Season 1 Episode 4

Public Enemy

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 1997 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Public Enemy
Ian Pascoe breaks out of prison, taking Hemmings as a hostage. Logan chases them to 1928 Chicago.

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  • Oh god make it end.

    This is the worst piece of writing I have ever been subjected to. There is nothing, not even the fact that I can identify 90% of the actors in this ep, that could save this episode from sucking so badly. I have no idea how scripts like this get aired.

    Do yourself a favor and spare yourself from the sheer feces that is Timecop the series.

    I could hire a half dozen cosmetologist dropouts and create a better series than this utter crap that was allowed to grace my television.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Logan tells Eliot Ness to remember three letters, "IRS," if he wants to put Capone away. Those letters would be meaningless to Ness, since the agency was known as the Bureau of Internal Revenue until changing its name in the 1950s, after Capone had died.

    • Pascoe has also been on the Titanic, at Lakehurst, New Jersey when the Hindenburg crashed, at Chernobyl and on the hill at Lockerbie, Scotland.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Pascoe: I've watched a megalodon shark rip the throat out of a tyrannosaurus rex. I've ridden with Hannibal as he crossed the Alps. Sat on the walls of Jericho as Joshua stormed the gates. Walked through the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Jack, I stood on the tip of Mount Everest just five minutes before the world ended and took in the last dying light.

    • Logan: Burt, what's the word on the street about Elliot Ness?
      Porter: Kid pencil-pusher who thinks he's a big shot. Federal guys sent him out here to annoy Capone. The funny thing is the cops hate him even worse than the crooks do. I even hear they're tossing coins about who knocks him off first.

    • Porter: Well, there's only two types that walk in here -- lovers and leavers. The lovers kiss each other goodbye as they're boarding the Chicago Limited. The leavers end up kissing the wrong end of a Tommy gun.

    • Matuzek: I'd prefer if he left Pascoe at the bottom of Lake Michigan in a pair of cement shoes. Hey, a guy can dream.

    • Easter: Chicago in the '20s makes Sodom and Gomorrah look like a Norman Rockwell painting.

    • Pascoe: HI, Al. I'm back. Did you miss me?
      Al Capone: Like a tumor.
      Pascoe: Don't get fresh. Remember how you got the first scar.

    • Easter: I think you can tell the SWAT boys to stay home. The Grinch is already in Whoville.

    • Pascoe: Did you know since the invention of the car alarm, both noise pollution and auto theft have risen over a hundred percent?

    • Pascoe: In this country, we have something called the Fifth Amendment. I know that one inside and out, Doc. I was the one who whispered it into Thomas Jefferson's ear.

    • Psychiatrist: Why are you compelled to alter history?
      Pascoe: How can I possibly explain the rush of standing over the body of someone like Jack the Ripper to a man who's never been outside of his own time zone?

  • NOTES (0)


    • Easter says Pascoe "makes Zelig look like a shut-in." This refers to the 1983 Woody Allen movie, Zelig, where the title character has the ability to insinuate himself among famous people and events in the 1920s.

    • Logan: (to Ness) No one's untouchable. Not even you.

      A reference to the name of Ness' Treasury team. "The Untouchables" were made famous by Ness' book and several TV series and movies, all with the same name.

    • Matuzek: (after Pascoe shows up in an old photograph) Let's see if Waldo pops up anywhere else.

      A reference to the "Where's Waldo" children's books, where Waldo would always be hidden somewhere in a drawing of a crowd.

    • Easter offhandedly refers to Pascoe as "Mr. Mistoffelees" once. Mistoffelees was a mysterious black cat capable of magical tricks in T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." Mistoffelees also appears in the stage musical "Cats," based on the poems, but Easter, being a fan of literature, likely alluded to the book.

    • Pascoe: Do you have any idea about the safety records on those things? I'd be better off driving a Pinto.

      The Ford Pinto was involved in a scandal where the model was accused of being unusually vulnerable to gas tank fires after rear-end collisions.