Croix de Lorraine wrote:
When Higgins is in the Audi and the brakes fail
This scene shows why you should always drive a manual. Had he been driving a manual he could have slowed the car down to a halt by using the gear shift.
You can do the same thing with an automatic; that's what the L2 and L1 positions are on the gear shift indicator, i.e., 2nd and 1st gear.
Additionally, scenes like this (and there have been countless ones like it in movies and TV shows) are absurd, since the car always continues to go at a high rate of speed after the driver discovers that he has no brakes. What, the accelerator pedal is stuck too? How would someone even rig a car to make the gas pedal get stuck at the exact same moment that the driver discovers he has no brakes, but not be stuck earlier when he first takes off in the car?
And even if the gas pedal were stuck you could still shift into neutral. Is the gear shift lever stuck too, on some sort of a time delay mechanism to get stuck at a later point in time so as to allow the person to shift when they first take off in the car but get stuck when they find they have no brakes? And even if it were stuck, one could turn off the ignition with the key ... oh, is that stuck too, via a similar time delay mechanism? Who the hell is sabotaging all of these plot-device TV/movie cars? MacGyver?
On another note, "Colt Super Elite" was an error. The Colt Super Elite is a real gun, but it is a .38 Super, and only
a .38 Super (which is where the "Super" part of the name came from). The pistol in this episode was a Colt Delta Elite, which was a 10mm Auto, and only
a 10mm Auto, as well as Colt's only
10mm Auto (10mm Auto being the cartridge the pistol in this episode was said to be chambered for).
The Delta Elite and the Super Elite look similar, because they are both based on the 1911 platform, but there are some visual differences. The Super Elite is a Gold Cup variant, and as such, it has the slanted Gold Cup slide serrations, flat mainspring housing, serrated front strap, adjustable slotted Gold Cup trigger, adjustable sights, and a ribbed slide. They were also two-tone, i.e., stainless steel frame and blued slide, like so:
The Colt Delta Elite mostly looked like a standard Colt Government Model (like Thomas Magnum's pistol). The main visual differences were: round lanyard-style (AKA: Colt Commander-style) hammer with matching Commander-style grip safety (the Government Model and Super Elite have a standard spur hammer), larger sights with white dots on them (standard Government Models got the same sights a few years later), and a longer trigger:
I think it is funny that they made the effort to obtain an actual Colt Delta Elite for a prop, yet they didn't make the effort to read the words "Delta Elite" on the side of it.