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! colspan="2" | Episode ABC.1.2
 
|-
 
|-
| class="showleft" | Title
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| class="epsleft" | Title
 
| "Rakers"
 
| "Rakers"
 
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|-
| class="showleft" | Production No.
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| class="epsleft" | Production No.
 
| 1.3
 
| 1.3
 
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|-
| class="showleft" | UK Air Date
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| class="epsleft" | UK Air Date
 
| NA?
 
| NA?
 
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|-
| class="showleft" | US Air Date
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| class="epsleft" | US Air Date
 
| 7 Apr 1987
 
| 7 Apr 1987
 
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|-
| class="showleft" | Length
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| class="epsleft" | Length
 
| 48 minutes
 
| 48 minutes
 
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|-
| class="showleft" | Creative
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| class="epsleft" | Creative
 
| Teleplay by James Crocker and Steve Roberts
 
| Teleplay by James Crocker and Steve Roberts
  
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Edited by Jay Scherberth
 
Edited by Jay Scherberth
 
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| class="showleft" | Watch for...
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| class="epsleft" | Watch for...
 
| Martinez drinking beer when he's on flying duty.
 
| Martinez drinking beer when he's on flying duty.
  
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Our first look at tele-politician Simon Peller.
 
Our first look at tele-politician Simon Peller.
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|- class="topseparator"
| class="showleft" | Crew
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| class="epsleft" | Crew
 
| [[Max: Crew & Creative#ABC Series Season 1 Crew | Series Crew, Season 1]]
 
| [[Max: Crew & Creative#ABC Series Season 1 Crew | Series Crew, Season 1]]
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! Actor
 
! Actor
 
! Role
 
! Role
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| Matt Frewer
 
| Matt Frewer
| Edison Carter
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| ''as'' Edison Carter / Max Headroom
 
 
Max Headroom
 
 
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|-
 
| Amanda Pays
 
| Amanda Pays
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| Bryce Lynch
 
| Bryce Lynch
 
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|-
| Jeffrey Tambor
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| ''and'' Jeffrey Tambor
 
| Murray
 
| Murray
 
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|-
 
|-
 
| Virginia Kiser
 
| Virginia Kiser
| Mrs. Formby
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| Miss Julia Formby
 
|-
 
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| Hank Garrett
 
| Hank Garrett
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| Kimberly Delfin
 
| Kimberly Delfin
| "Late Report" Announcer
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| Winnie (Jones)
 
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|-
 
| Peter Cohl
 
| Peter Cohl
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| colspan="2" class="subcredits" | Featuring
 
| colspan="2" class="subcredits" | Featuring
 
|-
 
|-
| Skip O'Brien
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| Bobby Brett
| McWilliams (Exploding Viewer)
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| ?
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|-
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| Kawena Charlot
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| Grace (Rik's Bodyguard)
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|-
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| Kedren Zadikov
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| ?
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|-
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|  Jeffrey Weisman
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| ?
 
|-
 
|-
| Matt Roe
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| Tabi Cooper
| Tall Security Guard
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| Fringer Lookout
 
|-
 
|-
| John Davey
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| David Preston
| Metrocop with Stunner
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| David (Young Controller)
 
|-
 
|-
| Taylor Presnell
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| Lorilyn Huckstep
| Security Guard*
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| "Late Report" Announcer
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Heath Jobes
 
| Heath Jobes
| Tall Metrocop*
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| Rake-House Guard
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| colspan="2" class="subcredits" | Unknown Cast
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|-
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| ?
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| "Fresh Start" Terminal Voice
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|-
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| ?
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| Missile Mike
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|-
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| ?
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| "Old Friend" Raker
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|-
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| ?
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| Victorious Raker
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|-
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| ?
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| Viper
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|-
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| ?
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| Controller with Mustache
 
|-
 
|-
| colspan="2" class="tfootnote" | * Tentative role match.
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| colspan="2" class="tfootnote" | * Tentative role match, pending confirmation.
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Unknown roles represent credited cast members with no certain matching role.
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Unknown cast represent roles with unknown, possibly uncredited actors.
 
