Last updated : 19th May 2013
|Episode Title||Blind Run|
|Story Synopsis||Bodie and Doyle are assigned to escort a foreign official during a secret visit to Britain, but enemy assassins seem to know his every move.|
|UK Episode #||B09|
|UK Tx Date||02 December 1978|
|Production #||Block 2, Ep 9|
|Approx Filming Dates||25 September - 6 October 1978|
|Guest Stars||Tommy Boyle|
Essentially a chain of routine action set pieces, a couple of well-staged shoot-outs but all wrapped up in a paper-thin plot. Overall the weakest story of the second season.
The plot premise is a non-event but it's interesting to see Cowley deliberately placing his boys in great danger - "Why did Cowley shake our hands?" / "Because we're expendable?"
The script does contain a smattering of witty one-liners, though – and calling the big bodyguard "Tinkerbell" was inspired!
It's not clear why Doyle can't reach Bodie on the R/T – presumably he was out of range?
One plot flaw at the end: the team seem to get away far too easily – even though Tinkerbell got in the way, surely the enemy agents could have easily caught up with Doyle, Leila and "Mr X"?
Overall a pretty dumb episode.... I'm on Philippa's side!
Cowley realises that the lads are seen as acceptable "collateral damage" by the various foreign secuity services he's got tangled up with...
Cowley: "You knew about the ISS deal with the CPI! Why was I not informed?!"
Minister: "I'm sorry, George, I hadn't time to clear..."
Cowley: "I'd rather have been up against BOSS or even the KGB. What the hell do you think my men are? Kamikaze pilots?"
Minister: "George, I tried to hint to you that this might be a tough one."
Cowley: "A tough one?! If I lose those boys, there'll be an A1 enquiry!"
Minister: "George, this was sent down from above - do you think they're going to recriminate themselves?"
Doyle on the R/T: "Escorts 1 and 2 to Big Daddy - over."
Cowley responding: "Big Daddy here, where are you calling from?"
Doyle: "Oh, glad you could join us! Can't tell you where we're calling from - we don't exist, remember?! Got a hot potato here and we're bringing it back!"
Cowley: "Now listen to me!"
Doyle: "No! You listen to me! It's been burning our fingers and we're gonna put it right back where we found it! And if the bucket isn't there in twenty minutes, we're gonna throw it in the water!"
Bodie: "And make sure the bucket's got it's engine running when we get there!
Cowley, now realising that the lads have completed the mission, grins: "Good lads!"
'Blind Run' is up there in the top ten. From opening to closing we get snappy and clever dialogue, great gun fights and Bodie saving Doyle. Both men look marvelous – Bodie seems a bit bigger and more menacing in black and Doyle is lithe and sexy in the tightest pair of jeans yet seen. Nice patch on the rear, too. Unbuttoned shirt and silver chain. Ah.
Best opening ever – ok, so I enjoyed seeing Bodie's tummy in the "sun salute" (any bit of Bodie-skin is to be cherished) but also the way the three actors use their eyes, the angle of camera and the dialogue make this a quality moment. Cowley's evasive gaze sets the tone for this, the first of the "betrayal" stories.
While we're never really clued into the murkier areas of the plot, it doesn't matter because what does matter is that when Doyle gets in trouble, Bodie goes to save him and when both men manage to pull the situation out of the soup, Cowley finalizes the rescue. This is a pattern we'll see again.
The first gunfight is a marvel of action choreography. Well done!
Notice at the first house when Doyle is talking to "Houseman" on the R/T how Bodie kind of flinches and then has difficulty keeping a straight face. Something happened out of sight of the camera.
I like Doyle in the second house – he's angry, scared, without Bodie and therefore very offensive. The "subtitles" line is a classic.
The scene shot through the broken windscreen of the boat is good – when they both realize they've been played for patsies and then decide to carry out the mission anyway and find out what's at the bottom of it. Excellent partner stuff! Watch their faces closely. One wonders what might have happened if Cowley hadn't brought them back. They are not happy with TPTB.
Only one "blooper" ever aired out of Pros, which amazes me. But it takes place as Doyle enters the van and Bodie starts it up before MS was fully settled. If you watch very carefully, you can see Doyle fall out before the film cuts to the bad guys. <G> I'm sure MS was pleased with Lewis or whoever was actually driving!
On older copies watch what Bodie says at the very end when the sound is cut. (He can't remember Phillipa's phone number)
All in all a very rewatchable episode.
|Bloopers||During the attack in the tunnel, the nature of the damage to one of the villain's cars changes midway through the scene. (Thanks to Roberto Basville)|
According to the production notes this episode was initially known as 'Play Up and Play the Game'. What a strange title - not surprised they changed it!
As well as the above-mentioned van scene going wrong, Lewis was nearly very badly injured, too: in the scene where he walks along the plank, it apparently fell too soon.
There has been some debate over the scene where Philippa gives Bodie her phone number. In most versions available today we only hear the first few digits. However originally we not only got to hear the whole number but she actually said it twice! The only reason I can think why anyone would want to chop this is that either it was a real phone number or the film print has become damaged and required the removal of a few seconds' worth of frames. However uncut versions of the ep are still being screened by some non-UK broadcasters - either they are using an old print or LWT/Granada hold an uncut digi-tape version. (Many thanks to Jesper Antvorskov and Ros Connors.)
Tommy Boyle (Charlie) appeared with Martin and Lewis in their New Avengers episode ('Obsession'). Seems to have left acting around 2001.
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