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Although happy at first that a client found their way to their detective agency, the boys quickly discover she's an escapee from a mental institution who doesn't remember if she actually committed the crime, stabbing her abusive husband, for which she was put in the asylum for. Written by Richard Korpel

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Hello Randi Brooks!
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 (Who, like a lot of baddies on this series, sports a black ski mask) 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 seemingly every episode 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 disastrous first workout 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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