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"Riptide" Does Not Compute (1985)

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Original Air Date:
29 October 1985 (Season 3, Episode 3)
When somebody is using computers to destroy the reputation of a congressman with controversial ideas, our private investigators decide to help out by putting Buzz in a computer war with this unknown adversary. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Perry King ... Cody Allen

Joe Penny ... Nick Ryder
Thom Bray ... Murray 'Boz' Bozinsky

Larry Linville ... Edgar Harrison

Nicholas Pryor ... Howard McBride

Tracy Reed ... Pamela Owen

Sharon Barr ... Bobbi
Johnny Lee

Howard Caine
Jack Wells

Toni Attell
Jerry Potter

Chuck Bowman ... Anchorman

R.J. Adams ... Steve
Steve Gorman ... CHP Officer
Cheryl Henry ... Anchorwoman
Paula Jones ... Reporter
Mark Pilon ... Technician

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Lange 
Writing credits
Stephen J. Cannell (created by) &
Frank Lupo (created by)

Tom Blomquist  written by

Produced by
Tom Blomquist .... producer
Casting by
Peg Halligan 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rick Tunell .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Hoppy Mehterian .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Joseph C. Sasgen .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Santoro .... grip foreman (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Peterson .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Scott Gregory .... colorist
Music Department
Pete Carpenter .... composer: theme music
Mike Post .... composer: theme music
Steve Mccroskey .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Kenneth A. Owen .... mechanic (uncredited)
Other crew
June Kim .... assistant: payroll manager (as June Karz)
Series Cast
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June Chadwick ... Lt. Joanna Parisi

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen J. Cannell  created by
Frank Lupo  created by

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary LaPoten .... first assistant director
Paul Snider .... first assistant director
Art Department
Randal Woodward .... lead painter
Sound Department
Laurence Abrams .... boom operator
William Jacobs .... sound editor
Mark Server .... adr mixer (1984)
Special Effects by
Andrew Miller .... special effects
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant
Robert Cole .... special effects (uncredited)
Gretchen Becker .... stunts
Clay Boss .... stunts
Doug Coleman .... stunt performer
Tom Elliott .... stunts (multiple episodes)
Andy Epper .... stunts
Jon H. Epstein .... stunts
John Gamble .... stunts
Alan Gibbs .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Andy Gill .... utility stunts
Tod Keller .... stunts (as Todd Keller)
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Eddie Paul .... stunts
Sherry Peterson .... stunts
Leroy Reed .... stunt driver
Kerry Rossall .... stunts
Jan Michael Shultz .... stunts (as Jan Schultz)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur R. Botham .... director of photography: second unit
John Earl Burnett .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit, additional photography (1984-1986) (as John Burnett)
Jim Marquette .... assistant camera
Stan McClain .... aerial camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gregory B. Peña .... daily set costumer
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation captain
Other crew
Bruce Chudacoff .... location manager
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot
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Hacked To Pieces, 4 February 2016
Author: Jason Daniel Baker from Toronto, Canada

Malevolent hacker (Nicholas Pryor) breaks in to multiple computers to ruin the life and career of obnoxious city councilman Edgar Harrison (Larry Linville). Harrison's claims that he is the victim of hacking is met with scepticism particularly when he says the police are a part of it. Flooded with bills for things he hasn't bought and charged with crimes out of state that he didn't do Harrison is thrown into a panic and becomes a violent drunk.

Murray Bozinski (Thom Bray), the most well-known computer programming expert in the area is interviewed and expresses the notion that Harrison might indeed be the target of a vicious hacker. This prompts police Lieutenant Quinlan (Jack Ging) to hire the Riptide Detective Agency to prove the theory.

Himbo private investigators Cody Allen (Perry King) and Nick Ryder (Joe Penny) are suspicious of Quinlan who has been giving them a hard time since the beginning of the series. But their partner Murray 'Boz' Bozinski is fascinated by the case and insistent that they take it. As knowledgeable as he is he may have met his match in the rogue hacker.

Back in the 1980s an image of what a hacker was had not yet firmly been established beyond Matthew Broderick's character in Wargames in 1983. The teen whiz kid hacker image was only beginning to take hold. But Nicholas Pryor's icy, middle-aged, pipe-smoking creep in a three-piece suit was still very much out of the realm of what TV audiences were shown in other characters who were computer experts back then and definitely since.

However the character's image was very much consistent with that of the criminal secret society (Sometimes called the Illuminati) depicted in films and TV of the time. We see him interacting with such a shadowy group (Similar to that depicted in the 1983 film The Star Chamber) in this teleplay. It makes for a superior episode and one which stands out within the run of the series.

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