Season 1 Episode 6

Diamonds Are For Never

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 1984 on NBC
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Diamonds Are For Never
An air stewardess who delivers seemingly innocent packages from her friend Artie to his brother, witnesses Artie's murder, and is danger herself when the killer sees her and chases.

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  • At a movie theatre, Murray meets a distressed air stewardess, hiding there after witnessing the murder of a friend, and now one the run from the killer. Soon the trio are on the case, which relates to a package the stewardess was due to deliver. Decent...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    'Diamonds Are For Never' is another enjoyable first season 'Riptide' episode, and one that I confess to have maybe overlooking slightly over the years.

    After toying with the idea of Cody's decrepit wooden station wagon in the previous two episodes, this is the first episode to feature the trio's GMC "Jimmy" truck (although it is only seen in a brief shot in this episode). The version here and seen for the rest of the first season is blue; it would become orange and cream for the second and third season.

    Being an early episode, the story utilises pretty much all of the original vehicles and plot staples, including Nick's Corvette, the Ebb-tide speedboat, and the Screaming Mimi, as well as heavy use of the Roboz. As the series progressed, it would be unusual to see all of these items featured within one episode.

    This is also the last episode of the series to feature Anne Francis as Mama Jo. Although she did seem rather limited to "Keep your hands off of my girls" scenes, it's a shame to see her go, and I much prefer her over Max who effectively takes her place for the rest of the season. I wonder if it was the writers / producers who decided to drop the character, or if it was Francis's own choice.

    Anyway, production notes aside, 'Diamonds Are For Never' tells a pretty good tale, and kept me engrossed throughout.

    Maybe I missed something, but I did notice one unexplained plot point – why did Bobbitt (aka Agent Condor) suddenly decide to kill Artie, and why now? Was it purely to draw Walter out in to the open? It was never fully explained, although doesn't detract from the overall episode too much.

    As I say at the top, I have maybe overlooked this episode a bit through the years. When I first watched / recorded the series from Channel 5 here in the U.K., when they ran it at some unearthly slot on Saturday nights / Sunday morning in the late 1990s, they didn't run the episodes in original broadcast order, and this one popped up quite late on in their first season run, which – with the sudden return of Mama Jo et al – made the sequencing seem a bit choppy to me, even before I had an episode guide to go by.

    But even beyond that, I seem to have rather overlooked this story for whatever reason. It certainly isn't amongst 'Riptide's all-time best offerings, but it's enjoyable enough, with a lot of fun moments, and lots of Murray – always a good thing!

    This episode maybe doesn't have as much re-watchable value as some of the show's other greats, but it is a good episode in itself. I give 'Diamonds Are For Never' a very decent 9 out of 10.moreless
Anne Francis

Anne Francis

Mama Jo

Joe Penny

Joe Penny

Nicholas 'Nick' Ryder

Perry King

Perry King

Cody Allen

Thom Bray

Thom Bray

Dr. Murray 'The Boz' Bozinsky, PhD

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the captured Murray sends a message via the Roboz, he types "Nick, Cody" with a coma. However, When Cody spots the message up on a moving display board, it has suddenly become "Nick/Cody", with a forward-slash.

    • The shot of Murray spinning Nick's Corvette around in the road is quite clearly the same bit of film used twice within different bits of the car chase.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (5)

    • German Title: Verraten und verkauft

    • Footage of the exterior of the LA Courier Express, often seen in 'The A-Team' (1st & 2nd season, while reporter Amy Allen (Melinda Culea) was on board), is one of the stock footage shots used as Murray taps into computer systems to aleart Cody and Nick for help.

    • Cody's GMC Jimmy truck makes it's first appearance in this episode. To note is that the one used in this season is two tones of blue, as opposed to the (different model) red & white one seen in the 2nd and 3rd seasons.

    • When Murray is driving Nick's Corvette, we get one of our few good looks at the license plate - it reads "Nic's Vet".

    • This is the last episode to feature Anne Francis as Mama Jo. What happened to the character was never really explained.
      Even after her departure, Cody and Nick never did seem to succeed in getting any closer to the girls on the Contessa.