Night Heat

Season 4 Episode 14

The Mercenary

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Aired Unknown Oct 06, 1988 on CTV
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The Mercenary
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A man walks into a crowded bar and opens fire with an automatic weapon killing four and wounding one. Among the dead is petty criminal Sammy Leonard, whom the killer seemed to single out. When Kevin and Frank discover that, despite no experience, Sammy was working as a superintendent at a rundown apartment building, the investigation turns to the building's owners and a scheme to convert the building from apartments to condos. The owners are trying to take advantage of the city's tight housing market by unscrupulously forcing tenants to leave.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Chuck Shamata

    Chuck Shamata

    James Stracton

    Guest Star

    Denise McLeod

    Denise McLeod

    Mary

    Guest Star

    James Purcell

    James Purcell

    William Brimley

    Guest Star

    Sean McCann

    Sean McCann

    Lt. Jim Hogan

    Recurring Role

    Eugene Clark

    Eugene Clark

    Det. Colby Burns

    Recurring Role

    Stephen Mendel

    Stephen Mendel

    Det. Freddie Carson

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • (opening commentary)
        Tom: I suppose this is progress in a way. Because it used to be you had to travel all the way to the Middle East or South America to become involved in a bloodbath like the one here tonight. Thanks to the convenience of modern killing technology, a scene like this need be no further away than your corner restaurant.

      • Tom: Hey Kevin.
        Kevin: Hi.
        Tom: Now, you can't think this is random.
        Kevin: I can't think much of anything right now Tom.
        Tom: But why would somebody open fire on a bar full of people?
        Kevin: Where have you been? I mean maybe the guy had a fight, maybe he got fired, maybe he didn't like the food. Maybe he felt like it. I don't know.
        Tom: Felt like it?
        Kevin: What do you want me to say Tom? All I can say is the guy who did it did not stick around to chat about it.
        Tom: All I'm saying is that there's got to be more to this than a random killing. I mean, there's got to be a reason why these things happen.
        Kevin: I'm looking at four bodies. If you can help me with th reason why, then great. My job is to find out who. Excuse me.

      • Lt. Hogan: All right, is everybody listening? There's a lot of press and brass hats on their way over here (the station). I want everyone to watch what they say. Keep words like bloodbath, wacko and massacre to a minimum.
        Kevin: I got a better idea. let's get the hell out of here.
        Frank: Yeah.
        Freddie: How about words like Little Big Horn, or Custer's Last Stand or the St. Valentine's Day massacre, words like that? Do you think he'd go for them?

      • Tom: All this bloodshed for a few lousy apartments huh. It's hard to believe what people will do for money.
        Kevin: It's not so hard Tommy. What about that guy named Judas?

      • (closing commentary)
        Tom: What prompts one person to kill another? Revenge, lust, monetary gain? To most people these aren't strong enough motives to take another person's life. But some of us can understand a weak man like James Stracton, whose consuming passion for money made him hire a killer to do his dirty work. But none of us can understand a man like William Brimley, a man who kills for one simple reason: he likes it.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Judas
        Refers to the betrayer of Christ in the Bible. The story can be read in Matthew 26: 14-50.

      • How about words like Little Big Horn, or Custer's Last Stand or the St. Valentine's Day massacre?

        Little Big Horn, Custer's Last Stand
        Refers to the Battle of Little Bighorn (more famously known as Custer's Last Stand), which took place between June 25 and 26, 1876 near the Little Bighorn River in the eastern Montana Territory. It was a fight between a Lakota-Northern Cheyenne combined force and the 7th Cavalry of the United States Army and was the most famous battle of the Indian Wars. It saw the defeat of a sizable force of U.S. cavalry commanded by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, who himself was killed along with two of his brothers.

        The St. Valentine's Day massacre
        Refers to the February 14, 1929 Chicago, Illinois shooting of seven people. It was part of a Prohibition Era conflict between the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone and the North Side Irish/German gang led by Bugs Moran.

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