Master Ninja II
** Joel and the bots try a little improve but it doesn’t go so well. Frank and Dr Forrester invent the conveyor belt buffet while Joel and the bots make a self contained habitat for a gerbil.
When we last left McAllister and Max, they were looking for Teri, McAllister’s daughter, in episode 322. Well, they are still looking for her.
Now they are at a dirt bike track in Clearwater. Seems Max is a past champion at this track and he going to try and reclaim the title. He runs into an old friend of his, Hog. Also, there is a lady named Carrie Brown. She is also a biker and works at the local cannery. The cannery is run by Chad Webster. He is also a biker. Carrie doesn’t like him.
The race gets underway and Max and Carrie are in the lead group. Carrie (Crystal Bernard) barely edges out Max for the win.
Max tries to get a date with Carrie but she turns him down.
The next day at the cannery, Carrie is handling out fliers about a union organizing event when Max and McAllister show up. Since Max didn’t win the race, he’s going to try and get a job so they can have some cash.
While this is going on a large pallet of goods is being unloaded from a ship. When the crane malfunctions, the pallet lands on top of a man’s legs. Max and several others try to rescue him. McAllister saves the day by throwing one of his ninja gadgets, which cuts the cable, causing the pallet to fall into the harbor.
After all the fun is over, Max asks Carrie out again. This time she agrees. She heads into the foreman’s office to complain about the accident. Nobody seems to concerned about the fact that one of their coworkers just had his legs crushed. Of course Carrie brings up the union again to the foreman. She storms out of the office just before Webster comes into the office. He wants Ralph, the foreman, to fire her but Ralph can’t because she is so well liked.
McAllister and Max are at a hotel. Max is getting ready for his date when McAllister lays down on the floor. He looks as though he is dead and Max freaks out,
but McAllister had just slowed his breathing and heart rate down. I’m sure this will come up again later.
** In honor of the custom van that Max drives around, the bots draw what they would like for a custom van.
Max and McAllister go to the bar where they are supposed to meet Carrie. Webster is there also. Max sits down with Carrie while McAllister saddles up to the bar. Webster has a little talk with McAllister to try and persuade him and Max into leaving town. Sure enough a brawl brakes out and Max gets thrown through another window while McAllister is able to grab Carrie and sneak away.
They give Carrie a ride home and she fills them in on how Webster has control over the town.
Webster even had Carrie’s brother killed when he tried to get a union started at the cannery, but Carrie has been unable to prove it.
Next morning at the cannery no one will talk to Carrie for fear of getting in trouble with Webster. He tells Ralph it’s time to get rid of Carrie. Max shows up and when Webster tears down a union organizing poster, Max gives him a little sass and out of the blue everyone is back to being on team Carrie.
At the big meeting nobody is willing to sign the petition until, you guessed it, Max gives an inspirational speech, then everyone is begging to sign up.
McAllister is haging around outside Motel 40 Winks, when Webster and some goons try to pick a fight. Then presto, it’s Max to the rescue on his motor bike. McAllister hops on the back and the chase is on.
As expected, McAllister has a bunch of his ninja toys with him and they easily dispatch the bad guys.
They track down Carrie at her place. It has been trashed by Webster. Time for Max and McAllister to go on the offensive, but not before Max gets a little action with Carrie. They break into the cannery, beat up a couple of guards and then find some files in Ralph’s office that could implicate Webster in the murder of Carrie’s brother.
** Crow does an impression of General Patton only it’s General Timothy Van Patten.
One of the guards calls Webster and before you can says Bob’s your uncle, a couple of vehicles are following the M boys. One shotgun blast later and Max wrecks the van. He falls out and collapses on the ground. The bad guys grab McAllister but he’s dead or is he? Max comes to and takes off running.
Thinking McAllister is dead they put him in a jeep. Webster wants to go after Carrie next but Ralph is steadfast against it. Webster reminds him about Carrie’s brother and Ralph falls in line.
Max ran as fast as he could and gets to Carrie’s house to warn her but Webster and the other show up just as he does.
The scene shifts to an old graveyard. They dig a grave and roll McAllister in. As they start to cover him up, Max starts going on about how Webster gets a thrill out of killing people. Webster shoots Max and Carrie. No wait, on the contrary he babbles on about stuff before deciding to shoot Ralph instead. Before he can though, McAllister rises from the grave and grabs him.
A big fight ensues and the good guys win.
Back at the cannery McAllister and Max bid Carrie goodbye. Max promises to come back and see her during next year’s race.
