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Stingray (Pilot) The Greeter
Ancient Eyes Gemini
Ether Playback
Below The Line Bring Me The Hand That Hit Me
Sometimes You Gotta Sing The Blues Echoes
Abnormal Psych The First Time Is Forever
Orange Blossom Autumn
Less Than The Eye Can See The Neniwa
That Terrible Swift Sword The Second Finest Man That Ever Lived
Night Maneuvers
Cry Wolf
Blood Money
Anytime, Anywhere
Caper
One Way Ticket To The End Of The Line
Solo (unfilmed)




Stingray episode #01: "Stingray"
"Stingray" (series pilot) (2 hours)
(original airdate: 7/14/85 and 3/4/86)
Written by Stephen J. Cannell
Directed by Richard Colla

Drug czar Tony Mendosa, nicknamed "Moonlight" because his enemies never see him coming, has returned to the U.S. after years of extradition. He promptly takes revenge on Eddie, the assistant D.A. who kept him out of the country all those years. Using a doctor's hidden lab and equipment, Mendosa fries Eddie's brain, reducing him to the mental state of a 5-year-old. Daphne Delgado, the D.A. who was working with Eddie, turns to unconventional channels for help: a mysterious stranger who can only be contacted via an ad in the paper.

Ray uses one favor to get a good doctor (Dr. Rosenberg, to be exact) for Eddie, and then goes after the drug lord himself. After a long and complicated trail, during which he sleeps with Daphne, gets chased by a helicopter, assumes an alternate identity, and befriends the doctor's abused wife, Ray chases Mendosa away from the mansion. As the drug lord escapes on his yacht, Ray drives his rolls-Royce off of the dock and onto the boat, hitting Mendosa and killing him.

Mark Rouchard, who Daphne has thought was Ray all along, turns out to be "an ex-CIA man who now does bag jobs in South America." As the Corvette drives away into the sunset...it vanishes.
trivia:
       This episode is atypical in a number of ways.  Daphne ends up in bed
       with Ray, with very little buildup. As well, Ray isn't as cool and
       collected as he was in later episodes.
       Still, his license plate traces as belonging to the California
       presidential motor pool, and he's implied to be involved in
       million-dollar money drops.  He also has a flashback to Vietnam,
       where he was being tortured for information.

       Ray calls in favors from Dr. Rosenberg, Marcia Finch (a hotel chain
       owner), and Harrison Mason (ambassador to Peru) in this episode.

quotes:
       Daphne:  "Are you-   do they call you 'Stingray'?"
       Ray:  "I hope not."

       Ray:  "There are reasons for most things, and I look for answers."

       Ray:  "Okay, I'll tell you this much.  The world runs on money.
              Everybody walks around with this invisible number in their
              heads. You hit the figure close enough, the penny drops, you
              own the man. In Hong Kong you can buy a murder for five bucks.
              In New York City a ob runs you five hundred.  A neat, clean,
              professional hit, upwards of ten grand.  On skid row they'll
              kill you for your shoes.
              I take money out of the equation.  My hands don't sweat,
              because I'm never at the pay window."

       "Call me Ray."
       "Short for 'Stingray'."
       "Short for Raymond."

       Daphne:  "Something about you...pleases me...despite the fact that I
                 find you arrogant, conceited, high-handed, and bizarre."
       Ray:  "Are those adjectives or adverbs?"

       "You work for the government, don't you?"
       "No, Daphne, I work for you."

       Evelyn:  "I don't even know your real name."
       Ray:  "You shouldn't."
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Stingray episode #02: "Ancient Eyes"
(original airdate: 3/11/86)
Written by Herbert Wright
Directed by Charles Picerni

A Mexican fellow breaks out of the Wescott work camp, only to be hit by a truck later while on the phone with his mother. She tells the elderly couple for whom she works as a maid, and they convince Ray to help her. To infiltrate the camp, Ray calls in a favor from Elena, a professor at a nearby college; she is to pose as his wife. With some reluctance, she decides to help him; there are definite hints of a previous romantic interest that didn't work out. They get into the camp, and are treated badly from the outset. Elena learns that some of the women have been raped and their husbands beaten. Ray does some nighttime reconnaisance, and learns the secret of the work camp: they grow marijuana and sell it to gangsters, and then kill the Mexicans they used to pick the crop. The next day, Ray is working in the fields when Elena is taken away by Wescott himself. Ray sprints through the woods to prevent her from being raped, and barely makes it. He is quite angry, and beats the hell out of Wescott. As his men approach, Ray calls the police station and reports a beaten worker, and exits the trailer to face all the bad guys. He lets them beat him up in order to give the police time to arrive. When the lone cop does show up, Ray punches him in order to be arrested (and thus escape the bad guys.) The police officer, a Vietnam vet, is on duty while the regular chief is out of town. When Ray's fingerprints come back with the name "Ray Sheffield", the officer recalls hearing of Sheffield, a multiple medal-winner who saved a lot of lives in the war. Ray eventually breaks out of jail, and he and the lone officer assault the Wescott camp to rescue the workers.

Rachel Ticotin guest-stars as Elena.

trivia:
       the elderly couple's son died five years ago, but Ray brought his
       killers to justice the flowers Ray has been sending them were
       traceable to a florist in Langley, Va. (better known as the city
       where the CIA is HQ-ed)
       Ray's license plate in this episode was "STINGRAY"

       This episode featured the song "Silent Running" by
       Mike & the Mechanics

quotes:
       "How'd you get in here, past all that security?"
       "I didn't come down the chimney."

       "But a favor is so little, senor."
       "It may not be an easy favor."

       "How'd you get past the guards?"
       "They were asleep."

       "Who?  Which Mexican did they beat up?"
       "I'm afraid it's gotta be me."

       "You're not Ray Sheffield, are you?"
       "It's a tiresome game, but I gotta play."
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Stingray episode #3: "Ether"
(original airdate: 3/25/86)
Written by Lawrence Hertzog
Directed by David Hemmings

People are dying in a hospital, and Ray is hired to find out why. He uses a favor from a doctor to get him an identity and some experience (actually, he apparently speed-reads many books to learn something about what he's getting into). Later he is called upon to operate (by the head doctor at the hospital) in order to prove his identity. He gets his doctor friend to do it and then switches places with him before he leaves the operating room.

