THE FIGHTER

Production number: #93211
Original US airdate: 31st January, 1994
Written by: Morrie Ruvinsky
Directed by: Peter Ellis
Guest Cast: Bruce Weitz (Sullivan), Tom McBeath (Coleman), Cali Timmins (Iris); Nicholas Lea (Rodney Lange), Wren Robertz (George Belcher), Russell Roberts (Wilson), Charles Payne (Thunder Rodriguez), Topaze Hasfal-Schou (Marilyn), Ken Roberts (Wallace)



MacLeod's old friend Tommy Sullivan is a scrappy little Irishman, a one-time boxer turned trainer, who can charm anyone into anything. He charms MacLeod into backing his current boxer and charms Charlie into playing Cyrano to help him woo a shy waitress. But when a rival manager who was trying to steal Sully's fighter turns up dead, MacLeod's opinion of his old friend begins to be altered forever.

Flashbacks
c1890s, Boston, US: Duncan is persuaded to fight in an illegal bare-knuckle fight by Sully.

Other Immortals
Tommy Sullivan

Interesting facts
+ Bruce Weitz played Mick Belker in US cop show Hill Street Blues.
+ The X-Files' Nicholas Lea makes his first appearance on Highlander - here he plays the mortal Rodney, later he returns as the immortal (and some would say irrepressible) Cory Raines in 'Money No Object' (
E7).
+ Also making a later return to Highlander (ironically in the same episode as Lea) is Tom McBeath, who plays Detective Dennis Tynan in that episode (
E7).
+ When asked to name his hero, Duncan says Connor.


Verdict
A sparkling episode that effortlessly casts aside its lighter moments for the downbeat ending. Bruce Weitz is superb, and I also applaud the Welsh accent too. A-

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