Ironside/Robert Phillips vs. the Man

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Robert Phillips vs. the Man
Season 2, Episode 5
Airdate October 10, 1968
Written by Sy Salkowitz
Directed by Nicholas Colasanto
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IronsideSeason Two

Guest Stars: Paul Winfield (Robert Phillips), Jack Hogan (Ed Barnard)

Co-Starring: Diane Shalet (Mrs. Shavely), Gene Lyons (The Commissioner), Diane Ladd (Peggy Barnard)

With: Donna Anders (Lottie Collins), Dick Williams (Spokesman), Gloria Edwards (Mrs. Adams), Ben Hammer (Fleming), Morris Erby (Mr. Adams), Fabian Dean (Det. Lt. Porter), Jack Collins (Corning), Davis Roberts (Attorney Peters), Arnold Williams (1st Man), John Rayner (Larry Drake), Ron Pinkard (Activist / undercover cop; uncredited)


Plot Overview

Black activist Robert Phillips is accused of murdering a shopkeeper he held a grudge against during a riot instigated by Phillips at the man's store. Ironside believes Phillips is innocent, but the latter's racist anti-white and anti-police demagoguery hinders the Chief's investigation, as do several of Phillips' equally-racist colleagues, who hurl racial insults at Mark (including calling him an "Uncle Tom") and essentially accuse him of being a "race traitor" for his work with Ironside, and also attempt to close ranks by staging anti-police protests and refusing to co-operate with the SFPD in finding out who really killed the store owner.



  • Ron Pinkard, who later went on to his most well-known role as Dr. Mike Morton on Emergency!, had an uncredited role in this episode as an undercover SFPD officer masquerading as one of the protesters