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|}
  
<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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<div 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.</div>
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''The complete episode, from original broadcast masters, is available on the Shout! Factory DVD set.''
  
 
==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.)''
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We're 20 minutes into the future in a Fringer wasteland at night, with montage-stacks of TVs showing eerie sequences of images. A Fringer woman mutters instructions into a microphone - to whom, we don't yet know.
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At first, it was skateboarding. Then it was boarding on crudely motorized skateboards. Then it was a rougher street sport where the accidental collisions became deliberate moves as skaters worked to knock each other off their boards. And when the sports promoters got ahold of it, it turned into an underground blood sport where the "rakers" are armed with steel claws to enhance the damage while gamblers wager on their bouts. A young "raker" stops to look at a TV, and finds himself talking to Max.
  
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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Max has become concerned about the homicidal madman he sees running around and laying waste to 100 people an hour. Since the whole world is television to him, he doesn't realize that "Missile Mike" is a violent TV show - part of Network 23's children's programming - and not reality. With his new control of Network 23's computers and broadcasting, he pops up here and there, querying the viewers about the effects of this mindless violence on the mindless.
  
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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When Theora receives a frantic phone call from her sister-in-law Winnie, she comes running to help only to find that Winnie will not tell her where her estranged brother Shawn is. Theora traces him to the posh restaurant where he works, only to find he has lost his job as a busboy... and to get an ugly hint that he's involved with raking.
  
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.
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Theora's abrupt departure from her station leaves Murray, out of practice and inept, to cover Edison Carter on a story - an attempt to catch the "Bureau Burner" arsonist. Murray's clumsiness with the newer equipment causes them to fail. Theora's unexplained departure infuriates Murray, who orders her put on suspension or fired, even though Carter objects.
  
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.
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Concerned, Carter tries to convince Bryce Lynch to make an end run on Network 23's security and show him the security tape of Theora at her workstation. Bryce dithers; suddenly the material is up on the monitor, courtesy of a chuckling Max Headroom. With that and a look at Theora's personnel record, which mentions several unknown items of interest including her brother, Carter takes off in search of her. In the meantime, Shawn has been badly hurt in a raking match.
  
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.
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When Carter catches up with Theora at the restaurant, just as she's learned that her brother no longer works there, she is angry at being followed. She tells him that she lived for 12 years in state homes, and was adopted but left Shawn behind - something for which he's never forgiven her.
  
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."
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It's then that we find out that Jack Friday of the Network 23 sports division has shown the sport to Ped Xing, the head of the network's biggest advertiser, the Zik-Zak Corporation. If Zik-Zak is interested enough, they'll build a chain of stadiums for raking teams... and give Network 23 exclusive worldwide coverage, with corporate advertising, to replace the declining "Missile Mike" and other violent shows. And legislator Simon Peller is being convinced to help legalize the sport.
  
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.
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Theora goes back to her console as Carter heads into the wastelands to find Shawn. At the Ouzo Bar, he hooks up with a tough street rickshaw driver, Rik, whom he apparently knows from prior adventures in the streets, and together they set off to find one of the clandestine raking matches.
  
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.
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Rik advises Carter that Shawn is in big trouble if he's connected with raking. They set out to find another raker to tell them where the current matches are being held. They find one, and get into a match, only to find that the injured Shawn is losing a brutal match. The promoters have been paid by Zik-Zak and are slipping away, leaving the problem in Network 23's lap.
  
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.
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Carter jumps in with his camera but is knocked down and the camera damaged. Rik finds a television with Max on it, and via the two-way link (authorized by a watching Cheviot), Max takes the ugly story live, ending raking as a promoted sport and as a Network 23 program.
  
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.
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Theora evidently mends fences with her brother and both she and Carter are made uncomfortable by Winnie's suggestion that they start a family, too.
  
