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Starring Robert Urich as Dan Tanna
Season 1 (ABC) (1978-79)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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##################### Vega$ ##################
############## season 1 1978-79 ##############
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ABC Wednesdays 10:00-11:00pm Eastern

1.1 [--] Vega$: CENTERFOLD
20Sep78 ABC Wed
w. Burton Armus / d. Harry Falk
Cast: BB PD JL TC NS
Cristina Ferrare.................Shawn Adams
John Ericson.....................Mr. Smith
Richard Roat.....................Smith's assistant
Dane Clark (special).............Matt Finer
Abe Vigoda (special).............Max, the cook
Morey Amsterdam..................Izzy, lion owner
Vic Tayback......................Bruno, butcher
Tanna is hired to protect a model from coersion. Subplot: Lucille, the lion, is missing.

1.2 [--] Vega$: THE GAMES GIRLS PLAY
27Sep78 ABC Wed
w. Fred Frieberger d. Sutton Roley
Cast: BB PD JL NS TC
Don Porter........................Senator Willian Mitchell
Shelley Farbares..................Linda Stockwood
Ed Nelson (special)...............Jonathan Stockwood
Linda Thompson....................Helen Martin
Alex Trebeck......................Arthur Martin
Tiffany Bolling...................Doris Howard
Troy Donahue......................Teddy Howard
Skip Homeier......................Hitman
John Carradine (cameo)............Pall bearer
George Jessel (cameo).............Eulogist at Funeral
An "anti-porn" senator is put in a compromising situation. Sub-plot: Benji's 'new' car is wrecked.

1.3 [--] Vega$: MOTHER MISHKIN
11Oct78 ABC Wed
w. Ron Friedman / d. Bernard McEveety
Cast: BB PD NS JL TC
Anne Francis.....................Lillian Ross
Molly Picon......................Mother Mishkin
Antonio Fargas...................
John Durren......................
Rex Holman.......................
Joe Capp.........................
Sid Caesar.......................The General
Ross Martin (special)............Werner Worthmeyer
Richard Cangey...................
Taaffe O'Connell.................
Mama is the target of revenge, but no one know why. Efforts to frighten her include a gorilla, a snake and spiders.
Sub-plot: Benji tries to repossess a car.

1.4 [--] Vega$: LOVE, LAUGH OR DIE
18Oct78 ABC Wed
w. Richard Carr / d. Don Chaffey
Cast: BB PD NS TC JL
Andrew Duggan....................William Virgil
Don Galloway.....................Brad Thomas
Robert Mandan....................Lou Smith
Gene Dynarski....................
Bobby Van........................Eddie Banning
Milton Seltzer...................Tenny, Eddie's asst
Dorothy Malone...................Mrs. Gardner
Bill Dana (special)..............Danny (at pro shop)
Jonathan Harris..................Used Car Salesman
Jenny Sherman
Jordan Michaels
Valerie & Vanessa Browne
A call girl, Alexi, is shot. She wrote a book which might have embarrassed one of the men in her past, or did it?
Sub-plot: Tanna is looking for runaway twin girls.

1.5 [--] Vega$: YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER
25Oct78 ABC Wed
w. Milt Rosen / d. Don Chaffey
Cast: BB PD JL NS TC
Lauren Tewes.....................Cindy Smalley
Strother Martin..................Lick Smith
Christine De Lisle...............Linda
Randy Powell.....................? Jim Smalley
Lloyd Bochner....................Lyle Galen
Whitman Mayo (special)...........? Hank Jenner, father
Barbara McNair (cameo)...........Beverly, desk clerk
Slim Pickens.....................Ben Handler
Frank Corsentino.................Tony
Paul Valentine...................Minister
Leo Needham......................Personnel Man
Margolyn Curtis..................Lady
A man glimpsed by a woman at her wedding might be her long lost, supposedly dead father. She begs Tanna to find him.

