The Green Hornet

Season 1 Episode 18

Corpse of the Year (1)

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Jan 13, 1967 on ABC

Episode Recap

Britt Reid is buying a copy of his competitor's paper, The Daily Express, as a Daily Sentinel delivery truck pulls up to the newsstand. As the delivery man goes back to his truck, the Black Beauty pulls up and fires its rockets, destroying the truck and killing the driver.

Back at his apartment, Britt is telling Kato and D.A. Scanlon about the incident, when Mike Axford calls from the Daily Sentinel building. As Mike is talking to Britt, a Green Hornet impostor enters the city room and throws a grenade at Mike, who manages to throw it to the other side of the room.

While cleaning up, Britt receives a call from Dan Scully, who used to work for the Sentinel, but now works for the Express. Scully tells Britt that he thinks Daily Express Managing Editor Sabrina Bradley is behind the attacks, so she can move the Express into the #1 slot. Meanwhile, Bradley gives Express society columnist Felix Garth the assignment of covering a party thrown by Express publisher Simon Neal, who is rumored to be announcing his upcoming marriage to Sabrina at the party.

Later, at the Sentinel, Britt receives an unsigned invitation to Simon Neal's party and decides to go so he can run the rumor of Sabrina's involvement with the "Green Hornet" by Simon. Britt meets with Simon at the party, but before he can really talk to him, the "Green Hornet" pulls up and boldly announces his intent to kill Britt. After instead shooting Simon Neal, the fake Hornet flees, and Simon's niece Melissa blames the shooting on Britt.

At his apartment, Britt angrily discusses the shooting with Kato and D.A. Scanlon. Britt believes that, despite the fake Hornet's threat, Simon Neal was the intended target all along. As part one ends, Britt vows that the REAL Green Hornet will do something about this.

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