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| colspan="2" class="subcredits" | Featuring
 
| colspan="2" class="subcredits" | Featuring
 
|-
 
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| Skip O'Brien
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| Bobby Brett
| McWilliams (Exploding Viewer)
+
| ?
 
|-
 
|-
| Matt Roe
+
| Kawena Charlot
| Tall Security Guard
+
| Grace (Rik's Bodyguard)
 
|-
 
|-
| John Davey
+
| Kedren Zadikov
| Metrocop with Stunner
+
| ?
 
|-
 
|-
| Taylor Presnell
+
| Jeffrey Weisman
| Security Guard*
+
| ?
 +
|-
 +
| Tabi Cooper
 +
| Fringer Lookout
 +
|-
 +
| David Preston
 +
| David
 +
|-
 +
| Lorilyn Huckstep
 +
| Winnie (Jones)
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Heath Jobes
 
| Heath Jobes
| Tall Metrocop*
+
| Rake-House Guard
 +
|-
 +
| colspan="2" class="subcredits" | Unknown Cast
 +
|-
 +
| ?
 +
| "Fresh Start" Terminal Voice
 +
|-
 +
| ?
 +
| Missile Mike
 +
|-
 +
| ?
 +
| "Old Friend" Raker
 +
|-
 +
| ?
 +
| Victorious Raker
 +
|-
 +
| ?
 +
| Viper
 
|-
 
|-
| colspan="2" class="tfootnote" | * Tentative role match.
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| colspan="2" class="tfootnote" | * Tentative role match, pending confirmation.
 +
 
 +
Unknown roles represent credited cast members.
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Unknown cast represent roles with unknown, possibly uncredited actors.
 
|}
 
|}
  
<span class="lede">The ABC series led off with a pilot that was a close remake of the original telefilm, but with some changes to adapt Max's genesis to a new story line.</span>
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<span class="lede">The first episode of the ABC series to be aired was a later production number that shows all the hallmarks of being rushed to completion.</span>
  
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
''(Note: This synopsis is written to be completely "standalone" and is without reference to the very similar telefilm synopsis. For a comparison of the two shows, see the'' [[Max: Essays | Essays]] ''page.)''
 
  
In a bleak, dystopian future where a downtrodden underclass is ruled by warring television networks and their advertisers, one tough investigative reporter, Edison Carter, strives to make a difference. He is one of the best-known on-air personalities, and "satellites globally" for what has long been the top-rated among thousands of television channels, Network 23.
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This episode uses the first-cut opening credits, with a score but no dialogue clips.
  
Like all television reporters, he works solo with a minicam linked back to the network via his base "controller." While in the field on a hot lead, the network executives inexplicably can the story. His controller, Gorrister, commits the error of leaving him cut off and vulnerable in the field, and Carter punches him out on his battered return. Carter then demands a new controller, "the best," and "one he can trust," and gets "the best," the beautiful and skilled Theora Jones, hired away from World 1.
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===Subliminal Credits===
 +
This episode has the "Fred Raimondi" and "Cliff Ralke" credits in the Zik-Zak montage.
  
When he tries to continue investigating the story, Carter is blocked at a high level. With Theora's skilled system cracking skills, he eventually learns that the Network 23 executives know something about the mysterious event. With Theora's help, he breaks into the R&D lab - on the hidden 13th floor! - of Network 23's clandestine teenaged technical genius Bryce Lynch. There, he discovers a secret "Rebus tape" that shows how a new form of compressed commercial, a "blipvert," designed by Lynch and exclusive to Network 23, causes extremely slothful viewers to explode.
+
==Quotes==
 +
<div class="quotes">
 +
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Hi. I'm doing a survey on this kind of mindless violence
 +
and its effect on the mind-mind-mind-mindless. Do you
 +
believe all that killing is necessary? Does it s-s-s-scare
 +
you?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Raker:</span>
 +
"Me?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Yes! Yes! You with that plank on whee-whee-whee-whee-wheels.
 +
What is its effect-t-t-t on you?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Raker:</span>
 +
"You can see me?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Well. That was a fas-fas-fascinating discussion and
 +
I think you've answered my question. Thank you-you-you-you,
 +
thank you... for your help."
  
Grossberg and most of the Network 23 board, driven by ratings and advertising revenue issues tied to their biggest advertiser, the powerful global corporation Zik-Zak, want the profitable and compelling blipverts to continue, despite the risk.
+
* <span class="speaker">Announcer:</span>
 +
"Kids, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to Sport
 +
Ochias[?]! This... is... raking!"
  
While Carter is viewing the secret tape, Bryce Lynch sends network security guards to capture him, and he is sent running for his life. In an epic computer command battle between Bryce and Theora, Lynch manages to force up an exit barrier that knocks Carter from his speeding motorcycle. The last thing he sees before unconsciousness is the clearance warning on the exit gate: '''Max Headroom 2.3m'''. Theora comes running to the rescue, but Carter, his camera and the motorcycle are gone, swept up by the guards.
+
* <span class="speaker">Promoter:</span>
 +
"Raking is gonna be very, very big!"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Jack Friday:</span>
 +
"And we have a chance to come in on the ground floor,
 +
I mean, this could be big! ...bigger than Scumball!"
  
When it becomes critical to find out how much Carter learned about the blipvert problem, Network 23 president Grossberg allows Bryce to perform a cerebral scan of the unconscious Carter, transferring his memory into an AI program that theoretically could read out Carter's memories. When the AI clone is started up, all it can remember at first is "Max... Max Headroom."
+
* <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"God, I hate waiting for something to happen!"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Martinez:</span>
 +
"Yup!"
  
