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The White Shadow

Season 3 Episode 4

If Your Number's Up, Get It Down

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 1980 on CBS
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Episode Summary

If Your Number's Up, Get It Down
Reeves is asked to use his former-NBA-player connections to raise funds for a mobile care unit to treat patients with high blood pressure. As punishment for wrecking the driver's ed car, he makes the team do the collecting. However, they decide to publicize that Reeves is dead to entice celebrities to attend the benefit and contribute.moreless

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  • Your show is in trouble when you start introducing "special guest stars."

    An OK episode, but I found the plot a little ridiculous. Reeves is drawn into fundraising for a mobile health-care unit for high blood pressure and doesn't want to do it. So, what does he do? He uses it as punishment for the team for wrecking the driver's-ed car.

    From then, Reeves deserves what happens. The team goes to Elgin Baylor's house and tell him Reeves is DEAD in order to get a donation. Reeves gets flowers and sympathy cards, but the only problem is, he's not dead!

    The special guest cast seemed a little incoherent. Elgin Baylor, I understand-retired Laker, lives in LA. Chet Walker-former Bulls "Teammate". Rams' cheerleaders-hey, gotta have eye candy. Sparky Anderson? Jimmie Walker? Where's the connection there?

    Sadly, this is one of more than a few cases of unnecessary silliness that marked season 3 and hastened this show's demise.moreless
John Mengatti

John Mengatti

Nick Vitaglia (1979-1981)

Joan Pringle

Joan Pringle

Sybil Buchanan

Stoney Jackson

Stoney Jackson

Jesse B. Mitchell (1980-1981)

Ken Howard (I)

Ken Howard (I)

Ken Reeves

Kevin Hooks

Kevin Hooks

Morris Thorpe

Byron Stewart

Byron Stewart

Warren Coolidge

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Reeves is "calling" Red Auerbach (former NBA coach of the Boston Celtics), he is reminded of when John Havlicek scored 46 points off him. In actuality, John Havlicek'sNBA career high in points was 43, attained against the Baltimore Bullets in 1963.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (1)

    • While conducting practice, Ezra Davis (Roosevelt Grier) is wearing a #76 Los Angeles Rams jersey from the 1960's. Grier wore #76 during his tenure as part of the Rams' "Fearsome Foursome" defensive line (Grier, Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, and Lamar Lundy) from 1963 to 1966.


    • Coolidge's response when Falahey introduced him to former Reds and Tigers manager Sparky Anderson was an allusion to former Presidential Candidate John Anderson, former senator from Illinois, who ran against Ronald Reagan as a Republican in 1980, and later in the race declared himself independent.