T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
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Deadly Ambition 

When an old friend of Hooker's is shot while trying to stop a robbery at the store where he works as a security guard. A detective who's extremely ambitious suspects that Hooker's friend ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Sgt. T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed ... Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear ... Officer Stacy Sheridan
Richard Herd ... Captain Sheridan
Cliff Potts Cliff Potts ... Detective Holland
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Cody Mayfield
Jesse Vint ... Ben Edwards
Royce D. Applegate ... Frank Durbin
Deborah Foreman ... Alise Edwards
Jerry Lee Lewis ... Jerry Lee Lewis
Tracy Smith ... Mary Beth Parsons (as Tracy N. Smith)
Sam Scarber ... Nichols
Bobby Justin Bobby Justin ... Joey Bonner


When an old friend of Hooker's is shot while trying to stop a robbery at the store where he works as a security guard. A detective who's extremely ambitious suspects that Hooker's friend was the crew's inside man who got a change of heart and that's why he got shot. Hooker tries to prove him wrong. In the meantime, the detective is leaning on his snitch, to give him something. But he knows the crew personally and he and the leader try to find a way to get him to back off. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

20 November 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The thief sprays the rooftop HVAC unit with bullets. The unit shows damage from the squibs but no actual bullet holes. See more »


Officer Vince Romano: 206 Elm Drive is the address Stacy ran down on him. Do we give it to Holland, or what?
Sgt. T.J. Hooker: We're five blocks from Elm Drive...
Officer Vince Romano: The 'what' has it.
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Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Written by Curly Williams (as David Williams) (uncredited) and Sunny David (uncredited)
Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis
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13 April 2014 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Veteran cop Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) and his young partner Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed) are summoned by dispatch to investigate a silent alarm triggered at a jewellery exchange. Security guard Ben Edwards (Jesse Vint) an old friend of Hooker's gets shot trying to foil a robbery and the thieves clean out the vault.

Hooker and Romano tangle with one of the burglars on the roof. His accomplices desert him making a clean getaway whilst he dies trying to escape. Edwards survives but is hospitalized. Clumsy clues that would normally only be left lying around by the most careless kinds of people nevertheless serve to advance the plot.

An ambitious, rude and arrogant police detective named Holland (Cliff Potts) is assigned to the case and is convinced Edwards was in on it for several good reasons. He follows up that angle no matter what protestations Hooker offers. Hooker is of course prompted by that to try to prove his friend Edwards is innocent. The self-serving way Holland works continually irks Hooker. But is he right? If he is then Hooker is showing inexcusable favouritism.

Believe it or not many of the stories in this series were considerably more facile in terms of plot than this one. The Holland character is the antagonist of this teleplay but is kind of an anti-villain. He is a workaholic and shows certain initiative that gets him results. He is not a team player but it doesn't hold him back until he overplays his hand.

Cliff Potts did well for himself playing baddies and cads in his career in apparent avoidance of straight forward leading man roles. He was evidently unafraid of appearing unlikeable if not downright contemptible on screen and this role was another example of how he made it work for him.

The inclusion of a gratuitous cameo by Jerry Lee Lewis playing himself is puzzling. It could hardly have been to lure in younger audiences.

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