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.
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==Notes & Commentary==
 
==Notes & Commentary==
  
This episode is a remake of the original telefilm, with as many interesting changes as exactly repeated bits of dialogue.
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Although we got glimpses of the raw post-apocalypic wasteland where most people seem to live in the first episode, this is the first time we get a detailed, wide-angle look at life "20 minutes into the future." The "fringe" is a rough, grim place where many appear to be homeless or living in patchwork shelter, and rats are caught for food. More than ever, it looks as if society consists only of a vast underclass and the lords of television and advertising ruling them.
  
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.
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Brief references in prior episodes to TV shows "The Rat Catchers" and "The Rat Killers" become understandable as we're shown rats loose on the streets and hanging up on food carts.
  
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.
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Shawn's comment confirms that the vast piles of freely provided television sets have no off switches.
  
Nearly all of the computer graphics are recycled from the British version. This leads to some slight inconsistencies.
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Even more interesting to hear is that the "Bureau Burner" arsonist is burning the Tax Data Center to protest "the new TV tax." This seems to be a leftover of the British influences, since TVs are licensed (and taxed) in the UK but not the US.
  
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.)
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The network control center, at least the one where Murray and Theora work from, is on Level 40.
  
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."
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Among the things the glimpse of Theora's personnel file reveals are details about her brother, Shawn Jones, who works as a busboy and lives in the Metro Projects, Block 555 A. Even more interesting are the notations that her mother is deceased and her father is unknown. Add in her comment about "twelve years in state homes" and Theora's personal history appears to be very much at odds with her polished elegance.
  
We never see the helicopter pilot Martinez in this episode, only hear his voice.
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Raking appears to be one-on-one matches. The referee drops a wooden "flag" and one raker must take possession of the flag to win... by disabling the other raker.
  
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.)
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Carter catches up with Rik in the "Ouzo Bar." It seems odd that Fringers would drink the Greek anise liquor ouzo...
  
Among the news headlines that flash past on Theora's console are:
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Rik has a motorized rickshaw in this episode, but only a foot-powered one in "Body Banks." Depending on which order the episodes follow, he's either come up or gone down in the world... or perhaps has more than one "cab."
* 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?
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The mentions of "New Tokyo" and "Novo Zurich" raise questions about what's happened to the world since our time.
  
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.
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If Simon Peller is Network 23's tele-candidate, as we find out in later episodes, it is peculiar that Murray and Cheviot are so quick to take the story public.
  
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.)
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Cheviot's presumably high-level access code for the two-way sampler is "Cheviot CT0011."
  
Bryce's exit code is BZ2VH. His entry code is IJ2FI.
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''Thanks to BlankChrissy for a key actor ID in this entry!''
  
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?
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===Opening Credits===
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This episode uses a polished version of the opening credit sequence, but still no dialogue.
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===Subliminal Credits===
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This episode has no subliminal credits in the Zik-Zak montage.
  
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.
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Carter's personal ident code is 74928BDG6629.
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==Quotes & Caps==
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The nurse receptionist at Nightingale's Body Bank is named "Florence." (Florence Nightingale? Famous nurse? Get it?)
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<div class="quotes">
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* <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?"
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: <span class="speaker">Raker:</span> "Me?"
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: <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?"
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: <span class="speaker">Raker:</span> "You can see me?"
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: <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."
  
Among the networks shown on the ratings graphic of stations with ratings in the billions:
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* <span class="speaker">Announcer:</span> "Kids, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to Sport Ochias[?]! This... is... raking!"
* 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.
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* <span class="speaker">Promoter:</span> "Raking is gonna be very, very big!"
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: <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!"
  
===Subliminal Credits===
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* <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "God, I hate waiting for something to happen!"
This episode has the "Fred Raimondi" and "Cliff Ralke" credits in the Zik-Zak montage.
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: <span class="speaker">Martinez:</span> "Yup!"
  
==Quotes==
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* <span class="speaker">Murray:</span> "It's quieter than the grave out there."
<div class="quotes">
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: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span> "What do we have as standby?"
* Carter: "Edison Carter to Network 23... come on, guys, clear this link!"
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: <span class="speaker">Murray:</span> "'Producer Dies of Boredom.'"
  
