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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]

* "PROMISED LAND"
The Annual Chinatown Episode
November 23, 1996

by
Gordon Hom


Here we go again - it's that Chinatown episode dealing with ethnicity and crime. Police series usually include a Chinatown episode, but with NASH BRIDGES its different because the series is set in San Francisco, known world-wide for it's large Asian community. Such episodes are highly-charged because of the racial issues and cultural differences brought to the forefront in a negative way. It's not just with Asians - the recent troubled CBS series EZ STREETS deals with the Irish mob, and NASH BRIDGES makes a point of presenting white ethnic gangsters such as Russians. Because of its setting, perhaps NASH BRIDGES even goes out of its way be even tougher on Asian gangsters.

The Bad Guy preys upon his community in a people smuggling operation at $15,000 a head. Nash kills Tommy Luck, and talks about it with the police psychiatrist by saying that "Tommy Luck was a bad man, and his children will no longer have a father, and I did that. Like I said, he was a bad man." To which the police psychiatrist responds (in an unseen female voice) - "I get the feeling that you show a lot of concern for other people's feelings. But you haven't told me yet how you fell. How do you feel?" Fade to black on Nash's face as we assume that he feels bad to kill any human being. NASH BRIDGES casts aside the race issues and ends on a sensitive note, contrary to the kick-in-the-door type of cop that Nash is.

The romance between Whitney Thomas and Nash begins as they flirt. After helping Nick break his record at pinball Nash provocatively asks Whitney as they stare deeply into each other's eyes:

     Nash:  So do you play? 
  Whitney:  I play. 
     Nash:  Are you good at it? 
  Whitney:  Very. 
     Nash:  I'll bet.

The music playing is that laid back MIAMI VICE Jan Hammer easy jazz score that seems to ooze out of Don Johnson. Is there any doubt that he will score with Whitney? Does James Bond carry a Walter PPK?

* For more, see synopsis for Episode 19


 
 
 
 
 

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