To keep the secret of the Rebus tape and the blipvert problem, Grossberg decides to have both Carter and his controller - Gorrister - disposed of. Two thugs, Breugal and Mahler, kill Gorrister and take Carter's unconscious body to a "body bank," a wrecking yard for human parts.
+
* <span class="speaker">Murray:</span>
 +
"It's quieter than the grave out there."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"What do we have as standby?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Murray:</span>
 +
"'Producer Dies of Boredom.'"
  
While searching for Carter, Theora stumbles on Gorrister's delivery to the body bank and is led to Carter, who she buys back and takes to her apartment to recover.
+
* <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"...you may not realize that here in the Fringes,
 +
people eat what they can catch."
  
Meanwhile, Grossberg delightedly shows off "Max Headroom" to the network board as the world's first fully programmable presenter. Network 23's ratings soar within minutes of putting Max on their broadcast - not that they have much choice, as Max has escaped into the network's computers and is no longer under anyone's control.
+
* <span class="speaker">Shawn:</span>
 
+
"You never shut up, Winnie. Just like that stupid TV,
Carter corners Bryce Lynch in his studio and pries the story out of him, meeting Max in the process. Although the Rebus tape is in Grossberg's hands, the viewing of it is in Carter's - and thus Max's - memories. Carter confronts Grossberg at his press conference announcing Carter's death and after showing the Rebus tape to the world, demands an answer - on global satellite television - about the blipvert problem. The final decision to go live with the story comes from Network 23 board member - and now president - Ben Cheviot.
+
built with no way to shut you off."
 
+
: <span class="speaker">Winnie:</span>
Grossberg is out (but still alive), Lynch is reformed (somewhat), Cheviot takes over Network 23, and Max Headroom is loose in Network 23's computer, ready to c-c-c-cry havoc at every turn.
+
"She's your sister."
 
+
: <span class="speaker">Shawn:</span>
==Notes & Commentary==
+
"I don't have a sister any more."
 
 
This episode is a remake of the original telefilm, with as many interesting changes as exactly repeated bits of dialogue.
 
 
 
The telefilm was intended to leave Max with a pirate network, a fictional stand-in for the real Channel 4. In the rewrite, leaving Max attached to the big network gave more story possibilities. The pirate network, Big Time Television, is brought into the story in a later episode.
 
 
 
When Lorimar picked up the rights to continue the story as a series, they completely recast the show, keeping only Matt Frewer and Amanda Pays, with William Morgan Sheppard brought on in later episodes. Instead of one American actor among an all-British cast, the series had one (and later two) British actors among an American cast.
 
 
 
Nearly all of the computer graphics are recycled from the British version. This leads to some slight inconsistencies.
 
 
 
There is no clue in this episode as to the city in which the story is set. (The telefilm clearly, if briefly, located itself in London.)
 
 
 
The exploding viewer is captured on a "Rebus tape," which becomes a pivotal object in the story. It appears that "Rebus" was intended to represent the possibly secret "two way" nature of the television system, whereby the networks can spy on viewers. Other references in the series are to the "two way sampler."
 
 
 
We never see the helicopter pilot Martinez in this episode, only hear his voice.
 
 
 
The dialogue is an odd mix of leftover Britishisms ("zed" for the letter Z) and "fixes" of prior terms for American audiences ("blipvertisements" on first reference, for example, since "advert" - the root for blipvert - is much more common in the UK the US.)
 
 
 
Among the news headlines that flash past on Theora's console are:
 
* Missile missing from AKG.
 
* Man sings whole of Shakespeare.
 
* Assassination of medic team in Bolivia.
 
* Nuclear submarine explodes.
 
 
 
The missile and medic stories are the same as in the telefilm. The "man sings Shakespeare" story - is that a riff on the singing, Shakespeare-quoting Breugal as portrayed by Hilton McRae?
 
 
 
Bryce Lynch's birthdate is given as October 7, 1988 (European style: 7/10/88). If his age is 18 or thereabouts, this places the story in 2006.
 
 
 
Theora's decoding of Bryce's door passcode uses a thermal scan of the keypad, but the highlighted keys have little to do with the passcodes she provides to Carter. At least four letters she specifies are not on those keys. (The codes are identical to those from the telefilm, which did not use the "thermal scan" gimmick. They had to remain the same because the same alphanumeric "decoding" matrix graphic was used.)
 
 
 
Bryce's exit code is BZ2VH. His entry code is IJ2FI.
 
 
 
Theora says, "I know all about little boys." Carter turns it into an innuendo, but Theora clearly means something else. Is she referring to her younger brother, a subject not raised until the second episode?
 
 
 
Breugal and Mahler are a riff on the 19th century Scottish body snatching team of Burke and Hare, who started off stealing newly buried bodies for physicians to use in anatomy lessons, and graduated to delivering still-warm corpses. The two parts are cut down in this version and the reference is probably lost on most American viewers.
 
 
 
Carter's personal ident code is 74928BDG6629.
 
 
 
The nurse receptionist at Nightingale's Body Bank is named "Florence." (Florence Nightingale? Famous nurse? Get it?)
 
 
 
Among the networks shown on the ratings graphic of stations with ratings in the billions:
 
* Network 23
 
* Pulsart TV
 
* Flanel 25
 
* Bimboviz
 
* Big Time (in the billions!?)
 
