T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
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To Kill a Cop 

When a cop who's a friend of Hooker's is killed by a man he and his partner, Dunston sent to prison. Hooker tries to help his wife but Dunston thinks Hooker is infringing on what should be ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gayle Chotner (as Pamela Bryant)
Andy Kenter (as Bobby Jacoby)
Aaron Kramer
Jay Scorpio ...
Jim J. Poslof ...
Screaming shopper
Desk Sergeant


When a cop who's a friend of Hooker's is killed by a man he and his partner, Dunston sent to prison. Hooker tries to help his wife but Dunston thinks Hooker is infringing on what should be his responsibility. And when Hooker reexamines the man's arrest, he discovers things that Dunston wanted to stay a secret. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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9 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Gary Lockwood starred with Shatner some 20 years earlier in the second pilot for Star Trek the original series, which was broadcast as the third episode of Season One, "Where No Man Has Gone Before". His character, Gary Mitchell, attempted to kill Kirk, who at that time (according to a headstone above the intended grave) had the name of James R. Kirk rather than T. for Tiberius (which only became canon after the animated series aired in the early 70's). See more »


The shooter used a silencer on a revolver. You can't silence a revolver because there is an opening after the chamber for all the noise to escape. Even if he used a semi automatic with a silencer, people in the store would have heard it. It is still quite loud. See more »

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Suitable For Framing
11 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Cop Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) is summoned by dispatch to the scene of a shooting death in the aisle of a supermarket. The dead man turns out be off-duty police Detective Phil Kenter - a long-time colleague and old friend of Hooker's. He left behind a wife (Julie Cobb) and young son.

Kenter's partner Sgt. Carey Dunston (Gary Lockwood) appears more perplexed than shocked at first. When Hooker looks in on Kenter's wife Dunston is immediately suspicious of Hooker's intentions. He lets it be known that he can look after his dead partner's family on his own and that Hooker should stay out of it.

The shooter - Carl Beeman (Frank Ashmore) is an ex-convict looking for revenge. Dunston and Kenter railroaded him in to prison. Meanwhile distraught prostitute Gayle Chortner (Pamela Jean Bryant) complains to the police that her friend Ginger Coleman - another working girl, has been murdered but that the cops don't care because she was a 'prosty'.

Somehow this all ties in together (too conveniently for the good of the story) and Dunston doesn't want anyone to connect the dots even as Beeman begins targeting him. Hooker checks up on it all anyway and some cross-referencing reveals pretty clearly what has happened.

The choice of guest stars in this episode bring it down that much more. Gary Lockwood had already guest-starred on this series as a completely different character less than two years earlier. Former Playboy Playmate and painter/illustrator Pamela Jean Bryant, much beloved for a lot of reasons by a lot of people, was not a very good actress and out of everything she ever did her performance in this is by far her worst.

The slang term 'prosty' as the short form of 'prostitute' evidently had to be used on this series in lieu of the term 'hooker' for obvious reasons. Series creator Rick Husky claimed to have named the title character after a civil war general. Why he chose 'Hooker' over Sherman, McLellan or Grant is open to conjecture.

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