Next, Max is flying a light wing aircraft. He is flying low over a sports car that is careening out of control on a curvy road. The driver, Alisha Clayton, grabs ahold of the plane
and her car goes flying off a cliff before tumbling down and, of course, exploding. Max literally drops her down to McAllister, who catches her. Uh oh, it looks like our old friend Okasa is watching McAllister again. I’m sure we will see him again later.
Alicia can’t stop thanking her saviors and invites them to a party. Seems her father is a senator and is throwing some sort of shindig.
While this is going on, a bunch of people in military fatigues are plotting how to crash that very party. It looks as though they are planning on taking some hostages and holding them for ransom. The group is lead by Castile and Serena but they don’t necessarily see eye to eye. It looks like Serena is in it for the cause but Castile ( David McCallum) is just a hired hand.
Now it’s off to the party. The good guys show up and Max locates Alisha and starts chatting. A man at the party spots McAllister and recognizes him.
The man’s name is Mallory and he knows all about McAllister and his past. He is suspicious as to why McAllister is at the party.
The bad guys crash the party using helicopters. They take Senator Clayton (Robert Dowdell), Alisha and several others hostage. Hey look, it’s Osaka again. He gives one of the bad guys a kick in the head and jumps behind some bushes. The bad guys take the hostages to the helicopters
but Osaka decides to throw a ninja star at McAllister. He misses but McAllister grabs it and nails one of the bad guys before they can take off. This allows the senator to get away. As they fly away Mallory is able to stick a tracking device on one of the copters. He runs to his car and starts following them.
Max and McAllister are arrested under suspicion of being involved in the hostage taking. They are taken to some sort of CIA command center for questioning.
Mallory (George Lazenby) tracks down where the hostages where taken. He gets some pictures of the building and all of the guards before heading to the command center as well.
The bad guys want a bunch of political prisoners released or they will kill the hostages. The CIA boss plans on attacking the bad guys before giving in to their demands. Mallory thinks that’s a bad idea. The boss says the only other alternative is finding a ninja. Wonder if they can find one?
** Tom and Crow are arguing about why Max has a hamster, or is it a gerbil, and why it is or isn’t an appropriate pet for his character.
McAllister agrees to go after the hostages but he does not want Max to go with him. He thinks he will just get killed, CIA guy (Monte Markham) agrees.
McAllister goes back to the motel and gets his gear. As he prepares to leave, Okasa tries to sneak in and the two get into a big fight.
McAllister uses one of his smoke bomb things and gets away. Max is released from custody and immediately goes looking for McAllister.
McAllister and Mallory arrive at the hostage site. Ninja guy throws a grappling hook up over a wall and starts to climb.
Some how Max figures out where the two if them are. It just happens to be close to where he left his light wing aircraft. Mallory starts to climb as Max takes to the air. Mallory makes it up the wall and he and McAllister start looking for the hostages, but the bad guys spot them on their surveillance cameras. Somehow Max is able to land in the courtyard of the place and no one notices him. McAllister grabs a bad guy and he tells him where the hostages are, but before he get to them, another bad guy knocks him out and captures him.
Castile and Serena find out that the CIA are going to raid their hide out at dawn so they prepare to leave. They also prepare to execute the hostages with the first one to be Alisha.
Mallory is eventually captured as well but old man ninja is able to escape. One of the bad guys starts to maul at Alisha (Jennifer Runyon) but then Max shows up. He kicks the guy’s ass and saves the girl.
McAllister walks in and they free the other hostages.
Castile is alone with Mallory. The two of them go way back so Castile wants to kill him himself, but first he wants to have a chat. This, of course, gives McAllister enough time to find them and kick Castile in the head.
Max finds a large truck and loads all the hostages on board and they escape while Mallory and McAllister climb back down the rope.
The cops and CIA show up and Max says goodbye to Alisha.
He wants to take McAllister to Las Vegas and show him a good time but McAllister says they just had a good time and the credits roll.
** Joel has made a Lee Van Cleef dress up doll complete with slimming ninja outfit. Frank wants to get serious for a minute and tells a story about watching Monte Markham in the tv show The Second Hundred Years and how he wants it to come back. Afterwards Dr Forrester crushes Frank’s scull.
Lee Van Cleef was in episodes 311 and 322
Crystal Bernard played Helen Chapel on the tv show Wings from 1990 to 1997
George Lazenby is most famous for his one time role as James Bond in the 1969 movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Robert Dowdell played Chip Morton on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea from 1964 to 1968
## Bruce Lee Press On Nails
## Oh my aching neck
A solid episode to end season 3. Good riffs and a stupid movie. 3 out of 5