* Pornoviz
 
* Traumaviz
 
* Fatui - 1... (incompletely visible)
 
* Gidividi
 
* ZGVNHY (did a programmer run out of ideas and just whack in a random string?)
 
 
 
This episode uses the first-cut opening credits, with a score but no dialogue clips.
 
 
 
===Subliminal Credits===
 
This episode has the "Fred Raimondi" and "Cliff Ralke" credits in the Zik-Zak montage.
 
 
 
==Quotes==
 
<div class="quotes">
 
* Carter: "Edison Carter to Network 23... come on, guys, clear this link!"
 
  
* Carter: "This is Edison Carter, answering the questions other people are afraid to ask. What I want to know is this: Who died today in apartment complex 1-4-2-zeta, and who is trying to suppress the story?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"David? Sit down. Link to Edison Carter."
 +
: <span class="speaker">David:</span>
 +
"Edison Carter? But..."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"Don't worry about it."
 +
: <span class="speaker">David:</span>
 +
"Edison Carter? But..."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"It's okay - it's dead, there's nothing. You have control."
  
* Murray: "Have you looked at our ratings? The numbers are up three points in the first five minutes!"
+
* <span class="speaker">Murray:</span>
 +
"All right, talk to me, somebody... wake me up!"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Murray? Murrrrayyy..."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Murray:</span>
 +
"Somebody except Max."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Murray..."
  
* Carter: "It's MY neck out there!"
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"I don't want to keep - I don't want to keep - I don't
 +
want to keep chewing on an old bone, but..."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Announcer:</span>
 +
"Missile Mike!"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"...I'm talking about lives! Just how da-da-da-da-dangerous
 +
is this person?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Murray:</span>
 +
"Does anybody know what he's talking about?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"I'm talking about this guy-guy-g-g-guy with the
 +
inexhaustible ammunition s-s-s ammunition supply,
 +
ninety-nine lives and an urge to use 'em all up!"
 +
(battle sounds) That-That-That-That's who I'm talking
 +
about!
  
* Gene Ashwell: "Come on, Ben - the only people that inactive are pensioners, the sick or the unemployed... I mean, who really cares?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Controller:</span>
 +
"Murray! Murray, we have fish!"
  
* Mrs. Formby: "We are the only channel with blipverts. We lose them, and we lose the Zik-Zak Corporation to our competitors."
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Why is he trying to find Theora?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Bryce:</span>
 +
"I guess... because he's fond of her."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Is fon-fon-fon-fon is fond the same as... fondle? Fondle?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Bryce:</span>
 +
"How should I know?"
  
* Murray: "Edison Carter, Theora Jones."
+
* <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
: Theora: "Hi."
+
"Newsroom surveillance tapes of a controller's output
: Murray: "Uh, she just said 'hi'..."
+
are high-security confidential - they're very sensitive
: Carter: "Hi!"
+
about giving out any of that information."
: Murray: "You've heard of her, so behave yourself!"
+
: <span class="speaker">Console:</span>
 +
(beeps and ticks)
 +
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"How did this happen?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Maaax. (giggles) It's great. Flip-flop!"
  
* Theora Jones: "How's your head?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Bryce:</span>
: Edison Carter: "Fine... how's yours?"
+
"I didn't know Theora had a brother."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"Neither did I."
  
* Edison Carter: "See if you can... kind of, ahh... access the inaccessible?"
+
* <span class="speaker">'The Fresh Start' Terminal:</span>
 +
"Good evening, Mr. Carter. What would you like to drink?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"I'll have a scotch with ice, and she'll have a Blizzard."
 +
: <span class="speaker">'The Fresh Start' Terminal:</span>
 +
"One scotch with ice, one Blizzard, coming up."
  
* Murray: "Back off - I mean it! What is so special about some microwave oven going 'pop'?"
+
"We had some excitement after you left, uh, we had a
: Carter: "Aw, come on, Murray, since when do Metrocops guard microwaves..."
+
chance at the 'Bureau Burner'... at least, we think
: Murray: "Edison..."
+
it was the Bureau Burner, anyway. Unfortunately, I
: Carter: "...unless they're cooking their lunch?"
+
had Murray sitting in as my controller."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"I suppose the next thing you're going to tell me is
 +
I've been fired."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"Murray seems to think so, yeah. But I don't."
  
* Carter: "Theora, run that again, that last bit..."
+
"How come you never mentioned you had a brother?"
: Cheviot: "Carter got too damned close to the truth this morning."
+
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
: Carter: "Did I, now..."
+
"There are lots of things I've never mentioned about
 +
myself. Twelve years spent in state homes cures you
 +
of any need to think back on the good old days."
  
* Theora: "Here we go - Bryce Lynch, research and development, Level 13."
+
* <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
: Carter: "Uh, Theora, I hate to tell you this, but there's no Level 13 in this building."
+
"My brother and I were separated - I suppose people
: Theora: "Oh, yes there is."
+
are more likely to adopt pretty young girls. Anyway,
 +
I got lucky and he didn't. He's never forgiven me for
 +
leaving him. He wants nothing to do with me."
  
* Theora: "I know all about little boys."
+
* <span class="speaker">Jack Friday:</span>
: Carter: "Yeah, I just bet you do."
+
"You and I have been, uh, discussin' this rakeboard
 +
legislation for several months now. Now, you are gonna
 +
help us get it pushed through, aren't you?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Simon Peller:</span>
 +
"I'm working on it, Jack, really I am, but, uh, you
 +
know how slow the decision-making process can be. I'm
 +
spending lots of time with my colleagues on the
 +
legislature."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Ped Xing:</span>
 +
"Zik-Zak will be investing substantial sums of money
 +
in the marketing and promotion of this game, Mr.
 +
Peller."
  
