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The police have ruled the deaths of several of Chicago's upper class as suicides, but Carl believes they were murdered by a Native American shape-shifter.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Friday November 29th, 1974

Guest Stars
Bill DeizBill Deiz
As Reporter #2
Bob Golden (1)Bob Golden (1)
As Police Detective
Dennis McCarthyDennis McCarthy
As Ballistics Man
Keith Walker (1)Keith Walker (1)
As Reporter #1
Ramon BieriRamon Bieri
As Captain Joe Baker
Richard KielRichard Kiel
As The Indian (Diablero)
Alex SharpAlex Sharp
As Policeman
Alice GhostleyAlice Ghostley
As Dr. Agnes Temple
Arthur WongArthur Wong
As Oriental Man
Barbara MorrisonBarbara Morrison
As Mrs. Luci Lapont Addison
Dick Geary (1)Dick Geary (1)
As Auction Guard
Ernie RobinsonErnie Robinson
As Chauffer
James Griffith (1)James Griffith (1)
As George M. Schwartz
Lois JanuaryLois January
As Mrs. Rhonda June Marsky
Madilyn ClarkMadilyn Clark
As Hostess
Marvin KaplanMarvin Kaplan
As Albert Delgado
Morris BuchananMorris Buchanan
As Night Watchman
Riza RoyceRiza Royce
As Mrs. Charlotte Elaine Van Piet
Troy MeltonTroy Melton
As Desk Officer
Victor JoryVictor Jory
As Charles Rolling Thunder
Walt DavisWalt Davis
As Policeman #2

David Lewis (3)David Lewis (3)
As Auctioneer Belloy
Main Cast
Darren McGavinDarren McGavin
As Carl Kolchak
Simon OaklandSimon Oakland
As Tony Vincenzo


F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “The rich are different than your or me.” They sure are. They got more money. But there wasn’t enough money to save some the members of Chicago’s upper crust from a fiendish force so dark it could only be called diabolic...

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Episode Notes
Ruth McDevitt and her character name issues are resolved once and for all in this episode as she finally appears with the name which most fans recognize her by "Miss Emily Cowles." Previously she appeared in episode #1 as an unnamed elderly woman who has written to the paper's advise columnist "Miss Emily", and later in episode #5 as "Edith Cowles".

Alex Grasshoff directs his second of three episodes with "Bad Medicine", the others were #2 "The Zombie" and #10 "The Energy Eater".

Captain Joe Baker:
Actor Ramon Bieri who plays "Capt. Baker" appears again in episode #17 "Legacy Of Terror" again cast as a police captain only here he's called "Capt. Webster."

The Indian (Diablero):
Actor Richard Kiel joins the Kolchak monster club with back to back appearances here in "Bad Medicine" as "Diablero" and in the next episode #9 "The Spanish Moss Murders" as "Peremalfait".

The other actors with two "monsters" each are Craig Baxley and Mickey Gilbert.

In Syndication this episode was sometimes called "The Diablero"

Episode Quotes
Carl: (opening narration) F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, 'The rich are different than you and me.' They sure are. They got more money. But there wasn't enough money in the world to save some members of Chicago's upper crust from a fiendish force so dark, it can only be called diabolic.

Obnoxious Staffer: Quality...I could have shot that better with shoebox and a pinhole! To think I stayed here all night to develop...that!
Carl: Why don't you stay a little longer and develop a personality?

Malloy (the auctioneer): And your name is, sir?
Carl: Kol…worth. Carl Kolworth.
Malloy (the auctioneer): Any relation to the Woolworths?
Carl: Distantly, yes. They dealt in wool, we dealt in coal.

Episode Goofs
The "dead" dog on the floor of the gem exchange is seen moving before the camera cuts away.

Cultural References
The Joliet State College of Barbering
Described in the context of an ex-con, Carl is undoubtedly referring to the Indiana State Prison at Joliet. Like most correctional facilities, it provided vocational training in the hope that inmates with skills wouldn't return to a life of crime. Presumably, Al Delgado learned barbering there.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Rice
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