It turns out that the main doctor at the hospital is in the employ of a rich old bad guy, who is using the people who are dying (all John and Jane Does w/o relatives) are being used to produce a serum for this rich guy, who is dying of an unknown ailment. Ray has his doctor friend comment to the bad guys that Ray has an interest in unorthodox experiments, which leads him into their fold and eventually reveals what is going on.
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Stingray episode #4: "Below the Line"
(original airdate: 4/1/86)
Written by Tom Lazarus
Directed by Larry Shaw

A woman has a missing husband who went to work at a marine research station. No one there claims to have ever heard of him. Ray joins the research station as a diver, and gets distracted by a pretty marine biologist with "three feet of leg and thigh". He eventually finds out that the station's owner has been stealing oil from an offshore oil rig and selling it. Ray brings them down but the husband has been killed off. The long-legged biologist is working for the bad guys and goes to jail.
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Stingray episode #5: "Sometimes You Gotta Sing the Blues"
(original airdate: 4/8/86)
Written by Stephen J. Cannell
Directed by Kim Manners

The police are investigating the scene of a woman's murder. Shortly thereafter, other cops storm a house and arrest Ray in the middle of the night. He is not pleased and later demands an explanation when brought to the police chief's office. Chief Nelson Riskin, who has been following his exploits, tells Ray that he needs his help; the murdered woman earlier that night was the chief's wife, and he has been framed and will be arrested shortly. Moments later, he is, leaving Ray to solve this mystery.

With the help of the chief's secretary Candice (who is madly in love with the chief) Ray learns that the man was framed by Donald Dixon, who will soon be running for governorof California. Dixon once used illegal spying techniques to threaten and black- mail rivals, and Chief Riskin had the evidence. As Dixon gives his candidacy speech, Ray brings the evidence to the governor, exposing the whole scheme. In the end, Candice finally asserts herself, but realizes that Nelson just doesn't love her, despite all that she's done for him; sometimes you gotta sing the blues.

Charles Cyphers (Halloween, etc.) guest-stars as Dixon; Kurtwood Smith (aka Clarence Boddicker from Robocop) guest-stars as Sgt. Fiddler.
trivia:
       the police trace Ray's license plate in this episode; it's
       IVI 139, California and the address that comes back is that of
       the governor's mansion

       Ray calls in a favor from a hairdresser, while trying to gather
       information

       the song "Sometimes You Gotta Sing the Blues" was composed by
       Mike Post

quotes:
       Ray: "You know, the great thing about a lie is that it very seldom
             stands alone. It needs three or four half-truths to support it."

       "How do you eavesdrop on the police department?"
       "You feed 'em."

       "What's going on?"
       "I finally got their attention."

       Candice:  "And which are you?"
       (ref. a discussion about the givers and the takers in the world)
       Ray:  (sigh)  "I'm a referee.  I sometimes make the right moves and
                      sometimes I don't."

       "Why won't you tell me your real name?"
       "We all have our little quirks."

       Dixon:  "No.  I won't become a pawn for the criminal forces in this
                state!"
       Ray:  "Sure you will...because you're a criminal yourself."

       Dixon:  "Take him up to Mulholland...stick him in the ground with
                a bag of lye."
       Ray:  "My, I hope we can improve on that idea."

       Ray:  "Come on, don't tempt me. You were gonna murder me - I'm
              already kind of down on you."
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Stingray episode #6: "Abnormal Psych"
(original airdate: 4/15/86)
Written by Lawrence Hertzog
Directed by Michael Preece

After a young lady attempts to kill him and then commits suicide, Ray's curiosity is piqued. He investigates and uncovers a plot wherein mind control drugs are used to turn innocent college students into fearless, remorseless assassins. Behind the scenes is a nameless villain (Robert Vaughn) from Ray's past. I've left out most of the plot details of this episode 'cause I don't want to spoil it for you. It's that good.

Ray calls in his favor from Chief Riskin (from the last episode) in this one. He also enlists the help of a young co-ed, Laney, the roommate of the girl who tried to kill him.
trivia:
       The Robert Vaughn character says of Ray: "I know him.  I've known him
       for over ten years.  I created him."  Subtle, isn't he?
       He drives a black Porsche 928
       According to Ray, he works on "his own side"; apparently, he once was
       making extra money from the wrong side while working on overseas
       intelligence, and Ray took him down.
       They also had another run-in 8 years later, in Danang.
       At the beginning of the episode, the R.V. character is using
       a computer to try and find information on Ray; he is unable to
       get any of the following (verbatim right from the screen):
       government ID, current military, SSN, firearms registration,
       IRS current
       Frank Lupo is mentioned in this episode; this person is one of the
       crew members on many of Stephen J. Cannell's shows
       Ray's license plate this time is "EGW 769"; this is a California
       "Black Plate" which was in use before the more current "Blue Plates"
       Ray used a neat trick in this episode:  he wore invisible, skin-tight
       gloves to avoid falling prey to a contact drug

quotes:
       Ray to RV: "My mistake was believing that the system was
                   self-cleansing.  I actually thought they'd, uh,
                   deal with you."

       RV:   "You're pretty good."
       Ray:  "I had good teachers."

       Ray:  "You gotta do something about that door.  It was locked!"

       Doctor:  "He doesn't fit the profile."
       RV:  "He doesn't fit any profile.  You're looking at the one man who
             may be capable of unraveling everything you've put together."

       Ray:  "Oh, a favor for a favor?  I kinda like that..."

       Laney:  "That's great.  I'm just a kid and I have more answers than
                that."
       Ray:  "That's 'cause you are a kid.  You'll pick up a few question
              marks as you go along."

       Laney:  "Your name isn't really Phillip Meeker, is it?"
       Ray:  "Probably not."
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Stingray episode #7: "Orange Blossom"
(original airdate: 4/29/86)
Written by Stephen J. Cannell
Directed by Rob Stanton Bowman

Strange things are afoot in the C-ward of Meadowgrove Psychiatric Hospital. Doctor Harriet Friedman escapes, and convinces Ray to help her. He checks out the place, but when he gets back, she's been kidnapped. Ray acts insane (talking about birds with talons) in order to get arrested, then calls in a favor from D.A. Daphne Delgado (from the pilot episode) to get him checked into Meadowgrove. Once there, he finds out that " Harriet Friedman" is actually Harriet Miller - a patient at the hospital! This discovery would seem to void the entire job. It turns out, though, that some of the patients have military or scientific backgrounds, and are being taken at night, by helicopter, to be debriefed by Soviets. Ray escapes with the help of Orange
Blossom, a tabby cat, after a fellow inmate tells him about the magic word "kumbarumba". This word means "please come here" in cat language, and apparently, it works.
At the end of this episode, Daphne gives Ray a black cat, which she introduces as "Daphne", but Ray suggests that the cat's name is "Ray" instead.
trivia:
       while under the influence of sodium pentathol, Ray says that he was
       born in Nebraska (the more pressing questions, such as his last name
       and his employer, don't get answered correctly)
       Ray shoots two people in this episode, which is unusual for him
       Ray tells Daphne that his lifestyle isn't his choice, but rather the
       result of promises he once made to some people, most of whom are dead

quotes:
       Harriet:  "No...what I was thinking was that physical and emotional
                  barter went out in the Middle Ages."
       Ray:  "Well, just think:  we're helping to bring it back."