* 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?"
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* <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "...you may not realize that here in the Fringes, people eat what they can catch."
  
* Murray: "Have you looked at our ratings? The numbers are up three points in the first five minutes!"
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* <span class="speaker">Shawn:</span> "You never shut up, Winnie. Just like that stupid TV, built with no way to shut you off."
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: <span class="speaker">Winnie:</span> "She's your sister."
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: <span class="speaker">Shawn:</span> "I don't have a sister any more."
  
* Carter: "It's MY neck out there!"
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* <span class="speaker">Theora:</span> "David? Sit down. Link to Edison Carter."
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: <span class="speaker">David:</span> "Edison Carter? But..."
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: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span> "Don't worry about it."
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: <span class="speaker">David:</span> "Edison Carter? But..."
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: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span> "It's okay - it's dead, there's nothing. You have control."
  
* Gene Ashwell: "Come on, Ben - the only people that inactive are pensioners, the sick or the unemployed... I mean, who really cares?"
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* <span class="speaker">Murray:</span> "All right, talk to me, somebody... wake me up!"
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: <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "Murray? Murrrrayyy..."
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: <span class="speaker">Murray:</span> "Somebody except Max."
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: <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "Murray..."
  
* Mrs. Formby: "We are the only channel with blipverts. We lose them, and we lose the Zik-Zak Corporation to our competitors."
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* <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..."
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: <span class="speaker">Announcer:</span> "Missile Mike!"
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: <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "...I'm talking about lives! Just how da-da-da-da-dangerous is this person?"
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: <span class="speaker">Murray:</span> "Does anybody know what he's talking about?"
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: <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!
  
* Murray: "Edison Carter, Theora Jones."
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* <span class="speaker">Controller:</span> "Murray! Murray, we have fish!"
: Theora: "Hi."
 
: Murray: "Uh, she just said 'hi'..."
 
: Carter: "Hi!"
 
: Murray: "You've heard of her, so behave yourself!"
 
  
* Theora Jones: "How's your head?"
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* <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "Why is he trying to find Theora?"
: Edison Carter: "Fine... how's yours?"
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: <span class="speaker">Bryce:</span> "I guess... because he's fond of her."
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: <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "Is fon-fon-fon-fon is fond the same as... fondle? Fondle?"
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: <span class="speaker">Bryce:</span> "How should I know?"
  
* Edison Carter: "See if you can... kind of, ahh... access the inaccessible?"
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* <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "Newsroom surveillance tapes of a controller's output are high-security confidential - they're very sensitive about giving out any of that information."
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: <span class="speaker">Console:</span> (beeps and ticks)
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: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "How did this happen?"
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: <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "Maaax. (giggles) It's great. Flip-flop!"
  
* Murray: "Back off - I mean it! What is so special about some microwave oven going 'pop'?"
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* <span class="speaker">Bryce:</span> "I didn't know Theora had a brother."
: Carter: "Aw, come on, Murray, since when do Metrocops guard microwaves..."
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: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "Neither did I."
: Murray: "Edison..."
 
: Carter: "...unless they're cooking their lunch?"
 
  
* Carter: "Theora, run that again, that last bit..."
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* <span class="speaker">'The Fresh Start' Terminal:</span> "Good evening, Mr. Carter. What would you like to drink?"
: Cheviot: "Carter got too damned close to the truth this morning."
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: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "I'll have a scotch with ice, and she'll have a Blizzard."
: Carter: "Did I, now..."
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: <span class="speaker">'The Fresh Start' Terminal:</span> "One scotch with ice, one Blizzard, coming up."
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: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "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."
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: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>"I suppose the next thing you're going to tell me is I've been fired."
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: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>"Murray seems to think so, yeah. But I don't."
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: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span>"How come you never mentioned you had a brother?"
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: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span>"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."
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* <span class="speaker">Theora:</span> "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."
: Carter: "Uh, Theora, I hate to tell you this, but there's no Level 13 in this building."
 
: Theora: "Oh, yes there is."
 