1.6 [--] Vega$: LADY ICE
01Nov78 ABC Wed
Teleplay by Burton Armus / Story by Jeffrey Hayes & John Frances Whelpley / Directed by Mark Daniels
Cast: BB PD JL NS TC
Kim Basinger.....................Alison Jorden
Dick Bakalyan....................Marvin Hale
Nehemiah Persoff.................The Sheik
Cameron Mitchell (special).......Willie
Barbara McNair (cameo)...........Beverly, desk clerk
Roselle Gayle....................Bodyguard
Lee Parish.......................Detective
Cops: Frank Nicholas, Vic Vallero, Larry New
Jewel thieves come to Las Vegas for one last job, but complications set in when the female partner falls for Tanna.

1.7 [--] Vega$: MILLIKEN'S STASH
08Nov78 ABC Wed
w. Larry Alexander / d. Lawrence Doheny
Cast: BB PD JL NS TC
Shelly Berman....................Mickey
Anthony James....................? Tully
Pernell Roberts (special)........Pete
Isabel Sanford (cameo)...........Motel manager
Henry Jones......................Airport mechanic
Raymond St.Jacques...............Lt. Burke Hansen (not Nelson)
John Marley (special)............Marty Trafalgar
Andy Epper.......................Hood
Alan Oliney......................Hood
Marvin Brady.....................Guard
A man from Miami demands that Marty distribute cocaine, but he doesn't want to do it. He sets up the courier who
'stashes' it in the theater of the Desert Inn. Marty is threatened by an unknown 'Wendy Milliken' and asks Tanna
to find her.

1.8 [--] Vega$: THE PAGEANT
15Nov78 ABC Wed
w. E. Nick Alexander / d. Larry Dobkin
Cast: BB PD JL NS TC
Robert Reed......................Mike Logan
Maureen McCormick................Jenny Logan
Dolly Martin (special)...........Annabelle
Peter Brown (special)............Richie
Inga Swenson.....................The Producer
Michael Callan...................Ben Summers
Julie Casey......................Mary
Margolyn Curtis..................Taffy
David Lansford...................Michael Swan
Tony Ballen......................Sammy
Clint Young......................Detective
A serial rapist attacks blonde contestants of the Miss Casino Pageant. Bea becomes the 'goat' to lure him out.

1.9 [--] Vega$: LOST WOMEN
22Nov78 ABC Wed
w. Burton Armus / d. Paul Stanley
Cast: BB PD JL NS TC -- GM special
Moses Gunn.......................Joe Moe
Charles Dierkop
Seamon Glass
Cesar Romero (special)...........Christopher Vincente
Brit Kind ?Karen
Kim Hamilton ?Lois Chambers
Peter Mark Richman...............Grady
Rhonda Hopkins...................Joyce
Wendy Hoffman....................Sandy
Girls are shanghied for white slavery. A high point of this episode is the house blown up with Tanna inside.

1.10 [--] Vega$: SECOND STANZA
06Dec78 ABC Wed
w. Jeff Myrow / d. Bob Kelljan
Cast: BB PD JL NS TC
Eugene Roche.....................Paul Duninger (manager)
Joseph Campanella................Stewy (pianist)
Johnny Seven.....................? Buddy Johnson (bartender)
Peter Breck (special)............? Walter Melford (ex-husband)
Harvey Lembeck (cameo)...........? Mike at Jockey Club
Doc Severinson (cameo)...........self
Ronee Blakely....................Ginny Gordon
David Milton.....................Steve
Marc Cowell......................Charlie
A singer with a drinking problem wants to make a comeback, but someone doesn't want her to succeed.

1.11 [--] Vega$: SERVE, VOLLEY AND KILL
20Dec78 ABC Wed
w. Norman Lessing / d. Sutton Roley
Cast: BB PD JL NS
Randolph Mantooth................Bobby Howard (tennis ace)
Don Defore.......................Green (manager)
Phil Abbott
Red Buttons......................Tommy Cirko (minister)
Pamelyn Ferden...................Katie (sister)
Mamie Van Doren (special)........? Health Spa
Gil Stratton ? promoter
Dawn Wells.......................Millie
Christopher George (special).....Nickie Trent
Lynda Day George (special).......Sandra Wells
Co-stars:
Al Scaglione William Canteau Lewis Calvin
Dave Burton Gail Martin Nathaniel Christian
Gamblers threaten a tennis player and hold his sister hostage in order to force him to lose.
Sub-plot: Tommy Cirko runs a wedding chapel with angels.

