his own life, Frank has compassion for her and agrees to do whatever he can to help. Kevin supports his partner's hunch and they begin the investigation by digging deeper into the dead man's business records, which his wife has dropped off at the station.
As the case goes on, Frank becomes more and more emotionally involved, which leads to a revelation about his past and why the case means so much to him.moreless

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    Geza Kovacs

    Geza Kovacs

    Mel Glazer

    Guest Star

    Kim Coates

    Kim Coates

    Tito Andronicas

    Guest Star

    Carolyn Heatherington

    Carolyn Heatherington

    Mrs. Dvorek

    Guest Star

    Susan Hogan

    Susan Hogan

    Nicole (Nickie) Rimbaud

    Recurring Role

    Sean McCann

    Sean McCann

    Lt. Jim Hogan

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    Eugene Clark

    Eugene Clark

    Det. Colby Burns

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Milan Dvorek's long time business is called Dvorek Fixtures.

      • Goof: Linda Masters lets Kevin and Frank out of her office at the bank via an alarmed door, but the alarm does not go off. Moments later, she comes through the door and the alarm sounds.

      • Goof: When the killer goes around Dvorak's office removing his fingerprints, he cleans everything but the front of the telephone, despite having used it seconds before.

      • Although filmed in Toronto, Canada, the city in which the show takes place is never mentioned. In this episode, we see a map on Lt. Hogan's office wall that says "Map of Riverdale" in large letters.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • (opening commentary)
        Tom: Inside this factory I hardly knew existed before tonight, a man I'll never know may have made the sink I wash my hands in. It's a point of contact, something that ties him to me, reminds us that somehow we all connect. And yet, in a moment on a window ledge, that man I'll never know seems to have decided there were no connections. How can we ever understand the terrible loneliness of the suicide, the nightmare of a man's isolation? At the scene of a homicide, the faces of the cops all tell us something about what happened; at a suicide, their faces tell us something about themselves.

      • Mrs. Dovrek: Please, these men (Colby and Freddie) tell me my husband kill himself.
        Kevin: No ma'am, that's not so. It's just one of the possibilities we're looking into.
        Mrs. Dovrek: I tell you it is not a possibility. You do not know my husband. He's God-fearing man. He would not leave us like this.
        Frank: Yes ma'am, come on over here for a sec.
        Mrs. Dovrek: For God's sake help me. The priest will not bury him. You, help me, help my husband. You show them he is good man.
        Frank: Yes ma'am. I promise you that I will do whatever I can. Why don't you come with me Mrs. Dovrek.
        Mrs. Dovrek: Yes.

      • (upon returning to the station and seeing Christine take the last cup of coffee)
        Freddie: Oh no! You didn't!
        Christine: I did.
        Freddie: So cold out there. I've been dreaming about a hot cup of coffee.
        Christine: Just as long as you're not dreaming about me making it.
        Freddie: Used to be so cute before they got liberated.
        Colby: They used to say that about us!

      • Jefferson: Hey man, this kind of stuff don't come too easy for me, OK. But ah, well maybe I was a little rough on you and Boy Wonder (Frank) back at the shop.
        Kevin: Very mellow of you, what's the catch?
        Jefferson: No catch. I'm out of it, OK?
        Kevin: No hard feelings? That's hardly your style Davey.
        Jefferson: Yeah. Look O'Brien, I had a pretty good case against our friend the stiff there, but evi-damn-dently someone had a better one. That's OK for me. Saves me beaucoup time in course. Tried, convicted and sentenced in nine seconds flat. How in the hell you gonna beat that huh? (to Frank) Oh, ah, have a good homicide amigo.
        Frank: Adios gringo.

      • (closing commentary)
        Tom: Dying is dying, a friend of mine said once. I suppose that's true. But I'm more impressed with the differences in the way it's done as much as the differences in the ways we live. It mattered a lot that Milan Dvorek didn't take his own life. It mattered too, that in a real sense, Linda Masters did.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Clarabell and Bozo
        When Jefferson's stakeout partners refer to Kevin and Frank as clowns, Frank introduces himself as Clarabell and Kevin as Bozo.

        Clarabell the Clown was the mute partner of Howdy Doody.

        Bozo is a clown name which, because of widespread franchising in early TV, became the best-known clown character in the United States.

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