A recurring suspicion one had about certain "Name Of The Game" episodes was that they had originally been planned as one-hour stories, not 90-minute ones; that's certainly true of this one. It has a padded-out feel to it, with a long, long sequence of Ms. Boone in the recording studio which makes all of its points before it's half over and then just drags on and on. This scene does allow Keenan Wynn and Sal Mineo, billed as "special guest stars", to be, on the one hand, comically apoplectic, and, on the other, howlingly camp, but to no good purpose. The time might have been better devoted to adding more detail to the burgeoning (and unlikely) romance between straight-arrow hero Robert Stack and Joplinesque singer Sharon Farrell. As things stand, it seems rather forced, although the climax is effectively staged. Along the way, Norman Fell contributes a neat cameo as a sleazy lawyer and Percy Rodrigues makes the most of a routine cop role. But less emotionalising and more incisiveness would have helped an intriguing storyline.
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