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This site is about the tv cop show Nash Bridges, starring Don Johnson, which aired on CBS with 122 episodes in 6 seasons. The series is currently syndicated in many television markets and is available on DVD.

 [The Original Unofficial NASH BRIDGES]

[NashBITS News]
October 1999

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Tidbits from Other SF Columns (October 31, 1999)

In a Letter to the Editor to the October 31 Datebook of the Chronicle, in a section entitled "Films Show Off City Better Than 'NASH' Does", proud SF resident Brian Mellies complains "that current TV fodder, the risible 'Nash Bridges'…treats San Francisco as little more than a glorified dirt track for Don Johnson’s hot rod."

In the October 27 Dog Bites column of the SF Weekly, a hilarious stories of sightings of Don Johnson: "Bro, I saw Don Johnson! Bro, he totally looks like a chick! His hair was all blonde and blow-dried, and he had all this make-up on. He totally looks like a chick."
 

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World Series Triggers Week of Re-runs (October 31, 1999)

Well, the Yankees swept the World Series and finished early in the week, but the networks took no chances. Almost all shows, including NASH BRIDGES, ran re-runs as a protective ratings measure.

NASH BRIDGES re-ran "Angel of Mercy," episode #73 from last season and promoted it as a Halloween episode. This is the episode that unravels the mysterious past of Nash's guardian angel. Caitlin takes on a new lover in the episode, but blows him off at the end. She might do that to Nash by the end of this season...
 

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Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Who Played Lt. Shimamura in the First Season) Contacts Us (October 24, 1999)

There are some actors who have such a dynamic presence and charisma that you wonder why they don't become stars in their own right, but they remain wonderfully rich character actors. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is one of them, always playing Bad Guys and villains. Nash fans remember Mr. Tagawa as Lt. Shimamura, the original head of the SIU who was passed up for promotion and headed for Hawaii. As if life parallels art, Mr. Tagawa lives and works in Hawaii. He has a fascinating home page at muhawaii.com - check it out.


WASSUP? WAS NICE TO KNOW THAT IT MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR YOU FOR ME TO BE ON THE SHOW....THANX... GREAT TO PLAY A GOOD GUY AND I HAD HOPED IT WOULD BE A NEW TREND BUT NOT TO BE.... ANYWAY, THANX AGAIN AND JOIN ME AT MY WORKS IN PROGRESS AT muhawaii.com. ALL LOVE AND RESPECT.....

MAHALOS,

CARY-HIROYUKI TAGAWA

 

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Info on Next Appearance of Stone Cold Steve Austin (October 24, 1999)


Sorry didn't get any shots------they were very attentive about cameras----seen and met stone cold nice guy..........cheech nice guy.... they had some monkey on the set for upcoming show about a monkey who is a best selling author.......stone cold is assigned to protect him from getting kidnapped------filmed on that battleship next to their set pier 46,behind wings of flight at the wharf.

mike f.

Gordon's Response

Thanks for trying anyways, Mike. You know what I deleted in your message and you probably know why - anytime you're able to get on or near the location shooting again, please let us know.

 

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Previous Owner of Nash's Cuda Contacts Us (October 24, 1999)


Hello

My name is Elaine Stuffer. My brother built the car used on nash bridges. He built it from just a shell, going all over to get parts and making some of his own(he is a machinist). It was built on Long Island, NY and then taken to Fla with him when he moved. Back then it was the original red that they used for the 1971 barracuda. He had to sell it to a collector in Chicago because he needed money. That person then sold it to the show for an obsene amount of money. The collector in Chicago called him and let him know that it was sold to the show and would be used in the episodes. My brothers name is James Byrnes and I think he deserves a little credit for his creation, hard work and sacrifice.

Thanks

Gordon's Response

Duly noted Elaine, on the ownership line of the Cuda. You never know how many hands a valuable item passes through or who ends up with it until something like this happens. Thanks for letting us know.

 

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The Dutch Don Johnson Fan Club (October 24, 1999)


Hi Gordon,

I would like to mention that The Dutch Don Johnson Fan Club has a new website of the Net with a new address as well.

Maybe you'll be so kind to put a link to our site on your site as well? We have a link to your site already.

Thanks in advance.

The new address of the site is:
http://members.tripod.lycos.nl/JStinis/index.html

Best wishes, Jenneke Stinis (Fan Clubpresident)

Gordon's Response

Thanks for letting us know, Jenneke. We will add your link to our links page.

