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Jack Soo, a Retrospective (17 May 1979)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama

The death of Jack Soo in 1979 marked the passing of both a fine comedy actor and one of TV's most memorable characters: Nick Yemana, the deadpan detective known for his dry wit and wretched... See full summary »


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Noam Pitlik


Danny Arnold (created by), Theodore J. Flicker (created by)

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13 February 2019 | gw333
| This episode was really done with class
This episode always gets to me. Never before or since have I seen a series handle the loss of an actor/character with such honor and dignity. You can tell they all loved Jack. As stated above, there are many of his best bits from different episodes. I think Nick was the first Iron Chef. In one of the scenes, Nick is making his lunch. Wojo says it smells like garbage and Nick says it's a delicacy - fish heads, cabbage leaves, carrot tops and cucumber rinds. He thinks a minute, then says, "It IS garbage."

Of course, it was always about his coffee. Everyone had comments about the coffee. According to Wikipedia, his last words were about it:

>On the show there was a running joke that Soo's character made bad coffee. Therefore, his last known words were when he was being wheeled into an operating room and he joked to Hal Linden, referring to his cancer - 'it must have been the coffee'.<

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