Night Heat

Season 2 Episode 1

The Hero

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Aired Unknown Jan 30, 1986 on CTV
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The Hero
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In the second season opener, Kevin, as he is leaving the gym, spots a former criminal parked at the side of the road. It turns out that he is part of a bank robbery and a shoot-out takes place. When the criminal pulls another gun from his sock, a by-stander saves Kevin's life. When Tom wants to do a feature on the man, he refuses the interview and demands his privacy. When his picture is printed anyway, a retired officer sees it and turns up at Mid-South insisting that the man is a former member of a radical youth gang called the Freedom Army and a murderer whom he has been tracking for 15 years.moreless

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    Richard Hardacre

    Richard Hardacre

    George Garfield

    Guest Star

    Chris Wiggins

    Chris Wiggins

    Edward Picard

    Guest Star

    Paul Harding

    Paul Harding

    Winchester

    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

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • In a scene where Ellis is standing beside his impressive collection of books and telling Garfield that if people like him had read some history the world would be a different place, the one book that is clearly visible has the word DISNEY on the spine.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • (opening commentary)
        Tom: Ten seconds of violence on the street. Not a lot of time, but somehow when you're there, it can seem like an eternity, and in that brief distorted instant hard decisions have to be made. You get one second, maybe two, to make up your mind and there's no turning back once the choice is made. For most people it's easy to let the other guy take his chances, but for some it's not that simple, they're the ones we call heroes.

      • Picard: He (Garfield) called himself Don Elliot back then. he was the head of a group called the Freedom Army. Only five people in it, but they were busy. We suspected them of bombings in half a dozen major cities, then this. Hoist with their own petard.
        Frank: Hosed with what?
        Picard: Hoist with their own petard. Blown up with their own bomb. Haven't you read Hamlet?
        Frank: Not lately.

      • (leaving the gym after a workout)
        Tom: Take it easy will ya.
        Kevin: Come on, you gotta keep moving after a workout like that, you'll stiffen up.
        Tom: Stiffen up? I mean I got pains in places I didn't even know I had.
        Nicole: You didn't get enough exercise my boy.
        Tom: I just spent an hour cavorting around like a hyperactive teenager; you tell me the problem is not enough exercise?
        Nicole: Believe me, I know. You'll feel great once you're back in shape.
        Tom: I like my shape. Well, I like your shape too but I think it would look funny on me!
        Kevin: Look, you worked out. Face it, you feel great, your body's happy.
        Tom: My body is happy just sort of settling into middle age. It doesn't need this abuse.

      • Tom: Comics sell the papers, I just write the news.

      • Frank: Hey, Picard, the quality of mercy is not strained.
        Picard: You've been doing your homework, eh, sonny?
        Frank: I try to learn a little something every once in a while.
        Kevin: Something you should remember.
        Picard: (to Kevin) I take your point. I don't say that you're right, but I take your point.

      • (closing commentary)
        Tom: The past. For some people it's a haven, a world where everything is a just little better than it is now. For Dave Ellis, it was a safe spot where he can pretend that nothing had changed. Somewhere, he could fight the battles he lost long ago. But in the end it reached out and, in one terror filled night, destroyed him. That same night George Garfield became a free man and, for the first time in 15 years, he stepped away from the shadows of the past.

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • The quality of mercy is not strained
        Frank returns the favor to Picard quoting from The Merchant Of Venice Act 4, Scene 1. The full quote, one of Shakespeare most famous, is as follows:

        The quality of mercy is not strained.
        It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
        Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
        It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
        Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
        The throned monarch better than his crown.
        His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
        The attribute to awe and majesty,
        Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings.
        But mercy is above this sceptered sway;
        It is enthroned in the hearts of kings;
        It is an attribute of God himself;
        And earthly power doth then show like God's
        When mercy seasons justice.

      • Hoist with their own petard
        Picard is quoting Hamlet Act 3, Scene 4. The full quote is 'Tis the sport to have the enginer Hoist with his own petard.'
        Enginer means maker of military engines or devices; hoist means blown up by; petard means explosive device; hence 'blown up with their own bomb'.

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