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The Great White Shark
An arrogant millionaire takes his wife on a charter boat and the ship's captain is enthralled by her beauty. Despite his emotions, he cannot dispel the anger he feels as he seeks vengeance on the shark that claimed his limb.
Air Dates:
First Run - July 4, 1979
Repeat - November 13, 1979
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4 Responses to Episode 0994

This is the first CBSRMT that I can recall that takes place in Australia. It's also the one (to date) which has the most glaring factual error. More on that in a minute. An Australian charter boat captain and his aboriginal first mate/helmsman agree to take a very wealthy Texan and his young, beautiful wife on a deep-sea fishing trip from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef. The captain was himself once a wealthy, dashing man, but has become victim to a personal vendetta...he lost his foot in an attack by a great white shark (called "the white death" by his helper, who possesses the "psychic powers" many aboriginals are reputed to have), and is obsessed with finding the shark and killing it. The Texan is a big blowhard, but a very strong man whom you don't want to cross. The captain, even though lame on land, can take care of himself, but is quite aware that the Texan is footing the bill, and is more intent on culminating his fight with the great white. In addition to the potential explosion between the two men, the captain is falling for the Texan's young wife. (I must compliment the RMT writers...they kept the captain's character on the moral high ground, though the character admits he mighn't have stayed on it in previous years.) Worst of all, the aborigine is predicting that one person on the charter will die in the trip...he doesn't know which one. There is some great use of simple sound effects in this one...listening to the boat's diesel engines I felt I was leaving Sydney harbor right along with the captain and company. Unfortunately, in a critical moment in the story the captain says that a great white shark isn't a fish but a mammal. In reality, the great white isn't even quite a true fish, but rather part of the lowest subgroup of fishes which have cartilage instead of bone for their skeletons. In addition, this episode sort of turns into an animal rights story of sorts which strangely seems to water down the plot at the very end even though it still has an interesting ending. All IMHO of course...

Really? This is nothing but a trite updating of MOBY DICK. And the aborigne's accent is awful. A generic "Third World tribal native," complete with a halting delivery. In real life, aborgines have Aussie accents, same as white Aussies. Why wouldn't they? They grow up in Australia, so they have Aussie accents.

Lol, and terrible australian accent by Mr. Tolan. If the Australian theme hadn't been presented, I could swear he was from brooklyn

You would have to be pretty lame not to be able to guess how this one was going to turn out as you listened to it. That said, a decent listen.

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