Rick is fuming when his boat is repossessed and he finds comfort in the company of a mysterious woman. Then the loan company officer is murdered, with Rick is the chief suspect and he needs AJ's help to locate his alibi.

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Joyce Dolan
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Harker Anderson
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Rick is fuming when his boat is repossessed and he finds comfort in the company of a mysterious woman. Then the loan company officer is murdered, with Rick is the chief suspect and he needs AJ's help to locate his alibi.

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25 October 1984 (USA)  »

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Smoking in the boys' room
19 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We've seen this plot a million times before on other crime shows. A lead character has a night he can't remember, then wakes up the next morning to discover a murder has occurred and he's now blamed for it. As the basic story goes, this version is mostly by the numbers. We know Rick is not guilty, we know an overzealous police officer will try hard to throw the book at him, and we know A.J. will move heaven and earth to help prove Rick's innocence.

There are scenes where Rick is allowed to go ballistic in the police station. Where he is at his wit's end, desperate to convince everyone he's innocent and probably been framed. Of course, A.J. believes in him (and so does Cecilia). They strike a deal with a tough bail bondsman to spring Rick from the slammer, then the boys go off in search of Rick's alibi, a woman who is inadvertently mixed up with the real killer.

I liked the part before Rick turns himself over to the law, when A.J. drives 30 miles outside of the city with his mother in her car-- only to learn Rick is hiding in the truck. And there's good comic relief when the bondsman, afraid Rick will not make his court date, goes off in search of the Simon brothers. Plus the writers deviate from formula for a minute when we learn the woman Rick slept with during the time the murder was committed is not exactly an accomplice to the frame-up.

One thing I didn't care for was the scene where A.J. tries to get some information from a bartender's cash register. In order to do so, he distracts the bartender and the patrons of the establishment by setting a fire in the men's room. We're supposed to get a few laughs from that. In this episode A.J. goes beyond mere pranks to get the job done; he is now an arsonist.


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