Saturday, January 19, 2008


Hercule Poirot, the great Belgian detective, became intertwined with real world history in "The Million Dollar Bond Robbery" when he and Captain Hastings set sail for New York on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary.

The ocean liner set forth from Southampton on May 27, 1936, and so we can place the episode during that time.

When the Queen Mary was retired, it was berthed in Long Beach, California, where it now serves as a hotel and restaurant. As such, it has served as the setting for episodes of 'Quantum Leap', 'Airwolf', and 'Arrested Development'. In fact, Vincent Chase's birthday was celebrated on board the Queen Mary with a big blowout in the 'Entourage' episode of "Less Than 30".

So it could be said that TV characters can be found at either end of the spectrum in the "life" of the Queen Mary - from Hercule Poirot to Johnny Drama......

Toby OB

The subject heading is not a mis-spelling.

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