       Warden:  "You don't take this very seriously, do you?"
       Ray:  "How can I?  I'm crazy."

       Ray:  "Kumbarumba."  (the black cat trots over and hops in his car)
             "Now that is frightening."
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Stingray episode #8: "Less Than the Eye Can See"
(original airdate: 5/6/86)
Written by Lawrence Hertzog
Directed by Gary Winter

Ray is busy cooking in a large house; meanwhile, a sick-looking fellow is driving down a road, swerving as he struggles to maintain consciousness. The man stops at Ray's house, the first one he finds, and knocks on the door. Ray lets him in, and he collapses, gasping something about a new, mutated strain of smallpox. Then he dies.

The ID in his wallet gives his name as Kelter. Ray frantically flips through a reference book, learning about the smallpox virus. Per the book, he seals the body in a freezer, reduces the temperature, and cleans everything the man touched (to the extent of burning his car.) In case he himself has been infected, Ray locks himself up in a recording studio and calls in a favor from a doctor.

After convincing the man that there is a genuine danger, and giving him blood samples from the original victim and himself, Ray sits and waits, inside the studio.
Finally, in the middle of the night, the doctor returns and informs Ray that he's okay. He also tells him that six vials of smallpox vaccine were stolen from the World Health Organization's labs, six months ago.
Worse, the new mutated form of the virus is ultra-dealy, killing victims within four hours. With these clues, Ray heads for the office of the congressman who chaired the investigating committee for the thefts.

Before entering the government facility, Ray installs a device on the automatic gate system, and cuts the ignition wires of the patrol cars. He then pays the congressman a visit; the latter acts like he doesn't know anything until Ray tells him about a cover-up and a dead body at a certain address.
The congressman promptly calls security, but Ray breaks free and flees. He uses the device he installed to close the gate behind him, preventing pursuit.

Cut to the house Ray was in at the beginning of the episode.
A van shows up, and suited people with gas masks come in, take the sealed freezer containing Kelter's body, and leave.
Ray follows in the Stingray.

The van goes to some kind of high-security lab, and Ray sneaks in; he uses a nerve pinch (a la Mr. Spock) on a technician who's suiting up, and takes his suit and mask.
He also steals some antibodies for the new virus. Inside an operating room, a group of suited doctors is dissecting Kelter's body; Ray watches.
After the examination, the lead doctor runs into the congressman, who demands to know what's going on. The doctor tells him they'll talk in his office. Ray uses the speakerphone button to listen from the adjacent office.
We learn that Kelter worked with the W.H.O. and was accidentally contaminated; Larry Thorsen, a researcher on the project, fled, carrying several vials of the LD7 virus. This is the mutated smallpox disease that the lab was working on, for viral warfare experiments.
The doctor and congressman argue about the potential havoc that could result if the virus was spread further. After hearing all of this, Ray checks Thorsen's address book (the office he's eavesdropping from is Thorsen's) and gets his home address.
The race to find Thorsen and the virus vials is on.

Meanwhile, Thorsen, delirious from exposure to the virus, is driving around the countryside, spreading the virus in the process. Ray, who is hot on his trail, passes through the small town of Newcomb - where everyone is dead because of one vial Thorsen dropped there. Newcomb is - was - Thorsen's hometown, and Ray must figure out where he's headed next.
A bunch of suited guys show up in helicopters, and Ray confronts the congressman and head doctor. As they threaten to shoot him, some other people show up; one, David Warren, is a special assistant to the President and an old friend of Ray's.
Warren takes over the investigation, and talks a bit with Ray about his past. Ray goes after Thorsen and the other vials.
Ray finally catches up to Thorsen at a power plant reservoir, but some government agents in a helicopter are scaring the man, almost causing him to drop the remaining vials. After a long chase and a lot of talking, Ray persuades Thorsen to give him the vials, and catches one the instant before it falls into the reservoir.

As Warren talks with doctors in a hospital, we learn that Thorsen will be okay. Ray, however, may not...but as they go to see him, the nurse reports that he checked himself out already. His note to Warren reads, "David- Thanks. I owe you one. -Ray"

Ray calls in two favors this time. First, he has a doctor do a check on smallpox viruses and vaccines; second, he has David Warren (a special assistant to the President) check up on related issues. This second favor may be more of a previous-employment contact than a bona fide favor.

trivia:
       more on Ray's shady past:  while he and David Warren are chatting;
       David says that it's been six years since he's seen Ray.
       He went to the files to pull Ray's next assignment, and Ray was gone,
       along with all his files. They spent 18 months and $400,000 trying to
       find him, with no luck - there was no record of a "
       Ray Franklin Parker" at which point Ray makes a comment about the
       evils of too much bureaucracy

       This episode ends with a shot of Ray parked on a mountain road,
       overlooking the city as the sun falls.

quotes:
       doctor:  "You new around here?  I don't think I've seen you before."
       Ray:  "Well, let's hope you don't see me again."

       David Warren:  "You've had a lot of exposure.  Check yourself into a
                       hospital."
       Ray:  "Have you ever tasted the food in a hospital?"

       Doctor:  "Nurse!  What happened to the patient in here?!?"
       Nurse:  "His fever broke about an hour ago...and I asked him if he
                wanted something to eat, and he said only if I order out."
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Stingray episode #9: "That Terrible Swift Sword"
(original airdate: 5/13/86)
Written by Tom Lazarus
Directed by David Hemmings

The episode opens with a scene of a young woman being stalked by a shadowy figure armed with a cleaver. Before long, she is murdered by the stalker, and the scene shifts to a fish market on a dock.
Sister Alison, a beautiful young woman, is seeking Ray's help. She is a gospel singer with Reverend Dixon's Crusade for Souls, a traveling religious show. She wants Ray to find out who the killer is and why he's been following the Crusade from city to city.

