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"As long as we're in one piece, the show goes on."
— Rick O'Shea

"Ricochet" is the fifth episode of Thunderbirds season 2, first broadcast on 6th November 1966.

PlotEdit

A two-man pirate-television satellite - KLA - is knocked out of orbit when a faulty rocket explodes in its vicinity. Alan rescues one of the crew, but the presenter, Rick O'Shea, refuses to perform a space walk to Thunderbird 3. Virgil and Brains, in Thunderbird 2, must destroy the KLA satellite before it crashes into a Middle-Eastern oil refinery - whether or not O'Shea is still aboard.

StorylineEdit

Main article: Ricochet/Storyline

TranscriptEdit

Main article: Ricochet/Transcript

CastEdit

Regular CharactersEdit

R228

Tin-Tin

Guest CharactersEdit

R219

Rick O'Shea

Cameo RolesEdit

International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit

Non-International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit

R47

Telsat 4


LocationsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • This is the only episode where Virgil pilots Thunderbird 3 and Gordon goes to Thunderbird 5.
  • The Rick O'Shea puppet was created by sculptor Terry Curtis, who loosely based the character's features on those of Sean Connery.
  • This is the only episode of Season 2 not to feature either Lady Penelope or Parker.
  • Ricochet marks the third and final episode to feature the interior and exterior sets of the Tracking Station; they were first seen as the Satellite HQ in Cry Wolf, and later as the Central Office of the General Staff Command in The Impostors.
  • The episode closes with an extract of "Flying High", one of the two demo tracks that were originally composed to be the main Thunderbirds theme.
  • For subsequent half hour "cliffhanger" broadcasts, the first installment concluded with Jeff ordering to "get those Thunderbirds flying!", and Alan's subsequent "yes sir!" line. Instead of cutting back to KLA, the screen suddenly goes black for about a second, before swiftly fading into the closing credits.
  • The Main Control Room of Thunderbird 3 is completely different from how it appeared in the previous season.

GoofsEdit

  • John can be seen saying Gordon's one and only line instead of Gordon himself.
  • For some strange reason, Alan's Season 1 head is used.
  • As Thunderbird 2 leaves its hangar it has small "Thunderbird 2", but when it's in the air the "2" has changed to a larger font.

Foreign TitlesEdit

  • French: Le satellite pirate
  • German: Piratensender ausser Kurs
  • Spanish: El satélite pirata
  • Italian: Rimbalzo
  • Dutch: Ruimteredding (TV 1967); Ricochet (VHS, DVD)
  • Japanese: 宇宙放送局の危機

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