Harry, OK, since you brought it up -- that is one of four pieces of dialogue in Mannix that might be considered dated. It is amazing to realize that, while the producers of Mannix were putting out a show they never thought, and could never have predicted, would be viewed and scrutinized on DVDs, they still seemed to intentionally be making a show with timeless content. It was set in its period, of course (in and of itself, such a difficult thing to pull off -- a character with knight-like qualities set in the present day), but it did not date itself in terms of dialogue and hardly even the properties of the villains. The evils driving the heroic nature of the main character still apply today -- and so do his qualities of character since they are, in fact, timeless in nature. Curiously, one such piece of dated dialogue happens in the pilot episode, "The Name is Mannix." When Joe is at the Palm Springs airport, a thug comes to take him to his client when Joe wanted to pick up his rental car and get himself there later. The thug pulls a gun on Joe, meaning that he wasn't going to be able to pick up his rental car after all. So when a young female rental car attendant brings the car to Joe (geez, were things different in those days....), Joe replies to her, "He tried harder." This was from the Avis ads that ran those days, since, as the #2 rental car company (to Hertz), they "tried harder." Another piece of dated dialogue comes at the end of "Climb a Deadly Mountain." When Joe says to Peggy "I just couldn't find a phone" -- that was a line used by men in those days to try to get themselves off the hook for not calling women who expected them to call. That line still works in that episode -- but it was somewhat stronger since it tied into a common expression which is, of course, no longer used. Then, there is the dialogue you pointed out. It tied into some commercial that ran then -- I can't remember which one now (most probably a coffee one). But, "It's hot" was something running all over the airwaves when that line was said in that episode. And, there is a fourth such dated reference, and a second one to a coffee commercial -- I think it might be in season 8. For some reason, I seem to think the reference is much more explicit to a coffee commercial in that one, to the point of almost mentioning Mrs. Folger. My apologies for not remembering which episode. I have a somewhat less complete memory of season 8 -- it is still hard to watch because it was the last season -- and the show did not deserve to be canceled! Actually, that link I posted a couple of weeks back blamed Fred Silverman for the cancellation -- I had not heard that before. I seem to recall Johnny Carson making a lot of fun of Fred Silverman as well -- probably after he left CBS. Fred Silverman had the power to cancel Mannix -- but he is not remembered fondly.