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Trash TV: Part 1 

An unusual patient in Community general is the "Masked Magician", who reveals magic tricks in highly rated specials on Pox TV, but got wounded by a real arrow because of sabotage. Meanwhile... See full summary »

Director:

Ron Satlof

Writers:

Joyce Burditt (creator), Lee Goldberg

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Victoria Rowell ... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Charlie Schlatter ... Dr. Jesse Travis
Barry Van Dyke ... Steve Sloan
Dan Gilvezan ... Kent Beudine
Melora Hardin ... POX Publicist Melanie Cooper
Gary Sandy ... Garth Zand
Val Valentino ... Masked Magician
Billy Warlock ... Derek Shaw
Stephen J. Cannell ... Jackson Burley
Carol Alt ... GBS Exec Tanya Simone
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Mr. Reese (as Pat Harrington)
Ian Ogilvy ... Jerry Lane
Randolph Mantooth ... Randolph Mantooth
Tony Dow ... Donald Debono
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Storyline

An unusual patient in Community general is the "Masked Magician", who reveals magic tricks in highly rated specials on Pox TV, but got wounded by a real arrow because of sabotage. Meanwhile rival channel GBC prepares a series "Doctor Danger", supposedly based on Mark Sloane, but when shown the pilot he refuses to have anything to do with this mockery; Jesse however accepts to write scripts for it. Shortly after, both the masked magician -who unveiled himself to become irreplaceable- and Mark's character 'Dr. Danger' are murdered on the set. Mark tricks the first killer, but accepts that motive doesn't hold true for the first, so a second murderer must still be out... Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Val Valentino really was the "Masked Magician" on a series of TV specials, Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed (1997), 2, 3 and 4. After this episode he also started a weekly series Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed (1997) starring in the first 4 episodes and producing all 13 episodes. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mark Sloan: Where can I find Kent Beudine?
POX Publicist Melanie Cooper: Oh, he's in the editing room putting together the next episode of "Maimings, Massacres and Practical Jokes."
Dr. Mark Sloan: You know, what kind of people watch that stuff?
POX Publicist Melanie Cooper: I don't know, but there are fifteen million of them, and all of them and probably a couple of million more will watch just to see the Masked Magician get murdered again.
Dr. Mark Sloan: He's going to use that footage? The man has no shame.
POX Publicist Melanie Cooper: That's what makes him a good producer.
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