T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
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A friend of Hooker's who is working vice is shot and killed. Investigations show that he appears to be on the take. Hooker doesn't believe it and is determined to clear his friend's reputation, helped by a former prostitute.

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Rick Husky (created by), Stephen Downing
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Sgt. T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed ... Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear ... Officer Stacy Sheridan
James Darren ... Officer Jim Corrigan
Heather Thomas ... Sandy Wyzinski
Dennis Franz ... Andros Margolis
Daniel Faraldo ... Willy Valdez
Andy Romano ... Lt. Stafford
Deborah Richter ... Kelly LaRue (as Debi Richter)
Richard Herd ... Captain Dennis Sheridan
Bobb Hopkins ... Moloch
Gene Ross ... The 'John'
Patrick Pankhurst Patrick Pankhurst ... Paul Majeski
Dharvi Darrell Dharvi Darrell ... Woman in Park (as Dharvi Darrelle)
Ron Recasner Ron Recasner ... Officer Danny Danials
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When a vice cop whose a friend of Hooker's is killed in a hotel where prostitutes meet their johns, it's suspected that either he was with a prostitute or is into something shady. Hooker doesn't believe it so he sets out to prove it by looking for the girl he was with. To find her Hooker enlists the aid of the girl's former room mate whom Hooker catches playing in an illegal gambling den. He threatens to confiscate the money she won if she doesn't help. So they try to find her. Hooker learns that someone in the department wants the case closed. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1984 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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May-December quasi-girlfriend of the week: William Shatner is 26 years older than Heather Thomas. See more »

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After Kelly was shot and is laying on the ground, her right hand is gripping Hooker's collar. When the camera angle changes, he is holding her right hand. See more »

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Heather Thomas Guest Stars
9 April 2014 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

During a solicitation sweep veteran cop Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) senses trouble and walks in on mayhem in the room of a 'No-Tell Motel'. He gets there just in time to find his long-time colleague and old friend vice cop Danny Daniels (Ron Recasner) shot and near death. Hooker is later stunned to hear that Daniels was suspected of being on the take and was under probe by the Internal Affairs division.

Hooker finds out Daniels was set to take down pornographers. But after Daniels dies in hospital he obviously can not tell his side. The only possible witness to the shooting is a prostitute (Debi Richter) he was seen with. Hooker believes Daniels was set up and looks to clear his deceased friend's name. He cajoles snarky ex-prostitute turned professional gambler Sandy Wyzinski (Heather Thomas) in to guiding him through the murky world of her former trade.

The cast of guest-stars is among the most distinguished of the entire series - Heather Thomas, Dennis Franz, Andy Romano, Margaret Avery, Ron Recasner and Debi Richter. It makes for an episode that is far from flawless but at very least some of the excesses of the series are played down. The quality of the acting in some scenes is considerably better than in others.

Family-values people and many gender feminists to this day readily accept pornographers as scum even when what they produce is legal. To play to that audience Dennis Franz portrays a sweating, drooling, murderous toad of a porn producer. Strait-laced Middle-Americans wanted to imagine that was the single driving force behind that industry.

Tying it in with a murder allowed the arch-conservative hero cop to take down a group of people normally only guilty of poor taste. It also offered the opportunity to present a racy and sensationalistic storyline with provocative teasers ads to entice audiences in to tuning in. Ratings weren't great by this point and the show's makers were trying their best to avoid inevitable cancellation.

Heather Locklear as Officer Stacy Sheridan started out behind the front desk of the precinct but would be deployed 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. This episode marks an instance in which she posed as both a porn actress and a prostitute in the same week.


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