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
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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