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Ironside: Robert Phillips vs. the Man

Ironside is assigned to prove the innocence of a black militant accused of murder.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x4
Airdate: Thursday October 10th, 1968

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Guest Stars
Paul Winfield
As Robert Phillips
Jack Hogan
As Ed Barnard

Co-Guest Stars
Gene Lyons
As The Commissioner (Commissioner Dennis Randall)
Dick Anthony Williams
As Spokesman (as Dick Williams)
Ben Hammer
As Fleming
Morris Erby
As Mr. Adams
Fabian Dean
As Det. Lt. Porter
Davis Roberts
As Attorney Peters
Arnold Williams
As 1st Man
John Rayner
As Drake (Larry Drake)
Diane Shalet
As Mrs. Shavely
Diane Ladd
As Peggy Barnard
Donna Anders
As Lottie Collins
Gloria Edwards
As Mrs. Adams
Main Cast
Raymond Burr
As Robert Ironside
Don Galloway
As Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Barbara Anderson
As Eve Whitfield
Don Mitchell
As Mark Sanger
Episode Quotes
The Commissioner: That's it, Bob. I want you on the case.
Ironside: Why? Porter knows his stuff.
The Commissioner: If Phillips is guilty of that murder, I want it to be without a shadow of a doubt, before we bring him to trial. We'll get a lot of reaction on this arrest, and a lot more if he's convicted. Now, if we are going to have a violent reaction, I don't want it needlessly. I want to know that we're absolutely right.
Ironside: Porter's men are good men. They'll uncover anything I could find to prove his guilt.
The Commissioner: I don't want you to prove his guilt, Bob. I want you to prove him innocent.

Ironside: My name is Ironside. I've been assigned to prove your innocence.
Robert Phillips: I have my own lawyer.
Ironside: I'm not a lawyer, I'm a cop.
Robert Phillips: A cop? A cop who can't walk?
Ironside: That's right.
Robert Phillips: A cop who can't walk assigned to prove me innocent. Wow. That shows where they're at. Just exactly how are you going to do that, Mr. Cop who can't walk? I mean, shut my mouth Mr. Whitey Policeman. I guess I just ought to get down on my knees and be grateful, sir.
Mark: Why don't you just shut up and listen?
Robert Phillips: Well, now. Do they allow you to talk? Do the master allow that, boy?
Mark: You don't have an exclusive right to violence, Mr. Phillips, and if you keep it up you're going to get a demonstration.
Ironside: Mark, we have an obligation to protect all prisoners. Mr. Phillips, I suggest you drop this playacting and get down to business. Murder is no joke.

Robert Phillips: Let me put my cards on the table. Do you know what you are to me? You are all the things I've hated all my life. You're all the things I've fought all my life. You're the long blue arm of the white man's law who grabs a kid who's just walking down the street. You're the muscle that beats up on people just to keep them in line. You're the paid gunman of whitey to hold us down and, baby, to me you stink.

Ironside: You're an articulate, educated, idealistic, persuasive bum! You're the one who incites to riot, urges civil disobedience, gets people's heads broken, gets kids arrested, gets innocent people hurt or worst, while you stand in the background watching it all, waiting for a chance to call your next press conference and pass yourself off as the only great hope. Well, to me you're a phony.
Robert Phillips: You're not going to prove me innocent!
Ironside: I hope not, but the fact is I'm going to try.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorCollier Young
Executive ProducerCy Chermak
ProducerPaul Mason (1)
Associate ProducerJeannot Szwarc
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistLarry Germain
Make-upBud Westmore
Set DecoratorJoseph Reith  |  John McCarthy, Jr.
Director of PhotographyBud Thackery
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Music ScoreOliver Nelson
Film EditorJean-Jacques Berthelot
SoundEarl Crain, Jr.
Assistant DirectorJames M. Walters Jr.
Production ExecutiveLeonard H. White
Unit ManagerWilbur E. Mosier
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Color CoordinatorRobert Brower
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
Warning: Ironside season 2 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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