To get into the Crusade, Ray calls in a favor from Jimmy Monroe, a TV preacher. Monroe uses his influence to lure away Johnny Lane, one of Dixon's preachers, and Ray poses as Ray Simpson, aka Brother Ray. Sporting a southern accent and a benevolent personality, Ray immediately comes under the suspicion of Lee Osborne, Dixon's head of security. Osborne snoops around in Ray's trailer, has an assistant check Ray's background, and begins looking over headlines of the murders.
Ray is looking up at a huge cross, comtemplatively perhaps, when Osborne hits him from behind. They discuss Ray's reasons for being with the Crusade, and part on tenuous terms. Cut to Ray and Sister Alison, walking along the dock. They talk about religion, and Ray's mysterious past, but Alison learns nothing. Later, we see Ray giving his first sermon - a rousing number, but he tells the audience not to give any money. This angers Dixon, who tells Ray never to do it again. Cut to Ray, talking and throwing darts with a newspaper researcher, Morgan. Morgan has spent five years, he tells Ray, doing two things: becoming an expert at darts, and wondering when Ray would claim his favor.
Ray asks him to check the financial backgrounds of Dixon and Osborne. As Ray returns to his trailer, he is confronted by Detective Kennedy, from the state police's homicide division; a muddy pair of boots has been found in Ray's trailer.

Ray is arrested, much to the shock of Sister Alison; Kennedy takes him away, certain that he's found his killer. While the two are driving to San Diego (a two-hour drive, Ray states) Ray goes to work on the detective, asking him to let him eat somewhere. Finally, they stop at a restaurant, and Ray is cuffed to a chair. He persuades Kennedy to get him some cigarettes, and while the detective is gone, Ray switches chairs with an empty one. Kennedy comes back, assumes Ray escaped, and leaves in a hurry.
Ray, hiding behind the coat draped around the opposite chair, smiles and quickly picks the cuffs.

Meanwhile, Alison and Osborne are discussing Ray and his intentions; Alison doesn't believe Ray did anything. After Osborne leaves, Ray shows up in her trailer, and tells her that he'll have to go into the streets to finish this. He does so, disguised as a bum, and follows a scream, arriving moments too late and finding another bloody body. He chases the dark-clothed killer, but can't catch up with him.

Cut to Ray and Morgan, talking again in the latter's office. Morgan tells Ray that Dixon is clean, and that Osborne is an ex-cop, a bit overzealous but also clean. However, Morgan also checked into Sister Alison's background, and Ray looks upset as he hears the story: Alison McKenzie's father was jailed for child abuse, and later killed his wife. Alison, only a child, found the body. Ray: "Oh, dear God."

We next see the revival, which is going well save for Sister Alison being absent. Ray searches her trailer, and after a bit of searching, finds her old photo album - which contains some very disturbing words, written in blood. Lee Osborne shows up with a gun, but Ray shows him the album, and convinces him that Alison's very, very sick.
Cut to the dark, wet city streets, and another young prostitute being followed. As the cleaver descends, Ray stops it, and chases the killer. After some twists and turns, he catches and exposes Sister Alison, who looks positively deranged.

Later, in daylight, Ray visits Alison in a mental institution. She's clearly schizophrenic, and her innocent personality keeps trading off with her psychotic one - a sad scene indeed. Ray shakes his head and leaves.

The episode ends with a shot of Ray leaning on his car, watching seagulls fly over the bay, while "Old Glory" plays in the background.

trivia:
       Ray uses two favors in this episode.  First, he gets Jimmy Monroe,
       a preacher on a TV evangelist show, to hire away Johnny Lane from
       Reverend Dixon's traveling show, thereby opening up a vacancy that
       Ray can fill.  Ray had saved this man's daughter from someone in the
       past.
       Second, he has Morgan, a newspaper archivist, research the background
       of the entire gospel show staff, in an effort find a clue about the
       killer's identity.  Morgan is played by Stuart Pankin, a
       comedian/actor who first made it big in HBO's "Not Necessarily the
       News."

quotes:
       Jimmy Monroe:  "Are you okay, Ray?"
       Ray:  "I couldn't be better."
       Jimmy:  "You didn't just drop by 'cause you've seen the light,
                have you?"
       Ray:  "No, I'm still looking for the matches."
       Jimmy:  "I could show you the way."
       Ray:  "Well, thanks, but I'm gonna stumble by on my lonesome for a
              little while longer, yet."

       Alison:  "You're not religious, are you?"
       Ray:  "I am...in my own way.  I've seen a lot of evil...here, all
              over the world...the horror of war...injustice.  If I have a
              religion, I guess my religion is...my belief in the inherent
              good in all people...and having faith in that belief.
              Sometimes it takes all the strength that I have."

       Alison:  "You know, that's another thing about you...you're always
                 asking questions, listening.  You haven't told me anything
                 about yourself."
       Ray:  "There's nothing to tell."
       Alison:  "That's not fair.  You're telling me you don't have a past?"
       Ray:  "The past is so long ago, I don't remember it."
 
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Stingray episode #10: "The Greeter"
(original airdate: 1/9/87)
Written by Stephen J. Cannell
Directed by David Hemmings

Ray is contacted by Arnold Brilstein, a chemist at the Drexel-Peters plant in Okotoks. Brilstein has learned that the company is disguising long-expired penicillin as another drug (to fool the FDA) then shipping it to third-world countries that desperately need them - even though the penicillin is useless, and the trick will kill hundreds of people in those countries.
Ray is hesitant, but decides to help when Brilstein presents him with a fake identity that can get him into the plant: Stavos Nikademos, a recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, has been hired by Drexel-Peters, and is due to begin work in ten days. The only problem, Brilstein tells Ray, is that Stavos has a thick Greek accent. Ray explains, using a thick Greek accent, that this won't be a problem.

Ray calls in a favor from Mickey (Michelle Strickland), who just received her residency at a major hospital. He wants her to pose as his wife and also teach him chemistry in less than two days.
Not only is Michelle someone that Ray helped in the past, but she also seems to be more than just a casual acquaintance of Ray's.

Cut to Ray and Michelle showing up in Okotoks in a station wagon and U-Haul. On the way into town, they pass a bum who's pitching in an imaginary game of baseball; Ray calls him the "Greeter."
Shortly, they arrive at the house assigned to them by the company, and find that Arnold Brilstein is gone. Nobody knows him, nobody's heard of him, and nobody will talk to Ray and Michelle.
Ray draws a sketch of Brilstein, just to make sure he and Michelle are talking about the same person; they are.
Ray then finds that most of the house's rooms are bugged. The next day, at work, Ray tries to find out what happened to Brilstein, but nobody seems to know anything. He goes to talk to the Greeter.
While talking with him, Ray realizes that he's a mentally disturbed Vietnam veteran, and that he communicates using baseball jargon. Ray gets the feeling that Dr. Brilstein is no longer with the living; he also learns the Greeter's real name: Tommy Miller. Tommy asks Ray what his name is, and Ray whispers something in his ear. Tommy looks stunned, and Ray leaves.
That night, he and Michelle scope out the plant, while he tells here that he thinks Brilstein is dead. They also figure out that the fake drugs are made during the white shift, i.e. the night shift.