 

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Another Tidbit From "Erica" (Is That Your Real Name?) (October 24, 1999)


Jodi Lyn O'Keefe is a castmember in The Crow:Salvation, due out around March of 2000.

~Erica~

 

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Fan Stuff (October 17, 1999)


Info From Fan

Thought you'd like to know that Jon Polito portrayed Gideon in 1994's The Crow. ~Erica~

Gordon's Response

Thanks, Erica. I mentioned Jon Polito in the commentary on "Trade Off," episode 80.


NASH Sighting Of An Upcoming Episode

...The crew was filming over at Jackson and Montgomery Tuesday the 12th of October. The Episode will be titled "Split Decision." Tuesday they were filming an armoured car hold-up scene near the old Belli and Belli building. Later that night, the crew moved over to the Hotel Milano for a bar scene where Nash meets up with a fomer girlfriend.

Just for your info...

Keith S.

Gordon's Response

Thanks, Keith. Keep your eyes and ears open, Nash fans.


Inattentive Fan

We must have been away and missed Whatever Evans did. He shot himself, it seems. Could you please fill in details. Why did he fall out with Nash's daughter? Vicki

Gordon's Response

Not only do you not watch the show closely, you don't even read the site closely. All the narrative info you seek is contained in the synopsis, and I mention these happenings extensively in the commentaries.

Anyways, Cassidy walked in on Evan having sex with a waitress, he got up and dropped his gun and shot himself.


Another Confused Fan

I would like to say you have a great show....We would like to see more of Ronnie on the show he is always in the back round and at first we weren't crazy about the Yasmine Bleth(?) addition but her character is holding her own.

Although my friends and I would like to see Nash stay with this woman.
Thanks for listening.

Vicki

Gordon's Response

It's not our show, and we are not affiliated with the production. Refer to the word "UNOFFICIAL." As for Officer Ronnie, read this week's commentary on "Girl Trouble" to find out what I think of Officer Ronnie.

 

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Don Makes A Surprise Musical Appearance At Local SF Club (October 10, 1999)

At pianist Merl Saunders' Saturday night (October 2nd) gig at the Great American Music Hall, Saunders invited two mystery guests up on stage. They were George Michalski (musical director for NASH BRIDGES) and the Man himself, Don Johnson. Don sang the blues ("Stormy Monday") and reportedly brought down the house.

This according to Scott Osler's column in the Tuesday (October 5th) Chronicle.
 

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On the Baby Watch (October 10, 1999)

Don and expecting wife Kelley were at a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" cocktail party given by Ann Moller Caen on Wednesday (October 6th). Kelley reportedly said that their baby is due on New Year's Eve.

From Pat Steger's "The Scene" column in the Chronicle of October 8th.
 

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Yasmine Does Micro-Interview on EVENING MAGAZINE (October 10, 1999)

Yasmine Bleeth (NASH BRIDGES) and Kelly HU (of MARTIAL LAW) were part of a "Sexy Stars of CBS" segment of the local SF program EVENING MAGAZINE of October 4th. There were 20 stars of CBS series represented in a 20 minute segment. That means very, very short interviews (by host Jonathan Karsh) in a montage of faces (some that we couldn't even recognize) that flashed by. If you blinked you would have missed it.

Yasmine revealed she has a regular boyfriend in LA, and that if he didn't visit her regularly, he wouldn't be for long. Kelly Hu revealed that her regular boyfriend is her manager, and that she saves 15 percent because of it.
 

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We Answer Some E-Mail (October 3, 1999)

A lot of e-mail we get mistake us for the producers of the show. The big clue is the UNOFFICIAL word in the title of our web site. It goes without saying that we are not affiliated with the production or any of the personnel related to the show. Nor are we in any position to suggest storylines to the writers.

It just so happens that we do have some knowledge of the process and series television, but please bear in mind that we are fans, JUST LIKE YOU. We don't have some secret inside track (though people do contact us with some weird stuff, but we always try to verify if it came from the production itself or they're just rumor-spreading.) We do not spread rumors - keep in mind that a lot of the tabloid stuff is same stuff you find stuck to your shoes after you've walked through a cow pasture.


