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Which episodes do you like better? Those with Stuart Bailey or Jeff Spencer? I'm partial to Jeff Spencer's.

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Hi Klondike! Good to see you posting here (or anywhere for that matter grinning ). Good question. Great thread! I'm kinda partial to the Stu Bailey episodes myself.

It sounds kind of lame, but I like the episodes where both have equal screen time. One of my favorites is Once Upon A Caper. Everyone takes a turn telling Rex how the agency got started.

@cinna_mini_me said:

It sounds kind of lame, but I like the episodes where both have equal screen time. One of my favorites is Once Upon A Caper. Everyone takes a turn telling Rex how the agency got started.

Well, Rex only lasted one season. Richard Long must have been in demand as an actor at the time. He and Roger Smith appeared to have a good screen rapport when they appeared together. If we made this a threesome, who would you pick? And what did you think when they made Kookie junior partner after Rex left?

I wasn't a big fan of Rex Randolph being brought to the series in season 3. I always thought that Kookie "paid his dues" for two years, and was a better choice for a third partner. Although I think season 3 was the best. The series reached its zenith. By the next season, the series was fully into the sixties, and the cool hipster charm of the fifties was starting to fade. The scripts and stories from season 4 weren't that good.

There were a few gems from season 4. I enjoyed Kookie's explanation of "Scooby Doo" from The Chrome Coffin, and the appearance of Victoria Shaw in The Down Under Caper. She was Roger Smith's first wife. Yes, she really was Australian! The introduction of Robert Logan as J.R. Hale, Kookie's replacement at Dino's, wasn't half bad, either.

The Chrome Coffin was just shown on MeTV this morning. "Scooby Doo!" Hilarious. If he only knew. lol smiley

Don't keep us in suspence. What does "scooby-do" translate to, in Kookie-speak?!"

@klondike6 said:

Don't keep us in suspence. What does "scooby-do" translate to, in Kookie-speak?!"

SPOILERS: Stu asked Kookie to go undercover in a hotrod club, to find out who's sabotaging a client's car. Kookie said, since he sold his hotrod to JR, he's no longer a hotrodder, but a scooby-doo. That means he's obeys all traffic laws to the letter, in his current automobile.

In my opinion the Stu Bailey episodes have a higher consistent quality than the Jeff Spencer episodes. EZJr was simply the better actor. However, I like plenty of the Spencer episodes. The one he wrote that has no dialogue (The Silent Caper) was brilliant.

Rex Randolph was a "transfer" from Bourbon Street Beat. Possibly Richard Long was under contract even though they dropped the show, and they wanted to get something for their money? I always like Richard Long in anything he was in, but I do feel his Sunset Strip episodes are generally weaker than either the Bailey or Spencer episodes. I don't think Long brought his A game to that series. On subsequent viewings, I often skipped his episodes.

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