(The Wedsworth-Townsend Act) (later re-edited
and aired as a flashback 2 part episode in Season 5)
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 .
Rescues:Structure fire, a man electrocuted. Various men
injured in a tunnel collapse, a young girl has an arm reattached, 2 victims in an auto
woman hurt by a boat's propeller.
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+
Survival on Charter 220 (2 hours)
Vitals: A small plane collides with a commercial
airliner chartered by a political candidate and his staff.
Rescues: Roy and Johnny are helping a girl with a head
injury when wreckage from the crash lands on the house5. A dog points rescue crews to an old
man. Various residents, passengers and crew are rescued. 3 1See the video
Critique: Very little Johnny or Roy and no one from 51
or Dr. Brackett makes this one a little dull. The awesome crash deserves a
The Steel Inferno (2 hours) Airdate:
Vitals: A high rise fire caused by some careless
Rescues: Various building residents from all areas
including a stairway stampede, a firefighter's girlfriend and her boss, the painters and
Of Note: Linda Gray makes her second appearance on the
Critique: All of Rampart in this one but very little
Johnny and Roy, but better than "Charter 220" C
What's a nice girl like you doing...
(2hours) Airdate: 6.26.78
Vitals: The boys go to San Francisco to study their
department's EMT program but end up befuddled by seeing female EMTs.
Rescues: A man on a bridge, an ambulance wrecks with a patient onboard.Plus a pier fire45.
Critique: Johnny and Roy are actually in this one, yay!
Greatest Rescues of Emergency! (2hours)
Vitals: Johnny and Roy make Captain and reminisce about
their greatest rescues.
Rescues: Various explosions, fires and funny moments.
Critique: It is what it is, the greatest moments with a
little new Johnny and Roy. B
Most Deadly Passage (Medic One Seattle) (2
hours) Airdate: 7.3.79
Vitals: The boys venture to Seattle to study their EMT
program, and are amazed at how advanced it is compared to their own.
Rescues: It's a tour of Seattle: man injured in the
Kingdome, a ferry in
the middle of the sound2, and a skydiver off the needle plus
a cow gives birth.
Critique: The Seattle landmark rescue tour is a little
over the top but still interesting rescues. B-
The Convention (2
Vitals:It's back to San Fransisco for
a paramedics convention and Johnny and Roy pal around with the local crews again.
Rescues: A man chokes on food and then has chest pain. A shooter pins down the paramedics
while the boys deliver a baby. A research lab goes up in smoke and everybody pitches in to
save numerous victimsnumerous3-5.
Critique: Not as good as the first San Fran adventure
but at least Johnny and Roy participate in the resuces this time. C