  
* Theora: "I know all about little boys."
+
* <span class="speaker">Jack Friday:</span> "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?"
: Carter: "Yeah, I just bet you do."
+
: <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> "Wel-Wel-Wel-Well, nobody wanted it, so here it is!"
: Bryce: "I'm really making quite a bit of progress. Look - his childhood is here, his sexual memory there... which is really quite interesting..."
 
  
* 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> "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."
: Breugal: "It's just a carryout... it's on the way."
 
  
* Max: "Max. Max Headroom."
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "I sense a prob-prob-prob-problem here! Why the long face? Hmm? Hmm?"
: Grossberg: "Max Headroom?"
+
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span> "I think I lost my brother."
: Max: "Max. Max. Max Headroom."
+
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "Have you ch-ch-ch-checked your pockets?"
: Grossberg: "All right, now what happened?"
+
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span> "Max, it's not funny."
: Bryce: "I don't know. He keeps shifting his memory location."
+
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "Sorry. Sorry."
: Grossberg: "He?"
 
  
* Max: "This is... is... live and direct, N-N-Network 23. Am I on air?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "Is there anything I can do to help? I mean, I mean, oh, what domen do when ladies are in distress - distress - distress - distress?"
: Grossberg: "I'll be damned."
+
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span> "Run away or... boast, normally."
: Max: "I beg your pardon?"
+
: <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "I wonder what Edison would do. He would be: A, concerned; B, anxious; C, distressed and D, sorry."
: Grossberg: "Is that thing talking to me?"
+
: <span class="speaker">Theora:</span> "Yeah; he would also interfere."
  
* Bryce: "Hi... Max."
+
* <span class="speaker">Grace:</span> "He's taking a nap."
: Max: "Hi. B-Both of you. Welcome to Network 23. You want to check these ratings? I seem to have an audience of two."
+
: <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> "Edison, I have him. Turn left."
: Breugal: "Definitely."
+
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "Nice to have you back!"
: Mahler: "On TV, yeah, uh-huh, yeah."
+
: <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> "You okay?"
: 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."
+
: <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> "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?"
: Cheviot: "We should be talking people!"
+
: <span class="speaker">Murray:</span> "Go ahead."
: Grossberg: "The same thing."
+
: <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> "Okay. Now tell me the truth. Is my brother in there?"
: Grossberg: "Two percent is 6 million viewers. And if they start channel-switching, it's war! You know that, Ben."
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: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "Yeah. I'm... afraid he is."
: Cheviot: "We're used to it! It happens all the time!"
+
: <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> "Hi there, Shawn. How ya doin'?"
: Florence: "Do? Just pay and pick him up, honey. You want him alive, or dead?"
+
: <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."
: Theora: "You mean he's still alive?"
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: <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> "Whaddya want to know now?"
: Grossberg: "This is not a show, Max. This is the executive board of Network 23."
+
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "I want to know how to get into that rake track."
: Max: "Ah-Ah-Ah. Exec-Exec... you mean you're the people who execute audiences."
+
: <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!"
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* <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> "Ah... good timing. Novo Zurich confirms Zik-Zak has transferred the funds into our accounts. It seems our presence is no longer required here."
: Bryce: "I don't know."
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: <span class="speaker">Dusty:</span> "Yeah, they're Network 23's problem now."
: Grossberg: "You don't know?"
 
: Bryce: "He shifted his whole entire file set to some other place in memory."
 
: Grossberg: "What? What... has... happened?"
 
: Bryce: "He's gone."
 
: 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!"
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* <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."
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* <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."
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* <span class="speaker">Max:</span> (crashes through window) "Ah. Ah. Didn't feel a thing. Ed-Ed-Ed-Edison! ...now what?"
: Murray: "What's up?"
+
: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "Take it away, Max - it's all yours!"
: Theora: "I've got a story that's going to blow this network!"
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: <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "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: "Well, who's in the field?"
 
: Theora: "Edison Carter."
 
: Murray: "Theora... he's dead. Grossberg is holding a press conference this morning."
 
