T.J. Hooker: Season 5, Episode 11

Nightmare (19 Feb. 1986)

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Semiconscious after an auto accident, Stacy is taken in by an escaped mental patient claiming to be a doctor.



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Episode cast overview:
Edward Milan
Ben Hammer ...
Dr. Perry
Ted Markland ...
Truck Driver
Dawn Schneider ...
Debbie Corley
Richard Manheim ...
Donald Cotton
Ross Borden ...
Gary Epper ...
Reese Corley
William Mora ...
Gang Member
Gang Member
Gang Member (as Arturo Bonilla)


Semiconscious after an auto accident, Stacy is taken in by an escaped mental patient claiming to be a doctor.

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19 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Doctor Feelgood?
18 April 2014 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Traumatized by having killed a 17-year old gang member in a shootout in the wrong part of town LCPD Officer Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear) decides to use her vacation time to get her head together and come to terms with it.

Her colleagues Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) and Officer Jim Corrigan (James Darren) who were at the scene with her agree it was a righteous shooting. But she is still bothered by it and decides to take leave to visit her sister.

In heavy rain she is run off the road by a heavy truck. Having bounced her head off her steering wheel she loses consciousness. In a remarkable bit of coincidence a young doctor (Joseph Hacker) happens by in his car and attends to her then takes her to his private clinic.

When she regains consciousness she has amnesia. He appears to be in no hurry to help her remember who she is or in any way help facilitate her departure.

In a yet another remarkable bit of coincidence Hooker and Corrigan investigate the escape of two inmates from an asylum. One of them happens to be Stacy's impromptu physician. But they don't even know she is missing until well after they begin looking for the escapees. Stacy could be in grave danger and with her memory slow to return she might be the last one to know it.

With horror movie music, a creepy old house and a crazy doctor this would logically make for a Halloween episode. Yet the timing of when this episode was first broadcast - February 19th, 1986 and the lack of real chills prompts me to speculate it just wasn't scary enough to be shown on Halloween. But it does make for a fun episode even with the absurd coincidences, obvious use of stock footage and lack of recognizable guest stars.

There is real suspense as well as real chemistry between Locklear and a very convincing Joseph Hacker.

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