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Screencaps for Ep 3.22 added

I have just added the screencaps for Labyrinth to the episodes' page. A trio of the mob's henchman is spreading into 'Hotel Pierre', chasing over-the-hill boxer Tony Farbreze who is hiding in the luxury-class hotel after he had double-crossed his mob controllers by knocking outcoming future champion Eddie - against the mob's directive. The trio, however, is identified by hotel security coordinator Al Ginnis, an ageing man and former SFPD police officer who traces the trio up to the seventh floor where Fabrieze has accommodation. Instead of taking immediate action Ginnis ends up freezing in this tracks, outside Fabrieze's room, whereas the rumble inside is going on. Fabrieze tries to explain that he just couldn't lose the fight in St. Louis after he spotted his little son among the spectators, but the trio won't let him go. After one of the mobsters ends up going through the window, still with his brass knuckles on, Tony is shot but the boxer makes it out of the room after knocking out the other two henchmen. Slowly bleeding to death, he takes swinging couple, Judith and Pete, hostage in their room, trying to find a solution. Meanwhile, police arrives on the scene, cordoning off the complete hotel after Ginnis informs Mike about the observation he made. Knowing Al Ginnis from his earlier service on the force, Mike demands Ginnis' help, unconsciously giving him a moral uplift. Harry and Jack, the two remaining mobsters, are trying to get out of the hotel but they cannot find a way out. Soon after he got busted in the hotel's laundry, gangster Harry uses an accidental chance to take Mike hostage, requesting a chopper on the hotel's roof top. Steve is waiting for a chance to rescue Mike, and just before Harry tries to open the helicopter's door, he takes the chance to end this nightmare. A happy end is waiting for Tony Fabrieze whose son is waiting for him at the hotel's gateway before he is taken to hospital, and also for Judith, who helped Tony by letting Mike and Steve know about the severely wounded man in their room; Steve lets her go without any further questioning which she was afraid could uncover her love affair.

This is the very first episode filmed on one and the same location. 'Hotel Pierre' as given in the script and indicated by the logo attached to the entrance canopy actually is the Brocklebank Apartments building on Nob Hill, possibly chosen due to a certain resemblance with the exterior gateway of famous Mark Hopkins Hotel which is located only one block away. The rooftop scene toward the end of this episode, however, was filmed on top the Alameda County parking garage in downtown Oakland, featuring its typical elliptic helicopter platform.

Season 4 Ep Summaries Added!

Folks,

I have added the short summaries for all season 4 episodes to the episodes' page. Now that I am about to finish the screencapturing work and extended summaries plus filming locations info for the final season 3 eps, you can now (p)review the plot of next season's episodes in the familiar shortcuts. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, most of these short summaries are basically taken from the official Worldvision press kit that was issued with the release of the series' video edition. Short summaries for season 5 episodes will be supplemented once I have completed the screencapturing and extended summaries plus filming locations info on season 4 episodes.

By the way, the screencaps for the next due episode, Labyrinth, are in the works already and will be added next week.

Stay tuned! :)

 

Screencaps for Ep 3.21 added

I have just added the screencaps for Asylum to the episodes' page. Murder inside a private clinic for psychiatric patients unsettles young female patient Susan, who suffers from a traumatic event which left her unable to speak, and another young patient, Pauk Bierce, who has somehow become a friend of her. Paul uses an excursion of a group of patients to get away, telling the police about the murder. He is upset by Mike's question if he was an employee or an inmate of the facilty, and when Paul cracks up he is sent back to the clinic. However, it does not take long until homicide is called into the institute for the death of Bierce who obviously hung himself. Considering Bierce's earlier visit to the department, Steve comes up with a suggestion: letting himself sent undercover to the clinic, performing as the drug addictve nephew of Mike, and trying to find out the backgrounds. Mike does not like his suggestion but with some briefing of the SFPD leading psychiatrist, Dr. Lenny Murchinson, as well as a well-dosed injection resulting in symptoms indistingishuable from an amphetamine overdosage. Steve makes it into the clinic and delivers helpful information from the files, and he can even establish a good rapport to Susan - which finally saves his life. Despite the limitation of filming locations to a very few, this is one of my favourite episodes of the season.

Filming locations are quite limited as mentioned before. Dr. Rabb's institute is located at 300 Lake Street which was the real address given in the script. It actually was the building of St. Anne's home for the elderly and the poor, opened as early as 1904. Unfortunately, this remarkable building did not meet updated health and safety regulation and was declared unsafe by the mid-1970's. Today, the new St. Anne's home is sitting in the same location - but they kept the old wall and railings which can be seen in this episode. The group of patients are visiting the actual California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, another remarkable building that did not make it into present. The Academy buildings were damaged significantly in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, so the complex was gradually closed and finally demolished in 2005, for a completely new building. Only one location is still standing upright, that being the house of the Wilcox which is located in the Pacific Heights district.

ABC Press Photos Ready to be Given-Away!

Folks,

I have cleared my archives and found a couple of double original ABC press release photographs - and I have decided to give them away for free. Please get in touch thru e-mail and let me know which one of the pictures shown is of interest to you; all you'd have to pay for is the actual postage to your destination country. In order to spread the photos in a balanced way, each interested fan may chose one picture he or she wants to have. Okay?

Here's the pictures. Some still have the official press information on the back side, others show certain (minor) signs of use. The thumbnails shown are taken from my original pictures so the picture you get might have editorial remarks on its front side, normally written on the white border only and not onto the photo's motif itself (i.e. the photo was used by print media which use to add markings for the choice of display details etc.). The watermark does not appear on the actual photo, of course.

Screencaps for Ep 3.20 added

I have just added the screencaps for River of Fear to the episodes' page. We are introduced to Betty and Dr. William Dunson, an amorous pair in its prime of life, shopping in downtown San Francisco. We learn the couple was just married, and upon return to their hotel accommodation, Betty tells her husband that her late ex-husband who was involved in a heist bequeathed the complete theft, some 200,000 Dollars. Soon after, Dr. Dunson brtually knocks his wife down, mocking the crime scene to look like a bathtub accident. Homicide is called, and everything looks like a tragic accident indeed - until the coroner uncovers certain discrepancies. In the meantime, Dr. Dunson rushes back to Duncan Falls, home of Betty and her two kids, Bobby and Julie, pretending he wants to take care of the children. Further investigation by our two cops unveals the story behind Betty's late ex-husband, and an interesting detail concerning Dr. Dunson's vita. In fact, Dunson actually is James Cooper, an ex-convict from San Quentin, who not only used to know Betty's deceased husband and the story behind the 200,000 Dollar heist, but also killed him and faked the cause of death. He also knows that Betty's daughter Julie is the key as she is the only one aware of the money's location. Mike and Steve are on a race against the clock as Dunson seems to be game for everything.

Filming locations include downtown San Francisco, more precisely at Union Square, as well as the Dunsons' hotel room which actually is located in the Hyatt Regency at Embarcadero Center. Some archive footage of season one was used when Mike and Steve are entering the San Quentin gateway, and the 'Duncan Falls' sequences were obviously filmed in Calistoga (Napa), although the exact location of Mrs. Rand's guesthouse is unknown.

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