Angels on the Run
The owner of Rosie’s Chili, a hole in the wall diner, witnesses a fender bender outside her eatery’s window which involves a dump truck and a carload of thieves, who, during the hubbub of the accident, stow away a small, unmarked package in the dirt-filled rear of the loitering dump truck, owned by Larry Kantrelle, a womanizing sand and gravel salesman.
Larry’s long-suffering wife Sue is a small-time saloon singer at the Backwoods Inn supper club where later that afternoon, Larry makes a pit stop to watch his wife’s performance onstage. It’s not long before curtain time that Larry is taken from the restaurant at gunpoint by the men who stashed their mystery cargo in his truck.
Next day, a frazzled Sue Kantrelle hires the Angels to find her missing husband, who has disappeared without a word. To retrace Larry’s steps, Kris starts off the investigation at the Backwoods Inn where she spies his dump truck still sitting in the parking lot where he left it, and learns from an amorous bartender about Larry’s unfriendly encounter with the two strange men.
Meanwhile, Bri and Kelly hang out with Sue at the Kantrelle’s apartment but are rudely interrupted when the two kidnappers come calling unexpectedly. When Bri answers the door, the men spot an oblivious Kelly tranquilly strumming Sue’s guitar, and mistake her for Sue. Though they attempt to bust into the apartment, a screeching Bri manages to hold them at bay by blocking the door with her lavender body.
Bosley whisks Sue away to a safe location for a few days, and it’s determined that Kelly will act as a decoy and continue to pose as Sue to provide protection to the real Mrs. Kantrelle. Back out in the field, Bri and Kris learn from Larry’s coworker that “Kamikaze Kantrelle” has a habit of getting romantically involved with a number of his female customers, much to the chagrin of his forgiving wife.
Armed with this information, the two Angels separate – Sabrina heads out to a ranch owned by one of Larry’s mistresses – a tough broad who plows while wearing Daisy Dukes and a straw hat. She becomes incensed at Bri’s line of questioning about her affair with Larry and, mounting her tractor like she means business, slams the claw of her bulldozer down within feet of the retreating Bri as a warning to watch her step.
Over at Rosie’s Chili, Kris chats with Rosie (another of Larry’s lovers) who recounts the tale of the traffic jam where all the trouble started. Roger, an outrageously gay dressmaker dining nearby, joins in the conversation and reveals that he observed one of the men throwing the package into Larry’s truck.
Bosley and the Angels convene at the Backwoods Inn where Kelly begins preparing for her onstage revue as Sue while the other three pause for a drink and discuss the latest developments. When Bos visits the dressing room to check on Kelly, two multiracial henchmen burst into the room, knock Bosley unconscious, chloroform Kelly and haul her limp body out the back door. Moments later, Bri and Kris take off in hot pursuit in the Cobra but are summarily thwarted when another vehicle blocks their path out of the parking lot.
In the kidnappers’ car, a woozy Kelly continues to play her part, managing to garner information about the mysterious package which turns out to have contained a cache of stolen diamonds worth $5 million. She talks out the rest of the scenario and adds up the rest of the story about the package and the dump truck. While the bad guys intend to use Kelly as leverage against Larry, in reality, clueless Kantrelle actually has no idea where the diamonds are in the first place. At the kidnapper’s cottage and reunited with her “husband”, Kelly gets Larry to play along and reveal where he last dumped his load – at the Tractor Lady’s property.
Kelly: “You’ve heard of the good guys and the bad guys…these are the bad guys.”
Based on this information, Kelly, Larry and the kidnappers pile into a sedan and drive out to the Tractor Lady’s ranch to begin searching the various piles of soil scattered about her property. A rickety neighbor’s pickup pulls up and out emerge three farmer bumpkins who suddenly dominate the situation, strong-arming the bad guys – and when a wayward shot is fired during the struggle, it miraculously hits the hidden package of diamonds, spilling its glittering guts onto the dirt.
Back at the office, Charlie “wraps things up” with a series of double-entendres about a sitar.
The Angels actually do their own fighting! The best is when they perform Pseudo Kung Fu moves that really don’t look like they would bother or incapacitate the bad guy that much, but their foes still go down. Watch Kelly’s take-down move at the end. That didn’t actually hurt that dude, he was just being nice when he fell on cue. He was so sweet.
Don’t adjust your TV set – it’s pastels galore! Kelly looks kidnappably smashing in her floor-length emerald evening gown. Kris manages a layered, triple-pastel feat with arguable results. Sabrina’s necklace sported throughout the episode looks like one of those mobiles you put over a baby’s crib – complete with stars and moon.
Sabrina wears her favorite turtleneck in , and too.
This episode may very well have one of the best guest casts in the entire series run. When your main bad guys are TV’s Coach and an Art Garfunkel clone, how can you go wrong? And what about femme fatale Nancy Coleman, who might be the most underrated femme fatale in Angels history? She almost drives a tractor through Sabrina and calls Kelly a “crazy broad” all the while wearing Daisy Dukes and cowboy boots. Take that, Inga and Maxine!
