Pic of the Day: “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin” revisited

Our last pic for this week gives us another long-overdue look at El Greco, the colorful drug lord of the Baretta episode “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin.” It was first broadcast on January 19, 1977. Something has amused him – can’t quite remember what.

That Sister Ain't No Cousin - 1977

This episode was directed by Seattle native Bruce Kessler, a now-retired television director who racked up many impressive credits in a 30-odd year career. He also has several feature films under his belt, including Simon, King of the Witches (1971). He is also a retired professional race-car driver and a powerboating enthusiast. He is very possibly the last person who ever spoke to James Dean.

Pic of the Day: “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin” revisited

Our pic today takes another look at the Baretta episode “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin”. It first aired on January 19, 1977. Colorfully attired drug lord El Greco expresses his affection for the new load of statuary (with drugs secreted inside, if I’m not mistaken) that is going to make them all rich, as his henchman (Judd Omen) looks on dubiously.

That Sister Ain't No Cousin - 1977

You may best remember Omen as bad-tempered but big-hearted con Mickey in Tim Burton‘s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985). He also appeared in David Lynch‘s Dune (1984). After some steady film and television work since the late 1970s, he’s been out of circulation since 2005. It would be nice to see him on-screen once again.

Pic of the Day: “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin” revisited

Today we take another look at “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin,” the third of four Baretta episodes in which Timothy appeared. It was first broadcast on January 19, 1977. El Greco is a sinister drug lord obsessed with ancient Greek culture (hmm, must be why they call him that). Clearly he enjoys his work.

That Sister Ain't No Cousin - 1977

Oh boy, I can hear my husband now: “Ah, I see he’s wearing his SUN TV jacket!” Yes, dear. I’m guessing the show was originally recorded on videotape from SUN TV in Canada. Apparently, the Baretta Season One box set didn’t sell well enough for Universal to consider releasing subsequent seasons. A shame, truly. I do hope they revisit the idea.

Pic of the Day: “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin” revisited

Our pic of the day takes another look at the Grecophile drug lord known as, appropriately enough, El Greco, from the Baretta episode “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin”. It was first broadcast on January 19, 1977. He has just been taken down by Baretta (Robert Blake) in a nun outfit. It’s a long story.

That Sister Ain't No Cousin - 1977

Also appearing here as one of El Greco’s henchmen is Judd Omen, so funny as Mickey, Pee-wee Herman‘s convict pal in Tim Burton‘s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985). Don’t mess with him, he cuts “Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law” labels off of mattresses! He’s got a really bad temper!

Pic of the Day: “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin” revisited

Closing the work week is another look at the Baretta episode “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin,” first airing on January 19, 1977. Drug kingpin El Greco is firing one of his cock-fighting employees. Let’s hope he doesn’t end up on the dinner table.

That Sister Ain't No Cousin - 1977

The fourth and final episode of Baretta that Timothy appeared in, “The Marker” (02/16/78), has so far eluded my grasp. If anyone comes across it, please let me know. Thank you!

Video of the Week: ABC promos, 1977

Videos featuring Timothy that we haven’t posted yet are getting harder to find, unfortunately. This week’s video isn’t up to our usual standards, but it’s a bit of television history that we don’t get to see much anymore. This is a promo that ABC ran for its Wednesday night line-up on January 19, 1977. At about 0:41 in we can catch a glimpse of Tim as El Greco in the Baretta episode “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin,” which first aired that very same evening.

The promo is narrated by the great Ernie Anderson, staff announcer supreme at ABC for many years. He became famous as Cleveland’s legendary late-night horror host Ghoulardi in the 1960s.

Pic of the Day: “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin” revisited

Today’s pic is another look at Timothy’s snappily-dressed drug lord El Greco from the Baretta episode “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin,” first aired on January 19, 1977. Most of his gangster characters almost always had a flower in their lapel.

That Sister Ain't No Cousin - 1977

He has some amusing interactions with chickens in this episode. El Greco is a big fan of cock-fighting, which I’ve no doubt Timothy, being a big animal lover in real life, found appalling. Me too. El Greco would have been a great recurring villain, if the show had been into that kind of thing.