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Empire: Pressure Lock

In the midst of negotiating for oil rights, Redigo (Richard Egan) is called out of town---leaving Tal to handle the bargaining. Tal must deal with Hettie Burton, a troublesome businesswoman, and a hostile crew. Young Tal garret, directing his first drilling operation, faces trouble from a shrewed businesswoman and a hostile crew. Hettie Burton forces Tal to accept a three-week time limit on the well. When Tal asks for a needed extension, Hettie agrees if he will marry her granddaughter, Charlotte.

Ryan O'Neal, who plays Tal Garret on Empire, has his best role in this episode. He talks himself into a job, running a test oil-drilling operation on the property of cantankerous millionairess Hettie Burton (Cathleen Nesbitt). He has a time limit in which to bring in a producing well, which brings out both the best and worst in him. O'Neal also gets his first romance, with Carolyn Kearney as Charlotte, Miss Nesbitt's granddaughter.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x10
Airdate: Tuesday December 04th, 1962

Director: Abner Biberman


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Guest Stars
Carolyn Kearney
As Charlotte
Cathleen Nesbitt
As Hertie Burton
Main Cast
Ryan O'Neal
As Tal Garrett
Richard Egan (1)
As Jim Redigo
Episode Notes
The party scene was filmed at the home of Gen. Patrick Hurley, ambassador to China under Franklin Roosevelt. Former New Mexico's Lt. Gov. Tom Bolack served as technical adviser for the oil drilling scenes.



Warning: Empire season 1 episode 10 guide may contain spoilers
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