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Posted Sep 18, 2012 @ 8:26 PM

Yes, I think they said he would remain a fire fighter and that is why they kept emphasizing that he should not consider himself or be considered by others as a failure.
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Posted Sep 19, 2012 @ 11:42 AM

What is also notable is that there is none of the soap-opera elements that are in the current medical dramas. In a sense, this allows the stories to concentrate on the heroes, and the series never hesitates to show that some of them pay a price for their service.

Thank goodness for that! MEtv was playing the ep in which a mini-epidemic hit. Among the victims were Roy and Dr Bracket and a tertiary fireman(?) who didn't survive. It was interesting to see the main stars were not immune.
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Posted Nov 29, 2012 @ 5:21 PM

Bumping this to say that I have been enjoying this again, thanks to MeTV. Some things I've noted - why/how is Dr. Brackett an expert in all kinds of medicine? It doesn't matter what your ailment is, Dr. Brackett will handle it in Treatment Room One, whether it's a cardiac catherization, or a brain scan, or a compound fracture. The very few times that he says something about calling in the specialist on duty, such as a neurologist or cardiologist, really stand out. And poor Johnny really did get dumber as the seasons progressed. Except of course as a firefighter/paramedic - he would be spouting nonsense about something, the alarm would sound, and suddenly he was at a scene and was an engineering genius devising a method to free someone who was trapped. Dixie didn't seemed to do much nursing; instead she talked to family members, always had time to trade quips with Roy and Johnny while they were restocking their supplies, and poured endless cups of coffee. Of course, all that heavy eye makeup probably affected her ability to actually render care, as well as the heels she wore. Ever notice that Dixie was the only nurse not wearing flats?

Question - at what point did some genius figure out that paramedics should go to scenes in an ambulance rather than a truck? That is one thing that seems so strange watching now, how the paramedics will tell the hospital that they are waiting on an ambulance to transport the patient. When did people figure out that they could eliminate a step by having the paramedics in an ambulance?
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Posted Nov 29, 2012 @ 5:53 PM

Answer LA County Fire Department paramedics are firefighters first and they still go to the scene in a truck followed by a private ambulance company. Many times the engine also goes to provide human muscle power or first aid if the paramedics are busy and another squad has to cover for them. LA City Fire department and most other places have dedicated paramedics. In Third Watch it was a plot point that a new fire captain kicked the paramedics out of the firehouse when they were not on a run. They were so separated in the FDNY that they were expected to patrol or sit in the ambulance and wait for a call and not bond with the firefighters and rest of the station during down times. They went so far to say that 55 was like no other house, beyond an ex married couple being there on the same shift, with the drama no employer would want if they could avoid it.
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Posted Dec 8, 2012 @ 10:46 PM

I'm torn about watching the show on MeTV. I love that they are airing it, but it's being shred to pieces. So much is cut out, although if you never saw it before, I guess it's not missed.

There should have been a drinking game around Dixie saying: "why don't we go get a cup of coffee?"

Dr. Brackett an expert in all kinds of medicine?

He's an ER doctor so it makes sense that he would be the one to see all the cases that came through the door. Once he figured out what was going on, he could call in a specialist if he thought it was needed.

30 plus years later and I understand why my pre-teen self crushed so hard on Johnny.
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Posted Dec 9, 2012 @ 11:46 AM

30 plus years later and I understand why my pre-teen self crushed so hard on Johnny.


Me too! Most of the time, when I look back at old shows and see my 'girlhood crushes', I think 'eek, what was I thinking?!' Randy Mantooth was a cutie (although now I think he was too thin, so my tastes have changed somewhat). He still looks good.
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Posted Dec 9, 2012 @ 4:28 PM

I was watching a guy on TV who was studying the trends in names. Like Erica became popular after AMC and of course Dylan from 90210. Or how Katrina dropped a few years ago.

He was temporarily confused by Gage. Some years ago it became very popular. Someone pointed out a show he'd never watched - Emergency... and it was a last name. Lots of kids grew up and named their sons after 'Johnny'.
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Posted Dec 9, 2012 @ 4:48 PM

After seeing this, I discovered my cable system carries MeTV, in addition to Antenna TV. I guess I'll be adding Emergency! to the backlog of Adam 12 episodes on the DVR I have to watch.
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Posted Dec 9, 2012 @ 6:31 PM

After seeing this, I discovered my cable system carries MeTV, in addition to Antenna TV. I guess I'll be adding Emergency! to the backlog of Adam 12 episodes on the DVR I have to watch.


