Banacek Season 2
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Banacek (one of the rotating NBC Mystery Movie series) was a short-lived, light-hearted detective TV series starring George Peppard on NBC from 1972 to 1974. It alternated in its timeslot with several other shows, but it was the only one to last beyond its first season. It was later rebroadcast on A&E Network.
The show had a mixture of humor combined with rather intricate plots that never generated strong ratings. Despite this, the show was well received by critics, and was picked up for a third season. However, before the third season could start production, Peppard quit the show in order to prevent his ex-wife Elizabeth Ashley from receiving a larger percentage of his earnings as part of their divorce settlement.
Season 2, Episode 1: No Stone Unturned
Original Air Date: 3 October 1973
Season 2, Episode 2: If Max Is So Smart, Why Doesn't He Tell Us Where He Is?
Original Air Date: 7 November 1973
One morning Max - a huge, complex computer system - is missing from the locked, alarmed and guarded building he filled just the night before. Banacek steps in to find out how tons of computer machinery could be sneaked out leaving only bare walls.
Season 2, Episode 3: The Three Million Dollar Piracy
Original Air Date: 21 November 1973
Season 2, Episode 4: The Vanishing Chalice
Original Air Date: 15 January 1974
Season 2, Episode 5: Horse of a Slightly Different Color
Original Air Date: 22 January 1974
How can a valuable, highly recognizable thoroughbred horse start a practice run around an open racetrack and be an unknown nag when it reaches the finish line? Bet on Banacek to solve the puzzle before the horse thieves make tracks with the real article.
Season 2, Episode 6: Rocket to Oblivion
Original Air Date: 12 February 1974
A huge prototype engine sits sealed in a rotating display case in the middle of a crowded trade-show floor. A power failure turns out the lights for a few seconds, and when the lights return, tons of rocket engine have vanished. Banacek must beat his competition to the solution before Federal agents step in.
Season 2, Episode 7: Fly Me- If You Can Find Me
Original Air Date: 19 February 1974
A commercial jetliner makes an emergency landing at a small desert airstrip, blowing all of its tires and leaving a shaken flight crew. The next morning finds the pilot left guarding the plane dead and the airstrip empty of the immovable aircraft. Enter Banacek - in a chauffeur-driven jeep - to sort out the convolutions of pilots, stewardesses, old business partners and more to learn where the crippled plane has gone.
Season 2, Episode 8: Now You See Me, Now You Don't
Original Air Date: 12 March 1974