Mannix (1967–1975)
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Out of the Night 

Against Joe's wishes, Peggy agrees to go undercover to gain evidence against a woman named Dodie Green, who is believed to be the source of heroin that caused the death of a teenager whom ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Krasny

Writers:

Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Joyce Van Patten ... Dodie Green
James A. Watson Jr. ... Jimmy
Leonard Stone ... Charley Hager
Paul Carr ... Tavel
Virginia Capers ... Pearl
Paul Picerni ... Detective O'Fallon
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Dr. Goerlich (as Oscar Beregi)
Stanley Adams ... Henry Watson
Lilyan Chauvin ... Johanna
Cay Forester ... Laura Hager
Gloria Manon Gloria Manon ... Georgia
Jan Peters Jan Peters ... Patron
Lisabeth Field Lisabeth Field ... Police matron
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Against Joe's wishes, Peggy agrees to go undercover to gain evidence against a woman named Dodie Green, who is believed to be the source of heroin that caused the death of a teenager whom both Joe and Peggy knew. Peggy manages to work her way into Green's operation, but is unaware that the handsome man who starts to court her is actually working with Green - or that he seeking to prove that Peggy is a police informant. Written by aldanoli

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1973 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Charley Hager: You were right, Joe. Pusher in that area is the carhop Smiley. We picked him up.
Joe Mannix: Did he talk?
Charley Hager: He told us who was selling to him. Dodie Green.
Joe Mannix: Dodie Green? I haven't heard of her in years.
Peggy Fair: Well, has she been arrested?
Charley Hager: Well, we'll go through the motions, Peggy. That's about all we can do. Her attorney will get to Smiley. Smiley will change his story, and then they'll be back in business again the next day.
[a doctor comes out of a room and whispers something to Joe]
Peggy Fair: [...]
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Really dumb...and a good example why the show had seen better days.
2 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have so far watched every episode from the first five seasons and about two thirds of season six. I have found that the show is good but by season six, the quality had dropped a bit. Sure, some of the shows were very good...but too many seemed like they had just run out of ideas...and "Out of the Night" clearly shows they'd run out of ideas. It's a bad episode mostly because they have Peggy doing stuff that simply makes no sense...none whatsoever.

When the show begins, someone Peggy knows has a child dying in the ER because of a drug overdose. Now understand, ALL of Peggy's friends throughout the series either die, are accused of a crime they didn't commit or have disappeared...so being one of Peggy's friends or their family members is a very bad thing! However, what happens next is just nuts. A detective recruits Peggy to go undercover to infiltrate the drug trade! She is to pose as a prostitute...and inexplicably, she almost immediately is recruited by a drug contact...and it just happens to be the same one the cops have been looking for and don't know the identity of until Peggy just walks into it!! And I know this will sound mean, but Peggy just doesn't look like a prostitute* but like a pudgy middle-aged mom (when you see her in a bikini, you'll unfortunately see what I mean). Now had they played her as a housewife who needs money for drugs, it might have worked...but a $350 a trick prostitute...not likely. What follows is one near miss after another for Mannix and Peggy...all the while she DOES have a son waiting for her to return.

The bottom line is that the show never makes sense and the infiltration works way too fast and way too easily. I think the show has, by now, jumped the shark and I only hope that it regains its solid footing in upcoming episodes.

*Sadly, in real life Gail Fisher DID become a drug addict once the show was complete.


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