* Carter: "Look... I don't want to be picky... but we're going the wrong way!"
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Forget about that mad bomber jazz and listen up! There's
 +
a guy with a gun running amok-mok-mok in a crowd here
 +
every afternoon!"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Murray:</span>
 +
"I'm sorry to disappoint you, uh, Max, but that's, uh,
 +
'Missile Mike.' It's one of our children's shows."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"You're kidding."
  
* Grossberg: "I do so hate wasting employees."
+
* <span class="speaker">Murray:</span>
 +
"I'm never going to get used to this. Just because he
 +
lives in a TV, he thinks everything is TV!"
  
* Grossberg: "Can't you get on with this!?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
: Bryce: "I'm really making quite a bit of progress. Look - his childhood is here, his sexual memory there... which is really quite interesting..."
+
"Wel-Wel-Wel-Well, nobody wanted it, so here it is!"
  
* Bryce: "You're looking at the future, Mr. Grossberg: people translated as data."
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"This is Max Headroom, live on Net-Net-Net-Network 23,
 +
because what I want to know is, who's gonna stop
 +
this kind of wholesale killing-ing-ing-ing. Killing.
 +
It's time the network took a stand - a stand - a stand
 +
on this kind of murder. Murder. Murder. Preferably
 +
against it."
  
* Mahler: "Another nice accident,then?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Miss Julia Formby:</span>
: Breugal: "It's just a carryout... it's on the way."
+
"Seems that we have a new and exciting... race game,
 +
called...raking. If Jack Friday's right, we may have
 +
the biggest thing since ScumBall."
  
* Max: "Max. Max Headroom."
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
: Grossberg: "Max Headroom?"
+
"I sense a prob-prob-prob-problem here! Why the long
: Max: "Max. Max. Max Headroom."
+
face? Hmm? Hmm?"
: Grossberg: "All right, now what happened?"
+
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
: Bryce: "I don't know. He keeps shifting his memory location."
+
"I think I lost my brother."
: Grossberg: "He?"
+
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Have you ch-ch-ch-checked your pockets?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"Max, it's not funny."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Sorry. Sorry."
  
* Max: "This is... is... live and direct, N-N-Network 23. Am I on air?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
: Grossberg: "I'll be damned."
+
"Is there anything I can do to help? I mean, I mean,
: Max: "I beg your pardon?"
+
oh, what domen do when ladies are in distress
: Grossberg: "Is that thing talking to me?"
+
- distress - distress - distress?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"Run away or... boast, normally."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"I wonder what Edison would do. He would be: A, concerned;
 +
B, anxious; C, distressed and D, sorry."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"Yeah; he would also interfere."
  
* Bryce: "Hi... Max."
+
* <span class="speaker">Grace:</span>
: Max: "Hi. B-Both of you. Welcome to Network 23. You want to check these ratings? I seem to have an audience of two."
+
"He's taking a nap."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"I'd... like to talk to him."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Grace:</span>
 +
"I said, he's taking a nap. Now, do you want to move
 +
along?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"Well... I feel certain he'd talk to me if he wasn't
 +
taking a nap, but if he is taking a nap, then I
 +
WOULDN"T WANT TO WAKE HIM!"
  
* Max: "Hel-Hel-Hello, and welcome to N-Network 23. Live and direct, it's Network 23 - the network where t-t-two's company and three's an audience."
+
* <span class="speaker">Rik:</span>
 +
"The kid's in trouble. Raking is brutal. The punters
 +
bet on survivors, not winners. You get me?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"Yeah, I'm beginning to."
  
* Breugal: "Easy, Luddite... hands are rare and expensive items. Worth more than cameras."
+
* <span class="speaker">Rik:</span>
 +
"Gracie... don't do anybody I wouldn't do. See ya for
 +
tea."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"You're amazing, Grace!"
  
* Murray: "Metro police just called me. Gorrister is missing. There was a break-in at his apartment last night. They suggested we check the body banks."
+
* <span class="speaker">Announcer:</span>
 +
"The space shuttle orbit-thon got off to a good start
 +
today. Over sixty shuttles are now in Earth orbit, and
 +
the passengers have pledged over 184 million units
 +
towards the privatization of the global satellite..."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Background:</span>
 +
"Rat meat to be had!"
  
* Florence: "Seems familiar... was he on TV? People pay extra for celebrity parts."
+
* <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
: Breugal: "Definitely."
+
"Edison, I have him. Turn left."
: Mahler: "On TV, yeah, uh-huh, yeah."
+
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"Nice to have you back!"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"Who says I'm back?"
  
* Grossberg: "Chaos is not helpful."
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Hi."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Raker:</span>
 +
"Huh? Oh, it's you again!"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Look - look - look, we're old friends! Raking!
 +
What's it all about?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Raker:</span>
 +
"Raking? It's about survival. And that's all I know."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"You know enough. Thanks-s-s-s-s... old friend."
  
* Grossberg: "Edwards, what exactly did the Zik-Zak Corporation say?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
: Edwards: "Their whole campaign is designed to use blipverts to prevent channel switching. Ordinary ads allow channel-switching. Their view is that they could buy time on any network for that. No blipverts... no deal."
+
"You okay?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Raker:</span>
 +
"How did you cut me off like that?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Rik:</span>
 +
"We got friends in high places."
  
