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Bite of the Jackal was the 3rd episode of Season One and first aired on 2/4/84. Marella does not appear in this episode--instead, Archangel gets another aide named Laura. In a first for the series, Archangel gets to fly in Airwolf as engineer.

Plot synopsis

A mission flying an antique Sikorsky to Acapulco brought Dominic Santini together with a young stowaway Phoebe Danner (Shannen Doherty). A bomb made the Sikorsky crash in Baja California, setting a trap for Airwolf, by someone trying to take over Archangel's position in the F.I.R.M

Archangel acted as Engineer on this mission, when Airwolf was hit in the tail. The strike bent the rotor in Mexico. Hawke and Archangel repaired it at one of the salt mines, before returning Dominic and Phoebe to cover while flying the repaired Sikorsky.

Later on we see Phoebe and her father reunited at Stringfellow's cabin.

Pheobe thanks Dominic, but we see Laura and Archangel giving Dominic the information on the search.[1][2]

Episode summary

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Story Locations

  • Santini Air, Van Nuys
  • Hawke's cabin
  • a plateau on the Sonoran Desert, Mexico
  • Colonel Arias' base
  • A mining village in the mountains
Arias base-bite of the jackal

A view of Colonel Arias' base. Arias wears an Air Force uniform but the sign says it is the headquarters of the 11th Regiment of Infantry.

Aircraft seen

Firearms seen

  • Winchester Model 1897 or 1912 - used by Joachim Santos
  • Winchester 1892 - appears to be what is used by one of the other miners
  • M1911A1 - or automatic of a similar pattern, used by Miriam Santos

Guest stars/Recurring cast

  • Scott Hylands as Mitchell Bruck
  • Shannen Doherty as Phoebe Danner
  • Rafael Campos as Joachim Santos
  • Ruth Britt as Miriam Santos
  • Julio Medina as Colonel Arturo Arias
  • Herb Armstrong as Soldier Callan
  • Ron Stein as Betz (the credits clearly state Stein's part as Betz but in the episode he is addressed as Richards)

Professional Recognition

  • Youth in Film Awards - 1985
    • Best Performance by a Young Actress (Nomination) - Shannon Doherty[3]

Research notes

  • Continuity: Hawke turns down Laura's request to fly with him. Archangel says she's a top pilot. "So was Gabrielle," Hawke replies.




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