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The Hardy Boys
Hit the Road

During Season 2, Frank and Joe travelled to Transylvania, Egypt, Kenya, Acapulco, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and other exotic locales. Nancy Drew, played first by Pamela Sue Martin, then Janet Louise Johnson, guest-starred in several episodes.

At the Airport Again

Starring Parker Stevenson

Season 2 Episodes

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula

The second season premiere featured the first-time team-up between the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Their partnership gets off to a shaky start when both the boys and Nancy try to get possession of the hotel room where Fenton Hardy is supposed to be staying. (Mr. Hardy has once again disappeared.) When they finally confront each other, Nancy uses judo to flip Frank onto his back on the floor. To her surprise, he gets up and continues to press the confrontation.

This is an enjoyable episode. The tension with Nancy adds opportunities for amusing byplay by Parker and Shaun, and Paul Williams does a great turn as an egotistical rock star doing a concert in Dracula's castle. Frank experiences his usual allergic reaction to Joe's singing and leaves the scene as soon as little brother gets on stage - giving him the chance to do some extra sleuthing.

This is one of two episodes in which Parker sings: Frank, Joe and the band they've joined (led by Elton John collaborator Bernie Taupin) pass the time driving across Europe by singing "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da."

With PSM

Parker is reunited with his "Our Time" co-star Pamela Sue Martin when Nancy Drew (reluctantly) teams up with the Hardy Boys in Transylvania.

The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb

For reasons never quite made clear, Frank and Joe are carrying ten thousand dollars to their father in Africa. While in Cairo, they become entangled with Helene and Wendy, a pair of American girls who are trying to out-con the conmen who cheated Helene's father out of thousands of dollars for fake antiquities. The boys are uncharacteristically short on chivalry in this episode before their inevitable decision to help the girls. (At one point Frank threatens knock out all of Helene's teeth.) Overall, this is a fun episode, with a lot of good lines and a twisty plot.

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The Mystery of the African Safari

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The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom

Back on American soil again, the boys run into Nancy Drew at the LA airport. All three are on their way to a Detectives Convention, and Nancy has run afoul of a large cowboy who thinks she was trying to steal from his luggage. It turns out that he too is a detective, and is the first to receive a photograph of himself that has been cut in half with a threat printed on the back. Once the convention starts, the detectives begin disappearing, and the trail leads to the Universal Studios backlot, where guest appearances are made by such notables as Dennis Weaver and Jaclyn Smith.

The Creatures Who Came On Sunday

The Strange Fate of Flight 608

Acapulco Spies

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The Mystery of the Silent Scream

Oh Say Can You Sing

The House on Possessed Hill

Sole Survivor

This episode opens with Joe being injured in a car accident in Hong Kong and waking up in a hospital, where he is told he's been in a coma for a year and his brother and father are dead. A US government agent comes to talk to him, trying to find out if Frank and Fenton were killed by a double-crossing agent they were working with, and Joe tells him everything he can remember about their plan to meet a defector - information so out of date now that it could harm no one. Of course, the whole situation is a set-up, and Joe starts to figure things out even before a student nurse comes to his room to tell him the truth.

Meanwhile, Frank and Fenton believe Joe is dead, but are continuing with their original mission: meeting the defector who is (of course) an old friend of Fenton's. Joe has to escape before his captors can use the information he gave them to kidnap the defector and really kill his family.

Parker has very little to do as Frank besides be very sad and determined. My favorite scene from this one is when he confesses to his father that after Joe had told him that Stavlin hadn't cast a reflection in the mirror (during the "Dracula" episode in Transylvania), he had teased Joe mercilessly for three months about it.

Press Photo with JLJ

Janet Louise Johnson took over the role of Nancy Drew in the episode "Voodoo Doll."

Voodoo Doll

Mystery on the Avalanche Express

Death Surf

The episode begins with Frank windsurfing and then failing to save a lovely girl who falls off her board and doesn't come to the surface again. He is understandably upset by this, but his grief becomes an obsession when her estranged father asks him and Joe to investigate her life. He ends up falling in love with a girl he knows only from a few moments of eye contact, a videotape of her singing, and the memories of her friends. Of course, it turns out that she's not really dead.

My guess is that less than 1 percent of the original viewing audience recognized the plot as being based on Otto Preminger's classic film noir "Laura," in which a hard-boiled detective falls in love with the portrait of a murder victim.

Arson and Old Lace

Campus Terror

Between Takes

Parker relaxes between takes.
Note the outer pocket on the side of his chair for holding his script.
The yellow flaps poking up from his lap suggest that he was working on "Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom," since the participants at the Detectives Conference all wore badges throughout the episode.

Frank and Joe in Transylvania

Frank and Joe about to meet Dracula - and Nancy Drew - in Transylvania.

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Lorne Green guest-stars as Inspector Stavlin - a man who might also be Dracula.

Parker and Bernie Taupin

Parker chats with Bernie Taupin during a break during the filming of the Dracula episode.

Night in the Desert

Frank and Joe in the desert at night, waiting to be taken into "King Tut's Tomb."

Cornered in King Tut's Tomb

In a tight corner with Taryn Powers in "King Tut's Tomb."

Gazing at Ann

Romancing Ann Lockhart in "Mystery of the African Safari."

Between Takes - "African Safari"

Parker and Shaun looking a bit bored during a break from filming "African Safari."

With Lion

A Smile at the End of African Safari

A smile at the end of African Safari.

Nancy Annoyed

Nancy Drew is justifiably annoyed when Frank and Joe condescend to her yet again during "The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom."

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Frank is summoned by his brother to see a mutilated photograph left in their hotel room by the "Hollywood Phantom."

Bare Chest

No mystery here!

Acapulco Spies

Frank and Joe misunderstand the intentions of two American girls in "Acapulco Spies."

Ransom Note

Frank and Joe receive a ransom note from their father's kidnapper in "Acapulco Spies."

Rescuing Fenton

Frank and Joe rescue their father from the dungeon in "Acapulco Spies."

Mourning a Stranger

Frank becomes obsessed with a lovely young woman he was unable to save from a windsurfing accident in "Death Surf."

Frank and Nancy Rescued

Even Frank and Nancy need help escaping from the top of a burning building in "Arson and Old Lace."

With JLJ in Arson

Between takes with Janet Louise Johnson in "Arson and Old Lace."

Campus Terror

Frank pretends to be an MIT student in Campus Terror.

With Val Between Takes

On location at USC.
Parker and guest-star Valerie Bertinelli take a break while shooting "Campus Terror."

The Glen Larson Connection

Several guest stars during Hardy Boys Season 2 went on to be regulars on Battlestar Galactica - which was also created and executive produced by Glen Larson. Lorne Greene, "Dracula's" Inspector Stavlin, became series star Commander Adama. Maren Jensen, whose first acting role was the object of Frank's obsession in "Death Surf" was cast as Athena. Anne Lockhart ("African Safari" and Season 3's "Last Kiss of Summer") joined the Galactica cast as Lt. Sheba.

Parker's career continued to intersect with other Glen Larson actors and actresses. Jane Seymour, who played Serina on Galactica was his co-star in "Are You Lonesome Tonight" -- and "Official Denial" was a veritable Glen Larson Reunion. Parker's supporting cast included Dirk Benedict (Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica) and Erin Gray, who starred as Wilma Deering on "Buck Rogers." The most notable collaboration, however, was probably "Baywatch" with David Hasselhoff, former star of Glen Larson's "Knight Rider."