* Grossberg: "We're talking ratings."
+
* <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
: Cheviot: "We should be talking people!"
+
"Edison, Murray's here. I've told him you have the
: Grossberg: "The same thing."
+
lead for our feature story this week. Can you give
 +
him the angle, please?"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Murray:</span>
 +
"Go ahead."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"Raking. It's called a sport. In fact, it's a vicious
 +
exploitation of kids who are encouraged to hurt each
 +
other for the pleasure of the audience."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Murray:</span>
 +
"All right. Let's run with it."
  
* Cheviot: "We're only down two percent."
+
* <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
: Grossberg: "Two percent is 6 million viewers. And if they start channel-switching, it's war! You know that, Ben."
+
"Okay. Now tell me the truth. Is my brother in there?"
: Cheviot: "We're used to it! It happens all the time!"
+
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"Yeah. I'm... afraid he is."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"Help him, Edison."
  
* Theora: "Look, Florence, what do I do... I mean, what do I do if I want him?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Promoter:</span>
: Florence: "Do? Just pay and pick him up, honey. You want him alive, or dead?"
+
"Hi there, Shawn. How ya doin'?"
: Theora: "You mean he's still alive?"
+
: <span class="speaker">Shawn Jones:</span>
 +
"I'm fine. Look... I'm fine. I'll go for it, sir.
 +
I'll wreck 'em for ya."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Promoter:</span>
 +
"Ah, what spirit! Eh, Dusty? One of raking's finest!"
  
* Max: "What kind of s-s-show is this, anyway?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Rik:</span>
: Grossberg: "This is not a show, Max. This is the executive board of Network 23."
+
"Whaddya want to know now?"
: Max: "Ah-Ah-Ah. Exec-Exec... you mean you're the people who execute audiences."
+
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"I want to know how to get into that rake track."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Rik:</span>
 +
(laughs)
  
* Max: "Yes, t-t-tune into Network 23, the network that's a real mindblower" *BOOM!* "And I love-love-l-l-love those blip-blip-blip-blipverts!"
+
* <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"My, oh, my, what a fascinating little gathering.
 +
Theora, get Murray."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Murray:</span>
 +
"I'm, uh, I'm here... Peller! Now that's what I call
 +
news! All right, stay on it, Edison. I'm going to get
 +
Cheviot."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"Okay."
  
* Grossberg: "All right, where is he?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Promoter:</span>
: Bryce: "I don't know."
+
"Ah... good timing. Novo Zurich confirms Zik-Zak has
: Grossberg: "You don't know?"
+
transferred the funds into our accounts. It seems our
: Bryce: "He shifted his whole entire file set to some other place in memory."
+
presence is no longer required here."
: Grossberg: "What? What... has... happened?"
+
: <span class="speaker">Dusty:</span>
: Bryce: "He's gone."
+
"Yeah, they're Network 23's problem now."
: Grossberg: "Gone?"
 
: Bryce: "He's escaped into the system."
 
: Grossberg: "Escaped. Find him!"
 
  
* Max: "...and then I'll be talking to you about Zik-Zak's 1000-volt C-C-Christian Converter. Just plug yourself in and your friends will see the light - a very large flash of light. Heh-haha!"
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Hey! *psst!* You look - you look - you look - you
 +
look like theman in charge. I'm looking for a new
 +
game - som-som-som-som-something with action, excitement and
 +
taste... taste... the taste... of blood. Any ideas?"
  
* Max: "I'd k-k-k-keep-keep talking to you if I had time, but it's not in my hands. I just haven't got any - hands. Or time. But I'll see you again. And again. And again. And again."
+
* <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
 +
"This is Edison Carter, coming to you live and direct..."
 +
: <span class="speaker">Spectator:</span>
 +
"Look out!"
 +
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>
 +
"The camera's down, Murray."
  
* Theora: "Murray, I'm going to need a live news feed override with an open air queue sometime in the next forty-five minutes."
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
: Murray: "What's up?"
+
(crashes through window) "Ah. Ah. Didn't feel a thing.
: Theora: "I've got a story that's going to blow this network!"
+
Ed-Ed-Ed-Edison! ...now what?"
: Murray: "Well, who's in the field?"
+
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
: Theora: "Edison Carter."
+
"Take it away, Max - it's all yours!"
: Murray: "Theora... he's dead. Grossberg is holding a press conference this morning."
+
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
: Theora: "Well, then, I guess Edison will be broadcasting from the grave. How's that for a story?"
+
"This is Max - Max - Max - Max Headroom live and direct,
 +
sitting in for... Edison Carter. We're here in the
 +
middle of a rake track, a sport - a sport - a sport -
 +
a sport which maliciously exploits young kids who
 +
would rather be watching the unlikely exploits of...
 +
Missile Mike."
  
* Murray: "What is that?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
: Theora: "It's computer-generated, whatever it is."
+
"But as a famous personality once said... I think it
: Murray: "It looks like Edison!"
+
was me... enough - enough of Mis - enough of
 +
Missile Mike."
  
* Carter: "Max?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Shawn Jones:</span>
: Max: "Max."
+
"I've never seen myself on TV before... but I suppose
: Bryce: "Max Headroom!"
+
you get used to it."
: Max: "M-M-Max Headroom."
+
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
: Bryce: "He's a computer-generated person based on you."
+
"Yeah. Eventually. (baby cries) You ever get used
: Carter: "Hi, Max."
+
to the sound of babies?"
: Max: "Hi... Hi... Max!"
 
