In this episode, the film stock kinda goes to hell. It's a neat episode, though!
Just look at these new establishing shots of Los Angeles!
This episode also features the most Hollywood and Vine establishing footage:
A fresher establisher of Parker Center:
Art Balinger is the boss this week.
We spend very little time on the Parker Center soundstage this week.
Here is some familiar footage of exiting the police administration building.
Some equally familiar footage of driving the 1966 Ford Fairlane out.
Luana Anders is back, but she's not running a flower shop now… She's running her husband out of their apartment!
I HOPE THAT PLANT BEHIND YOU ISN'T HUNGRY
OH NO A PLANT IS GOING TO EAT ME ALL UP
Gannon: Would you two stop clowning? I'm only going to say this once;
"HOLD THE PHONE."
Thanks, Bill. We'll be on our way.
To some other apartment lobby
on some other sound stage
where at last we meet
We're just a short fake elevator ride to another corridor.
IT'S JUST ONE OF VERY VERY MANY IN THIS EPISODE.
THANKS, JILL. SAY, THEY MADE YOUR PLACE RATHER LIKE A CORRIDOR, AS WELL.
Keep an eye on the far bottom of the farm for her *amazing* flokati rug!
WHAT IS ALL THIS TALK ABOUT FLOOR COVERINGS AND - AND CORRIDORS?!
"I can't honestly tell you, but I do sort-of wish that interrobang had become a real typewriter key."
YOU TELL 'EM, JILL.
"Hey, there's a phone over here; do you think we should hold it?"
"Never mind. I got this."
HOLD THE PHONE
A lot of swing gang and set decor love went into the Nina Draper apartment:
Another beloved night driver:
Back to the Hotel Elsinore, same location as when we busted the scam artists.
The lobby has changed in some ways. Maybe it really is a soundstage.
They retooled the Elsinore since we were last here.
Welcome back, Herb Vigran. Well, kind of an orangey-red. I'll give it a pass.
YEAH GO EASY ON HIM, SUZY - HE WAS ON THE SHOW IN THE FIFTIES
Some neat costuming on the Oryx Go-Go extras:
Welcome to Dragnet, Quinn O'Hara:
Back to the Elsinore to try and find the suicidal architectural artist.
There are 1209 rooms - he could be in any one! So tense!
The remainder of the photos are a bit of a blur - we run all over the set in a blur, but the details are there, if blurry:
Blue and gold; a seasonal color-arc.
Don Ross is usually in latent prints, but he's managing the Elsinore here:
Yep, there he is. Zonked out on reds.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; by all means, hold the phone.
Ralph Harmon was taken to County General Hospital for emergency treatment.
Yes, we are short on puns and jokes this week.
That's because suicide isn't funny.
Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday
Harry Morgan as Officer Bill Gannon
Jill Donohue as Nina Draper
Luana Anders as Anna Marie Harmon
Don Ross as Eugene Dickson
Art Balinger as Captain Brown
Quinn O'Hara as Tami Avalon
Herb Vigran as John Hagen
Dee Carroll as Jean Wagnall
______ as Ralph Harmon
Art Direction - Russell Kimball
Set Decor - John McCarthy & John Sturtevant
Costumes - Vincent Dee
Aired 29 January 1968
Written by Robert C. Dennis
Keep yourself alive,
P.S. This episode goes out to you, Cookies. Namaste.