Riptide: Season 1, Episode 4

Hatchet Job (31 Jan. 1984)

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Episode cast overview:
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Randi Brooks ...
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5 April 2014 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Pier 56 Merchant's Association hires the Riptide Detective Agency to catch a thief that has been robbing them blind at night and during the day. The partners in the agency - Cody Allen (Perry King), Murray 'Boz' Bozinski (Thom Bray) and Nick Ryder (Joe Penny) come close to nabbing the culprit but he gets away.

'Boz' - the brains of the outfit blames himself for not being the physical threat Cody and Nick (though both get beaten up every week) are. The burglar punched him out and he feels like the weak link of the team. He begins an intense fitness training regimen with unfortunate results.

Recovering from his first jog Boz encounters Alison London (Maylo McCaslin) a flighty young woman looking to hire the detectives. She wants them to investigate her husband's murder and tells them she is the prime suspect.

The inclusion of Randi Brooks, Deborah Shelton, Maylo McCaslin and Katherine Kelly Lang in this episode was a very welcome sight for young guys like me. Women got to check out Cody and Nick every week but there were plenty of pretty girls in each episode too. Not usually as many as there were in this one though.

The pattern of early episodes appeared set in stone: attractive female client needing protection and detective work taken as a client by Boz then doted upon by he, Cody and Nick. This was key to appealing to female viewers who were personified in the figure of the female client

  • handsome men with boyish charm waiting to take a woman's troubles

away on a nice, romantic luxury boat in California.

In the first few episodes the Pier 56 Detective Agency was the name of private investigation service Boz, Cody and Nick were in. In this episode and those which followed it came to be called the 'Riptide Detective Agency'.

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