We get three for the price of one. Big black dude plays – well – a big black dude working for the bad guys; doesn’t speak much. Doesn’t have to. Then we get “Black Jack”, the light skinned auto mechanic who is all about snitchin’ (“They call me black jack because I’m 21”). Well, he looked more like 35, but he was still kinda cute.
The prize though goes to the over-the-top gay dress shop owner that Kris interrogates. Could he be any more gay? And when he is sweet enough to tell Kris that he thinks she would look “smashing” in a gray plunging neckline pantsuit, does Kris say, “Aw, thanks you’re sweet”? No! She says, “I think you would look fabulous in it!” He’s gay, Kris, not a transvestite. What a bitch.
INAPPROPRIATE MUSICAL CUES
This is at least the second instance of some sound guy pressing the “Asian flair” button in a totally un-called for episode, unless they were trying to spotlight the Asian henchman with his face currently being held in the dirt by Sabrina.
IT’S CALLED SURVIVING, FRIEND
Once kidnapped, Kelly starts talking like a 10-year-old who just saw a gangster movie. Her attempt to sound street-smart consists entirely of calling the ringleader “friend” in a surly tone.
ONLY IN THE ANGELVERSE
Speaking of sweet bad guys, could this bunch of villains have cared about each other more? At the beginning when the bad guy’s car is involved in the accident, head bad guy Garfunkle checks to make sure everyone is okay and his Asian henchman seems very upset after the impact. Later, as they are cruising around looking for Larry’s wife, three bad guys all ride in the front seat even though they are in a huge sedan with an vast and empty back seat.
This week’s bimbo is playing a sitar in the opening office scene, then weirdly rubbing Charlie’s arm while he plays the sitar during the office wrap-up.
Case solved in 2 days
Day 1 – Case introduced – Kris visits Rosie’s
Day 2 – Angels in new clothes at Backwoods – takedown
Day 3 – Office wrap-up
• Why did Coach need to ditch the un-suspicious plain brown box when the police came around? The basis of the whole plot was pointless.
• Since when can Kelly play a guitar?
• What’s with Kelly hitting her crazy bone? If it was worth including, why didn’t we see it happen?
• Why do all the bad guys continue to believe that Kelly is Sue, even after Sabrina screams “KELLY! KELLLYYYYY!” at her?
• Kelly was apparently lead alto in Glee club, but isn’t looking forward to singing at the nightclub. Why can’t she just lip-sync like she did in?
• Kris leaves the diner without taking a single sip of the tea she ordered. Why do they bother ordering drinks that they never drink?
• Why is Bosley suddenly too dumb to know what “break a leg” means?
• Why does Kris make a face at Sabrina’s grasshopper when we’ve seen her order them herself?
• The bad guys drive out of the parking lot with Kelly in tow, and immediately after, Sabrina and Kris are unable to get out because the same exit is blocked. How did two random people happen to park in the middle of the driveway and get out of their cars in only 6 seconds?
• Jaclyn Smith sounds like she has a cold throughout the episode.
Don Reid: Lovin’ Larry later played bad guy Harmon in .
Judy Landers: Mrs. Chicken later played the ditzy blonde in ; her near-identical sister Audrey Landers played the mean girl, Donna, from .
Bob Kelljan also directed , , , and .
Prolific writer Ed Lakso brought us roughly one third of the series, including , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .
|Bad guys beat down:||1 Kelly, 1 Sabrina|
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TOWNSEND AGENCY COMMENTARY
It’s an actual mystery and the key plot points are only revealed as the episode unfolds, not typical for an Angel episode and even more atypical for an Ed Lasko script. I like. Kris and Sabrina were stuck working together and with the exception of the scene in the alley when Sabrina barks at Kris and snatches her hand like she is a 12 year old, they get along fine.
is the first episode of CA that I ever saw as a kid – guess there must be something amazing about this one, because I got hooked. Maybe it was the lowbrow farm folk in that broken down pickup that put that sparkle, sparkle in my eye . . .
Middle-of-the-road episode. All three Angels were given some really, really bad lines. Sometimes they make it work anyway, but this time everyone was really annoying. I wasn’t a fan of all the flowing pastels and the sitar gag was extremely tiresome before they even got the first joke out. My primary thought is always how this episode need not have existed because of how unnecessary the whole package-throwing incident was. I’m also never quite sure what to make of Kelly’s cheerful cooperation with Larry (as his “wife”) while talking to the Daisy Dukes lady…?
It’s a solid episode starting when a package is thrown into the back of a dump truck. Note this episode has actual hard detective work maybe not Columbo level, more along the lines of Jessica Fletcher. The only reason it doesn’t get a mark higher is because I can never remember what this episode is about until I press play.
Here’s what’s up in this episode and some of the moments that garner its four. Jackie sounds if she has a cold and it’s a Kelly-centric episode. Nevertheless, the trooper still pulls through; this is a testament to Smith’s acting. Check this out – the crooks think the girl playing the guitar is Sue. Common sense would tell those guys hey, she didn’t react to the name Sue. However in the Angelverse I guess bad guys have no common sense. This episode has the emotional factor as a country man deals with his city slicking singer of a wife. Frankly the writers refer to Sue as a city slicker but listening to her she’s just as country as her husband.