Kojak (1973–1978)
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When an enforcer for a bookie pushes a "mouse" of a man too hard, he winds up needing an ambulance. Kojak doesn't believe the eyewitness description of the assailant. How could such a small... See full summary »


Harvey S. Laidman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
George Savalas ... Det. Stavros
Ben Piazza ... Irving Abernathy
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Todd Flynn
Peter Brandon Peter Brandon ... Dr. Theodore Shane
Maria Smith Maria Smith ... Cecilia Quinones (as Maria Smith-Caffey)
Michael Witney Michael Witney ... Billy Dunvalo
Laura Campbell Laura Campbell ... Edith Leverkune
Bob Burke Bob Burke ... Officer Gerber
Sam Freed ... Dr. Bernstein
Vince Conti Vince Conti ... Det. Rizzo
Mark Russell Mark Russell ... Det. Saperstein
Bill Capizzi Bill Capizzi ... Forensics Man (as Chesley Uxbridge)


When an enforcer for a bookie pushes a "mouse" of a man too hard, he winds up needing an ambulance. Kojak doesn't believe the eyewitness description of the assailant. How could such a small man have done the deed? He (Abernathy) was furious because a surgeon who "killed" his mother with an unnecessary surgery was pressuring him for money the doctor needed to pay his bookie; the enforcer was part of the pressure. When Kojak learns the circumstances, he arrests Abernathy (but omits Miranda warnings, warrants, and other civil protections); in interrogation Kojak sees the mouse turn into a MAN. Justice is served. Written by jeaneva

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21 January 1978 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Kojak's office phone number is 555-3861. See more »

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The Law ain't blind here
21 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Poor Ben Piazza, a nebbish of a man who is trying to stand up for himself against some heavy odds. Dr, Peter Brandon gave his mother unnecessary surgery which she died from. He's refused to allow her insurance company to pay the bill and he won't pay the deductible.

Brandon has a nasty gambling habit and he's in deep to bookie Michael Witney. Witney made Brandon loan of Lincoln Kilpatrick his enforcer.

This was a case of the worm really turning. Little Piazza wrestles Kilpatrick's walking stick from him and administers the severe beating he was going to get.

That's got Kilpatrick in the hospital and Brandon wanting his money and Witney looking to reestablish his reputation as a tough guy you don't mess with.

Without an official complaint for a bit Telly Savalas and the squad still check things out.

When the dust settles some real justice is handed out here to the ones that deserve it. That's because justice in the form of Theo Kojak isn't blind in any way.

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