T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
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Death Strip 

While posing as a male stripper for a drug investigation, Romano witnesses a murder.


Rick Husky (created by), Patrick Mathews | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Sgt. T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed ... Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear ... Officer Stacy Sheridan
James Darren ... Officer Jim Corrigan
Thom Christopher ... Paul Gavin
Nicholas Campbell ... Toby Clark
Thalmus Rasulala ... Lt. Craig Arkin
Joey Aresco ... Sid Beamer
Sam Anderson ... Leo Santee
Katherine Wiberg Katherine Wiberg ... Kate Parsons (as Katherine A. Wiberg)
Rebecca Clemons Rebecca Clemons ... Carol Winslow
Maurice Sneed Maurice Sneed ... Sweetpea Moran
Robert Vega Robert Vega ... Dr. Cook
Toni Nero ... Marsha Randall
Terry Arthur Terry Arthur ... Betty Parsons


To uncover a drug ring, Romano is working undercover as a stripper. His informant in the club is murdered but the murderer is killed running from the club. Hooker and Romano are determined to find out who ordered the killing. It turns out that the murder is over a photograph that shows a drug deal. A new shipment of drugs leads Hooker and the team to a shoot out with the dealers. The dealers manage to escape but are on the run. A tip off leads to a shootout and a successful conclusion. Written by jem

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Release Date:

10 March 1984 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The number and placement of the bills in Romano's waist band change repeatedly throughout his number. See more »


Leo Santee: [to Romano] You ever wanna moonlight, let me know. My customers have been asking about you.
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Romano Gets His Shorts Stuffed
4 April 2014 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Officer Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed) goes undercover as a male stripper to investigate a cocaine ring dealing out of a club called 'The Male Room' (...Really?! C'mon! You gotta come up with a better name than that!). The whistle blower is the ex-girlfriend of Toby (Nicholas Campbell) a male stripper who is also a coke dealer.

Toby kills her before she can give Romano photo evidence on the ring. But she is able to forward the evidence to her deaf sister who holds it for Romano. Veteran cop Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) and Romano's other colleagues Officer Jim Corrigan (James Darren) and Officer Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear) help him follow up and discover a past association that ties the ring together.

Adrian Zmed had portrayed Hooker's young partner Vince Romano and much of his job was to entice a young female audience in to watching the show. The most overt attempt at pandering to women was this episode wherein he was called upon to strip down to a speedo. But ultimately a violent cop show with a chunky fifty-plus actor (William Shatner) portraying the title character around which the show revolves has a low-ceiling of appeal to that audience. Women may have watched this one episode and then never tuned in again.

Heather Locklear was seen to be going undercover as a stripper (a clip of which became a part of the opening credits montage), a porn actress, a prostitute and a fashion model during her run on the series. Young guys like me understandably had little problem with that. It didn't appear as sensationalistic to guys as it did to women particularly back in the mid 1980s.

As far as seeing guys strip men tend to be put off by it and I speak from experience. But I don't look at it as objectification or exploitation. A lot of women sure seem to like those words when it comes to expressing disapproval of seeing females in various states of undress. As a guy I am comfortable with saying I find male nudity gross. I don't need to attach words like 'objectification' or 'exploitation'. I am secure enough to state my real, selfish, petty reason.

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