In the morning, Ray goes in, and manages to latch onto an outgoing truck. After incapacitating a security guard, he gets a sample of the disguised penicillin, and heads back to town. The truck heads to New Orleans.
That night, after analyzing the drug, they form a plan to get Ray into the white shift. They fake some arguments, letting the people listening to the bugs get the impression that Dr. Nikademos could use some more money. It works, and they are invited to a picnic the next day.

While Ray and Michelle play their parts at the picnic, the local sheriff gets Ray's prints, though his federal check returns the result "Denied...military code lock. Request security classification." This tips off the sheriff, and he quickly learns that the real Dr. Nikademos is still in New Mexico. A bunch of police show up and chase Ray, but he escapes with Michelle's help, as the town's rulers listen in by police radio.

They flee to the edge of town, where Ray asks the greeter for help. After reliving some bad memories from Vietnam, he decides to help Ray, and tells him to meet him later at a drainage tunnel. After this, he shows them a secret way into the chemical plant, and Ray is able to get a file and escape.

Cut to a scene at an airport, where the radio tells us how the FDA caught a drug ring based in the Louisiana area. Ray escorts Michelle to her plane, while likening himself to Tommy the greeter, through baseball. He tells Michelle, "If I ever get out of baseball, though..."


trivia:
        The greeter was played by Steven Williams, who went on to play the
        role of Captain Fuller in "21 Jump Street."
        The grey-haired man with the British accent was played by David
        Hemmings, who directed five "Stingray" episodes in all.
        Right before Ray goes into the plant in the morning, he gives
        Michelle a name (David Smith) and a number, and tells her to call
        the man if he doesn't come back.
        This episode establishes Ray as a Vietnam veteran.

quotes:
        Ray:  "I've got a feeling if I go in there and start asking
               questions, I'm gonna end up in a room...a room with no
               windows, getting fitted for a noose."

        Michelle:  "What's he doing?"
        Ray:  "He's a greeter...waves at people, throws a few pitches.
               He's harmless."

        Michelle:  "What happened, Ray?  You seem different."
        Ray:  "He got to me...Tommy got to me.  He came back with us,
               but...we left him back there.  We left the best part of
               him back there.  He was right, you know."

        Ray:  "Now, when the action starts, get in there and drive outta
               here."
        Michelle:  "What about you?"
        Ray:  "Oh, I'll work something out."

        Michelle:  "Now there's only one problem:  who're you?"
        Ray:  "You're asking too many questions."
        Michelle:  "It's just that you're the prevailing mystery in my
                    life that I can't solve.  And now that I've paid back
                    my favor, I have this sinking feeling that I never
                    will."
        Ray:  "Well, some mysteries are never solved."

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Stingray episode #11: "Gemini"
(original airdate: 1/16/87)
Written by Harold Apter
Directed by Kim Manners

A girl makes a phone call, leaving her name and a message with someone called "Stingray." A black Corvette Stingray picks her up...and the next thing we see is her body lying in a park.
She's the third strangling victim in a recent reign of terror that the media's calling the "Stingray murders." Ray hears about this on the radio, and shortly thereafter, receives pictures in the mail. They show him and each of the three murdered women, together. The tape that accompanies the pictures has their messages to "Stingray" on it.

Ray calls Sondra Decker, a city councilwoman who he once helped, for advice. She tries to get him to turn himself in to the police, but he refuses. After she hangs up, the police thank her and move out to the house they traced the call to.
As Ray lifts weights to calm himself down, the police surround his house. After a lengthy chase, he hops in a boat and flees; a gunshot from one officer causes the boat - and Ray - to explode.
Of course, it was a decoy, and Ray leaves in his Stingray as the police look on helplessly from the shore. At a bar, he orders a drink, then sits back, only to see himself on TV. When his drink arrives, he's gone. He switches cars, and drives away in a 2-door Mercedes coupe.

He begins trying to figure out who is setting him up, and who he can trust. Eyeing the fake pictures in the dim light of a parking garage, he realizes that the halves with him were taken in a differently-lit environment...and he whispers to himself, "Gemini."

Cut to Ray, at a library's microfiche reader, checking old headlines. He finally finds the article he was looking for, which details the death of Edward Benton, businessman and possible CIA agent, in a car explosion in Paris. Benton's wife vanished days after his explosion.
Ray leaves the library, and heads to CIA headquarters, where he steals someone's badge and accesses the computers. He comes up with Jennifer Benton's new identity: Barbara Samuel, who lives in Oregon with her new husband.

Ray flies north to Oregon, finds Jenny, and confronts her. She is very upset, and also surprised to learn that Ray doesn't know that Eddie's alive. The CIA called to tell her, last month, and she told them not to tell Ediie where she was. Ray talks about how he gave Eddie that car that exploded, and that Eddie blames him - perhaps rightfully - for the bombing and subsequent events. Eddie was behind enemy lines for 13 years, and isn't very happy, it seems. Ray thanks Jenny, and hints that he used to have a relationship with her. He flies back to L.A.
However, an alert stewardess notices his wanted poster, and the police are waiting for him when he gets off the plane. The police know the photos are forged, but they also know that Ray knows something they don't, so they want him to clue them in. Of course, he won't. Sondra Decker helps him get out of the interrogation room, and he begins his hunt for Eddie/Gemini.

Meanwhile, another girl is murdered. Ray glances at the paper, and notices the fake ad; Sondra calls the number, to lure Eddie out.

Cut to Sondra standing on a deserted street; a Stingray comes to pick her up. It's Ray. The second Stingray shows up a moment later, and a chase ensues. At one point, Ray does a neat little trick, a reverse downward descent through a cylindrical parking deck. Eventually, Ray gets out of his car, and approaches the other car. It tries to run him down, several times, before he tosses a hammer at its windshield, stopping it.
The door opens, and Eddie gets out. He's really angry, and accuses Ray of setting up his death so Ray could have Jenny. He thinks Jenny married him because she couldn't have Ray. Ray tells Eddie that Jenny's dead, and he says that Jenny wasn't the problem - he loved Ray even more. He shoots Ray in the shoulder. The police show up, but retreat after Eddie threatens to kill Ray, who is lying helpless on the ground. However, Eddie can't bring himself to kill Ray, so he gets back in his Stingray and peels out.
The police open up with all barrels as Ray screams, "No!" and the second Stingray - and Eddie Benton - go up in flames.

