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Ironside: Fragile is the House of Cards

Suspense and intrigue mark this episode well as Defense Attorney Wills normally Ironside's antagonist, comes to the Chief suffering from amnesia. Bit by bit, the two men replace parts of the attorney's memory and soon Ironside understands that a strange man may be stretched out unconscious in a boat, on the verge of drowning.

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x4
Airdate: Thursday October 04th, 1973

Director: Don Weis
Writer: Sy Salkowitz

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Guest Stars
James Olson
As David Wills
Lorraine Gary
As Ellen Wills
Johnny Seven
As Lt. Carl Reese

Co-Guest Stars
Noah Keen
As Dr. Corwin
Paul Micale
As Watchman
Sandra De Bruin
As Martha Billings
Main Cast
Raymond Burr
As Robert Ironside
Don Galloway
As Det. Sgt. Ed Brown
Don Mitchell
As Mark Sanger
Elizabeth Baur
As Fran Belding
Episode Quotes
David Wills: I don't need that.
Mark: Hey, if you're in shock you need to keep warm.
David Wills: All right. Thank you.
Mark: Well, it's nice to know that you're human.
David Wills: Yeah. I guess whenever the Chief and I meet, the chemistry makes for antagonism.
Mark: How come?
David Wills: Too many wars.

David Wills: Chief, Chief, something just came back to me.
Ironside: Good.
David Wills: Sounds, like--like footsteps, hollow footsteps.
Ironside: You were dreaming?
David Wills: No, no, I've never been so awake in my life. It was like the sounds were coming out of wood, like kind of boardwalk, a dock.
Ironside: At a boat basin, a marina?
David Wills: Yeah. A cabin cruiser. There was a fight.
Ironside: With whom?
David Wills: No, no, I wasn't fighting.
Mark: Hey, but you've been roughed up.
David Wills: There were two men... fighting, hurting each other.
Ironside: On the boat?
David Wills: Yes.
Ironside: Then you went aboard?
David Wills: I must have. I'm not sure but I think there was a man lying on the deck unconscious.
Mark: What happened to the other guy?
David Wills: I don't know. Water, uh, a--a faucet, some kind of valve being turned on. I remember the sound of water coming into the boat. It's no use, I can't put the pieces together. It's just a lot of fragments. What's keeping Ellen? I ought to be in a hospital.
Ironside: Not yet, Mr. Wills.
David Wills: What?
Ironside: You've painted a frightening picture. If you did hear water coming into a boat, and if you did see a man unconscious on the deck, unless we find out more and fast, that man is going to drown.

(waking up from sodium pentothal injection)
David Wills: Well, did I say anything important?
Ironside: From the minute you walked through my door.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorCollier Young
Executive ProducerCy Chermak
ProducerAlbert Aley
Music SupervisorHal Mooney
Set DecoratorJoseph J. Stone
Director of PhotographyBud Thackery
Story EditorNorman Jolley
Art DirectorLloyd S. Papez
Music ScoreMarty Paich
Film EditorSigmund Neufeld, Jr.
SoundFrank H. Wilkinson
Assistant DirectorChuck Lowry
Production ExecutiveRobert Benevides
Unit ManagerWilbur E. Mosier
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
Warning: Ironside season 7 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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