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Stingray: Cry Wolf

A TV star, Ty Gardiner, hires Ray to get him out of a jam with a partner who used Ty's name to set up a real estate scam. Problem is, the partner ripped off both the Yakuza and the Mafia, and Ty's been left holding the bag.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x11
Production Number: 019
Airdate: Friday April 03rd, 1987

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Special Guest Stars
Jeff Conaway
As Ty Gardiner

Guest Stars
Renny Temple
As Arnold Dodd
Thalmus Rasulala
As FBI Agent Mutter
Joseph Ruskin
As Sam de Augusta

Co-Guest Stars
Tony Abatemarco
As Mark Webber
Lindsay Bourne
As Capt. Severs
Tom Kuwahara
As Susi Machidomi
Howard Storey
As Ross (as Howard Story)
Sharon Anderson
As Receptionist
P. Lynn Johnson
As Peterson (as Lynn Johnson)
Jana White
As Lois
Frank Totino
As Guard
Bruce McInnis
As Man #2
Jack Ackroyd (1)
As Tiger Paw
Main Cast


Ray meets with Arnold Dodd, agent for TV actor Ty Gardiner, who plays Dr. Clinton Wolf in the TV medi-drama Cry Wolf. Dodd claims someone is trying to kill Gardiner and they want to hire Ray to find out who. Dodd tells Ray they know about Ray's payment and agrees to set up a personal meeting with Ty. They go to Ty's ranch house where he's in the pool making out with his vegetarian/dietician. She stalks out, angry, and Ray is ready to leave. Ty first snaps at him as a hired hand, but when Ray refuses to give in, Ty apologizes and explains his life is in danger. He also apologizes for being a jerk, rambling the writers on his TV show are to blame for turning his character into a yutz. He invites Ray to stay and have a steak, then watches him eat. Ty gives him a speech about how his life is on the skids, which Ray recognizes from one of Ty's movies. Ty admits that he set up a fake knife attack as a PR stunt a year ago, and now the police won't listen to him. An irritated Ray heads out the door but when Ty tries to get him to come back, a man opens fire from a car and then drives off. Ray gets the Nevada license plate number from the car as it goes...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Mike POst, Stephen Geyer, Paul WilliamsBreathe Easyas Ray checks the security system

Episode Quotes
Ray: I don't work for money.
Arnold Dodd: We understand the nature of your employment contract and the terms are acceptable to us.
Ray: You keep saying "us"? Am I working for you as well?
Arnold Dodd: "Us" is a term indicating Mr. Gardiner. It's an affectation of speech often used in Hollywood.

Arnold Dodd: I suppose under the circumstances I'll just have to take the responsibility of authorizing a personal contact.
Ray: You always talk this way, Mr. Dodd?
Arnold Dodd: Yes. It's annoying to some people, I know. It's just that I"m not a very emotional man. It's a shortcoming.

Ty Gardiner: Someone's trying to kill me.
Ray: People tried to kill Hitler too. Some of them are still highly thought of.
Ty Gardiner: I put you off.
Ray: Yep, no doubt about it.

Ray: (about Ty) You can't possibly be this loony.

Ty Gardiner: So that's the deal. A favor. What kind of jerk deal is that, why not just go for the gold?
Ray: There's more to life than money.
Ty Gardiner: Oh yeah. Name me one thing.
Ray: I'll name you three: love, friendship, and understanding.

Ty Gardiner: "Introducing Stingray." I kinda like that name. Like Fabian or Cher or Charo. Just one name, no excuse, go for it.

Ty Gardiner: Who is that guy?
Ray: Yakuza.
Ty Gardiner: Yakuza? What the hell is a Yakuza? I don't even eat sushi.

Marty Finback: We don't owe you squat.
Ross: Give him his call, Marty. What's it going to hurt? He's not a bad guy.
Ray: I like you. You're gentle and kind. I wish you could have been my daddy.
Ross: Come on, be nice. It works with some guys.

Ty Gardiner: What are waiting for?
Ray: The police to leave.
Ty Gardiner: I guess that makes sense.
Ray: You think?

Ray: Do you believe in, uh, karma?
Ty Gardiner: Sometimes I believe in karma, sometimes I don't. Depends on the girl.

Ty Gardiner: It should have been you who got shot.
Ray: I did. I'm not lying here to keep you company.
Ty Gardiner: Yutz.
Ray: Yutz.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorStephen J. Cannell
Executive ProducerStephen J. Cannell  |  Frank Lupo
First Assistant DirectorRitchie Forrest
Second Assistant DirectorRon French
MusicWalter Murphy
Music SupervisorMike Post
Story EditorCarol Mendelsohn
Main Title ThemePete Carpenter
Warning: Stingray season 2 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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