Night Heat

Season 3 Episode 21

These Happy Golden Years

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Aired Unknown Nov 12, 1987 on CTV
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These Happy Golden Years
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Jefferson is tailing a suspected drug dealer near the Silvergrove Senior Citizens Home. At the same time, one of the residents is murdered in the back yard of the home. Jefferson is sure the murder is drug related because of the way the senior was killed. When Kevin and Frank investigate, they discover that a group of the seniors are doing much more than just playing cards, and that the murdered man was involved in their activities. As the investigation continues, the detectives butt heads with Jefferson over the best way to proceed.moreless

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  • You're old, broke and lodged in a shabby nursing home - waiting for death, when criminal opportunity comes knocking at your door. With crime comes theft, murder, danger and the Police. What do you do? Where are your priorities? It's all about choices.moreless

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    This particular episode is my favorite episode for any TV series that I have ever seen. The only contender would be the final episode of "Newhart". Years ago, I video taped this episode and watched it over and over again. The episode was ultimately sad in its own way, but it referenced several ongoing minor sub-plots from previous episodes. If you weren't a fan, you missed the subtext. The plot was so good, it was stolen by Burt Reynold's "B.L. Stryker" several years later. The ending surprised enlightened and ultimately was food for thought.moreless
Cec Linder

Cec Linder

Harold McVitty

Guest Star

Kay Tremblay

Kay Tremblay

Agnes Hubble

Guest Star

Anthony Sherwood

Anthony Sherwood

Jeremy Killman

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 (5)

    • (opening commentary)
      Tom: You're afraid of the playground bully. Then you're a little older and along comes a guy who's failed a few grades and maybe you're afraid of him. Then you're into the office and the competition wants to cut your throat. We're always afraid of somebody. But there should come a time of life when that's all over, when the worst thing you have to fear is, maybe, choking on a piece of chicken.

    • Tom: How long did he (murder victim) live here?
      Resident: He came about the same time I came.
      Tom: Which was?
      Resident: For me it is exactly four years, 131 days.
      Tom: Sounds like you're counting off a sentence.
      Resident: (laughing) Oh no no no no. Can't you see? We're happy. We play cards and ... we play cards.

    • Senior Citizen: But murder? When your enemies are old, you don't kill them. Being dead might be exactly what they're looking forward to. And you don't want to do favors for your enemies, do you?

    • (in reference to the senior citizens)
      Jefferson: Yeah, well looks like the old gray mare she ain't what she used to be, huh gang?

    • (closing commentary)
      Tom: Imagine yourself old and abandoned, living in poverty after a life of hard work. How can you just turn away from easy money? You think about it, you spend it in your mind and if the money's not too dirty or you can convince yourself that's it's owed to you, you take a fist full. You've got your reasons: 'I'm old and I deserve to live a little easier.' Sound pretty good?

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    • The old gray mare she ain't what she used to be
      Jefferson is quoting a famous children's song of the same name. It goes in part:
      The old gray mare,
      She ain't what she used to be
      Ain't what she used to be,
      Ain't what she used to be
      The old gray mare,
      She ain't what she used to be
      Many long years ago.

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