|| TV SERIES || L.A. Firefighters
|| ROLE || Main Cast Member
|| AS || Laura Malloy, wife of the leader firefighter
|| YEAR || 1996
|| PREMIERE DATE || June 3, 1996
|| SEASONS || 1
|| NETWORK || Fox
| Trailers |
- 1×01 L.A. Fire
- 1×02 Till Death Do Us Part
- 1×04 The Fire Down Below
- 1×05 Curiouser and Curiouser
- 1×06 A Mad Tea Party
Elizabeth Mithcell as Laura Malloy
Jarrod Emick as Captain Jack Malloy
Alexandra Hedison as Firefighter Kay Rizzo
Brian Leckner as Firefighter J.B. Baker
Carlton Wilborn as Firefighter Ray Grimes
Christine Elise as Firefighter Ellen Coffey
Michael Gallagher (1) as Firefighter Lenny Rose
Miguel Sandoval as Bernie Ramirez
Laura Malloy, wife of the leader firefighter.
Leading the way is Capt. Jack Malloy (Jarrod Emick), a heroic figure and all-around great guy with just one problem – he’s so devoted to his job that he’s neglecting his wife. And his wife, Laura, is getting pretty fed up with it. When she says, “You always have to be the hero, don’t you Jack?” she doesn’t mean it as a compliment.
“L.A. Firefighters” (1996)” follows the lives of the members of Fire Co. 132, in Los Angeles County, California. Jarrod Emick stars as Jack Malloy, 132’s fire captain who has recently had many difficult decisions to make, on and off the job. Co-starring is Christine Elise, who plays Firefighter Erin Coffey, a Battalion Chief’s daughter. She can’t stand how her overbearing father made sure that she was assigned to “his” firehouse. He never wanted his “little girl” to be a firefighter and is always trying to undermine her every step of the way.
L. A. Firefighters follows the lives of the members of Fire Company 132 in Los Angeles. Jarrod Emick stars as Jack Malloy, 132’s fire captain, who has his fair share of problems to struggle with both on the job and at home. Christine Elise is the team’s new member, Erin Coffy, daughter of the Battalion Chief Dick Coffy (played by Brian Smiar). Dick has never wanted his “little girl” to be a firefighter and this is the root to a lot of conflicts.
The other original cast members were Carlton Wilborn as Ray Grimes, Alexandra Hedison as Kay Rizzo, Brian Leckner as J.B. Baker, Michael Gallagher as Lenny Rose, Elizabeth Mitchell as Jack’s wife Laura Malloy and Miguel Sandoval as Bernie Ramirez, a former firefighter turned arson investigator.
L. A. Firefighters debuted on FOX on June 3, 1996. Unfortunately, the show was not a hit with the critics and there was also a lot of fuzz because some offended real-life firefighters called for a boycott of the show. Sure, it probably wasn’t all that accurate and realistic but it was good entertainment. Besides, as far as realism goes, this wasn’t any worse than shows like Chicago Hope and NYPD Blue.
L. A. Firefighters was taken off the air after only six episodes. FOX then retitled the series Fire Co. 132 which was supposed to be more realistic. Brian Smiar and Elizabeth Mitchell were dropped from the cast, and the cast was joined by John Bradley as Mike Durning, Rob Youngblood as Jed Neal and Alexandra Paul as T.K. Martin. Seven episodes were produced but FOX never bothered to air them. They have been shown in other countries, though, and those of us who saw them can testify that this is a show that had at least deserved a chance.
1×01 L.A. Fire
The members of Fire Co. 132 are led by Captain Jack Malloy. The rest of the team include: the experienced Kay Rizzo, a brave firefighter who doesn’t open up easily; Ray Grimes, a courageous black firefighter for whom this job was a way out of the Ghetto; Lenny Rose, the team’s greenhorn who keeps bringing his kinky girlfriend Flame to the fire station; the spiritually inclined J.B. Baker; and Phil Regan, an old school friend of Jack who is starting to get sloppy. The team’s newest member is Erin Coffy. Although a gifted firefighter, Erin is constantly getting a somewhat skeptical eye from her father, fire brigade boss Dick Coffy. Erin is also struggling with a crush on Jack. The team runs into problems while trying to evacuate a burning house. J.B. is confronted with an overweight woman who refuses to leave her house and points a shotgun at him. Meanwhile, Phil panics, leaving his partner Jack alone. Luckily, a branch on the extendible ladder turns out to be the last-minute rescue for Jack and a small girl. During another accident, Kay and J.B. have to perform first help but it is all in vain as the man dies. Kay is terribly upset and starts crying. Later, at the gang’s hang-out bar, Phil utters some racist remarks. Ray is so infuriated that he punches him. Everyone is struggling with personal problems: Jack’s wife Laura is frustrated that he’s never at home, and Ray struggles with his drug-using little brother Bobby. Kay makes friends with Erin and reveals a long hidden secret: she was once married but left her husband after their young son got sick and died. After some of the guys help a lady’s pet snake get down from a tree, arson investigator Bernie Ramirez spots an arsonist but the culprit manages to escape. It is most likely that this person is the one behind several fires. Jack tries to make peace within his team by confronting Phil. During another fire, Kay and Phil are to use chainsaws to cut through a burning tenement roof but everything goes wrong when Phil falls into the flames. Ray puts his own life on the line and manages to pull him out. But it is all too late for Phil, who later dies at the hospital, leaving everyone (especially Jack) devastated.
