T.J. Hooker: Season 1, Episode 4

Hooker's War (3 Apr. 1982)

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A motorcycle gang is dealing in weapons, arming the streets with illegal guns. Hooker and Romano tap informants and follow the leads to uncover the kingpin at the top.

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April Clough ...
Officer Vicki Taylor
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Gang Leader
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Lt. Pete Benedict
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Banty (as Joe Sicari)
Debra Blee ...
Lisa Christopher
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The Clerk
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Orson
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Mauler Mort
Ross Borden ...
David Klingman
Beau Starr ...
Rupe
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Mrs. Mauler
Phil Diskin ...
Gebhart
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A motorcycle gang is dealing in weapons, arming the streets with illegal guns. Hooker and Romano tap informants and follow the leads to uncover the kingpin at the top.

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It is revealed in this episode by Hooker's old friend and colleague Lt. Benedict that the "T" in "T.J." stands for Thomas. See more »

Goofs

During the van chase, the windshield in the patrol car is hit with three bullets. However after the van crashes, the patrol car pulls up with an unbroken windshield. See more »

Quotes

Orson: Hey man, this whole thing is a bunch of bullwash!
Officer Vince Romano: Attempting to provoke an officer with abusive language!
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Big Bad Burly Biker Dudes Peddling Illegal Guns
2 April 2014 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

A van runs a red light right in front of veteran cop Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) and rookie partner Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed) while they have stopped for coffee. Giving chase as the van speeds off Hooker and Romano are shot at by the guys in the van - mean biker dudes running guns. With the help of a grizzled former partner Pete Benedict (Vic Tayback) Hooker and Romano attempt to take down the whole gang.

The distinguished tenure in Hooker's early law enforcement career is alluded to in this episode. He was a Detective before returning to the police academy to teach and then returning to street duty in uniform with the top student in the class Romano as his partner in on-the-job training probation.

This entry in the series is particularly dated. We see the cops treating the practice of filing serial numbers off of firearms like it is a new thing. Then there is the bit about innocuous looking tattoos being this magic way of tracking gang affiliation. It may have been way back when but not these days.

In keeping with the theme of the downtrodden hero who has been marginalized by the culture and the system we see that his ex-wife sometimes she lets him babysit their kids if he remembers to pay alimony. As if to illustrate the distance between them in their marriage she calls him by his last name!

But what becomes noticeable and cliché in the series (beyond Hooker jumping on the hood of a moving vehicle or jumping out of the way of one) is how everything that happens in an episode seems to tie in to whatever case Hooker is investigating that week. In this one there is seemingly no other possible crime committed in the city that does not tie in with the bikers and their guns.

What really stretches the bounds of believability is the sight of uniformed officers Hooker and Romano in their police car in plain view, broad daylight consistently being able to sneak up on baddies and witness then in the act of committing nefarious deeds. Either these criminals are completely brain-damaged or blind as bats.

You can call the casting appropriate as Sid Haig and Mickey Jones are playing biker dudes. Typecasting isn't that bad of thing for character actors.


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