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Carl stumbles into an oil company cover-up involving a murdered research scientist and what may be a creature revived from the ice age.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x13
Airdate: Friday January 17th, 1975



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Guest Stars
Chuck Waters
As William Pratt
Recurring
Craig R. Baxley
As Robert Gurney
Recurring
Gary Baxley
As The Humanoid
Recurring
Paul Baxley
As Dr. Jules Copenick
Recurring
Vince Howard
As Policeman
Recurring
Al Checco
As Nils
Barbara Rhoades
As Secretary
Byron Morrow
As Dr. Cowan
Jamie Farr
As Jack Burton
Jeanie Bell (1)
As Rosetta Mason
John Marley
As Capt. Molnar
Katherine Woodville
As Dr. Helen Lynch
Lindsay Workman
As Dr. Fisk
Pat Harrington, Jr.
As Thomas J. Kitzmiller
Paul Picerni
As Humane Society Man
Regis Cordic
As Dr. Peel
Sandra Gould
As Landlady
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Carl Kolchak
Simon Oakland
As Tony Vincenzo

Recap

During World War II, close to this very spot, science bore a child that changed the course of human relations. And to this day threatens to end human history. It was called, innocuously enough, the Manhattan Project. And it grew into the terror we all have come to know as the hydrogen bomb. But this year, only a stone’s throw from here, science delivered a new child…..

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Episode Quotes
Carl: (opening narration) During World War II, close to this very spot, science bore a child that changed the course of human relations and, to this day threatens to end human history. It was called, innocuously enough, the Manhattan Project and it grew into the terror we all have come to know as the hydrogen bomb. But this year, only a stone's throw from here, science delivered a new child.

Carl: (to a cop who's also seen the monster) Now you saw that thing and I saw it, and it was not just any ape. I mean, that wasn't just J. Fred Muggs out there, dressed in a tutu and drooling for the public and playing on a unicycle, That was some creature!

Carl: If it's really an ape, why are you investigating it? Why are you on the case?
Capt. Molnar: (looks pointedly at Kolchak) I have the experience. I've had a lot of dealings with baboons.
Carl: (catching on after a beat) Whattya mean baboons?!?

Carl: Hey, Tony! What's new?
Tony: That's why I've got reporters...to tell me what's new!

Tony: Now where are you going, Carl?
Carl: Springfield.
Tony: To cover some hot news like the Lincoln/Douglas debate?



Cultural References
This episode has a couple clever references to Universal Horror films. One victim of the Humanoid is seen watching one of Universal's Mummy films, while another victim is named William Pratt, Boris Karloff's real name.

Tony: ...Abbott and Costello, 1942!
Tony's sarcastic rejoinder to a bad Ron Updyke joke suggests Updyke pilfered the jape from the famous comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. This two-man comedy team started in radio and graduated to movies. Among their most well known routines is "Who's On First?"

Landlady: I've seen apes on the Marlin Perkins show...
The landlady is doubtless referring to Wild Kingdom, a long-running show hosted by Marlin Perkins that weekly brought stories of animals and their behavior into homes for nearly a decade.

Carl: ...that wasn't just J. Fred Muggs out there...
Carl is referring to a chimpanzee who appeared on NBC's The Today Show for several years starting in 1953. Muggs' popularity is credited with saving the show in its early years.

Carl: Science bore a child that changed the course of human relations...
Carl is referring to the Manhattan Project, the research that led to the first thermonuclear weapons. This research took place all over the country, but a significant effort took place at the University of Chicago, where the focus was on producing weapons grade fuel, purifying it, and bomb design.

Tony: To cover some hot news like the Lincoln/Douglas debate?
Tony, irked that Carl has been scooped by other papers suggests his next assignment may be equally old. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates took place in 1858; they were a series of arguments between Abraham Lincoln and his opponent Steven Douglas who were contending to represent Illinois in the Senate.



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CreatorJeff Rice
 
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