1×02 Till Death Do Us Part
Everyone is still affected by Phil’s death – especially Jack, who keeps blaming himself. Bernie is intent on finding the serial arsonist who is indirectly responsible for Phil’s death but the cops – led by Detective Cerone – offer little help. Meanwhile, after trying to be supportive of Jack, Laura has had enough and leaves him. Firefighter Mike Durning joins Fire Co. 132 as Phil’s replacement. Not exactly in an easy situation, Mikes “life-goes-on-comments” to a grieving Jack doesn’t improve the situation and the two are off to a rocky start. But already on his first day, Mike proves himself by saving a man from a burning house and then saves him from suffocation with a bronchial tube cut. But in doing so, he disobeys Jack’s orders; thus the rift between them continues. Jack tries to take care of Phil’s widow Helen and her two kids. Ray is looked up by public defender Michelle Goldstein, who tells him that his younger brother Bobby is in jail on a drug charge. Ray is sick and tired of his brother’s drug problems and refuses to get involved. Erin tries to prevent a suicidal jumper named Alan from jumping off a high-rise building. While Erin is talking to him, Jack and Mike have to cooperate to stop him, which they succeed in. After some thinking, Jack wants to reconcile with Laura but it appears to be too late.
1×04 The Fire Down Below
With chainsaws and their bare hands, the Fire Co. 132 team struggle desperately to save Erin and J.B. They manage to save J.B. but it is more difficult to get to Erin, who is running out of oxygen. Luckily, Erin is saved just in time and Jack gives her CPR. Bernie investigates the building and it appears to be the serial arsonist who has struck again. Happy that both their colleagues have survived, Jack and Kay end up in bed together. Bobby comes to see Ray and tells him he’s stopped doing drugs for a week now. However, he needs to get off the street to keep this up. Ray agrees to help. Mike suffers a guilty conscience as everyone seems to think the accident with Erin and J.B. was his fault. Back from the hospital, Erin assures Mike that she doesn’t blame him. In fact, Erin is so grateful to all those who saved her life that she decides to not go ahead with transfer anyway. Dick promises Erin that he’ll deal with his alcoholism. Kay runs into Laura and she feels very awkward talking to her considering that she has just slept with Jack. Laura introduces Kay to her friend Carl, whom Kay assumes is a new boyfriend. Thanks to the help of forensic scientist Dorfman, Bernie manages to get a fingerprint from the last fire scene. Ray thanks Michelle for helping Bobby and apologizes for being so rough with her earlier. Dick is really having a very hard time as he’s trying to stop drinking so Erin stays with him and watches over him. Jack and Laura both help Helen and her kids to move. A reconciliation between Jack and Laura still seems impossible, though. Frustrated that everyone is pushing him to crack the case, Bernie heads to the fire scene again. This time he finds someone hiding in the darkness. Bernie pursues the man and discovers that it is Norman Minter, a local guy who often hangs out with the fire team to watch when they put out fires.
1×05 Curiouser and Curiouser
Erin appears to still have a crush on Jack, so she asks Kay if she’s sleeping with him. Kay lies that she isn’t. Still dissatisfied with Mike, Jack works on Dick to get him to transfer Mike to another unit. Bernie brings Norman to the police. Detective Cerone promises that there’s going to be a lot of publicity and the very fire-fascinated Norman confesses to being the arsonist. Jack argues with Laura and they accuse each other of seeing other people. Bernie is far from convinced that Norman in the arsonist and wants Cerone to check if the fingerprints he has found matches Norman’s. Cerone, however, doesn’t think it’s necessary, so Bernie has to go to Dorfman for help again. The results come as no surprise: the prints don’t match. Bernie goes to the D.A. and an angered and embarrassed Cerone has to let Norman go. However, thanks to Norman’s confession there’s a big lynching mob that harasses Norman and his mother. Erin confronts Kay again and this times she confesses to having slept with Jack. Erin says it’s okay with her but reminds Kay that Jack is still a married man. Mike receives news that he’s being transferred and immediately blames Jack. In the ensuing argument, Mike accuses Jack of being responsible for Phil’s death. A big, violent fight breaks out. Dick has started drinking again and now it’s even starting to affect his work. Erin is furious with her father but he refuses to accept her help. Frustrated, Erin asks Jack for help to deal with Dick. Looking at the arsonist case again, Bernie is convinced: this guy is so professional, it has to be one of their own. Another arsonist fire breaks out and an angry mob attacks Norman.
1×06 A Mad Tea Party
Dick has to go before a committee and answer question about his alcoholism after he appeared drunk at work. Jack testifies against Dick before the committee. When Erin finds out, she is disappointed and their friendship comes to an end. Chief Deputy Al Morrison is also called as a witness and he puts up a brave argument on Dick’s behalf. A bossy, pregnant film studio executive flat-tires her Rolls Royce. Her husband runs to the fire station for help and Lenny, J.B. and Flame end up having to help deliver the woman’s baby. Bernie has narrowed his list of suspects down to twelve firemen. Jack helps him out with fingerprints and they are shocked to find out who the arsonist is. Bernie then arrests the culprit: Al Morrison. However, Morrison has plenty of connections and is quickly let out on bail. Jack feels a bit guilty that he wasn’t able to lie for Dick but Dick’s wife drops by the fire station and assures him he has done the right thing. Kay realizes she’s in love with Jack but she isn’t sure if she can tell him. When she finally works up the courage to tell him, they are interrupted. Someone has set fire to Morrison’s house with his wife and daughter trapped inside. Morrison begs the firefighters to help him and confesses to being the arsonist. Jack’s team rescues his family and thanks to the confession, Bernie arrests Morrison again. Following the daring rescuing of Morrison’s family, a worried Laura arrives at the fire station. She throws herself into Jack’s arms, while a jealous Kay watches in silence. Dick is suspended but shakes Jack’s hand and assures him there are no hard feelings.