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“Road to Nashville”

S2 E4

Production 45406
Original Airdate: 20 October 1976
Country outfit
Muffin helps "Jodi Lee" with her stage fright
Produced by
Kenneth Johnson
Written by
James D. Parriott
Directed by
Alan J. Levi
Guest Cast
Guest Star(s)
Hoyt Axton as Buck Buckley
Bert Kramer as Penn Mathers
Special Guest Star(s)
Doc Severinson as Muffin Calhoun
Fionnuala Flanagan as Tammy Dalton
Co-starring
Scott Arthur Allen as Bill
With
Dick Haynes as Announcer
Stacey O'Brien as Stacy
Bob Beck as Len
Earl Billings as Skycap
Robin Harlan as Pam
Broadcast Order
Season 2
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"Assault on the Princess" "Kill Oscar"

Jaime poses as a country singer to find a missing OSI agent, and to stop the passing of top-secret information.

Summary

Jaime's OSI predecessor may have looked "as country as an ear of corn," but the shady characters surrounding Nashville has-been star "Big" Buck Buckly (Hoyt Axton) see right through him, and lock him up in a recording studio made super-secure to stop thieves from faking off with Buck's music.  Before she can save her coworker, Jaime must convince everyone she's the lext Loretta Lynn; then, she must break into the studio bionically.  But when Buck confronts her at his own recording console, Jaime must be doubly gentle in breaking the bad news that his lady love, Tammy (Fionnula Flanagan) is helping his producer sell state secrets!  Not willing to go down without a fight, the crooked record production team burn down the studio with Jaime and her fellow OSIer inside, but Jaime busts them out and races to the concert hall where Buck has been forced to broadcast the final batch of illicit data in the guise of a live concert.  With help from everyone on the Side of Right, Jaime stops the bad guys and Buck forgives his lady love, singing a super sappy song just for her to end the episode.

Deconstructed

Quotes

Jaime: So you and Oscar were in intelligence together during Korea?
Muffin: Yeah, that's right, only I had the intelligence to get out of this racket after the war.


Jaime: They've got to be holding him in that recording studio, because the security's incredible.
Oscar: Have you got his picture, Jaime?
Jaime: Yeah, I've got it here. Oscar, I got to tell you - this poor guy - if you sent him in here looking like this, it's no wonder he got caught. He looks just like you.
Oscar: But that's an OSI requirement, Jaime. We all look alike.


Muffin: Well, I don't know, one minute, I'm upstairs, snoozing away, and the next I'm being hauled down here by a couple of my old buddy's guards. I'm going to tell you, sweetheart, you sure know how to make enemies out of friends.


(Jaime, Muffin and Bill escaped from the burning studio)
Jaime: You all right?
Bill: Who are you?
Jaime: Jaime Sommers. And the guy in the pajamas here is Muffin Calhoun. We're from the OSI.



Trivia

  • The first episode of the second season showing Jaime holding class in school.
  • Jaime uses the alias Jodi Lee Sommers.
  • Guest star Doc Severinson was then best known as Johnny Carson's bandleader on The Tonight Show.
  • Jamie's flamboyant Western-style suit was designed by well-known tailor Nudie Cohn, owner of Nudie's Rodeo Tailors. The automobile sporting a longhorn hood ornament is one of Nudie Cohn's actual cars.

Music


Gaffes

CONTINUITY
  • As Jaime lays unconscious across the audio console, the wide shot shows her facing right. In close-up she is facing left.
  • After setting fire to the control room, Penn's thugs exit, leaving the door swinging open. But it is closed and locked when Jaime and Muffin wake up and try to escape.

Nitpicks

  • During the opening sequence, Buck Buckley is onstage at the Grand Old Opry, playing his guitar and singing, but his guitar does not appear to be plugged into an amplifier.
  • When Jaime prepares to investigate Buck's studio, she jumps over the electric fence. The leaping sound effect begins prematurely.
  • While undercover as Jodi Lee, nobody recognizes Jaime as former top five tennis pro.
  • Buck Buckley's Nashville estate is landscaped with tropical foliage that would not survive the climate in Tennessee.

Credits

  • Fionnula Flanagan is misspelled as "Fionnuala Flanagan" (the misspelling is retained here per our Credit Reflection policy.
  • In the classroom scenes, the girl strumming the guitar is referred to as "Patty," but the end credits list no such character. However, there is a billing for a character that is never referred to in the episode: "Stacy" played by Stacey O'Brien. Presumably, "Stacy" and "Patty" are the same. This conjecture is aided by the fact that Stacey O'Brien returns later in "Deadly Ringer; click on her name for more information.

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