Mannix (1967–1975)
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A Choice of Evils 

Peggy is kidnapped under orders of a crime boss to force Mannix to find an undercover man in his organization, whom he intends to have killed.


Paul Krasny


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 2 more credits »


Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Stephen McNally ... Lawrence Powers
Georg Stanford Brown ... Sam Thomas
Robert Colbert ... John Phillips
Paul Carr ... Max
Noah Keen ... Stephen Greer
Philip Kenneally ... Neil Riggs
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Maidie Norman ... Mrs. Frost
Mark Stewart Mark Stewart ... Toby Fair
Ron Nyman ... Officer
Todd Mason Todd Mason ... Doctor
Harold Jones Harold Jones ... Policeman


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On a rainy day in Los Angeles, Joe Mannix' secretary Peggy is kidnapped by two men on the instructions of crime boss Lawrence Powers. Powers has the two men hold Peggy to force Mannix to investigate which of his three closest associates is acting as a stool pigeon. Mannix only has 72 hours to learn this information -- or Peggy's life will be forfeited. Written by aldanoli

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This time, it's not just Mannix, but Lt. Malcolm gets knocked unconscious. See more »


When Mannix is writing the note to Peggy he is obviously just scrawling across the paper. But the closeup shows him writing very legibly. See more »


John Phillips: [Joe enters his office and sees John Phillips] I helped myself. You don't mind?
Joe Mannix: What do you want now? I haven't got time for games.
John Phillips: How close are you to finding the undercover agent?
Joe Mannix: Close enough.
John Phillips: And when you do find him, you're going to turn him over to Powers, is that right?
Joe Mannix: That's what I was hired to do, remember? My secretary's life is at stake.
John Phillips: The Department will find your secretary. Don't worry.
Joe Mannix: You're the undercover agent?
John Phillips: That's right.
Joe Mannix: Keep talking.
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Peggy, have you ever thought about finding a BETTER job?!
9 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Mannix's secretary, Peggy, has the most awful job in the world. After all, she's been repeatedly kidnapped and threatened during the course of the series...and here, once again, this is the case. When the show begins, two hired thugs take her prisoner and leave a note for Mannix saying it's life or death that he get in contact with their boss, a noted mobster (Stephen McNally). When Mannix arrives at the boss' place, he learns that his secretary is being held hostage and she'll be released, unharmed, if he does a job for the man--to determine which of his three trusted 'associates' is actually working for the police. Naturally, Mannix cannot just turn a guy over to these hoods to be murdered and so Mannix has to work the case and bide his time.

This is a very tense and interesting episode. I particularly appreciated that one of the kidnappers was Georg Stanford Brown--a guy who soon would be known as one of "The Rookies" on TV--a COP! Worth seeing and I particularly appreciated the tense ending and what the dying man says to Peggy.

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10 November 1971 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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