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Automan: Staying Alive While Running a High Flashdance Fever

Underworld gambling czar, Leonard Martin, is behind a plot to discredit Judge Alexander Farnsworth in a phony frame-up designed to link the judge to the syndicate. It's all part of Martin's plan to keep Judge Farnsworth, who is feared by the mob, from presiding over Martin's upcoming trial over his gambling activities.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Thursday December 22nd, 1983

Director: Winrich Kolbe
Writer: Glen A. Larson


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Guest Stars
Angela AamesAngela Aames
As Bartender
Don GordonDon Gordon
As Leonard Martin
Jack PerkinsJack Perkins
As Drunk
Mary CrosbyMary Crosby
As Ellen Fowler
William WindomWilliam Windom
As Alexander Farnsworth

Recap

Underworld gambling czar, Leonard Martin, is behind a plot to discredit Judge Alexander Farnsworth in a phony frame-up designed to link the judge to the syndicate. It's all part of Martin's plan to keep Judge Farnsworth, who is feared by the mob, from presiding over Martin's upcoming trial over his gambling activities.
In cahoots with Martin is the judge's secretary, Ellen Fowler, and his chauffeur, Jason. Together they feed Jack some phony information about high level officials being linked with the mob, Ellen posing as the informant. Jason then staging a phony abduction of the informant during a stakeout, sets Walter, Boyd and Jack to f ind the missing informant. The trail lead Walter and Automan to Judge Farnsworth's estate, but a disbelieving Boyd refuses to buy the judge's connection. When a phony life and death cali from Ellen comes in for Walter from Las Vegas, Walter not being at home, Automan takes the call. Deciding there's not time to waste, he goes to Ellen's aid in Las Vegas. Walter, learning the facts from Cursor, rushes furiously to keep Automan from getting himself into trouble. Arriving at the casino, Walter finds Automan on the casino dance floor in the middle of a high energy flashdance, a la John Travolta, complete with costume attire. The dancing and costumed attire. The dancing and costuming are part of Automan's attempt at being more "hep" and "with it," something he got from watching cassettes of a popular TV dance program.
Walter puts a stop to what has now become a casino spectacle. Ellen secretly passes a list of foreign computer bank numbers, supposedly belonging to the judge, on to Walter and Automan. These are intended to prove the judge's connection with the syndicate. Ellen's job completed, Martin orders Jason to kill her. With Ellen dead and the judge arrested, appearing that he did it, it all begins to smack of a frame job against the judge. Using the casino's computer, Automan discovers that the money in the judge's foreign accounts leads to Martin who had temporarily transferred mob money into the judge's accounts for the frame-up. Walter and Automan then re-transfer the money back to Martin's own accounts making it appear that he had stolen the funds for himself from the mob. Meaning certain death for Martin if the mob finds out, Walter and Automan are able to force Martin to tell them of Jason's whereabouts, as he had kid-napped Roxanne. With the aid of the Autochopper, our duo stops Jason, rescues Roxanne, and puts both Jason and Martin behind bars. And, as both are falling all over each other to inform on the syndicate, Walter gets a special commendation from Judge Farnsworth.
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Warning: Automan season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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