  
* Carter: "Well, this'll be the first time I've ever shot material from beyond the grave, especially when it appears to be me."
+
* <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>
: Max: "Two minds, but with one single memory!"
+
"Practice could make something perfect!"
  
* Cheviot: "Cheviot."
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
: Murray: "What do I do, Mr. Cheviot?"
+
"And-And-And I'm going to be back with you on Network
: Cheviot: "Do what you have to do, Murray."
+
23 after these real-real-real-really exciting messages.
 +
So-So sit back and watch - I just can't wait-wait-w-wait to
 +
see them!...wake me up when they're finished, willya?"
  
* Grossberg: "Network 23 regrets to announce its award-winning news reporter and on-air personality Edison Carter was killed yesterday while on assignment."
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
: Murray: "You're on the air live in five seconds."
+
"Hi... this is M-M-M-Max Headroom on Network 23, and
: Carter: "This is Edison Carter coming to you very much live and direct on Network 23. The news of my death, Mr. Grossberg, is obviously premature. And now I'd like your comment on the revolutionary form of advertising called... blipverts."
+
if you thought raking was a vicious game, let me tell
 +
you - there are sponsors who'd give both-oth arms to get
 +
their hands on that sport!"
  
* Max: "Hi. Hi. No, this is not a blip-blip-blipvert, this is Max Headroom on Network 23. And I - and I - and I know right now you're looking at me and you're thinking Wow, Wow, he could become a star. So, so, before you get the wrong idea about me, let me just say very humbly... you're right. I could."
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"But... in a lighter vein, here are some really
 +
sporting off-off-offers on sale now from Network 23.
 +
Yes: music! Mu-Mu-Music! Sit back and tap your feet
 +
to the best Russian pop music with this really up to
 +
the minute Rus-ss-ssian album" '20 Great Funeral Marches!'"
  
* Max: "Now I d-d-don't want to be gloomy, gloomy, but what does the future hold? Some say - some say it holds the promise of a young olive branch... which-which-which means I might have to turn over a new leaf in the future."
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Also...also-also-al-al-also an offer, learn Chinese.
 +
Yes! A complete set of hour-long Teach Yourself Chinese
 +
tapes - one payment down and we will send you one
 +
tape per month, or, or, pay in full now and you
 +
get the entire easy-to-follow course immediately...
 +
plus! Tape number 527 absolutely free!"
  
* Max: "How can you tell when our president is lying? His lips move."
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span>
 +
"Did you know that, in Chinese, there are often more
 +
than thirty-thirty-thirty different ways of saying
 +
one simple little word? And is that why their population
 +
is so big? Chinese men just don't know when to take
 +
No... No for an answer!"
 
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</div>

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Max Headroom: Episode ABC.1.2
Title "Rakers"
Production No. 1.3
UK Air Date NA?
US Air Date 7 Apr 1987
Length 48 minutes
Creative Teleplay by James Crocker and Steve Roberts

Story by James Crocker

Directed by Thomas J. Wright

Edited by Jay Scherberth

Watch for... Martinez drinking beer when he's on flying duty.

Theora's personnel file and tale of her unhappy childhood.

New Tokyo and Novo Zurich. (So, what happened to the old ones?)

Amazing Grace.

Rat meat sellers.

Our first look at tele-politician Simon Peller.

Crew Series Crew, Season 1
Actor Role
Main Cast
Matt Frewer Edison Carter

Max Headroom

Amanda Pays Theora Jones
George Coe Ben Cheviot
Chris Young Bryce Lynch
Jeffrey Tambor Murray
Also Starring
Jere Burns Breugal
Rick Ducommon Mahler
Guest Starring
Virginia Kiser Mrs. Formby
Hank Garrett Gene Ashwell
Lee Wilkof Edwards
J.W. Smith Rik
Howard Sherman Simon Peller
Lee DeBroux Raker Team Manager
Joseph Ruskin Promoter
Wortham Krimmer Jack Friday
Wynn Irwin Dusty
Co-Starring
Arsensio "Sonny" Trinidad Ped Xing
Ricardo Gutiérrez Martinez
B.L. Collins Blond Controller*
Ron D. Ross Second Gambler (Viper's Grandfather)
Kimberly Delfin "Late Report" Announcer
Peter Cohl Shawn Jones
Tain Bodkin "Orbitthon" Announcer*
Brian Libby First Gambler
Doug Hale Maitre D'
Featuring
Bobby Brett  ?
Kawena Charlot Grace (Rik's Bodyguard)
Kedren Zadikov  ?
Jeffrey Weisman  ?
Tabi Cooper Fringer Lookout
David Preston David
Lorilyn Huckstep Winnie (Jones)
Heath Jobes Rake-House Guard
Unknown Cast
 ? "Fresh Start" Terminal Voice
 ? Missile Mike
 ? "Old Friend" Raker
 ? Victorious Raker
 ? Viper
* Tentative role match, pending confirmation.

Unknown roles represent credited cast members.

Unknown cast represent roles with unknown, possibly uncredited actors.

The first episode of the ABC series to be aired was a later production number that shows all the hallmarks of being rushed to completion.

Synopsis

This episode uses the first-cut opening credits, with a score but no dialogue clips.

Subliminal Credits

This episode has the "Fred Raimondi" and "Cliff Ralke" credits in the Zik-Zak montage.

