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Randall and Hopkirk: Vendetta for a Dead Man

Eric Jansen breaks out of a prison psychiatric unit with revenge on his mind. The object of his vengeance is Marty Hopkirk, the man responsible for his imprisonment. When he discovers Marty is dead, he picks an alternate target for his rage: Jean, Marty's widow.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x24
Airdate: Friday February 27th, 1970

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Guest Stars
Ann Castle
As Mrs. Cavallo-Smith
Barrie Ingham
As Emil Cavallo-Smith
Colin Rix
As Police Driver
George Sewell
As Eric Jansen
Henry Davies
As Police Sergeant in Car
Richard Owens
As Police Sergeant Bodyguard
Ron Pember
As Fairground Concessionaire
Sue Vaughan
As Blonde Girl in Car
Timothy West
As Sam Grimes
William Dysart
As Police Inspector
Main Cast
Mike Pratt
As Jeff Randall
Kenneth Cope
As Marty Hopkirk
Episode Quotes
Jansen: (trying to find Marty) He's not in the phone book.
Jeff: No, he wouldn't be. Try the register of deaths.

(After Jean says she might get a marriage proposal)
Marty: Jeff, you've got to tell her.
Jeff: Tell her about what?
Marty: Tell her about me! It's bigamy!

Marty: Jeff, no matter what Jeannie says, I think you should stay the night.
Jeff: What?
Marty: Of course, I don't approve.

Episode Goofs
The final scene is supposed to take place at 5 minutes past midnight, but the closing shot of the ocean clearly shows the sun out.

Policeman in car: Word's out that this is an anniversary trip. In three or four days' time, he completes his first year inside.

This is said in the pre-title sequence; however, throughout the episode this fact keeps slipping in and out of people's minds. During parts of the episode the police clearly reference this when protecting Jean; at other times, no one (including Marty) seems to know what Jansen is up to.

Cultural References
Marty: It was Hobson's choice: either he jumped the cliff, or he went to jail.

"Hobson's choice" is defined as a "choice" that is really no choice at all. The phrase is said to have been named after a British stable manager named Thomas Hobson, who offered guests the horse nearest the stable door or no horse.

Warning: Randall and Hopkirk season 1 episode 24 guide may contain spoilers
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