Day of the Robot
|Day of the Robot|
|Air Date||January 2, 1983|
Ponch and Bobby have fun with a robot assigned to their station until it becomes a threat to their lives. Danger! Danger! Warning Will Robinson! A couple of members of an all female group called The Freeway Angels anger a van driver when they try to make a citizen's arrest.
- Melody Anderson as Emily
- Kip Niven as Dr. Rutledge
- Bruce Penhall as Bruce Nelson
- Tina Gayle as Kathy Linahan
- Clarence Gilyard, Jr. as Webster
- Don Carter as Mr. Larson
- Grant Gottschall as Chester
- Freddye Chapman as Dr. Mitchell
- Biff Yeager as Delivery Man
- Martin Brumer as Blue
- Debbie Evans as Sylvia
- Kristi Ferrell as Jenny
- Tina Gage as Suzy
- Seth Kaufman as Driver
- Chris Petersen as Chad
- Executive Producer: Cy Chermak
- Supervising Producer: Paul Mason
- Written by: Gerald Sanford
- Directed by: Phil Bondelli
- Executive Consultant: Rick Rosner
- Executive Story Consultant: Joseph Gunn
- Creative Consultant: Larry Mollin
- Story Consultant: Gerald Sanford
- Associate Producer: Randall Torno
- Developed for television by: Paul Playdon
- Music by: Luchi De Jesus
- Theme by: John Parker
- Music Supervisor: Harry V. Lojewski
- Director of Photography: Robert F. Sparks
- Art Director: Stephen Myles Berger
- Editor: Joe Morrisey
- Unit Production Manager: Donald Gold
- First Assistant Director: Steven P. Saeta
- Second Assistant Director: David Newman
- Set Decorator: W. Joseph Kroesser
- Script Supervisor: Suzi Alter
- Production Consultant: Bill Udell
- Stunt Co-ordinator: Paul Nuckles
- Production Associate: Bonnie Jo Chermak
- Rerecorded at: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
- Sound: Harlan Riggs, M. Curtis Price, C.A.S.
- Wardrobe Supervisor: Shelly Levine
- Makeup: Richard Cobos, S.M.A., Jane Aull
- Hair Stylist: Don Lynch
- Sound Editor: Dick McCarty
- Music Editor: Tommy Carlin
- Motorcycles Furnished by: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
- Casting: Al Onorato, Jerry Franks
- With Appreciation to Glen B. Craig, Commissioner California Highway Patrol
- Filmed in METROCOLOR / Titles and Opticals MGM
- Rosner Television in association with MGM Television
- At least one collision from the opening crash is recycled from Mait Team in season 2.
- The Freeway Angels building was on West Washington Boulevard, opposite what is now Sony Pictures Plaza. The old Culver Theater, now known as the Kirk Douglas Theater, is visible just up the street.
- Melody Anderson (Emily) appeared in the first Victoria's Secret catalog in 1977, but is probably best known as Dale Arden from Flash Gordon (1980).
- After a brief stint as the LAPD building in Return to Death's Door, the Thalberg Building returns to being a hospital, this time the Parkway Children's Hospital.
Information from the director, Phil Bondelli
- "Debbie Evans is a stuntwoman and the role of 'Sylvia' was her first acting job."
- "In the scene where the van hits the fire hydrant, there was not enough water pressure to wet the actors, so they had to use a fire hose to wet them in one of the cuts."
- "In the scene where the bad guys are breaking up the Angels' office, a freeze frame was used because the first time the actor threw the chair at the window, the window didn't break."
- "In the scene where the robot is first discovered, we created the illusion that the robot could move on dirt by placing it on plywood."
- "When the robot was supposed to be moved back into the van, the camera closed in on the back of the robot and then cut away, because in actuality it wouldn't fit in the van."
- MERV's 60 second countdown takes about 80 seconds.
- Just before Getraer walks in to congratulate Ponch on disconnecting MERV's power, there's still "00 SECONDS" displayed on his screen. When the camera angle changes, the screen is blank.
- When Harlan is demonstrating what happens when an energy pellet gets damaged, he says he called Dr. Rutledge at Space Tech Industries, but the van and dialogue at the opening crash establish the name of the company as Space Ten Industries.
- The action at the Parkway Children's Hospital takes place in the Children's Ward. Why would a children's hospital have a children's ward?
- Emergency services are called when they realize that MERV's a "walking time bomb", but no one calls the hospital to warn them.
|Day of the Robot