Quotes

  • Max:

"Hi. I'm doing a survey on this kind of mindless violence and its effect on the mind-mind-mind-mindless. Do you believe all that killing is necessary? Does it s-s-s-scare you?"

Raker:

"Me?"

Max:

"Yes! Yes! You with that plank on whee-whee-whee-whee-wheels. What is its effect-t-t-t on you?"

Raker:

"You can see me?"

Max:

"Well. That was a fas-fas-fascinating discussion and I think you've answered my question. Thank you-you-you-you, thank you... for your help."

  • Announcer:

"Kids, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to Sport Ochias[?]! This... is... raking!"

  • Promoter:

"Raking is gonna be very, very big!"

Jack Friday:

"And we have a chance to come in on the ground floor, I mean, this could be big! ...bigger than Scumball!"

  • Carter:

"God, I hate waiting for something to happen!"

Martinez:

"Yup!"

  • Murray:

"It's quieter than the grave out there."

Theora:

"What do we have as standby?"

Murray:

"'Producer Dies of Boredom.'"

  • Carter:

"...you may not realize that here in the Fringes, people eat what they can catch."

  • Shawn:

"You never shut up, Winnie. Just like that stupid TV, built with no way to shut you off."

Winnie:

"She's your sister."

Shawn:

"I don't have a sister any more."

  • Theora:

"David? Sit down. Link to Edison Carter."

David:

"Edison Carter? But..."

Theora:

"Don't worry about it."

David:

"Edison Carter? But..."

Theora:

"It's okay - it's dead, there's nothing. You have control."

  • Murray:

"All right, talk to me, somebody... wake me up!"

Max:

"Murray? Murrrrayyy..."

Murray:

"Somebody except Max."

Max:

"Murray..."

  • Max:

"I don't want to keep - I don't want to keep - I don't want to keep chewing on an old bone, but..."

Announcer:

"Missile Mike!"

Max:

"...I'm talking about lives! Just how da-da-da-da-dangerous is this person?"

Murray:

"Does anybody know what he's talking about?"

Max:

"I'm talking about this guy-guy-g-g-guy with the inexhaustible ammunition s-s-s ammunition supply, ninety-nine lives and an urge to use 'em all up!" (battle sounds) That-That-That-That's who I'm talking about!

  • Controller:

"Murray! Murray, we have fish!"

  • Max:

"Why is he trying to find Theora?"

Bryce:

"I guess... because he's fond of her."

Max:

"Is fon-fon-fon-fon is fond the same as... fondle? Fondle?"

Bryce:

"How should I know?"

  • Carter:

"Newsroom surveillance tapes of a controller's output are high-security confidential - they're very sensitive about giving out any of that information."

Console:

(beeps and ticks)

Carter:

"How did this happen?"

Max:

"Maaax. (giggles) It's great. Flip-flop!"

  • Bryce:

"I didn't know Theora had a brother."

Carter:

"Neither did I."

  • 'The Fresh Start' Terminal:

"Good evening, Mr. Carter. What would you like to drink?"

Carter:

"I'll have a scotch with ice, and she'll have a Blizzard."

'The Fresh Start' Terminal:

"One scotch with ice, one Blizzard, coming up."

"We had some excitement after you left, uh, we had a chance at the 'Bureau Burner'... at least, we think it was the Bureau Burner, anyway. Unfortunately, I had Murray sitting in as my controller."

Theora:

"I suppose the next thing you're going to tell me is I've been fired."

Carter:

"Murray seems to think so, yeah. But I don't."

"How come you never mentioned you had a brother?"

Theora:

"There are lots of things I've never mentioned about myself. Twelve years spent in state homes cures you of any need to think back on the good old days."

  • Theora:

"My brother and I were separated - I suppose people are more likely to adopt pretty young girls. Anyway, I got lucky and he didn't. He's never forgiven me for leaving him. He wants nothing to do with me."

  • Jack Friday:

"You and I have been, uh, discussin' this rakeboard legislation for several months now. Now, you are gonna help us get it pushed through, aren't you?"

Simon Peller:

"I'm working on it, Jack, really I am, but, uh, you know how slow the decision-making process can be. I'm spending lots of time with my colleagues on the legislature."

Ped Xing:

"Zik-Zak will be investing substantial sums of money in the marketing and promotion of this game, Mr. Peller."

  • Max:

"Forget about that mad bomber jazz and listen up! There's a guy with a gun running amok-mok-mok in a crowd here every afternoon!"

Murray:

"I'm sorry to disappoint you, uh, Max, but that's, uh, 'Missile Mike.' It's one of our children's shows."

Max:

"You're kidding."

  • Murray:

"I'm never going to get used to this. Just because he lives in a TV, he thinks everything is TV!"

  • Max:

"Wel-Wel-Wel-Well, nobody wanted it, so here it is!"

  • Max:

"This is Max Headroom, live on Net-Net-Net-Network 23, because what I want to know is, who's gonna stop this kind of wholesale killing-ing-ing-ing. Killing. It's time the network took a stand - a stand - a stand on this kind of murder. Murder. Murder. Preferably against it."

  • Miss Julia Formby:

"Seems that we have a new and exciting... race game, called...raking. If Jack Friday's right, we may have the biggest thing since ScumBall."

  • Max:

"I sense a prob-prob-prob-problem here! Why the long face? Hmm? Hmm?"

Theora:

"I think I lost my brother."

Max:

"Have you ch-ch-ch-checked your pockets?"

Theora:

"Max, it's not funny."

Max:

"Sorry. Sorry."

