Simon & Simon

Season 1 Episode 2

Love, Christy

Aired Unknown Dec 01, 1981 on CBS
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Rick lets lust rule his decision making when he accepts a case from a co-ed named Christy who hires him to find her stolen Porsche within twenty-four hours. What Christy doesn't tell the brothers is that there was a copy of the next day's final exam in her car. Rick uses one of his old contacts, Manuel, to get a lead on a chop shop that deals in high end cars, but when Manuel's help leads Rick and A.J. to a chop shop specialising in Porsches, Rick and A.J. are on their own.moreless

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  • A good episode with some fun moments

    This was another enjoyable episode. My favorite scene was when Rick and AJ used a "good brother, crazy brother" routine with Stoney, with AJ unexpectedly (and gleefully) playing the role of crazy brother. (I am puzzled as to where his yoyo came We also see Rick in jeopardy, sent hang-gliding by the villains, and AJ doing his best to keep his brother alive.

    This also the first episode in which one of the brothers is in pursuit of a woman. Clearly, it's merely physical attraction, because there is absolutely nothing about Christy's personality to recommend her; she is portrayed as nothing more than a self-centered snob who uses her sex appeal to get what she wants. It's fun to see how quickly Cecelia catches on to Christy's snobbery, and delivers a sly dig that AJ and even Rick appreciate. After a brief moment of concern that the bad guys are talking about killing the Simons, Christy quickly returns to form. At the end of the episode, though, Rick is holding all the cards (that is, the master test that she needs to use to pass her biology final), and she's forced to employ her sex appeal again. It's hard to say whether that resulted in a cash payment for their services, or payment of another kind.

    The first season opening credits were first televised with this episode. Although they are a series of still shots, they do a nice job of integrating the humor of the series.

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

    Rick's boat is still in the marina, and we get an address: 4200 Casa Bonita, Slip 18. He is now driving the Power Wagon.

    Back story revelations:

    Rick spent some time on the wrong side of the law, which appears to be how he met Manuel.

    Rick played receiver on his high school football team.

    AJ knows how to skateboard, though not extremely well.

    Miscellaneous points:

    The character of Stoney was played by Jack Lucarelli, in the first of several appearances in the series. Lucarelli was (and still is) Jeannie Wilson's husband.

    We learn Marlowe's name in this episode, and that Rick has trained him to help pick up girls.

    AJ: Oh God! Rick? Rick?

    Rick: Mom?

    AJ: No, it's AJ.

    Rick: Ahhh, did they kill you too?

    AJ: You're still alive.

    Rick: Oh good.

    AJ and Rick, "Love Christy"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

Liberty Godshall

Liberty Godshall

Christy Huggins

Guest Star

Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow

Manuel Fernandez

Guest Star

Ian Patrick Williams

Ian Patrick Williams

Robin Davis

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • A.J. uses the alias of 'Wickersham' while questioning Joey Marcotte.

    • Rick leaves his Simon & Simon (Confidential Investigations, Reasonable Rates) business card on Christy's windshield which includes his full name, Richard Simon, and phone number, (714) 555-2895, in the text on the front, and a hand-written message on the back stating his address as 4200 Casa Bonita, San Diego, Slip 18.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode featured a different opening sequence than the first episode of the series, which included scenes of the brothers sitting on a park bench looking through binoculars.

    • In syndicated broadcasts of this episode, whenever a closeup of the Simon & Simon business card is shown, the phone number is blurred out. This is because the episode predates Ma Bell's setting aside the 555 prefix as unused. The 555 prefix is not assigned to any private customers in any area code so that phone numbers mentioned in a movie or TV episode will not inadvertently generate annoying calls. Currently, the only legitimate number is 555-1212, which connects to directory assistance in any US or Canadian area code.