Tales of the Gold Monkey

Season 1 Episode 7

Once a Tiger...

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 1982 on ABC
8.4
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Once a Tiger...
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Jake leads the search for a downed plane flown by a former Flying Tiger transporting a prototype gunsight of interest to the Japanese. He is also out to retrieve his rival although he does not want to.

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  • When a co-pilot is rescued from the sea, Jake leads the search for the downed plane, which was carrying a prototype gunsight that the Japanese want. But the mission also means rescuing an old rival from his Flying Tigers days. Fair story but dragged out..moreless

    7.5
    'Once A Tiger...' is a fair enough story I suppose, but I found it to be incredibly dragged out – even by the standards of some early 'Gold Monkey' episodes!



    It starts off with potential, with the co-pilot washed up after surviving a crash, and the search for the missing plane and its important cargo, which also means rescuing Jake's rival from his Flying Tiger's days, who he might not necessarily want to rescue anyway.



    Two Donald P. Bellisario regulars appear in this episode – co-pilot Kramer is played by W.K. Stratton, who has appeared in guest roles in many Bellisario productions; and Jake's old rival, McGraw, is played by Lance LeGault, who had the recurring role of Buck Greene in Bellisario's long-running 'Magnum, p.i.' (and is probably most known to viewers as playing Colonel Decker in 'The A-Team'). LeGault (nearly) always kind of plays the same role no matter what he's in - gruff and pompous, but that's the fun with him, and he does it so well.



    I *want* to like this story, but I found it very slow going; and some of the scenes, such as the one where Jake, with Corky and Sarah try to win over the weary island natives, to be slightly grating at times.



    All-in-all... watchable, and I still give it a fair 7.5 rating, but certainly not one of 'Gold Monkey's best instalments, in my book, and not one that I will rush back to watch again.moreless
W.K. Stratton

W.K. Stratton

Kramer

Guest Star

Lance LeGault

Lance LeGault

Randall McGraw

Guest Star

William Phipps

William Phipps

Doc Doyle

Guest Star

Les Jankey

Les Jankey

Gushie the Waiter

Recurring Role

Ahmed Kalane

Ahmed Kalane

The Bartender

Recurring Role

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