Riptide (1984–1986)

A Matter of Policy 

Things are looking up for Nick when he's named as a beneficiary for a large estate. But soon the team realizes that the money may come at a cost.


Michael Preece


Stephen J. Cannell (created by), Frank Lupo (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry King ... Cody Allen
Joe Penny ... Nick Ryder
Thom Bray ... Murray 'Boz' Bozinsky
Kim Darby ... Nice Beverly
Richard Sanders ... Pierce Fenner
John S. Ragin ... Lewis Gordon
James F. Kelly James F. Kelly ... Eric Bolvis
June Chadwick ... Lt. Joanna Parisi
Jay Ingram ... Fenner & Gordon's Henchman #1
F. William Parker ... Dick
Alice Nunn ... Nurse Carla Winters
Brad Harris ... Fenner & Gordon's Henchman #2
Anita Jesse Anita Jesse ... Lewis Gordon's Secretary
Deborah Voorhees ... Tippy
Patricia Sherick Patricia Sherick ... Helen Gordon Dent


Nick is named as one of the beneficiaries of the father of a man he knew. What he stands to inherit is 6 figures from the man's insurance along with some other people. One of them, the man's niece says she doesn't believe he died the way they say he did. Supposedly he went into a tool shed and it caught fire. But she says he was so afraid of fire that he knew there were accelerants in the tool shed and wouldn't have gone in there. They try to look into it but the insurance man refuses to tell them anything. They also learn that if he didn't die as a result of a fire, the insurance pay out will be reduced to around 5 figures. So could one of the beneficiaries have killed him. Written by

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When the insurance sum is 2.000.000 USD, Nick's part is 333.333 USD; a sixth. In case of murder, the insurance sum is reduced to 20%, 400.000 USD. According to Pierce Fenner, Nick's cut would be 55.000 USD. That is not correct, it should be 66.666 USD. See more »

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14 January 1986 (USA) See more »

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