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Mother, Jugs and Speed

“They don’t call them that for nothing!” In LA the first ambulance at the scene of an incident gets the contract to transport them to hospital, so the competition for the business is brisk and Mother (Bill Cosby) and Speed (Harvey Keitel) work the jobs that Jugs (Bo Derek) hand out to them with sub-MASH satire sandwiched between tit gags and stretcher-bearing slapstick. Top notch stuff with Larry ‘Liver’ Hagman and yer actual Toni Basil as a junkie. Best bit – the failed TV spin-off pilot (starring none of the above) had to be renamed Mother, Juggs and Speed, explaining the female character’s nickname as a contraction of the well-known surname “Juggston”.

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