Hanson investigates a car theft ring while Hoffs keeps an eye on a foreign exchange student from Poland.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Judy Hoffs (as Holly Robinson)
Mark Dorian (as Billy Jacoby)
Stevie Delano
Nadia (as Traci Lin)
Mario Delano
Robert Miranda ...
Sal Landers
Dale Wilson ...
Mr. Ramsey
Peter Yunker ...
Marek Czuma ...
Rental Agent
Paula Brooke ...


The teenagers Stevie Delano and Mark Dorian are studying to become car mechanics. They dream of an auto shop of their own. There is one for sale, but it costs a lot of money. To finance it they participate in criminal activities led by Mario Delano, a relative to Stevie. They steal cars, bring them by night to their school's auto shop, where they dismantle the cars and take away all parts of them except the coachworks, which they sell on auctions to Mario, who rebuilds the cars. At the street where one of the cars was stolen the police find a screwdriver marked NHS. This means that it belongs to the Northside High School Auto Shop. Police officer Tom Hanson is commissioned to begin as a new student at the auto shop, where he starts untangling the criminal network. At the same time police officer Judy Hoffs is commissioned to shield the Polish student Nadia Massing, who is in America for some weeks on an exchange program. Free from the communist confinement she starts an excessive ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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19 April 1987 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Stevie Delano: Fill her up and remove everything under the hood.
Mark: Right away, Sir.
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Penhall And Hanson Work Together
22 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"America, What a Town" is the next episode after the two-part pilot of 21 Jump Street.In it,we get to see Officer Judith "Judy" Hoffs get assigned to look after a Polish exchange student that came to town.Meanwhile,Officer Thomas "Tom" Hanson and Officer Douglas "Doug" Penhall goes undercover to investigate a high school mechanic shop for their involvement in a car theft by enrolling in a shop class.

This was a great follow up to the pilot episode.In it,we get to see Penhall and Hanson work together awkwardly as they sometimes lose patience with each other while investigating an auto shop involved in a carnapping.It is also weird how both acted together as police officers acting as if they are first-time officers.It was great to see Johnny Depp,who portrayed Hanson and Peter De Luise,who portrayed Penhall,having great chemistry together in their comedic acts.

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