T.J. Hooker: Season 3, Episode 8

The Trial (19 Nov. 1983)

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When Hooker and Romano respond to a robbery with two other cops. Romano and one of the cops who came are shot. And the other cop, a woman is accused of not coming to backing them up, ... See full summary »

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Lenore Kasdorf ...
Officer Gina Canelli
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Officer William Briggs
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Frank Abbott
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When Hooker and Romano respond to a robbery with two other cops. Romano and one of the cops who came are shot. And the other cop, a woman is accused of not coming to backing them up, because of an incident from her past. When she is about to face a board of inquiry, she asks Hooker to be her advocate and Romano feels like Hooker is betraying him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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When the bad guys crash their van, the windshield remains intact. When the two guys scramble out, the windshield is gone and lying on the ground in a spot that it would not have landed. See more »

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Partnership, For Better or Worse
14 April 2014 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Armed robbers hit a supermarket. veteran cop Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) and his young partner Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed) are dispatched to the scene. Backing them up in another cop car are Officer Gina Canelli (Lenore Kasdorf) and Officer Bill Briggs (Jeff Pomerantz). While Hooker easily handles one of the robbers inside the supermarket the confrontation in the parking lot is considerably more intense.

Briggs freezes and is shot in the shoulder. Canelli doesn't shoot either because she can't get a clear angle. A bullet grazes Romano's head and two of the three robbers escape. Briggs and Romano blame Canelli even though Romano was not in a position to see what went down. Briggs had a clear shot but didn't take it. Blaming Canelli deflects attention from him and it is easy to blame her. She was disciplined for freezing up under fire a few years earlier.

A board of inquiry is launched and Canelli's career is on the line. Hooker agrees to defend her but in so doing he incurs the wrath of fellow officers. Romano as his partner in particular is incensed by the side Hooker is taking. Not only does he think Canelli nearly cost him his life, she is denying it and putting his credibility into question.

Rumors around the cop shop are that Romano wants to change partners. The board of inquiry process runs concurrent to the hunt-down of the robbers. With tensions still bubbling beneath the surface Hooker and Romano still have to work together even as Hooker is set cross-examine Romano at the inquiry. Perhaps these are the last days they can ride together. But perhaps the case will offer surprises.

One of the first productions upon which Shatner built his career was 'Judgement at Nuremberg' (1961) and after Star Trek a production upon which he gained some momentum was 'the Andersonville Trial' (1972). Because of that this episode has kind of a legacy/nostalgia feel to it. But perhaps not as much as if Hooker had busted a Ferengi for selling hot watches.

Any episode of this series which gives us depictions of more cops than the four we got to see too much of on this show is a good episode. It buttresses the narrative to depict the police community of a big city to have more than the regulars and a few extras milling about the precinct in uniform.


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