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Night Heat

Season 3 Episode 20

The Cost of Doing Business

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Aired Thursday Nov 05, 1987 on CTV
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The Cost of Doing Business
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Two young girls are on a rooftop with a powerful telescope completing an astronomy assignment. One of the girls, while playing with the telescope, sees a man take a shotgun from the trunk of a car. She memorizes the license plate, but her frightened mother refuses to allow her to contact the police despite the fact that a shotgun murder took place in the building right around the same time. When the mother calls in the license plate as an anonymous tip, Kevin and Frank trace the rented car to Stan Hoover, a recently paroled bank robber. The murdered man turns out to be one of two of Hoover's accomplices. Both had turned state's evidence and escaped jail sentences. When Hoover is brought in for questioning, the frustrated mid-South team is forced to let him go because no one will identify him.moreless

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    Lori Hallier

    Lori Hallier

    Sandra Lane

    Guest Star

    Victor Ertmanis

    Victor Ertmanis

    Stan Hoover

    Guest Star

    Patrick Sullivan

    Patrick Sullivan

    Mr. Kroll

    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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    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • (opening commentary)
        Tom: You can hear it most nights in the big city - the sound of sudden anger, sudden fear. You're walking home, you hear a scream. Was it for real or just some kids fooling around? Was that a car backfiring, a firecracker? Don't give it another thought. Just mind your own business; maybe you'll get home all right. The buildings tower above murders, stabbings, the usual outrages, as blind and deaf as monuments, as blind and deaf as the people inside.

      • Frank: Hi Tommy.
        Tom: How come no identification?
        Kevin: No wallet, no ID.
        Tom: This going down as a robbery?
        Frank: The guy took a blast from a shotgun Tommy. If it was a mugger, he sure takes his job pretty darn seriously.
        Tom: Can I quote you on that?
        Frank: Well, don't you usually say "an informed source close to the investigation"?
        Tom: Don't tell me you've been reading my column.
        Frank: I ran out of comic books.

      • Tom: Somebody must have seen it (the murder).
        Kevin: Yeah, we are fighting off the witnesses.

      • Sandra Lane: Did you always want to be a detective?
        Frank: No, actually I always wanted to be a fireman.

      • Kevin: Frank, I wish I had a camera. We got a corpse in the elevator, we got 200 possible witnesses, and I find you sipping tea.
        Frank: You know the best part of the job Kevin? You never know who's going to be on the other side of the door.
        Kevin: I always thought that was the worst part of the job. Did she see anything? You forgot to ask her, right?
        Frank: She heard the shot.
        (Kevin and Frank exit the apartment building to meet a waiting Tom)
        Tom: You guys get lost?
        Kevin: I had to save an innocent woman from Casanova here.
        Frank: Come on, I was just doing my job. She was a witness.
        Kevin: She heard the shot.
        Tom: No wonder it took so long. She heard the shot.

      • (closing commentary)
        Tom: None of us like to be afraid. We like to go to bed at night thinking that the muggers and rapists and killers and thieves are safely locked away. So we hire cops to take care of it for us. Only trouble is they can't do it alone. Sometimes ordinary people have to get involved to make the system work. And inevitably, no mater how hard we try, some of those ordinary, innocent people are going to get hurt.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Casanova
        Refers to Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seingalt (1725-1798) an famous Italian womanizer whose name is synonymous with the art of seduction.

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