Lucky! I don't get either one of those channels, so I'm missing all the good stuff that TVLand used to show.

I don't have kids, but I liked the name Gage until I read 'Pet Semetary'. That was the name of the little boy in that book (and movie) and that story ruined the name for me.
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Posted Dec 11, 2012 @ 1:23 PM

My very favorite Emergency! moment is Gage riding on top of the Engine 51, putting an IV into his own arm. Hardcore.
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Posted Dec 11, 2012 @ 3:42 PM

Oh, yes-the season 3 episode Snakebite. With the stupid teens that were racing about on the fire road before they raced right off the fire road in their car.
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Posted Dec 11, 2012 @ 5:29 PM

What I loved about that episode was that Roy had gone via helicopter with the victims of the accident, and then when Johnny gets bitten by the snake, do they send the helicopter back for him? Of course not, it's much more dramatic to have him on top of the engine truck, putting in his IV, checking his own BP, taking forever to get to Rampart.

Poor Johnny sure got banged up a lot - broke his leg, got bitten by a snake, got hit by a car, got punched in the face. What else? Roy came in for his share too, getting electrocuted and then the trainee paramedic (a woman of all things!) had to resuscitate him. But by the next episode they were always fine. And no obligatory PTSD a few episodes later, as there would be now.

The episodes that are so out of whack with current thinking are the child abuse ones. It's usually some mom under stress who is injuring her child, Dr. Brackett or Dr. Early figure this out, say a few words which make the mom realize the error of her ways, and everyone goes home without child services or the police being involved. Wasn't there one episode where they discovered a mom was hitting her kid because of a head injury suffered a few months earlier?
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Posted Dec 11, 2012 @ 5:58 PM

There was the one with the kid in the hole-his stepdad was beating him up, and Brackett went to court to try to get the kid away from the the parents. But Frankie didn't tell the truth on the stand, so back he goes to evil step dad and doormat mom. Frankie winds up back in the ER, and we don't know whether or not the kid survives. The episode is from season 2-Kids.

I think the one Calvada is referring to is Communication Gaffe from season 4. Then there's the one with the kid on the side of the building-mom was abusing him while dad was away on business. Can't remember the title right now.

My autistic son loves this show, so we have the entire thing on dvd and backed up in various places in case the apocalypse causes dvds to melt or something.
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Posted Dec 11, 2012 @ 6:17 PM

Jack Webb did deal with the issue, the greater society was being educated by Sgt Friday. On Dragnet when he was a Juvenile Division detective the same sort of plots happened. When you saw the court case the parent got a slap on the wrist and then just before the epilogue Sgt Friday would catch a follow up case and then in the results you hear the parent went to San Quentin or Chowcilla for a life sentence.
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Posted Dec 29, 2012 @ 12:56 PM

They just ran the episode where there was an old man saved from a fire in his apartment. The good men of 51 find out his mattress is stuffed with money and return it to him. He then wants to give them a reward but they can't accept it so he surreptitiously leaves $20K in the refrigerator.

When the old guy talks about why he doesn't trust the banks with his money it feels like I'm listening to a current member of the tea party or a hard core libertarian. 35 years later and his conspiracy theory peppered message could have been on FOX news last night. It took me a bit by surprise.
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Posted Dec 29, 2012 @ 1:47 PM

A few months ago I watched an episode in which a child was stuck in a car that had hit a telephone pole. There was a live wire on the car, and Roy and Johnny used a rope to lift the wire from the car and get the boy out. Fast forward to a recent episode of Chicago Fire: a woman hit a telephone pole and there was a live wire on the car. Kelly Severide and his crew used a rope to lift the wire from the car and get the woman out. Yes, this show holds up quite well!
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Posted Dec 29, 2012 @ 7:50 PM

When the old guy talks about why he doesn't trust the banks with his money it feels like I'm listening to a current member of the tea party or a hard core libertarian. 35 years later and his conspiracy theory peppered message could have been on FOX news last night. It took me a bit by surprise.


