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Night Heat

Season 1 Episode 10

The Fifth Man

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Aired Thursday May 23, 1985 on CTV
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The Fifth Man
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A cleaning lady finds a man hanging over a doorway and it looks like an apparent suicide. Kevin suspects otherwise and his suspicions are confirmed when a second strange killing occurs. Shortly thereafter, the Feds become involved in the investigation.

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    Barbara Barnes-Hopkins

    Barbara Barnes-Hopkins

    Maid

    Guest Star

    Jon Granik

    Jon Granik

     

    Guest Star

    Paul Brown

    Paul Brown

     

    Guest Star

    Louise Vallance

    Louise Vallance

    Det. Stephanie (Stevie) Brody

    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 (1)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • (opening commentary)
        Tom: The call says a body so you check it out. Suicide. What do you do with that? You can't write a column about a suicide. A novel maybe but not a column because when a man takes his own life you either understand everything about him, or you don't understand anything at all. In a couple of hundred words I'm not going to get inside his head, show my readers over their morning coffee what made him tick and what made him stop. And if I can't make him out to be a Hamlet, there's only one other choice - bury him on the back page.

      • Tom: Why are you so quiet tonight?
        Kevin: Just thinking about something.
        Tom: You've hurt yourself before doing that!

      • Frank: Must be a slow news day if you're covering suicides.
        Tom: Well I was hoping for better. What the hell? The guy's got worst problems that I do.
        Kevin: You gonna write about it?
        Tom: Well it's not exactly the Lindbergh kidnapping but I've got to put something in that space under my face.

      • (closing commentary)
        Tom: Jack Deacon died as mysteriously as he lived. On the books the murders of three former intelligence agents and a small time punk named Eddie Parent remain unsolved. So does the murder of Deacon itself. There is an evil that's beyond greed, beyond one man's sordid quest for a profit in illegal drugs. It started with the idea. It started as an instrument of policy; the twists, the turns, the double and triple crosses, they were all built into that idea. They spread from it the way cancer spreads.

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    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Hamlet
        Formally known as The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Hamlet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare between 1599 and 1601. The play recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle for murdering his father. Hamlet explores themes of revenge, treachery, incest and moral corruption.

      • The Lindbergh Kidnapping
        Refers to the 1932 kidnapping and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., the toddler son of world famous aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

        The kidnapping and trial was one of the biggest news stories of its time being referred to by one writer as "the biggest story since the Resurrection." The crime inspired the "Lindbergh Law", which made kidnapping a federal crime (it had been a local offense until that time) thus making it easier to Federal officials to get involved in cases. It was also the basis for Agatha Christie's famous novel Murder on the Orient Express.

      • Placerville Jail
        It is stated that one of the victims did time at Placerville. There is such a place the U.S. Its address is:

        PLACERVILLE JAIL
        300 Forni Road
        Placerville, CA 95667

        Placerville is located approximately 35 miles east of Sacramento.

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