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The F.B.I./The Loper Gambit

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The Loper Gambit
Season 8, Episode 26
Airdate April 1, 1973
Written by Robert Malcolm Young
Directed by Philip Abbott
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The Loper Gambit is the twenty-sixth episode of the eighth season of The F.B.I., and the two hundred seventeenth episode overall.

Starring: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Inspector Lewis Erskine)

Also Starring: Philip Abbott (Assistant Director Arthur Ward), William Reynolds (Special Agent Tom Colby)

Guest Stars: Robert F. Lyons (Ron Loper), Leslie Charleson (Ginny Wyatt), Larry Gates (Edward Ticerman), Elliott Street (Elgin Ring), Tom Lowell (Kirk "Tice" Ticerman)

Co-Starring: John Gruber (Motorcyclist), Dallas Mitchell (Lee Burroughs)

with Larry McCormick (), Toby Richardson (), Guy Remsen ()


Plot Overview

Ronald Loper, Elgin Ring, Virginia Wyatt--Extortion

The gullible son of a Fort Lauderdale construction magnate is kidnapped by his new 'friends', who are hoping for a big payoff from his father. Erskine must find the young man before the deranged ringleader can kill him, which he will do even if he receives the money.


Arc Advancement





The Show

  • Last episode with William Reynolds as a regular. His character, Tom Colby, would receive a promotion to West Coast Bureau Chief and appear in two episodes in the following season.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments