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Ironside: A Death in Academe

A college student commits suicide and several students and staff believe that her philosophy professor--a friend of Ed's--drove her to it.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x20
Airdate: Thursday February 21st, 1974

Guest Stars
Michael ParksMichael Parks
As Professor Riley MacDane
Malachi ThroneMalachi Throne
As Regy Barrot
Mike KellinMike Kellin
As Remy Dallavaca

Co-Guest Stars
Monica LewisMonica Lewis
As Amelia
Kathryn Kelly WigetKathryn Kelly Wiget
As Laura
Mary LayneMary Layne
As Sonia
Jennifer LeakJennifer Leak
As Judith
Naomi StevensNaomi Stevens
As Mrs. Coletti
Franco CorsaroFranco Corsaro
As Coletti (as Frank Corsero)
Doug JacobyDoug Jacoby
As Rosakis
Alfonso TafoyaAlfonso Tafoya
As Foreman
Susie EleneSusie Elene
As Janet (as Suesie Elene)
Megan LandisMegan Landis
As Linda
Erik WashingtonErik Washington
As Student
Main Cast
Raymond BurrRaymond Burr
As Robert Ironside
Don GallowayDon Galloway
As Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Don MitchellDon Mitchell
As Mark Sanger
Elizabeth BaurElizabeth Baur
As Fran Belding
Episode Quotes
Fran: Are you sure you're not coming down with the Hong Kong flu? You know, half the town's coming down with it.
Ironside; Hong Kong flu, Asian flu. Why does everybody need to have an exotic disease these days?
Fran: Irritability is one of the symptoms.
Ironside: In that case, it's obvious my health is perfect.
Mark: Your health wouldn't be any other way.

Fran: Here it is, Chief. The department keeps a correspondence file for all its professors. In the short time that he's been at the university, MacDane has drawn more mail then anyone else.
Ironside: Not all of it favorable, I'm sure. Can any of the letters be interpreted as real threats?
Fran: I'll have to let you know after I read them. I spent most of the day checking on the students.
Ironside: Progress?
Fran: Nothing solid. He has a total of 57 students in all of his classes. All but three of them have alibis for Monday night.
Ironside: All right, follow up on that. No, no, let Mark do that. See if any names in there match your list of students.

Rosakis: Maybe you can rationalize your way out of that. You can rationalize your way out of anything. But that's because you're empty--you've got nothing to give.
MacDane: Well, that's a rather severe judgment on your part, wouldn't you say?
Rosakis: Yeah, but it's true. You're like a machine, you've got no soul. You don't even believe in caring.
MacDane: As far as what I--I believe in, it's irrelevant. But, uh, what you believe in, Mr. Rosakis, which makes me think of something that's chaotic and prejudicial and contradictory, which is a result of your experience, is pregnant, that is pregnant, Mr. Rozakis. Now if we choose together to explore this chaos and throw away all those concepts that should and do crumble under close scrutiny, well, then we might very well find ourselves in a world that is very fine and clear. A world in which, if you will, we might lay the foundation for a house of intellect. A foundation that is made of honesty and openness and then confrontation. We'll see you Monday, thank you.

Ironside: Some of his thesis may answer that question. MacDane's insistence on confrontation and honesty led her into real self-examination and a hard look at her past. Her family, most importantly her father.
Fran: Things were going so well for her.
Ironside: Perhaps that's what made it all the more difficult for him to give up old patterns, old ways of thinking.
Mark: You, uh, think we should?
Ironside: Depends. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Ed: This sounds a little inconsistent.
Ironside: Consistency, to paraphrase Emerson is the "hobgoblin of small minds."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorCollier Young
Executive ProducerCy Chermak
ProducerJohn Choy
Music SupervisorHal Mooney
Set DecoratorJoseph J. Stone
Director of PhotographyBud Thackery
Story EditorNorman Jolley
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Film EditorJohn Elias
SoundFrank H. Wilkinson
Assistant DirectorTom Blank
Production ExecutiveRobert Benevides
Unit ManagerWilbur E. Mosier
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
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