The Depiction of the Firearms Trade in NASH BRIDGES

You would think in this day and age the people who write TV shows or movies could find out the correct information that is used in their shows. I would like to point out that in the season opener the information about being able to buy firearms at gun shows without registering them is WRONG. No firearms transaction occurring in the State of California is exempt from a proper transfer or registration. With firearms being so hotly debated in our country you would think that the writers, producers and the sponsors would want to be correct in their information presented on the air. Instead they provide misinformation either on purpose or through ignorance. With all the research that has to be done to show correct police procedures how hard would it be to ask a licensed firearms dealer about the laws he must follow.

I am also sending messages to all the shows sponsors to inform them that I will no longer watch Nash Bridges nor will I buy their products. In fact I will be watching HBO's Stargate SG-1 from now on.

I hope in the future you will be more accurate in depiction of firearms. Remember without them you wouldn't be able to have your freedom to provide disinformation to the public each week, you would have to provide the information the government told you to.

Think about it.
Mike S.
Bakersfield CA.

Gordon's Response

There's a lot of inaccuracy about firearms in TV shows (from simply a lack of user knowledge about them). I believe in the opener, the firearms were illegally purchased in a private transaction, and not as the result of any illegal activity by a licensed gun dealer.

Your points are well made, though I wouldn't go so far as to ignore the show. The depiction of firearms is but the tip of the iceberg in terms of other inaccurate information that is presented about law enforcement, the judicial system (which is all but circumvented in NASH BRIDGES), computers etc. Keep in mind it is a fictional show, but yes, it does shape opinion about police, law, guns, technology, and society in general. The easier and mindless thing to say would be "Hey, it's just a TV show!"

If you don't watch, you won't know. We always try to comment about how Nash handles (or not handles) law enforcement in our commentaries each week.


Yasmine Still Doesn't Sit Well With Some Fans

I was so saddened to see Nash living with Caitland, sure takes away from instead of adding to his show. Everywhere he was last night, there she was also I didn't like the show as much as when it was just Don and Cheech. They are a good team and I do wish you would leave the chasing to them.

Thank you for letting me air my problems.

Shirley M.

 
Gordon, Your web site is the best, you've done a lot of work! Thanks so much for all the time and trouble for all Don Johnson fans. It's great the way he and Cheech work together. However, I do have a small problem with the series: Jasmeeeeeeeen Bleethe. It comes across on the screen there is absolutely no chemistry whatsoever between her and Don Johnson no matter how much pout and eye cutting she does. As a police woman she just doesn't cut it either. Every time I see her strutting around the SIU I wonder what she's doing there. The other women who've played his ex-wives don't seem to have that chemistry either. Don Johnson is one cool dude, very sexy. Is it that hard to find a female star he is simpatico with? I've been a fan since Miami Vice and will continue to be. Thanks again for all your work.

Sue J.


Jodi Lynn Getting "Broader Abeam"?

O.K. Gordon,

I have not really ever written to you gents before, but I felt it is necessary, as a long time Nash fan....

His daughter is already there thanks to her ball-shot ex-boyfriend, and I think we all know that this is not going to last. (Is is just me, or does she seem a little broader abeam this season, not that it's all that noticable, or that bad, but a couple of lads who watch the show on a regular basis just for her have also made comments).....

Anyway, I remain a big fan, keep the good stuff coming.

Sagehill

Gordon's Response

Sagehill, you gave an alias, so I felt free to heavily edit your letter for the comments that I found interesting. I always thought of Jodi Lynn (who plays Cassidy) as tall and willowy. The lovely Jodi Lynn is very tall (must be close to 6 feet, this is ... er, ah - a large-boned woman who has grown up before our prying television eyes.


Nash's Vintage

Hello Gordon, Just wondering what type, and what brand of wine Nash drinks? He frequently enjoys a glass.

Thanks, Greg

Gordon's Response

How could we possibly know that? But I imagine Don to have access to the finest private stock that the nearby Napa Valley wineries can offer. His wine is probably custom made (like his clothes), and not available in any common wine cellars of SF's finest restaurants.


The Heavenly Body That Walked By

Hi! Gordon,

I love your site on one of my favorite shows Nash Bridges!! I just happened to notice the scene were the two guys where in the health spa, and I saw them checking out the girl walking buy!! It's Amy Fadhli right? I am a big fan of hers and new it was her, Just wondering if you taped it cause I'm her fan of 5yrs now!! and didn't no she was on, do you no what scene i'm talking about? It's the one with the pretty girl waling by!!

Thank you for reading my letter.

Sincerely,
Pam.

Gordon's Response

I wasn't really looking at her face.
 

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