A10 Stake Out
Writer: Dennis Spooner
Director: Benjamin Wickers
Original Broadcast: UK: 03.03.1978
Episode Availability: DVD: UK Video: UK
Novelisation: The Professionals 3: Stake Out by Ken Blake [0 7221 5252 3]
CI5 Agent William Bodie · Lewis Collins
CI5 Controller George Cowley · Gordon Jackson
CI5 Agent Raymond Doyle · Martin Shaw
CI5 Agent Benny · Trevor Adams
Ray Kerrigan · Peter Armitage
CI5 Agent John Fraser · Andrew Bradford
Frank Turner · David Collings
Young Girl · Brigette Fry
CI5 Assistant Sarah · Sarah Grazebrook
Man In Raincoat · Brian Hawksley
Jack Thorwood · Malcolm Hayes
Bob · Barry Jackson
Hunter · Gerald James
Doctor Binney · Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Thomas Black · Jack Lynn
Martin Taylor · Tony Osoba
Young Girl · Fiona Reid
Blonde Drug Addict · Pamela Stephenson
Major Tilden · Barry Stokes
The murder of a CI5 agent leads to the discovery of a man dying from plutonium poisoning.
[Arriving at the scene of Fraser's death]
Bodie: "Had a drink with him just two nights ago. He had a premonition, you know."
Doyle: "Oh, yeah? What about?"
Bodie: "What do you think? That he was gonna die."
Doyle: "That's the safest prediction I've heard in a long time — hope you didn't take any bets on it."
Bodie: [turning away] "You know what I mean."
Doyle: [looking after Bodie] "Yeah, I know what you mean."
Cowley: "Get over there, the pair of you, and stake it out." [The bowling alley]
Bodie: "What do we look for?"
Cowley: "Well, don't ask me, Bodie! That's your job, what you're paid for. Sniff hard, be alert, anything unusual..."
Doyle: "Yes, sir, we understand, sir."
Cowley: "I should hope you do."
Bodie: "Stake out." [Cowley glares at him] "Running all the way, sir!"
Bodie: "Okay, where do we start?"
Doyle: "Start what?"
Doyle: "How many stake outs you been on, Bodie?"
Bodie: "Uh, not many."
Doyle: "Yeah, you're lucky."
Bodie: "'n' they were just lookin' at houses."
Doyle: "Yeah, well, you just look, listen, 'n' observe."
Bodie: "Wha —? Do nothing, you mean?"
Doyle: "What d'you want to do? Announce we're on a stake out? Maybe we should just yell out, 'anybody want to confess?'"
[Doyle suggests that they bowl seeing as they're staking out a bowling alley]
Doyle: "You played much?"
Doyle: "I asked first."
Bodie: "Okay, loser buys drinks."
Doyle: "You haven't played."
Bodie: "How do you know?"
Doyle: "'Cause if you had, you'd've wanted larger stakes."
Blonde Drug Addict: "Got the time?"
Bodie: "Yeah, if you've got the inclination."
Doyle: "How do you score?" [Looking at bowling card]
Bodie: "I just get lucky, I guess." [Looking at pretty girl]
Bodie: "Stake outs are a waste of time."
Doyle: "Yeah, well, nine out of ten of them are. Still, look at the bright side."
Bodie: "What's that?"
Doyle: "I'm winning."
Doyle: "Tell you what, Benny. Stay here."
Bodie: "And if you're very good, we'll send a lemonade out."
Bodie: "You know, I should go to work there."
Doyle: "That's not what we're here for."
Bodie: "Could be exactly what we're here for."
Doyle: "Yeah, all right, go on. Chat her up."
Bodie: "That's a very coarse way of putting it."
Doyle: "Oh, you mean there's another way?"
Bodie: "Yes. I prefer 'interrogation', 'investigation' — on account of the fact that I'm very conscientious about my work. Cheerio."
[Bodie holds Doyle down bodily after he was hit by Martin Taylor]
Bodie: [to Taylor] "Terribly sorry! He's terribly sorry. He drinks a lot, you know. I'm trying to sober him up. Carry on with the game."
Doyle: "What're you doing?!"
Bodie: "What are you doing?"
Doyle: "I'm going to kill him!"
Bodie: [rhetorically] "He's going to kill him." [to Taylor and Black] "He's not well."
Doyle: "I got a strike."
Bodie: [to an interested woman bowler from the adjacent lane] "He'll be all right in a minute, thank you."
Doyle: "All ten pins!"
Bodie: "Yeah, you have a ten pin strike. And blow your cover, don't you? Eh? Little David like you, smashing a Goliath into a jigsaw puzzle. How'd that look?"
Doyle: "Very good just now."
Bodie: "Well, on stake outs, Raymond, you are a seven stone weakling and let people kick sand in your face." [Doyle shrugs and throws up his hands.] "Eh?"
Doyle: [grudgingly] "I'm a seven stone weakling."
Bodie: "Hey! Why don't we just, uh... run everybody in?"
Doyle: "And give Cowley a late night questioning them all?"
Bodie: "Yeah, that's right. We could go home."
Doyle: "Where's Cowley?"
Sarah: "He's out. Chasing atom bombs."
Cowley: "Well... I always say an organisation is only as good as the man at the top. And you two, you're both damned good. Very damned good."