Harry O: Mayday (ABC 23 Oct 1975, with Maggie Blye)

In Mayday an old Korean War colleague of Harry’s, Ward Nevin, is working as a pilot for Senator John Elton. On a routine flight his plane develops a fault and crashes, Nevins is killed and Elton is badly injured. Harry attends the funeral for Nevin and meets his wife Ellen, taking her home to avoid the press crush, they discover that her home has been ransacked.

Everybody is sure the burglary is coincidence but Harry investigates anyway and quickly learns that Senator Elton is not particularly well liked within the union industry and the crash might have been deliberate.

It’s a big plot that is handled excellently within the relatively small scale world of Harry.

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There is a cute subplot involving the gorgeous Gina, she has a couple of days free and wants to spend them with Harry but everytime she calls upon him he is either in the middle of something or on his way somewhere.

Harry manages to find a reason to call on Lt Trench every episode.

production details
USA / ABC / 1×45 minute episode / Broadcast 23 October 1975

Writer: John Meredyth Lucas / Director: Jerry London

Series: Harry O Season 2 Episode 7

David Janssen as Harry Orwell
Anthony Zerbe as Lt. K.C. Trench
Bruce Kirby as FAA Chief
Maggie Blye as Ellen Nevins
Hildy Brooks as Jean Elton
Linda Kelsey as Karen Dorland
Geoffrey Lewis as Senator John Elton
John Crawford as Hal Follet
Sondra Blake as Willie’s Wife
Jack Colvin as Willie
Claire Brennen as Gloria
Robert Riesel as Jake Muller
Barbara Leigh as Gina
Macon McCalman as Gordon Marks
Ned Wilson as Ward Nevins
Eddie Fontaine as Ted Marion
Paul Tulley as Sgt. Roberts
Dave Morick as Ed Grauman
Raymond Singer as Bergman
June Whitley Taylor as Clerk
Ivan Bonar as Surgeon
Ron Stokes as Controller

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