If you can, check out the suit that Ralph is wearing when he is discovered by the media. It is much different from the original-- I think it's SILK! It actually glows, and looks really "smooth"! If this was the one he had been given that first night, I think that the show may have been called The Gaudiest American Hero!!!!!
When Bill and Dotty are arguing about which player led the NFL in rushing in 1976, she tells Bill that in '76 O.J. Simpson had 1,817 yards and Walter Payton had 1,390 yards. This is a mistake. The number she cites for Simpson is from the previous season(1975). Simpson rushed for 1,503 yards in '76.
Norman Alden replaces Bob Hastings as Mr Davidson (Pam's father) only for this episode, though it is the last appearance of Mr. Davidson.
The suit is fireproof and bulletproof, but it does not appear to be waterproof; when Ralph lands in Toby's swimming pool, the suit gets soaking wet.
Ralph is performing a death defying magic trick. He is submersed in a giant tank filled with water and wrapped up tight with chains. He's wearing the suit and eventually turns invisible to fool the audience into thinking he's escaped. Fair enough, but what strikes me as strange is Bill and Pam are backstage - and they look positivly worried sick. I seem to remember that Ralph stopped a nuclear missile in one episode. Strange that his partners are so worried about him in this instance. :oD
Note: Pam was worried because the suit had never been tested for it's effect on how long Ralph could survive underwater.
Goof: When Ralph is flying back to the house for the BBQ, at the beginning episode, some wires can be seen hanging from his chest.
From the 16 minute mark, the location is Canyon Country, Ca. Kenroy Ave and Soledad Canyon Rd. Then they drive to Palmdale and go down the Sierra Highway.
At the time he wrote this episode, lilacs had a special meaning to Robert Culp. On an early 70s episode of the gameshow Tattletales he mentioned that when he was courting his then wife Sheila Sullivan one night in New York there was a big storm. They couldn't get a cab and nothing was around but one little old man selling lilacs from a cart. Robert bought all the lilacs the man had and presented them to Sheila, one of which she preserved and kept under her wedding ring.
One of two episodes written by series star Robert Culp.
When Ralph is going to play racquetball he is wearing a half shirt that reveals his stomach, which looks completely hairless. A few moments later, when is caught in the racquetball court and being administered a polygraph, a close up of that doesn't show his face, shows his stomach to quite hairy (obviously a body double was used for the close ups).
Captain Bellybuster keeps talking about how good Burger Heaven's food is for you. He says it's packed with nutritional value, yet he is as fat as a whale!
When the fire department dispatches additional trucks to the fire, at the beginning, the voice of the dispatcher is the same person who provided the voice for the TV show "Emergency", which was based in Los Angeles as well. Viewers of Emergency would easily recognize the voice that was in every episode of that TV show.
The sea monster in the episode is named "Carrie". William Katt's first major movie role was in the movie "Carrie" with Sissy Spacek.
This episode treats the Virgin Islands like it is an independent country with a despotic government. In reality, though, the islands are owned by the United States and Britain.
Goof: The episode claims that one of the symptoms of smallpox is a swollen tongue. There is no such symptom for smallpox.
In the episode "Plague" Both Hotel rooms IE: Pam's room and Bill's Room Are room 127. Apparently they could only afford one room and used the single room and shot them at different angles.
Skydiving is clearly used for the fall scene, and the guys are like 10,000 feet up. Last time I checked, helicopters don't go that high!
You can see the reserve parachute on Ralph's leg while he catches the falling Bill.
The local thieves actually remove the engine from the school bus Ralph signed out, and they do it in the middle of the desert. To make things even more ridiculous, the class puts it back in!
In the last scene, everybody gives their gold to Harliken (Bill's old FBI partner), who lives in a trailer and is nearly blind.
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