Angels on the Street
Mr. Harkins comes to the Angels for help when his daughter is beaten for the second time by the same man. Charlie suggests that the girls adopt a cover to more easily infiltrate daughter Judy’s world in seedy downtown LA. Kelly and Tiffany enroll in Harkin’s Conservatory of Music as dance students, and stop at the corner hamburger joint (evidently a hangout for the local hookers and sailors on leave) to scavenge for information about Judy’s attack. Rose, a brassy young prostitute garbed in fishnet, a hot pink negligee and a Little Orphan Annie wig tell the girls to chill on the questions about Judy but suggest they talk to Freddie, the local pimp.
Tiffany: “You’re not suggesting we . . . go into business . . . as they say?”
Later, Kris observes Freddie accosting Rose as lesser prostitutes look on. She and a pistol-packing Bosley confront them and strong-arm the aggressors into driving away, though Rose is none too grateful.
Back at the office, it is decided that Tiffany and Kelly (the most obvious candidates) should go undercover as hookers. When they re-enter the hood costumed as flamingly cliched 80s tarts, Rose takes them to Freddie’s place to learn the ropes among the harem.
In a gas station bathroom, Rose removes her hooker accessories and transforms into none other than Judy Harkins (!!!). Kris and Bosley meet Tiff and Kelly (in full regalia) at the hamburger joint to publicly discuss their progress on the case within earshot of the owner and several fellow diners, finishing off the display by having Bosley pay them a thousand dollars in cash.
Tipped off, the owner phones Freddie and alerts him that the girls are undercover cops. Freddie plans on icing the girls by inviting them to a booze and pill party. The girls, along with Rose and the other hookers we’ve met, are welcomed to the party which is already swinging with two or three other guests, dysfunctional pinball machines, pulsing colored lights, and muted disco muzak. The girls survive by pouring their tainted drinks in the various houseplants scattered around the room.
Kris and Bosley become alarmed when they spot Rose coming back in a taxi, sans Tiff and Kelly. They watch her go into a bathroom and emerge later as Judy. When they confront the girl, she either feigns insanity or actually doesn’t remember that she’s living a double-life. (This is unclear.)
They then all drive somewhere where Freddie is made to surrender by Kelly and Tiffany. Kris consoles Judy and convinces her to go somewhere where she can “get help” while Bosley stands in the center of a public square with his arms around his favorite ho’s.
Tiffany gets to shoot out a tire and Bosley topples over a bad guy with his car door. Judy goes crazy and Kris has to chase her in circles through the middle of a gun battle, then all of a sudden the scene concludes with them hugging and holding hands. Not sure how that happened.
Kelly and Tiff hit the streets in a terrible assortment of hot pinks and tacky floral prints. Tiffany is among the least convincing hookers ever, and is lucky she didn’t get shot with her faux-sassy purse-swinging attitude.
We pray that this red feather dress isn’t the same one Sabrina wore in . Kris likes this plaid shirt enough to wear it again in and .
Case solved in approximately 3 days
Day 1 – Case introduced
Day 2 – Discussion back at the office
Day 3 – Kris talks to Judy – takedown
The pacing of the second half is hard to understand, and I’m only calling it 2 separate days because Kris keeps changing clothes.
• It seems that if you want to hire Tiffany and Kelly for the night, it’ll set you back $1,000. Good to know. Bosley seems very surprised at this, expecting them to make do with three or four hundred. Is there a standard price, or…?
• It’s actually not a criminal offense to pose as a prostitute – so long as you don’t get involved in an exchange of cash and services. (Just in case you needed to know.)
• The dialogue between Bosley and the Angels about Kelly and Tiffany hooking it “as a team” is similar to an amusing scene in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle where Alex is explaining “working as a team” to her bewildered father.
• How doesn’t Judy/Rose know that she’s Judy/Rose when she has to go through the elaborate change process in that bathroom 2 or more times per day, and keeps all the alternate wardrobe in her purse?
Nancy Fox: Childhood friend of Jaclyn Smith’s also plays Amy Jarvis in , the maid in and a dancer in .
Don Chaffey also directed , , , , , , , , and .
Prolific writer Ed Lakso brought us roughly one third of the series, including , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .
|Shots fired by Angels:||1 (Tiffany)|
|Shots fired at Angels:||1 (@ Kelly)|
|Tires Shot:||1 (Tiffany)|
TOWNSEND AGENCY COMMENTARY
Again, there are moments to laugh AT, but that shouldn’t be the entire selling point. It’s just another vessel for the same Nancy Fox character to befriend Kelly again. It’s like they wrote a whole episode based around Tiff and Kelly’s hooker outfits, and then stuck Kris in as an afterthought. She basically just stares out different windows the whole hour.
You cannot put a price on a father’s love and when Mr. Harkins’ daughter, Judy, is beaten for the second time he hires the Angels. So Kelly and Tiff go undercover to find out the who and the why. The Angels are again put into an un-Angelic situation. Although having the Angels in such a situation does not help the episode receive a full five stars. Regardless of how many times I see this episode I am confused to whether Judy is aware she and Rose are the same person. Still a great episode and a highlight of the fourth season and it receives four stars from me.
Hey, this is more like it. Despite Tiffany’s less than credible hooker stroll, the story of Judy and her clueless father dealing with pimps and hookers is both entertaining, cheesy, and strangely touching. Plus I dig the “If I Could See” song.
Worth watching just to be amazed by Tiffany and Kelly’s takes on being high-priced streetwalkers. This is another one of those episodes that are a lot like Bonanza, in that a troubled guest-star is helped by the team and then bustled off onto the stagecoach . . . er, bus, and sent “back home.”
Greg, you like that song??