Airdate: Tuesday 9 pm, June 26, 1979
Teleplay: Michael Donovan
Story: Hannah Shearer
Director: Georg Fenady
Fire Department Technical Advisor:
Guest Cast: Paul Sylvan, Patty McCormack, John
DeLancie, Deirdre Lenihan, Jordon Suffin, Zack Murphy, James Whitworth, Chesley
Uxbridge, Ed Peck, Bruce Neckels, Jon Buffington, John F. Lacues, Chris Combs,
Carl Lumbly, John Hatfield
Story: Johnny and Roy are sent to San Francisco to
study new techniques. They meet crews of the fire station and rescue unit and
follow along on a number of rescues. They include: A man stranded on the Golden
Gate Bridge bridge, a boat fire, and trouble at a dance bar.
I actually witnessed the filming of the some of the scenes
in the 2 San Francisco Emergency! movies back in 1978.
In the first "What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing?", the
accident involving the SFDPH ambulance took place in the real world at "Skyline
Blvd. and Zoo Road", while on the show the dispatcher sent the SFFD response to
"John F. Kennedy Drive and Stow Lake Road." That location also exists, but
about 3 miles from where the scene was actaully filmed. And to add to that
goof, the same victim in the ambulance had his heart attack inside a strip club
at Broadway and Columbus Avenue in North Beach, which is about a 3 minute walk
from "Harbor Emergency" (actually the Chinatown Health Center above the Broadway
Tunnel.) To reach the scene of the ambulance accident, they went on about
15-mile, roundtrip detour!
Also, just to be very prickly, on an accident needing
extrication in San Francisco a truck company, battalion chief, engine, join the
heavy rescue squad on the job. That run lacked the chief and the truck. To be
a bit more of a hair splitter, E-38 wouldn't respond to the Zoo under normal
circumstances. That would be E-19 or E-23 or E-39. But they wanted to keep
RS-2s old running mate with it.
You've got to give props to the producers, they actually
used RS-2's "old" station for the show, station 38 on California Street. RS-2
moved to Station 19 on Folsom Street in the early 19-90's to help ease a backlog
of medical runs in the Mission District.
George Devine, Jr.
San Francisco, CA