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Spenser: For Hire – A Day’s Wages

by Alan Rapp on September 3, 2019

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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – A Day’s Wages
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Spenser: For Hire - A Day's Wages TV review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the mean streets of Boston and the travails of a smart ass private detective. What starts out as a relatively simple job for Spenser (Robert Urich), looking into who is stealing from a local dress manufacturer (Edward Binns), becomes far more complicated by thief’s death and the business owner’s underworld connections. “A Day’s Wages” returns one of Robert B. Parker’s most notorious characters in crime boss Joe Broz (Raymond Serra) who is slowly squeezing the life out of the business in able to turn a profit with his own scams of selling knock-off merchandise to high-end clientele. The story ties in Hawk (Avery Brooks) by having him perform protection for the victim (Erik King), although it turns out not that well before being sidelined for most of the episode by a deal with Spenser. And with Belson (Ron McLarty) and Quirk (Richard Jaeckel) receiving little more than last-second cameos, the story stays centered on Spenser for nearly the entire episode.

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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Death by Design
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Spenser: For Hire - Death by Design television review

For Throwback Thursday we turn we turn our attention back to the mean streets of Boston. Spenser (Robert Urich) finds nothing but trouble after taking on a friend of Susan (Barbara Stock) as a client. Continually lied to by the college professor (Robin Groves) who asks Spenser to track down a gigolo (Burke Moses) who stole some jewelry from her, Spenser stumbles on something more complicated involving the money the woman stole to willingly give to the con man, a mobster’s (Hansford Rowe) interest in the professor’s work which could be turned into a profitable new street drug, and scummy private investigator (Leon Russom) in the middle of it all.

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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Internal Affairs
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Spenser: For Hire - Internal Affairs TV review

For Throwback Thursday we turn we turn our attention back to the mean streets of Boston. Things get complicated when the Boston Police Department goes after Martin Quirk (Richard Jaeckel) who some believe tipped off criminals to a recent failed bust. The fact that Quirk won’t defend himself only makes him look more guilty leaving Belson (Ron McLarty) to defend his partner in the department and Spenser (Robert Urich) to do some sleuthing. As Spenser suspects, he finds no dirt on Quirk (the straightest arrow our private eye has ever come across), but he does discover a sleazeball land developer (James Douglas) and his criminal son (Bruce MacVittie) are putting the squeeze to Quirk after uncovering the fact that Mrs. Quirk (Shirley Knight) has been stepping out on her husband.

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Spenser: For Hire – Blood Money

by Alan Rapp on December 6, 2018

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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Blood Money
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Spenser - Blood Money television review

For Throwback Thursday we turn we turn our attention back to the mean streets of Boston. Spenser (Robert Urich) gets involved in a kidnapping of a CEO (James Rebhorn) that makes less and less sense the longer he stays on the case. The radical group claiming responsibility doesn’t appear to actually exist. The company’s head of security (Jimmie Ray Weeks) botches the routine ransom drop, the company cares more about the stock price than their missing CEO, and Spenser’s client (Lonette McKee) has more to gain from her husband’s death than his safe return. When the CEO’s body is dumped, Spenser’s job may be done but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to leave things be.

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Spenser: For Hire – Autumn Thieves

by Alan Rapp on August 16, 2018

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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Autumn Thieves
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Spenser: For Hire - Autumn Thieves television review

For Throwback Thursday we turn we turn our attention back to the mean streets of Boston (or in this case lush New England countryside). While looking for a missing person (Mark Keyloun), Spenser (Robert Urich) stumbles into a museum robbery which will lead him to the Berkshires and a family of thieves both responsible for the theft and in far over their heads with Boston gangsters. Although “Autumn Thieves” features Spenser getting shot and a young man getting beaten savagely, its a surprisingly breezy episode partly due to its beautiful setting and partly do to the thieves’ patriarch (Alfred Drake). For a show that deals with all manner of villains from gangsters to pedophiles, gentlemen thieves turn out to be rather charming.

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