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Mannix and Triphenic Acid: It's 1967 all over again

 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:10 pm    Post subject: Mannix and Triphenic Acid: It's 1967 all over again Reply with quote

The DVD set for the opening season of "Mannix" caught my eye at
the library the other day, and it has turned out to be a slightly guilty
pleasure.

The easiest thing to notice, watching these early episodes all
in one sitting, is the common plot and character elements. You
know there'll be a beautiful woman, and an excuse for Mannix
to kiss her. Henchmen will shoot at him, and miss. There will
be at least two fistfights, a high speed car chase, and a couple
of plot twists. His boss at InterTect will be skeptical or hostile
about his attitude or methods, but will sometimes be there to
help at a crucial moment.

Not having any special affection for this formula, I have to
look for pleasures elsewhere. 60's cars and fashions,
social trends and interpersonal interaction styles, dribs and
drabs of Mannix's back story, and, especially, a recycling
of familiar character actors from the 1960's Desilu contract
players stable. The same actors you see in Star Trek, and
Perry Mason, you see in Mannix, and a dozen other shows,
to be sure.

I'd like to think that my enjoyment comes in spite of the
formula, but the little fear that maybe I'm enjoying those
fistfights and stolen gauzy kisses makes my pleasure seem
at least a little guilty...

Anyway, in the episode "Warning: Live Blueberries" mobsters
are drugging college athletes so as to rig games, this in
the context of a psychedelic drug cult, complete with (character
actor) guru, and underground coffeehouse (with Buffalo
Springfield, including Neil Young, playing live in the background).
When Mannix finds the athlete on the grounds of the cult's
compound, and asks the (beautiful) female lead what drug
he's taken she answers "Triphenic acid".

A google search found one (1!) instance of this phrase,
in what appears to be a legitimate chemistry publication.
By writing this article, I've doubled the links to "triphenic
acid", rescuing it from being a google "one-hit" wonder.

It makes me curious, though. What was the decision process
that led to *that* being the name of the drug?
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