Jan. 22, 1972
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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Emergency! - 05x06 The Indirect Method

5x06 The Indirect Method

First Aired: Oct. 18, 1975 on NBC

Summary: Station 51 receives a new trainee: Karen Overstreet, who is determined to prove a woman can do the paramedic's job. A man tries to gas himself, and then changes his mind. During a house fire, Roy tries to save an invalid, and nearly dies when broken wires send electricity through his body.…
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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

R.N. played by Julie London
Dixie McCall played by Julie London
Paramedic John Gage played by Randolph Mantooth
Captain Hank Stanley played by Michael Norell
Dewey played by Richard Bakalyan
Police Captain played by Jim B. Smith
LAPD played by Jim B. Smith
Fireman Mike Stoker played by Mike Stoker


  • Goof (revealing mistake): When the dispatcher is shown giving Squad 51 its "man down" call, he says the time out is 8:20, but the clock above him says 11:44.
  • Goof (factual errors): In both cardiac cases, they read the v-fib EKG with using the quick-look feature of the paddles, but after defibrillating they read the rhythm while the paddles are not in contact with the patient.
  • Goof (continuity error): When the squad leaves the station on its "man down" call, the engine shown in its adjoining bay is the Crown engine from the first two seasons, and not the Ward LaFrance engine used from season 3 forward.


  • The episode's title refers to a firefighting technique which involves attacking a fire within compartmentalized areas, while conserving water at the same time. The opening scene shows Captain Stanley instructing his men on the procedure, and it is put to use in the structure fire call at the end. The indirect method is used whenever there is fire inside a small room, like an office or a bedroom. The door is opened, a wide stream of water is put on the fire for just a few seconds, then the door is closed. The theory behind this method states that the fire will convert the water into steam, reducing the volume of air within the room. Soon, the steam cools into water vapor, covering a wide area and squelching the fire.
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