1.12 [--] Vega$: YOURS TRULY, JACK THE RIPPER
10Jan79 ABC Wed
w. Larry Forrester / d. Larry Dobkin
Cast: BB PD NS GM
John Larch.......................Jack, the Ripper
Murray Matheson..................Philip Grayson
George Takei.....................Medical Examiner
Peter Lind Hayes.................Brad Edelson, newsman
Pamela Hensley...................Valerie (policewoman)
Lee Travis.......................Martha aka Lisa Benitez
Courtney Pledger.................Kate Crenshaw
Alan Manson......................Assistant DA
Red McIlvaine....................Reporter #1
Virginia Hawkins.................Shopper
Lamont Jackson...................Driver
A modern day Ripper makes dates with call girls, then kills them.

1.13 [--] Vega$: THE ELEVENTH EVENT
17Jan79 ABC Wed
w. Brian McKay / d. Don Chaffey
Cast: BB PD JL NS
Clifton Davis....................Leon Hazlett
Michael Conrad...................? Paul Baker
Vernee Watson....................Dorothy
Squire Fridell...................? kidnapper
Jill Hayworth (special)..........Lily Baker
Muhammad Ali (special)...........self
Robert Loggia....................Lou Voit
Walter Scott.....................Chuck
Fred Lerner......................Hanny
James McKenna....................Bellhop
An Olympic gold medal winner, crippled in an auto accident, is honored in Las Vegas at a fund raiser.
Paul Baker is kidnapped and held for $200,000 ransom, just the amount of the proceeds.

1.14 [--] Vega$: KILL DAN TANNA
24Jan79 ABC Wed
w. Larry Forrester / d. Curtis Harrington
Cast: GM BB PD
Richard Lynch....................Mr. North
Don Gordon.......................Willie
Kyle Richards
Julius Harris....................? Yancy
Will Sampson.....................Harlan Twoleaf
Byron Morrow.....................Dr. Rossmore
Harvey Solin.....................Medical Director
Sylvie Strauss...................Wardrobe Lady
Kathryn Daley....................Nurse
An injured war veteran blows up Tanna's house with Tanna and Bea's six year old daughter, Julie, inside.
Julie is in a coma while Dan hunts for the culprit.

1.15 [--] Vega$: DEATH MOUNTAIN
31Jan79 ABC Wed
w. Larry Forrester / d. George McGowan
Cast: GM BB PD NS
Ron Antonio Castro...............? Jim Cloud
Keye Luke........................Henry Matsimura
Will Sampson.....................Harlan Twoleaf
Ken Curtis (special).............? Digger Dennison
Joan Van Ark (special)...........Doctor Grant (professor)
Dahl Berti.......................Grey Bear
John Tuell.......................Mozzie
Gil Frye.........................Medical Examiner
Glen Wilder......................Ben
Mike Runyard.....................Derry
Bill Sherman.....................Richard
Bikers kill Indian Chief Grey Bear as part of a plot to acquire Indian land for an amusement project.

1.16 [--] Vega$: BEST FRIENDS
07Feb79 ABC Wed
w. Robert Earll / d. Don Chaffey
Cast: GM BB PD NS
Abbe Lane........................Ms. Kyle
John Rubenstein..................Vance Gilroy
Harold J. Stone..................Mr. Hunter
Ned Glass........................Erwin Levy
Margolyn Curtis..................Aludra
Victoria Ann Berry...............Hooker
Ms. Kyle wants to buy one of Roth's casinos and hires a hitman to kill Roth, then Tanna. [The revolver has a silencer!]

