Simon & Simon

Season 1 Episode 4

A Recipe for Disaster

Aired Unknown Dec 17, 1981 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A worried mother, Margie, hires Rick and A.J. to locate her missing daughter, Irene Gaines. She is convinced that her ex-husband Steve took their daughter. The brothers head to Mexico in search of Steve and find him only too willing to return the little girl. He wants the boys to take information back with them that could send his employers to prison for a long time.moreless

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  • If you've ever wanted to see a performance of One Hundred Bottles of Beer On the Wall, this one's for you!

    This one is a so-so episode. The story is okay, and I enjoyed AJ's scene with the Mexican hotel owner, and the big chase scene at the end. The main drawback of the episode is that frankly, the character of Irene becomes grating very quickly. I understand that's intended in the script, but it still makes the episode less enjoyable for me. Watching Irene, I can't help but think of the O. Henry story, The Ransom of Red Chief.

    Continuities/discontinuities between this episode and the on-going series:

    This episode includes the opening credit sequence and theme song that held for all seasons from #2 to the end (albeit with occasional revisions). I have no idea if this is how it was handled when first broadcast, or if that's something that was done later. In this version, Mary Carver has been promoted into the opening credits.

    Back story revelation:

    After high school, Rick worked for about a year as a roustabout in the oilfields of Mexico. That may well be the reason that he is fluent in Spanish.

    Miscellaneous points:

    Space Warp obviously = Star Wars.

    The character of Margie, the mother, was played by Bonnie McCrory Parker, who was Jameson Parker's wife at the time (they were married 1976-1992).

    Child actor Chad Allen makes an early career appearance as the boy behind Irene in line for the movie.

    Rick has purchased more equipment. This time it's a Voice Stress Analyzer, which I'm not sure that they really needed to tell that Margie was upset.

    AJ: This isn't working!

    Rick: If you've got any better ideas, I want to hear them now!

    (after a pause)

    Rick: I got one.

    AJ: What?

    Rick: You're not gonna like it.

    AJ and Rick, "A Recipe for Disaster"moreless
Eddie Barth

Eddie Barth

Myron Fowler

Gerald McRaney

Gerald McRaney

Richard 'Rick' Simon

Jameson Parker

Jameson Parker

Andrew Jackson 'A.J.' Simon

Jeannie Wilson

Jeannie Wilson

Janet Fowler

Mary Carver

Mary Carver

Cecilia Simon

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