Chico and the Man (1974–1978)
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The Peeping Tom 

Ed is accused of being a peeping tom.


Jack Donohue


James Komack (created by), Sam Locke | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Jack Albertson ... Ed Brown
Scatman Crothers ... Louie Wilson
Gabriel Melgar Gabriel Melgar ... Raul Garcia
Julie Hill Julie Hill ... Monica
Alice Ghostley ... Harriett
Bill McLean ... Ira (as Bill Mc Lean)
Tom Reese ... Cop
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Doctor Wilson


Ed is accused of being a peeping tom.

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Release Date:

14 July 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Final episode produced, among many quietly slipped on to the airwaves during the summer of 1978. See more »


References Peeping Tom (1960) See more »

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The final episode, a far cry from the early days with Freddie Prinze
8 July 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Peeping Tom" was the final episode produced, among many that were quietly dumped on to summertime audiences in 1978, long abandoned by this time, a far cry from the early days with the departed Freddie Prinze, Bonnie Boland, Ronny Graham, Della Reese, and Charo also gone, only Jack Albertson and Scatman Crothers still around to remind one of the show's former glory. This inglorious finale finds Gabriel Melgar's Raul still present, if only briefly, while Julie Hill's Monica only puts in two short bits as Bette Davis and Shirley Temple in her constant search for stardom. Alice Ghostley guest stars as Harriet, driving in to have her tank filled, receiving the full complement of Ed Brown insults, before informing her husband Ira (Bill McLean, a regular going back to the first season) that she's certain that Ed is the peeping tom she was telling him about. Raul asks Louie if a peeping tom is anything like a doctor: "they both want to look you over and see what you got...there are some people who ain't like other people, because if they were they wouldn't be like they are, but would be more like somebody else except if they were the same!" The suggestion that The Man is a peeping tom leaves Louie in stitches: "he can't peel an orange without blushing...he's too pooped to peep!" Louie phones psychiatrist Doctor Wilson (Ken Sansom) to pay a visit to Ed, who refuses to look at any pictures until he learns that the doc deals in sex problems! He can't inform the arresting cop (Tom Reese) about who the victim was, where it happened, or when it occurred: "how do I know you really did it?" "how else would I know all the details!" Surprisingly one of the funnier entries from this last season, but showing how little was left in the tank at the very end; the final scene does feature both Jack Albertson and Scatman Crothers together, Ed once more conversing with late wife Margaret. The CHICO experience seemed to age the 71 year old Albertson beyond his years, 18 more credits over a three year period before succumbing to colon cancer in November 1981.

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