1.17 [--] Vega$: DEMAND AND SUPPLY
14Feb79 ABC Wed
w. Gerry Davis / d. Cliff Bole
Cast: GM BB PD NS
William Smith....................Jack Avery (pimp)
John Fiedler.....................S.J. Henderson (counselor)
Gregory Walcott
Michael D. Roberts...............Chickie
R.G. Armstrong
Cynthia Eilbacher................Jenny Miller
Jean Allison.....................Sarah
Karlene Crockett.................Tracy
Tom Williams.....................Grover
Peter Burnell....................Intern
Lynn Theel.......................Dahlia
Teenage girls are blackmailed into prostitution by threats of harm to their single parents. They work at the
Pinecrest Motel. The school is Central High. [The revolver has a silencer!]

1.18 [--] Vega$: EVERYTHING I TOUCH
28Feb79 ABC Wed
w. E. Nick Alexander / d. Paul Stanley
Cast: BB PD JL NS TC
JoAnn Harris
Fawne Harriman
Vivian Blaine....................teacher
Heather Menzies..................Lisa
Adam West
A number of Tanna's girlfriends have been victims of a serial killer.
Subplot: Angie practices bumps and grinds.

1.19 [--] Vega$: DOUBTFUL TARGET
07Mar79 ABC Wed
w. E. Nick Alexander / d. Laurence Doheny
Cast: GM BB PD NS
Leslie Nielsen...................Tyler Dickenson
Elyssa Davelos...................Kimberly Farragut
Louise Sorel.....................Jackie
Ann Jeffreys (special)...........Cynthia
Woodrow Porfrey..................Cy Winters
Gary Pagett......................Dealer
Vivian Ford......................Waitress
Arnold Mescher...................Artist
Benji and his blind girlfriend see a man leaving an office. The man has just killed a loan shark who was threatening
him and fears Benji and his girlfriend have seen too much. He kills the girlfriend not knowing she is blind, then
he stalks Benji.

1.20 [--] Vega$: TOUCH OF DEATH
14Mar79 ABC Wed
w. James Schermerer / d. Don Chaffey
Cast: GM BB PD NS
Stephen Elliott
Sondra West......................Wendy Cole
Chip Lucia
Paul Mantee
Alan Oppenheimer
John Randolph....................Oscar Duncan
Sarah Cunningham.................Clara
Jerry Ayres......................Alex
Herman Poppe.....................Driver
Noah Keen........................Dr. Richards
Sandy Freeman....................Manageress
Barbara Baldavin.................Mrs. Stein
Newlyweds just starting on their honeymoon have an accident with a tanker truck.
A short time later, the husband vanishes. Tanna investigates.

1.21 [--] Vega$: THE WAY TO LIVE
02May79 ABC Wed
w. Burton Armus / d. Don Chaffey
Cast: GM BB PD
Marlyn Mason.....................Shara Stanley
Tom Urich........................? Red Packard
Ken Tobey........................Biff Woods
Wilfred Hyde-White (special).....Matt Toland
Norman Alden.....................Coleman
Robert Lussier...................Fields
Jeff Bruce.......................Clerk in liquor store
Jason Wingreen...................Drake
Richard S. Calvert...............self (Announcer)
A female daredevil motorcycle rider brings her show to town, planning to do a particularly difficult stunt.

1.22 [--] Vega$: THE VISITOR (or An Eastern Princess)
09May79 ABC Wed
w. Burton Armus / d. Laurence Doheny
Cast: GM BB PD NS
Kim Cattrail.....................Princess Zara
Michael Ansara...................? Ahmed
Victor Campos....................Ali Hadj
Henry Darrow.....................Shopkeeper
Eduard Franz.....................Hafi
Aharon Impale
Will Sampson.....................Twoleaf
Belinda Bulaski..................? Lucille
Natalie Core.....................Secretary
Charles Picerni..................Mustapha
Dave Cadiente....................Kemel
An eastern princess comes to Las Vegas and Dan is persuaded to be her escort and bodyguard, not knowing
she is involved in civil intrigue. [ Perfume is Desert Wind ] 

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