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87th Precinct: Lady in Waiting

Virginia Colt barges into the detective squad room at the 87th Precint. She is carrying a gun and a liquid substance which she claims is nitroglycerine. Ms. Colt then announces she is there to kill Detective Carella. It seems as though her husband just died in prison and Carella was the one who sent him up the river.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Monday October 02nd, 1961

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (1 Vote cast)
Guest Stars
Helen MayonHelen Mayon
As Mrs. Donovan
Rusty LaneRusty Lane
As Sgt. Murchison
Constance FordConstance Ford
As Virginia Colt
Emile MeyerEmile Meyer
As Caprtain Howard
Jackie RussoJackie Russo
As Danny
Margarita CordovaMargarita Cordova
As Angelica Galindo
Main Cast
Robert LansingRobert Lansing
As Det. Steve Carella
Ron HarperRon Harper
As Det. Bert Kling
Norman FellNorman Fell
As Det. Meyer Meyer
Gregory WalcottGregory Walcott
As Det. Roger Havilland
Gena RowlandsGena Rowlands
As Teddy Carella
Episode Notes
This episode is based on Ed McBain's novel Killer's Wedge.

In the novel on which this episode is based, the character of Virginia Colt is named Virginia Dodge. Perhaps the reason for the name change was that Dodge automobiles might have been a sponsor of the show.

The character of Captain Howard, officer in charge of the 87 Precinct, makes his only appearance in this episode. He was rarely seen in the novels on which the series was based.

Constance Ford would go onto play matriarch Ada Davis on the long-running daytime serial Another World.

Margarita Cordova would later play quirky medium Carmen Torres on the NBC daytime drama Sunset Beach.

Episode Quotes
Meyer: There are 186 patrolmen attached to this precinct. Would you like me to account for all of them?
Virginia: YES!

Virginia: (to Meyer) Go ahead. Take a big gamble. Let's blow up the entire building.

Meyer: There are eight million people out there.
Virginia: And not one of them can help you.

Angelica: (about the man she stabbed) I hope the pig rots in his grave.
Havilland: Nice girl.

Angelica: Why don't you let me go?
Virginia: You gotta be kiddin', chiquita.

Solid episode with Constance Ford making a believable villain. Plenty of suspense and twists in this one.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEvan Hunter
Executive ProducerHubbell Robinson
ProducerBoris Kaplan
Warning: 87th Precinct season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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