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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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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Discord in a Minor
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Spenser: For Hire - The Killer Within television review

For Throwback Thursday we turn we turn our attention back to the mean streets of Boston. “The Killer Within” goes a little over-the-top with a story about spies and multiple personalities (a well-mined plot from 80s television). Hired by a client to protect the woman’s sister from a disgruntled ex, Spenser‘s (Robert Urich) job is complicated by the fact that both sisters are two personalities of the same woman (Nancy Paul). Witnessing an attempt on the more robust personality by a high-class assassin (Jon DeVries) leads the Boston P.I. down a path uncovering the woman’s past as an agent for the CIA and motives for her wanting to revenge on those who betrayed her and others wanting her silenced before she can bring troubling secrets to light.

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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Discord in a Minor
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“Don’t ever give up you who are for anybody, ever.”

Spenser: For Hire - Discord in a Minor television review

For Throwback Thursday we turn we turn our attention back to the mean streets of Boston. “Discord in a Minor” begins with the kidnapping of the teenage daughter (Barbara Garrick) of famous conductor (Paul Shenar) under Spenser‘s (Robert Urich) protection. Despite being fired, Spenser refuses to let the matter rest (a common theme in the show and the novels which inspired them) and continues to search for the missing girl. His investigation leads to classic Spenser heavy Joe Broz (Raymond Serra) whose screw-up son Jimmy (Neill Barry) just so happens to be both the the missing girl’s boyfriend and the person driving the van involved in the kidnapping.

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Spenser: For Hire – Original Sin

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2018

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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Original Sin
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Spenser for Hire - Original Sin television review

For Throwback Tuesday we turn we turn our attention back to the mean streets of Boston. A pushy Catholic priest (Jay O. Sanders) guilts Spenser (Robert Urich) into investigating the death of a young girl who was about to become a nun. No one, includin the girl’s parents (Elizabeth Franz and Eddie Jones) and Spenser himself, wants him on the case which uncovers the fact that the young woman was pregnant and gets Spenser squared off against local scumbag Tommy Flaherty (David O’Brien) evicting people from property in dispute with ties to the archdiocese. Spenser’s run-in with Flaherty puts him temporarily at odds with Hawk (Avery Brooks), but his decision to save Spenser from a bullet shows where his friend’s loyalty’s truly lie (although, to be safe, Spenser does call in a favor to make sure Hawk is sidelined when it comes time to confront Flaherty).

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  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Children of a Tempest Storm
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Spenser for Hire - Children of a Tempest Storm television review

Our Throwback Tuesday takes us back to 80s Boston for another episode of Spenser: For Hire. “Children of a Tempest Storm” is an early stand-out episode featuring a pair of stories without easy answers or simple solutions. The episode opens with Spenser (Robert Urich) killing a small-time hitman only to discover the man had left a pair of young children (Noah Moazezi and Judith Tannen) behind who Spenser decides to temporarily take-in until a long-term solution. Over the course of the episode several other attempts on Spenser’s life will be made which our intrepid gumshoe eventually tracks back to the incarcerated King Powers (Chuck Connors) who, even from behind bars, is looking to take his revenge. The storyline ends in true Spenser style with the P.I. blackmailing the criminal to get money for the orphans and stop having to dodge bullets from every hitman attempting to make good on the contract on Spenser’s head.

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