  • Max:

"Is there anything I can do to help? I mean, I mean, oh, what domen do when ladies are in distress - distress - distress - distress?"

Theora:

"Run away or... boast, normally."

Max:

"I wonder what Edison would do. He would be: A, concerned; B, anxious; C, distressed and D, sorry."

Theora:

"Yeah; he would also interfere."

  • Grace:

"He's taking a nap."

Carter:

"I'd... like to talk to him."

Grace:

"I said, he's taking a nap. Now, do you want to move along?"

Carter:

"Well... I feel certain he'd talk to me if he wasn't taking a nap, but if he is taking a nap, then I WOULDN"T WANT TO WAKE HIM!"

  • Rik:

"The kid's in trouble. Raking is brutal. The punters bet on survivors, not winners. You get me?"

Carter:

"Yeah, I'm beginning to."

  • Rik:

"Gracie... don't do anybody I wouldn't do. See ya for tea."

Carter:

"You're amazing, Grace!"

  • Announcer:

"The space shuttle orbit-thon got off to a good start today. Over sixty shuttles are now in Earth orbit, and the passengers have pledged over 184 million units towards the privatization of the global satellite..."

Background:

"Rat meat to be had!"

  • Theora:

"Edison, I have him. Turn left."

Carter:

"Nice to have you back!"

Theora:

"Who says I'm back?"

  • Max:

"Hi."

Raker:

"Huh? Oh, it's you again!"

Max:

"Look - look - look, we're old friends! Raking! What's it all about?"

Raker:

"Raking? It's about survival. And that's all I know."

Max:

"You know enough. Thanks-s-s-s-s... old friend."

  • Carter:

"You okay?"

Raker:

"How did you cut me off like that?"

Rik:

"We got friends in high places."

  • Theora:

"Edison, Murray's here. I've told him you have the lead for our feature story this week. Can you give him the angle, please?"

Murray:

"Go ahead."

Carter:

"Raking. It's called a sport. In fact, it's a vicious exploitation of kids who are encouraged to hurt each other for the pleasure of the audience."

Murray:

"All right. Let's run with it."

  • Theora:

"Okay. Now tell me the truth. Is my brother in there?"

Carter:

"Yeah. I'm... afraid he is."

Theora:

"Help him, Edison."

  • Promoter:

"Hi there, Shawn. How ya doin'?"

Shawn Jones:

"I'm fine. Look... I'm fine. I'll go for it, sir. I'll wreck 'em for ya."

Promoter:

"Ah, what spirit! Eh, Dusty? One of raking's finest!"

  • Rik:

"Whaddya want to know now?"

Carter:

"I want to know how to get into that rake track."

Rik:

(laughs)

  • Carter:

"My, oh, my, what a fascinating little gathering. Theora, get Murray."

Murray:

"I'm, uh, I'm here... Peller! Now that's what I call news! All right, stay on it, Edison. I'm going to get Cheviot."

Theora:

"Okay."

  • Promoter:

"Ah... good timing. Novo Zurich confirms Zik-Zak has transferred the funds into our accounts. It seems our presence is no longer required here."

Dusty:

"Yeah, they're Network 23's problem now."

  • Max:

"Hey! *psst!* You look - you look - you look - you look like theman in charge. I'm looking for a new game - som-som-som-som-something with action, excitement and taste... taste... the taste... of blood. Any ideas?"

  • Carter:

"This is Edison Carter, coming to you live and direct..."

Spectator:

"Look out!"

Theora:

"The camera's down, Murray."

  • Max:

(crashes through window) "Ah. Ah. Didn't feel a thing. Ed-Ed-Ed-Edison! ...now what?"

Carter:

"Take it away, Max - it's all yours!"

Max:

"This is Max - Max - Max - Max Headroom live and direct, sitting in for... Edison Carter. We're here in the middle of a rake track, a sport - a sport - a sport - a sport which maliciously exploits young kids who would rather be watching the unlikely exploits of... Missile Mike."

  • Max:

"But as a famous personality once said... I think it was me... enough - enough of Mis - enough of Missile Mike."

  • Shawn Jones:

"I've never seen myself on TV before... but I suppose you get used to it."

Carter:

"Yeah. Eventually. (baby cries) You ever get used to the sound of babies?"

  • Carter:

"Practice could make something perfect!"

  • Max:

"And-And-And I'm going to be back with you on Network 23 after these real-real-real-really exciting messages. So-So sit back and watch - I just can't wait-wait-w-wait to see them!...wake me up when they're finished, willya?"

  • Max:

"Hi... this is M-M-M-Max Headroom on Network 23, and if you thought raking was a vicious game, let me tell you - there are sponsors who'd give both-oth arms to get their hands on that sport!"

  • Max:

"But... in a lighter vein, here are some really sporting off-off-offers on sale now from Network 23. Yes: music! Mu-Mu-Music! Sit back and tap your feet to the best Russian pop music with this really up to the minute Rus-ss-ssian album" '20 Great Funeral Marches!'"

  • Max:

"Also...also-also-al-al-also an offer, learn Chinese. Yes! A complete set of hour-long Teach Yourself Chinese tapes - one payment down and we will send you one tape per month, or, or, pay in full now and you get the entire easy-to-follow course immediately... plus! Tape number 527 absolutely free!"

  • Max:

"Did you know that, in Chinese, there are often more than thirty-thirty-thirty different ways of saying one simple little word? And is that why their population is so big? Chinese men just don't know when to take No... No for an answer!"