BARNABY JONES "Dead Heat" (TV episode)

1/1/1976. Thursday, 10 pm. 1 hour.
CBS. Season 4 of 8. Episode 76.
Detective drama.
Code: BJDH 1/1976

PLOT

America's favorite to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming dies under mysterious circumstances and his coach calls in Barnaby to head off a major sports scandal.

CREDITS

Writer: Larry Alexander.
Director: Walter Grauman.

REGULAR CAST

Buddy Ebsen as Barnaby Jones
Lee Meriwether as Betty Jones

GUEST CAST

Pat Hingle
Andrew Parks
Jacqueline Scott
Lou Frizzell
Jonathan Banks as Vince Gentry, newspaper sports reporter interviewing the swimmer at the time of his death. Listed 11th of 12.

CHARACTER

Vince is mildly sarcastic, not impressed with the swimmer while he interviews him, but concerned when he's not well. He helps to pull him out of the pool.

COMMENTS

JB does a trademark gesture of his, wiping his hand across his mouth, for the first time here to show Vince’s distress when the swimmer is ill.

COSTUME

Great 70s style here-- long sideburns, flashy plaid jacket with wide lapels, wide tie, and flared trousers.

LINES

"Yeah, well, the kid sure knows how to make the headlines."

SCREEN TIME

44 seconds in 2 scenes, at the start of the episode.

WORKED WITH:

Buddy Ebsen (BJDD 2/1977)
Lee Meriwether (BJDD 2/1977)