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Toma: The Oberon Contract

Effective beginning for this police series, sparked by the performance of Tony Musante as detective David Toma in a well-made chase tale. Toma employs a variety of costumes as disguises while combing the streets to help an ex-cop accused of murdering a city councilman. Toma is trying to clear an ex-junkie friend, Eddie Siatti (Martin Sheen), of a murder frame-up. The deceased is a silver-haired councilman who was shot dead by a swarthy man in a dark suit. Joe Santos plays the hood. Despite massive evidence pointing to ex-convict Eddie Siatti as the killer of the city councilman, Toma continues to investigate after learning of the victim's ties with organized crime.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Thursday October 04th, 1973

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Guest Stars
Philip Michael ThomasPhilip Michael Thomas
As Bad Sam
Caesar CordovaCaesar Cordova
As Hector Portaz
Dennis McCarthyDennis McCarthy
As Councilman Oberon
Joe SantosJoe Santos
As Ritchie
Ken SansomKen Sansom
As Adrian Fellows
Martin SheenMartin Sheen
As Eddie Siatti
Sonny ShieldsSonny Shields
As McCloskey
Wyman PendletonWyman Pendleton
As Rocco Birrell


In tonight's effort. Toma, briskly portrayed by Tony Musante, appears in no less than five disguises while trying to clear Eddie Siatti, an ex junkie friend (Martin Sheen), of a murder frame-up.
The deceased is a silver-haired city councilman who is shot dead in the opening scene by a swarthy man in a dark suit. It turns out the councilman is on the take from the mob, even though he's a former cop. His heart stoppage stems from an impending sub-poena ordering him to testify before a local crime commission. It also turns out the police find the murder gun, which belongs to the ex-junkie. He promptly barges into Toma's home, seeking sanctuary and frightening Toma's wife (Susan Strasberg) no end.
The ex-junkie gets shook up a bit himself when Toma comes home and learns of the barging. When Toma cools off, he persuades the kid to surrender while he personally checks out the case. The checkout soon puts him on the trail of the killer, who has been hired by Jake Ricci, a sinister mob boss, who speaks softly, wears expensive threads and has a young grandson he dotes on. When the gunsel warns the boss that Toma is hot on the trail, the old man pulls him aside and snarls: "Not in front of the kid. Never in front of the kid."
Toma solves the case amid suitable gunfire and running villains. ..

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Episode Quotes
Rocco Birrell: If that hooker opens her mouth again, I'll fill it with fish.

Warning: Toma season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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