Philip Marlowe, Private Eye

Season 1 Episode 4

Nevada Gas

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Aired Unknown May 07, 1983 on HBO
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Nevada Gas
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A hotshot lawyer from Reno is killed, and the cops are quick to blame a beaten-down old rival of Marlowe's. But Marlowe isn't so sure, and sets out to clear him. The trail leads to Annie Riordan's new beau and a pair of killers with a very deadly car that doubles as a gas chamber. Now, Marlowe has to nab the killers before he comes the next victim of the deadly "Nevada gas."moreless

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  • Probably the weakest of the first season, but still watchable

    7.0
    "Nevada Gas" boasts some strong set pieces (the escape from the death car, the climactic fight), but the whole story seems rushed. The villain never gets to make much of a threat (he spends most of the final act begging Marlowe to let him go) and characters who show more spark are dropped (Chico Zapparty, for example). The plot takes a left turn halfway through, but the payoff isn't very rewarding, mostly because we never learn what happened to Parisi and Zapparty after they escaped. The story also takes some time to develop. It is well into Act II before we realize the connection between the murder that opens the show and the storyline of the threat on Marlowe's life.



    Still, Powers Boothe is incredibly watchable. His chemistry with Kathryn Leigh Scott (as their relationship becomes more defined) and his bickering friendship with William Kearns are perfect and give more definition to Marlowe's character. Compared to other Season 1 episodes (particularly "Smart-Aleck Kill"), "Nevada Gas" suffers, but it is worth seeing for some solid performances by the main cast.moreless
John Terry

John Terry

George Dial

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Bill Bailey (II)

Bill Bailey (II)

Hugo Condless

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Jill Medford

Jill Medford

Mrs. Candless

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Kathryn Leigh Scott

Kathryn Leigh Scott

Annie Riordan

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William Kearns

William Kearns

Lt. Violet Magee

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