Ray and Sondra look at a Headline, the second that advertises the death of Eddie. Sondra's trying to figure out what happened to Ray in Oregon. Someone shows up with flowers, and Sondra turns to thank Ray - but he's gone. The note reads, "You're a true friend and now I owe you one. Love, Stingray"


trivia:
        This episode actually mentions that Ray is based out of L.A.
        We also learn that his ad runs only on Fridays.

quotes:
        Ray:  "Eddie wanted me for the job...I set the whole damn thing
               up...bucked the whole damn system."
        Jenny:  "True to form."

        Sondra:  "Why don't you just tell the police what they want
                  to know?"
        Ray:  "Well, it's not gonna happen.  And people are gonna get
               killed while they're trying."

        Eddie:  "Still looking?"
        Ray:  "I do what I have to."
        Eddie:  "Perfect.  Always in character."

        Sondra:  "And now?"
        Ray:  "Now...I go."
        Sondra:  "Why?"
        Ray:  "Because I have to."
        Sondra:  "You know, I think it's tougher on you than on the people
                  you leave.  That's that part that hurts."
        Ray:  "Take care of yourself."

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Stingray episode #12: "Playback"
(original airdate: 1/23/87)
Written by Carol Mendelsohn & Lawrence Hertzog
Directed by David Hemmings

Ray is called upon to figure out how and why six people in an isolation experiment killed each other/died. He does so by being a participant in a re-creation of this experiment. It turns out that some burning insulation produced fumes that induced psychotic behavior in those who inhaled them. I think Ray almost fell prey to this effect.

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Stingray episode #13: "Bring Me The Hand That Hit Me"
(original airdate: 1/30/87)
Written by Stephen J. Cannell & Frank Lupo
Directed by Don Chaffey

Ray is asked by the sister of a guy who is in trouble to help him out. It turns out that the brother and another guy ripped off a big mob boss.
Ray "joins" their gang and attempts to set the brother straight. But the brother is inherently stupid and ends up indirectly causing the death of his sister, and goes to jail with this guilt trip.

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Stingray episode #14: "Echoes"
(original airdate: 2/6/87)
Written by Carol Mendelsohn
Directed by David Hemmings

Ray helps a former client of his; three years ago some man was trying to kill her and Ray stopped him (the guy fell out of a window and died.)
Now the woman, a sculptress, is getting threatening calls and is scared that the man didn't die and is after her again. Ray calls in a favor from a blind audio-tape splicer who has exceptional hearing, and he verifies that it is indeed the same voice. He traces the phone line somehow and finds the calls to be emanating from a warehouse owned by the "dead" man's parents. However, they know nothing and don't appreciate Ray bringing this up.

As it turns out, the killer IS alive and up to his old tricks. Eventually, in a virtual replay of the original confrontation, Ray stops the man as he is about to kill the sculptress, and this time he really does die when he falls out of the window.


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Stingray episode #15: "The First Time Is Forever"
(original airdate: 2/20/87)
Written by Steven L. Sears
Directed by Rob Bowman

WWBL reporter Myles Townsend, on the verge of exposing a major scandal in the government, meets with Ray. He's worried that the someone's out to get him. He resorts to threats in an attempt to enlist Ray's help, but it doesn't work.

The next day, Ray sees a TV report discussing Townsend's DUI death.
Townsend's daughter Erica works with Ray to figure out just what is going on. They find that Myles' entire videotape library has been degaussed, and other evidence points to somebody looking for something. Then he uses a favor from a comedian who does voice impersonations and eventually discovers evidence that was missed at Myles' house.
It turns out that the reporter had found about illegal relocations of various criminals and deported people into the U.S. Using a camera inside a plane engine, Ray gets a confession of sorts out of the bad guys, and the police get them all.

This episode has several of Ray's (very jumbled and strange) flashbacks to his past. Based on the scenes in the episode, it appears that long ago (1973 or before, when he was a teenager) Ray shot and killed a gang leader of some kind. To this day, he remains haunted by this act; he takes confession as the episode ends.


trivia:
        Ray poses as Ray Ashton, an English reporter.
        This is about the only episode that shows us something about the
        pre-spook Ray.  It's kinda confusing, and repeated viewings might
        make more sense.

quotes:
        Erica:  "It's funny how we fool ourselves into thinking we're
                 immortal."
        Ray:  "Yes, well sometimes a little mortality helps to keep
               us going."

        Erica:  "Ray...it's more than just my father, isn't it?"
        Ray:  "Some people carry their past, Erica.  Some people hide
               from it.  Sometimes you can't do either.  Take care of
               yourself."

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Stingray episode #16: "Autumn"
(original airdate: 2/27/87)
Written by Lawrence Hertzog (teleplay) & Marianne Canepa (story)
Directed by Charles Picerni

This episode was very unusual. An older mystery author is in the process of writing her last great novel, and basically borrows (and creates) Ray's exploits to do it. He follows a trail of clues left for him, all the while wondering who's doing this and why. At the same time, the author's sister is gradually poisoning her due to jealously over her success. Eventually Ray finds out what's going on, and he and the writer stage her death. The sister finds this, and confesses to herself, at which point the police, the author, and Ray pop out and arrest her. The two sisters sort of make up as the guilty one goes to jail.

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Stingray episode #17: "The Neniwa"
(original airdate: 3/6/87)
Written by Carol Mendelsohn
Directed by Les Sheldon

A contractor is planning on destroying a sacred Indian burial ground to build there. Ray is asked to help, and uses a favor from a librarian to get him a guise as a visiting professor.
There are several fights between the workers and the Indians, and Ray saves the life of the young, pretty student who contacted him.

By the end of the episode, the contractor (also an Indian himself) is convinced not to destroy all the tradition and magic of the site.
This decision is finalized when Ray unearths some magic stones.


trivia:
        An eagle flew around a lot in this episode; in fact, this was
        probably the only mystically-oriented episode.

quotes:
        Ray:  "I don't work for organizations, Al.  They have a tendency
               to point one way and move another."

        Al:  "You speak many languages."
        Ray:  "I've met a lot of cops."

        Linda:  "Well...goodbye, professor.  You got on my good side."
        Ray:  "So did you."

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Stingray episode #18: "The Second Finest Man That Ever Lived"
(original airdate: 3/20/87)
Written by Burt Pearl
Directed by Larry Shaw

A longshoreman, and former client of Ray's, is murdered on the docks when he threatens to expose the illegal export of fuses used to arm nuclear warheads. Ray appears after the funeral to help the longshoreman's twenty-something retarded son, Joshua.

Ray goes undercover as a longshoreman named Deavers. He helps Josh uncover a plot to sell the fuses to a group from the Middle East. The Middle Easterners kill the dock boss during a confrontation at the airport. When they attempt to escape in a jet, Ray arranges a head-on collision between the jet and a semi truck.


