Hooray, it’s Debra Clinger again! She had played a different character in season one’s “Wipe Out” and this time she’s the singer of a small rock group that plays small towns in, unfortunately, the same circuit as a drug ring is suspected to travel. Clinger had played Superchick in Kaptain Kool and the Kongs, and I had such a crush on her when I was about our son’s age. Ours did allow that he really enjoyed the first song her band played in tonight’s episode.
This was a much, much better episode than the last couple. It does kind of deteriorate toward the end, once our heroes figure out who the villains are, and the bad guys get a scene to talk in “television evil” while nobody’s watching. But before that, it’s a pretty good little mystery, with several suspects, lots of clues, and a couple of perfectly fine seventies bubblegum songs. And if we’re completely honest, I really do enjoy the running gag about how Frank invariably finds an important plot point that needs his attention just as soon as Joe starts singing.