The distrust of banks was very common with Great Depression Era people who lost their savings. I think we tend to forget that the FDIC is a comparatively modern institution.
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Posted Jan 2, 2013 @ 1:06 AM

I'm so happy to find this thread! I flove Emergency!! Loved it when I was a preteen during it's original run and even after all these years, it still holds up for me. I love the banter with the entire station and really enjoy that it isn't a soap opera.
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Posted Jan 2, 2013 @ 3:36 PM

I often wonder why there are so many paint and chemical factories and oil refineries in Station 51's jurisdiction, and how it is they all catch on fire. Think about that - how many large industrial fires occur in your city each year? They had one approximately every other shift.

Did they ever do a show about them responding to a crime victim? I think it would have been a very interesting story to have them deal with a woman traumatized by a sexual assault, or to a mugging victim.

According to imdb.com, the 7th season was a series of two-hour movies. I hope METV will show those. I don't think I ever saw any of them.
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Posted Jan 2, 2013 @ 4:07 PM

Actually the Torrance and Carson area oil refineries are close to the station used for the exterior shots in Carson Ca.
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Posted Jan 2, 2013 @ 4:24 PM

I'm pretty sure they did do a couple with crime victims. Emergency! was from Jack Webb's production company. I know they had at least one Adam-12 crossover, although the one I'm thinking of was not so much a crime episode.
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Posted Jan 2, 2013 @ 4:40 PM

the crossover was the pilot. Reed and Malloy were the police officers on the scene. In a later show station 51 were watching an Adam 12 episode when they got a call and Johnny spent the rest of the day trying to find someone who saw it so he would be spoiled before the reruns.
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Posted Jan 2, 2013 @ 5:03 PM

Was it the pilot for Adam-12? I seem to recall the pilot for Emergency! being Johnny considering applying to the program to become a paramedic and Robert Fuller not being on board with the whole concept...
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Posted Jan 2, 2013 @ 5:20 PM

Emergency's pilot. Reed and Malloy ask them to do something but the law had not passed yet.
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Posted Jan 3, 2013 @ 1:46 PM

I am thoroughly enjoying watching one of my all-time fave shows on Me-TV.

Did anyone ever watch the cartoon version of Emergency?
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Posted Jan 3, 2013 @ 1:48 PM

Ok, wikipedia to the rescue. They are in the Pilot but they are also in the episode I was thinking of that's called "Lost and Found."
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Posted Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:02 PM

Did anyone ever watch the cartoon version of Emergency?


Oooh! I did!

I saw an episode online not to long ago - didn't hold up too well but it was nice to see it again after all these years!

Johnny Gage was also one of my earliest (live action) crushes.
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Posted Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:27 PM

Ok, wikipedia to the rescue. They are in the Pilot but they are also in the episode I was thinking of that's called "Lost and Found."

An Adam-12 episode it seems that Rampart was again standing in for the LA County General Hospital and Reed and Malloy ended up there. It does fit, although the last wiki edit nitpicked the City/County team because they have separate jurisdictions and would not normally meet on a routine day. While they might work for the City of Los Angeles, Reed and Malloy's jurisdiction is statewide. And while they might work for Los Angeles County outside of any city's limits or for a contracting city, fire departments routinely offer mutual aid and cross political map lines to cover for each other.

Edited by taiko, Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:27 PM.

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Posted Feb 5, 2013 @ 3:40 AM

I so love this show and enjoy watching it; I'm glad that ME TV airs it. That said, so much of the techniques are so dated, especially the medical technology, etc. Actually, I think they show too MUCH now; I prefer to not see all the blood and guts! I floves me some Johnny Gage and Roy Desoto - I think I like Roy more than Johnny, though. I used to wonder how nurse Dixie could walk all day in the (usually) high heel shoes she wore at the hospital! LOL Oh and so often, the guest stars were just chewing up the scenery; Monday's episode (2/4) showed Cicely Tyson, of all people, just totally over-emoting as the mother of a boy who got a concussion playing football. The boy was played by Eric Laneauville, who today directs many tv shows but was Luther on St. Elsewhere back in the 1980s, among other roles he's played.
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Posted Feb 10, 2013 @ 9:20 AM

In addition to the whole enjoyment of revisiting Johnny and Roy, I get a kick out of seeing the 1970's car models. Those were totally normal when I was a kid, and now they're classic cars. I really like the ambulance which was considered state-of-the-art. You could also throw in the clothing, which was hideous, but we thought it was hideous back then, too.
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