Hi Mannix fans, before I get into the final season I wanted to speak about Mannix on ABC. I was in college in 1976 and had early morning class and I rememeber the show premired that fall of 76. I know this goes against what some have said but that is how I do remember. I was on my own I had bought my first color tv set and learned Mannix was coming to ABC late night on Tuesdays only. Not every night but just Tuesdays. I was so happy when I learned I would stay up for it even though I had 8:00 class the next morning. The other thing was Dark Shadows had just ended it's syndication in Chicago and what fun to get my other favortie show to replace it and Wild Wild West was also in late night local syndication too. WWW was another show I loved and even Peyton Place was in syndication airing in the afternoon on our local CBS station. What a year 1976 was. I just cannot believe it was 1975 when the show went to ABC. I think it had been off the air until the reruns on late night in the fall of 76. Just had to add that. I just finished Season 8. I thought this final season went out with Mike Connors and Gail Fisher at the top of their game. I enjoyed the veiled references to Watergate and got a kick out of Joe calling Peggy Mrs. Olson as she poured the coffee. Only people of my generation will remember the Folgers Coffee Lady Commercial with Mrs. Olson. She played Katherine Hepburn’s racist business partner in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. The adding of Chip in two episodes was a new twist and also the addition of some light comedy which I found very acceptable in a few episodes. I also thought in the two part episode using Catalina as a location shoot for the island was a nice touch. I have been to Catalina and it is a very beautiful place. San Francisco used in season 7 was also nice to see again. I also thought they made good use of location shots around LA this season. The Capital Records Building could be seen and even the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We also got to see some great action scenes which was always what fans looked forward to on Mannix. Not stock footage either. I enjoyed when the girl in the wheel chair is watching a Mannix episode on her TV as the killer is about to strike. Nice touch guys!!! The airplane sequence was a good one and we even had Joe driving his new car through the under brush just like in the opening scenes of the series. Nudity was of course present as in all seasons except season 7. In Ransom for Yesterday I could swear there was nude photo of woman behind the newspaper mans desk. I also enjoyed seeing Toby again. He had not been on the show I think since seasons 5. I am sure everyone who has ever read any posts from me on this thread know that I am a big Gail Fisher Fan. I thought Gail really gave a great performance this season. Perhaps her best acting in the whole series. The usual office banter between Peggy and Joe seemed so comfortable in this Final Season. Joe and Peggy made you feel as though you were in the office with them. You sat back watching these two old friends bounce ideas off each other to solve a case. I felt toward the end of season 7 the producers had put to much distance between Joe and Peggy. Season 8 had them working hand and glove again and I was properly grateful to the producers and writers for that. Just little things in conversation between Peggy and Joe showed we were back to normal. I like how Joe learns who is after him by a tie Peggy gave him for his birthday and he wore the tie for a week he stated. Just small things like that added to the script which let us the audience know the bond between Joe and Peggy was stronger than ever. Season 8 did deliver two episodes which stood out to prove the depth of Peggy and Joe’s relationship. The over done I know as some say Kidnap Peggy Episodes, in season 8 had a much different twist. Joe thinks this time Peggy is dead but you can see in Joe’s face he is not ready to believe it. I love when Joe states to the crooks girlfriend that he will turn the girlfriend over to the killers to save Peggy. Joe states it firmly without hesitation and we see a side of Joe we have not seen before. Connors really delivers in this scene. You know he means business in his voice and body language. The other episode which I think was one of the best in the season was when Joe is put into a torture chamber. The crooks do not get what they want from Joe and send for Peggy. I am old time Mannix Fan but that switch in the plot made me get up out of my chair. The scene is Joe handcuffed to a table. The next scene to Joe’s horror Peggy walks in with crooks behind her. The producers again very astute had to have Joe handcuffed to a table as he watches one of the crooks slap Peggy. Joe is in agony and once again Connors does a great job of acting. Beautifully done guys!! Joe of course quickly gives up the name the crooks want. He names the Crook doing the torture. The Crook begins to strangle Joe. Peggy goes after the crook throwing herself on his back several times with increased strength as each of her attacks continue. Watch Gail Fishers face as she tries to save Joe. What a great actress Gail Fisher was. Producers for the first time on Mannix allowed Peggy to go after who was ever trying to kill Joe. You had the impression Peggy with each assault made on the Crook was done with great fury. You felt Peggy had wanted to beat up these Crooks who had hurt Joe time again through out the years and now she had a chance to do so. I think after that scene anyone who speculated on the depth of feeling between Joe and Peggy received their answer. I also liked very much a scene where Joe is off to work a long distance case and tells Peggy not to worry and gives her cheek a gentle stroke. I thought that scene is just like a husband leaving a wife for a trip. We then fast forward to the 90s when Mike does the guest spot on DM. Joe is still Joe and we as loyal Mannix Fans for 8 years get the final pay off when Joe speaks of Peggy and we know they are still together. I had always wished Gail could have been in that episode but I am glad now she was not. We Joe and Peggy fans could on our own decide how their relationship may have evolved over the years. Joe does state in this DM episode to get in touch with Peggy so she is not worried. I think that said it all for me. I am so happy the series is completed and can be bought at now a very reasonable rate from Amazon. I am so glad to see others like Harry who are interested in the show. So i leave the Mannix thread today in JoAnn and Harry hands and everyone else who so fond of this great tv drama. I have enjoyed writing here but now it is time for new thoughts from new people. Good bye Folks and enjoy this thread. Long Live Joe and Peggy!!!