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Stingray episode #19: "Night Maneuvers"
(original airdate: 3/27/87)
Written by Carol Mendelsohn
Directed by James Darren

Near the Tower, a military academy, a cadet on a motorcycle witnesses an execution performed by people in military vehicles. He returns to the Tower and tries to explain what happened, but on account of his 152 offenses since enrolling, General Hart doesn't believe him. Sergeant Callahan, a crusty veteran and drill instructor, doesn't believe Cadet O'Connor either. In fact, nobody believes him, and nobody likes him.

With the help of his roommate, Santini, O'Connor finds the classified ad for Ray, and arranges to meet with him. Ray has already researched the cadet's history, and tells him not to do anything - help will come. The next day, Ray shows up as Captain Daniel Rossi, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who's at the Tower to teach a survival course. He and Sgt. Callahan waste no time in trading insults, but they stop just short of coming to blows.

Later, Ray and the others are on the survival wilderness course. While crossing a rope bridge, Santini is trapped after someone unscrews a bolt; Ray saves him. Investigating, he finds traces of the sabotage, but Callahan says it must have been an accident.

Walking back, Ray notices something in a lake: gasoline, which he lights. Meanwhile, O'Connor is confronted by the senior cadets, and a fight breaks out. Ray shows up to stop it, and later, O'Connor tells Santini the truth about Ray. That night, Ray goes diving, and learns that there's a car and a corpse beneath the waters of the lake.
The dead man was Michael Stevens, a drug enforcement agent with the Department of Justice. Someone murdered him and put all the evidence in the lake.

Meanwhile, Santini tells the senior cadets about Ray - Santini's in on the plot. The cadets tell him that Stevens had to die because he was a drug dealer; Santini can't take it, and wants out. Shortly, Ray brings the police to confront General Hart, and it turns out that Stevens was an undercover agent. All of this is interrupted by Santini's apparent suicide, and a note he left confesses that he killed Stevens.

The next day, Ray tries to calm the guilt-ridden O'Connor down, and tells him that Santini was involved, but there have to be others. Later, Ray is unable to get a loaner car, but finds that Callahan took one. Soon, he finds the sergeant, and they end up fighting. Ray thinks Callahan is involved, but after he beats him, Callahan tells him that Fredrickson (another instructor) had the car that night.
Callahan has a hard time suspecting Fredrickson, because they were in Vietnam together.

Elsewhere, Fredrickson and the senior cadets are talking about taking Ray out; O'Connor hears this, outside the door, but gets caught. As they take him away, Ray and Callahan spot them, and a chase ensues. As Fredrickson and his group arrive at the woods, he talks about all kinds of craziness; it's obvious that he's mentally disturbed. Ray and Callahan arrive, some shooting happens, and everyone takes to the forest. Utilizing his experience, Ray is able to take out all of the bad cadets, with the help of Callahan. They confront Fredrickson, and Callahan sees that he's gone off the deep end. Fredrickson shoots him, then runs, but Ray chases him, catches him, and subdues him.
Later, after the police have arrested the bad guys and everyone knows what's going on, O'Connor plans to leave the Tower, thinking he's going with Ray. But Ray is already gone, and as Hart, Callahan, and O'Connor realize this, the information on Captain Daniel Rossi arrives by fax...including a picture of Rossi, a black officer who was KIA in 'Nam.

Elsewhere, Ray drives into the sunset, smiling.


trivia:
        Ray mentiones being in Vietnam in 1969.  He also demonstrates
        knowledge of wilderness survival and hand-to-hand fighting; this
        latter looks suspiciously like Aikido.

quotes:
        O'Connor:  "I don't know what to do!"
        Ray:  "Do nothing.  Help comes in all kinds of guises."

        (facing off against Fredrickson's armed cadets)
        "You shouldn't teach that to children."

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Stingray episode #20: "Cry Wolf"
(original airdate: 4/3/87)
Written by Stephen J. Cannell
Directed by Don Chaffey

Actor Ty Gardiner plays Dr. Clinton Wolf in the TV series 'Cry Wolf'. He's an amphetemine addict and a well-known flake famous for a history of publicity stunts, so the police do not take him seriously when he reports that someone is trying to kill him. Gardiner tries to hire Ray to protect him.

Ray tries to keep the actor from driving him crazy as he investigates a scam artist named Weber. Weber was using Gardiner's name to front a real estate scam that leads Ray to Las Vegas mobsters, Japanese Yakuza, a massive drug deal, and a group of federal agents.
When Ray tries to get the actor off the hook there is a three way shootout between mobsters, Yakuza and the feds. Both Gardiner and Ray end up wounded and in the hospital - where Gardiner continues to drive Ray crazy.


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Stingray episode #21: "Blood Money"
(original airdate: 4/10/87)
Written by Tom Blomquist
Directed by Lyndon Chubbuck

Ray is asked by a high school principal, Roy Jeffries, to help set three kids (Darvell, Curtis, and J.J.) straight. They've joine the gang of Floyd Wilson, and ex-con who's back at work robbing rich people's houses.
What they don't know is that Wilson is also murdering at will, and it's only a matter of time before they end up in jail.

Posing as a substitute teacher, Ray tries to show them the right path, eventually stopping Wilson as he is about to murder an old lady. Ray subdues Wilson, but the three boys flee.
Ray goes to Lieutenant Riskin (from "Sometimes You Gotta Sing the Blues" and "Abnormal Psych") to keep Floyd Wilson in jail while taking the boys to a safe house - actually a mansion. While Ray and Riskin try to help the boys understand what will happen to them if they continue to follow Wilson, he escapes and kills principal Jeffries. Meanwhile, Darvell begins to see the error of his ways as he goes out with Patricia, a neighbor he met while at the mansion.
The three boys argue about what's right and wrong, but eventually Wilson kidnaps Darvell and tells the others, and Ray, to come alone. Ray goes, facing the entire gang along, but Curtis and J.J. show up, and all three boys try to convince the gang that Wilson's way is the wrong way. Before anything violent happens, the police, led by Riskin, arrive and arrest Wilson.

After all is said and done, Ray tells Riskin that now he owes him a favor.
Meanwhile, the mansion that Ray stashed the kids in turns out to be owned by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who tells them that he doesn't know any "Ray" - but he does invite them to go shoot some hoops with him.
Ray smiles to himself as he drives away.


trivia:
        Roy Jeffries is played by John Amos (Beastmaster, Die Hard 2.)

quotes:
        principal:  "I can't see a thing!"
        Ray:  "That's the general idea."

        kid:  "What are you, some kind of cop or something?"
        other kid:  "I'll bet he's a government dude!"
        Ray:  "You guys are aiming too low."

