Vitals: Roy Desoto and Johnny Gage are among the first L.A. firefighters
to be trained as paramedics. They fight for the right, through legislature, to be allowed
to practice, one of their opponents Dr. Kelly Brackett eventually sees their benefit,
after the boys save
a hurt Dixie,
and he helps the legislation pass .
Of Note: This episode was later divided into a 2 part episode where Roy
and Johnny tell the story in a flashback. Directed by Jack Webb. We see the elusive wife
of Roy, Joanne, and the intriguing Brackett/McCall steamy early days.
Critique: Easy to see the potential of this show through the pilot, good
character chemistry from day one. A+
Vitals: Johnny agrees to baby-sits a victims dog until she gets out of
Rescues: . at a party with unbelieving drunken party
guests. A cliffside helicopter rescue of a hunter.
Rampart: A girl's mother is the cause of her Hyperventilating.
Critique: A little stiff. B-
1x3 Airdate: 1.29.72
Vitals: Johnny tries to get a practical joker at his own game.
Rescues: A back injury on a smokestack, 2 botulism victims one with a
broken leg, a boy trapped in a collapsing building.
Rampart:Dr.Brackett puts his reputation on the line when he makes a
diagnosis of Botulism
Critique: Good stuff, an even storyline between Rampart and 51 pays
Vitals: Roy gets serious about dinner after the guys complain about
Rescues: Johnny delivers a baby in trouble, a man gets an electric shock
from a washer, a man trapped on a high crane.
Rampart: A boy has his hand stuck inside a vase.
Critique: The cooking topic is a little weak it is a wonder they later
repeated it so often. B
1x5 Airdate: 2.19.72
Vitals: A raging brushfire speeds through the cannon as Engine 51 fights the
fire the squad is on evacuation and injuries.
Rescues: An elderly woman with ankle problems, a horse stampede victim, a
looter (Tony Dow) crashes his motorcycle, a fireman is trapped under a tree, a woman gives
birth as the fire spreads to her house.
Rampart: A boy arrives with an injured arm and Johnny and Roy agree to
search for it.
Critique: Exciting stuff! Lots of rescues make for a quick pace.
5 Dealers Wild
Vitals: After continually losing at cards Johnny invents his own card
Rescues: A heart attack in a plane leaves the victim's teen
son to land the plane with Roy's help. A gas tanker
overturns and the victim's diagnosis leaves the doc's wondering. A man attempts
suicide 3 different ways. Teen girl's overdose with uninterested spectators
makes trouble for the boys.
Rampart: Dr. Brackett struggles with the injustice of why those who want
to die, live, and those who do want to live, die.
Critique: The teen pilot is good as well as Bracket, too bad they couldn't
lose that lame card game story-line. B+
6 Nurses Wild
Vitals: Johnny chases a student nurse.
Rescues: A store owner regrets shooting a robber who was trying to support
his family. The boys have to get around a vicious dog to treat a dieting woman who
has overdone diuretics. A man is rescued from a chemical plant
after being trapped by fallen pipes.
Rampart: Dr. Early diagnosis a man's case of DT's. Dr. Morton
misdiagnosis a spider bite as an overdose.
Critique: The nurse thing didn't seem to go anywhere. C
7 Publicity Hound
Vitals: Johnny gets jealous with another paramedic seeks and gets
Rescues: Man caught in the rigging of a ship. A horse trapped in a pit,
and a child in a well.
Rampart: Dr. Brackett quarrels with a parent in denial of his epileptic
Critique: A solid episode but the lack of seeing the Rampart initial
dispute weakens that storyline. B-
8 Weird Wednesday 1x9
Vitals: A series of bizarre rescues leave Johnny dreading every call.
Rescues: A boy in a freezer. A female parachutist lands in a tree.
A woman bitten . A son feels guilty over pushing his father to
A drunk over an embankment
where Johnny twists a knee.
Rampart: A man with hiccups. A hooker delivers her John with chest pains . An elderly
woman with a broken ankle moves her party to Rampart.
Critique: A ton of interesting rescues. B
1x10 Airdate: 3.25.72
Vitals: Johnny tries to pass off a girl he thinks is a freak because
she is pursuing him.
Rescues: An elevator gets stuck and then falls with a female victim inside and a
man with a broken leg. A man has a methane gas leak at his dump. 2 men are
overcome by a solvent at a railroad.
Rampart: A student nurse is intimidated by Dr. Bracket.
Critique: A typical season 1 episode B-
1x11 Airdate: 4.8.72
Vitals: Johnny becomes obsessed and "hung up" on finding out
the ending of an episode of Adam 12 he misses while on a run.
Rescues: A burglar caught in an air duct. An
employee of a lab with radioactive fire , which puts Johnny in for observation after exposure.
Rampart: Dixie struggles with patient load and attitude
as a bar fight is continued at Rampart and a rude surfer complains of leg pain. A
Rampart regular's migraine ends up as a neurological problem.
Critique: Johnny's anguish is contagious.
Vitals: Johnny is angry with Roy for calling him a nut.
Rescues: A small plane crashes in a remote area. A burglar has a heart attack while
his accomplices pretend they own the house.
Rampart: A teen boy is treated for a concussion from football, and a boy
is brought in by a sitter after taking pills.
Critique: Not too much drama or comedy in this one. C+