: Theora: "Well, then, I guess Edison will be broadcasting from the grave. How's that for a story?"
 
  
* Murray: "What is that?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "But as a famous personality once said... I think it was me... enough - enough of Mis - enough of Missile Mike."
: Theora: "It's computer-generated, whatever it is."
 
: Murray: "It looks like Edison!"
 
  
* Carter: "Max?"
+
* <span class="speaker">Shawn Jones:</span> "I've never seen myself on TV before... but I suppose you get used to it."
: Max: "Max."
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: <span class="speaker">Carter:</span> "Yeah. Eventually. (baby cries) You ever get used to the sound of babies?"
: Bryce: "Max Headroom!"
 
: Max: "M-M-Max Headroom."
 
: Bryce: "He's a computer-generated person based on you."
 
: Carter: "Hi, Max."
 
: 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> "Practice could make something perfect!"
: Max: "Two minds, but with one single memory!"
 
  
* Cheviot: "Cheviot."
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* <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "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?"
: Murray: "What do I do, Mr. Cheviot?"
 
: Cheviot: "Do what you have to do, Murray."
 
  
* Grossberg: "Network 23 regrets to announce its award-winning news reporter and on-air personality Edison Carter was killed yesterday while on assignment."
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* <span class="speaker">Max:</span> "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!"
: Murray: "You're on the air live in five seconds."
 
: 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."
 
  
* 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."
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* <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."
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* <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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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 as Edison Carter / Max Headroom
Amanda Pays Theora Jones
George Coe Ben Cheviot
Chris Young Bryce Lynch
and Jeffrey Tambor Murray
Also Starring
Jere Burns Breugal
Rick Ducommon Mahler
Guest Starring
Virginia Kiser Miss Julia 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 Winnie (Jones)
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 (Young Controller)
Lorilyn Huckstep "Late Report" Announcer
Heath Jobes Rake-House Guard
Unknown Cast
 ? "Fresh Start" Terminal Voice
 ? Missile Mike
 ? "Old Friend" Raker
 ? Victorious Raker
 ? Viper
 ? Controller with Mustache
* Tentative role match, pending confirmation.

Unknown roles represent credited cast members with no certain matching role.

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.

The complete episode, from original broadcast masters, is available on the Shout! Factory DVD set.

Synopsis

We're 20 minutes into the future in a Fringer wasteland at night, with montage-stacks of TVs showing eerie sequences of images. A Fringer woman mutters instructions into a microphone - to whom, we don't yet know.

At first, it was skateboarding. Then it was boarding on crudely motorized skateboards. Then it was a rougher street sport where the accidental collisions became deliberate moves as skaters worked to knock each other off their boards. And when the sports promoters got ahold of it, it turned into an underground blood sport where the "rakers" are armed with steel claws to enhance the damage while gamblers wager on their bouts. A young "raker" stops to look at a TV, and finds himself talking to Max.

Max has become concerned about the homicidal madman he sees running around and laying waste to 100 people an hour. Since the whole world is television to him, he doesn't realize that "Missile Mike" is a violent TV show - part of Network 23's children's programming - and not reality. With his new control of Network 23's computers and broadcasting, he pops up here and there, querying the viewers about the effects of this mindless violence on the mindless.

When Theora receives a frantic phone call from her sister-in-law Winnie, she comes running to help only to find that Winnie will not tell her where her estranged brother Shawn is. Theora traces him to the posh restaurant where he works, only to find he has lost his job as a busboy... and to get an ugly hint that he's involved with raking.

Theora's abrupt departure from her station leaves Murray, out of practice and inept, to cover Edison Carter on a story - an attempt to catch the "Bureau Burner" arsonist. Murray's clumsiness with the newer equipment causes them to fail. Theora's unexplained departure infuriates Murray, who orders her put on suspension or fired, even though Carter objects.

Concerned, Carter tries to convince Bryce Lynch to make an end run on Network 23's security and show him the security tape of Theora at her workstation. Bryce dithers; suddenly the material is up on the monitor, courtesy of a chuckling Max Headroom. With that and a look at Theora's personnel record, which mentions several unknown items of interest including her brother, Carter takes off in search of her. In the meantime, Shawn has been badly hurt in a raking match.