        Ray:  "Now you listen to me!  A lot of people got it bad, but
               they don't let it destroy them!"

        Riskin:  "Ray, I can't let you do this alone."
        Ray:  "You do what you have to, Nelson.  I will." 

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Stingray episode #22: "Anytime, Anywhere"
(original airdate: 4/17/87)
Written by Randall Wallace
Directed by Chuck Bowman

Saigon, 1975. An Air Force helicopter flies by overhead. Refugees flee. And a statuette of the Emperor is hidden in a wall.

Ho Chi Minh City, now. Into a hospital are wheeled Ray and a Vietnamese woman. Ray has burn marks on his face. We see flashbacks to some kind of negotiation, to which an older Vietnamese man (her grandfather) refused to go. Ray went instead, but some men were following him. A briefcase exploded as he tried to hurl it away.
Back in the hospital, Ray is told that his blindness may be permanent, and that Colette (the woman with him) is dead. Her girlfriend, however, now has the statue. It turns out that the old grandfather can buy a list of American POWs if he gets the money; thus, the need for the statue, to sell it to the museum. This is why Ray was helping to recover the statue.

Ray refuses to talk to the police, and they refuse to release Colette's body. The doctor tells Ray that he needs to let the damage heal, but he stubbornly refuses.
While in a taxicab, Ray hears the sounds of the police car that's following him - and loses it by jumping out of the cab! The police inspector and the doctor argue, while Ray gropes his way through the city streets, unable to see anything.

In a flashback, we see that the grandfather didn't want to help Ray, for racial reasons, but finally he agreed. In the present, Ray visits the man and tells him that Colette's dead. Shortly thereafter, he's in the streets again, looking for a blind American, Johnny, who has a Special Forces tattoo (Anytime, Anywhere.) After finally finding Johnny, Ray asks him to help.
Johnny shows Ray how to cope with the blindness, teaching him how to move about and fight. Ray begins to learn how to use sound, rather than sight, as his primary sense.
Meanwhile, a bearded man (Hong) is watching Colette's girlfriend.
Flashback: Ray and Colette on a ship, discussing the importance of the POW + bodies and their return to the U.S. They kiss.
In the present, Ray hears police sirens, and Johnny knows that something's amiss. Ray breaks down and tells him the whole story. He then asks Johnny why he didn't go home after the war; it turns out that he did, and a girl spit on him. He doesn't want to go back.

That night, Ray is sneaking out when Johnny catches him. They argue, then resolve to work together to find the statue. Ray recalls the cab number of the cab in which he stashed the statue (this gets confusing, I know) and they find the car and retrieve the statue. Others come for it, too, and a fight breaks out.
Ray and Johnny win, because the darkness equalizes visibility, but Ray's eyes are injured.
At the hospital, the doctor scolds Ray, then removes the bandages to check his eyes. Ray sees a hazy light - he may be recovering. He also smells rose petals on the doctor's hands; Colette had the same kind of petals when she was alive. Ray realizes that she IS alive, and being held by the bad guys, whoever they are.

Meanwhile, the police raid Johnny's place, in the run-down area of town; he's not there. Ray and Johnny find Colette's girlfriend, and she agrees to be their eyes. They head to the hospital, where they use argument and then a fire alarm to help find and free Colette. Another fight breaks out, but they win, and meet at an ambulance, along with the grandfather, and escape.

Cut to a scene of caskets being hoisted with a crane. The POW bodies have been recovered. Ray has flashbacks to Vietnam war-zones. Colette comments that these are bodies, not people; Ray says that it's better than nothing.
Johnny stands on the dock, in full uniform; he came home.


trivia:
        Randall Wallace went on to write, among other things, the script
        for "Braveheart" in 1995.
        Rosalind Chao, currently on Deep Space Nine, played Colette. 
        Ray speaks fluent Vietnamese in this episode.

quotes:
        Ray:  "I don't work for money.  If I were a mercenary, we
                wouldn't be talking."

        Ray:  "Whoever it was, he's going to be very sorry he didn't
               kill me when he had the chance."

        Johnny:  "You're good...scary good!"

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Stingray episode #23: "Caper"
(original airdate: 5/1/87)
Written by Evan Lawrence
Directed by Rob Bowman

Ray, a woman named Carla, a Captain Redler, and Eddie the thief go through the motions and spring a successful heist, rescuing a Russian man from a crate where he is being drugged and held aboard a cruise ship. Just as they pull it off, the scene fades to Ray saying "...at least, that's how it should work."

The plan is to rescue the man, who is the father of a defected scientist named Susan, while he is in transit across the ocean. However, Murphy's Law makes a forceful showing aboard the ship, as everything that could go wrong does go wrong. Ray and company must continually improvise to stay one step ahead of disaster.


trivia:
        The cruise ship is called the "Victoria Alvarez."

quotes:
        Ray:  "You came and you asked for this favor.  However difficult,
               however easy it is, whether I do it or not is solely up to
               me...it's an exchange, do you understand?  One day I will
               come to you and I will ask you for a favor.  Whatever it
               is, you will do it...and you can be assured that your
               favor will mean as much to me as mine does to you."

        Ray:  (to Frankie)  "Did you ever hear about the domino principle?
                             You know, the domino principle is, you know,
                             when one thing goes wrong, something else goes
                             wrong then something else goes wrong...I'm
                             starting to get a really sneaky suspicion that
                             maybe you are part of this particular principle."
        Frankie:  (shortly afterwards)  "Just curious...how many of these
                                         dominoes are there?"

        Ray:  "Yeah, I got a plan B:  making plan A work!" 

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Stingray episode #24: "One-Way Ticket to the End of the Line"
(original airdate: 5/8/87)
Written by Judy Burns
Directed by Larry Shaw

A woman's father disappears in some small town, and she contacts Ray to find him. The man was a crop duster, and it turns out that he was interfering in some local drug lord's marijuana crops, so he was shot down.
In fact, there are two rival growers at work here. A DEA undercover agent (female, of course) seems to be helping Ray but near the end is revealed to be in the employ of one of the drug lords. But that's okay, because Ray had earlier used a favor from a DEA agent he knew to get him some information as well as to set up an ambush. We learn this second fact as the agents swarm in to save Ray and the daughter in the nick of time. The old pilot turns out to be alive and well, too.

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Stingray episode #25: "Solo"
(unfilmed)
Written by Stephen J. Cannell

This 25th episode was never filmed or aired. If you have any details about it, please tell me so I can let the world know. Thanks!
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