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Ironside: Rundown on a Bum Rap

Aide Mark Sanger tries to equate his night school law studies with a real-life situation.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x16
Airdate: Thursday January 30th, 1969

Director: Allen Reisner
Writer: Sy Salkowitz

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Guest Stars
James Gregory
As Arnold "Bakey" Baker
Janet MacLachlan
As Maria Wakeman

Co-Guest Stars
Leonard Stone
As Wilson
Ken Lynch
As Malloy
Jason Wingreen
As Sam Freeman
Ken Renard
As Judge
Robert Brubaker
As 1st Sgt.
Ernest Harada
As Prosecutor
Victor Bozeman
As 2nd Officer
Clifton James
As Frank Bollo
June Dayton
As Mrs. Wilson
Richard Bull
As Dr. Endor
Read Morgan
As 1st Officer
Lola Mason
As Alice
Sumi Haru
As Witness
John Perak
As Man in Courtroom
Main Cast
Raymond Burr
As Robert Ironside
Don Galloway
As Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Barbara Anderson
As Eve Whitfield
Don Mitchell
As Mark Sanger


Ironside’s (Burr) aide Sanger (Mitchell) is embittered when his attractive night school law professor, Maria Wakeman (MacLachlan) refuses to deal with the law on a practical level even though a miscarriage of justice threatens. When Sanger’s friend (Gregory), a former prizefighter, is accused of murder, Sanger insists the evidence is circumstantial. His night school instructor refuses to become involved with the real-life problem until he proves her lack of involvement is twisting his view of the law. Once they discover the motivation for the killing, they provide Ironside with the tools to spring the trap on the killer...

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Episode Quotes
Mark: Hey! That call, a friend of mine's in jail.
Maria Wakeman: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
Mark: He'll need a lawyer.
Maria Wakeman: I don't practice law, Mark, I teach it.
Mark: Look, he's in trouble and he's scared. Now why don't you just tell him what the best thing to do is, that's all.
Maria Wakeman: I'd rather not.
Mark: Why not? You're a lawyer, you know all the rules. Now I'm not asking you to open up an office, I'm just asking you to talk to somebody.
Maria Wakeman: You don't understand.
Mark: No, I don't. Now you spend an hour in class talking about a system of agreements that produce justice. Does it all stop just because you close your book, or because the bell rings?
Maria Wakeman: All right, but just a talk.
Mark: Just a talk.

Maria Wakeman: Justice in our courts is based on truth, and until all the truth is revealed, real justice cannot be done.
Mark: When do we learn about operating behind the laws and making private deals?
Maria Wakeman: I'm not sure I understand you, Mr. Sanger.
Mark: When do we learn how to bend the law, and make it work for our own convenience?
Maria: Mr. Sanger, if you have some special question, I would suggest you consult me after class, which is just about now.

Mark: Look, I believed everything you said to us about the law. That is, how it should work. And now I see it; it's right under my nose and it smells.

Yes, I was on duty that night. I would have examined Mr. Wilson.
Ironside: I'd like to know his physical condition when he was brought in by the police.
Dr. Endor: He was the man who was beaten by the fighter, wasn't he?
Mark: Allegedly beaten by the ex-fighter.
Dr. Endor: What?
Ironside: Legal nitpicking, Doctor. I'll thank you, Counselor, to keep your legalese out of the investigation. It clutters things up.
Mark: I'm sorry.
Eve: Factually he's right.
Ironside: Then let him save it for the courtroom, if he ever makes it to one.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorCollier Young
Executive ProducerCy Chermak
ProducerDouglas Benton
Associate ProducerJeannot Szwarc
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistLarry Germain
Make-upBud Westmore
Set DecoratorJoseph Reith  |  John McCarthy, Jr.
Director of PhotographyBud Thackery
Story EditorAlbert Aley
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Music ScoreOliver Nelson
Film EditorTony Martinelli
SoundEarl Crain, Jr.
Assistant DirectorJoe Boston
Production ExecutiveLeonard H. White
Unit ManagerWilbur E. Mosier
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Color CoordinatorRobert Brower
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
Warning: Ironside season 2 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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