When Carter catches up with Theora at the restaurant, just as she's learned that her brother no longer works there, she is angry at being followed. She tells him that she lived for 12 years in state homes, and was adopted but left Shawn behind - something for which he's never forgiven her.

It's then that we find out that Jack Friday of the Network 23 sports division has shown the sport to Ped Xing, the head of the network's biggest advertiser, the Zik-Zak Corporation. If Zik-Zak is interested enough, they'll build a chain of stadiums for raking teams... and give Network 23 exclusive worldwide coverage, with corporate advertising, to replace the declining "Missile Mike" and other violent shows. And legislator Simon Peller is being convinced to help legalize the sport.

Theora goes back to her console as Carter heads into the wastelands to find Shawn. At the Ouzo Bar, he hooks up with a tough street rickshaw driver, Rik, whom he apparently knows from prior adventures in the streets, and together they set off to find one of the clandestine raking matches.

Rik advises Carter that Shawn is in big trouble if he's connected with raking. They set out to find another raker to tell them where the current matches are being held. They find one, and get into a match, only to find that the injured Shawn is losing a brutal match. The promoters have been paid by Zik-Zak and are slipping away, leaving the problem in Network 23's lap.

Carter jumps in with his camera but is knocked down and the camera damaged. Rik finds a television with Max on it, and via the two-way link (authorized by a watching Cheviot), Max takes the ugly story live, ending raking as a promoted sport and as a Network 23 program.

Theora evidently mends fences with her brother and both she and Carter are made uncomfortable by Winnie's suggestion that they start a family, too.

Notes & Commentary

Although we got glimpses of the raw post-apocalypic wasteland where most people seem to live in the first episode, this is the first time we get a detailed, wide-angle look at life "20 minutes into the future." The "fringe" is a rough, grim place where many appear to be homeless or living in patchwork shelter, and rats are caught for food. More than ever, it looks as if society consists only of a vast underclass and the lords of television and advertising ruling them.

Brief references in prior episodes to TV shows "The Rat Catchers" and "The Rat Killers" become understandable as we're shown rats loose on the streets and hanging up on food carts.

Shawn's comment confirms that the vast piles of freely provided television sets have no off switches.

Even more interesting to hear is that the "Bureau Burner" arsonist is burning the Tax Data Center to protest "the new TV tax." This seems to be a leftover of the British influences, since TVs are licensed (and taxed) in the UK but not the US.

The network control center, at least the one where Murray and Theora work from, is on Level 40.

Among the things the glimpse of Theora's personnel file reveals are details about her brother, Shawn Jones, who works as a busboy and lives in the Metro Projects, Block 555 A. Even more interesting are the notations that her mother is deceased and her father is unknown. Add in her comment about "twelve years in state homes" and Theora's personal history appears to be very much at odds with her polished elegance.

Raking appears to be one-on-one matches. The referee drops a wooden "flag" and one raker must take possession of the flag to win... by disabling the other raker.

Carter catches up with Rik in the "Ouzo Bar." It seems odd that Fringers would drink the Greek anise liquor ouzo...

Rik has a motorized rickshaw in this episode, but only a foot-powered one in "Body Banks." Depending on which order the episodes follow, he's either come up or gone down in the world... or perhaps has more than one "cab."

The mentions of "New Tokyo" and "Novo Zurich" raise questions about what's happened to the world since our time.

If Simon Peller is Network 23's tele-candidate, as we find out in later episodes, it is peculiar that Murray and Cheviot are so quick to take the story public.

Cheviot's presumably high-level access code for the two-way sampler is "Cheviot CT0011."

Thanks to BlankChrissy for a key actor ID in this entry!

Opening Credits

This episode uses a polished version of the opening credit sequence, but still no dialogue.

Subliminal Credits

This episode has no subliminal credits in the Zik-Zak montage.

Quotes & Caps

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  • 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."
Carter: "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."
Carter:"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!"