T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
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The Return 

The bank robber who killed Hooker's partner 5 years ago returns. And Hooker is determined not to let him get away.

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Rick Husky (created by), Mark Rodgers | 1 more credit »
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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
William Lucking ... Jack Clayton
Laurie Prange Laurie Prange ... Elma Ford Prentiss
James Sutorius ... Freddie Hamilton
Troas Hayes Troas Hayes ... Carol Durrall
Marine Jahan Marine Jahan ... Evelyn North
Richard Herd ... Captain Dennis Sheridan
Judd Omen ... Tom Fischetti
Michael Champion ... Fleming
Edward Bell Edward Bell ... George (as Edward Allen Bell)
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The bank robber who killed Hooker's partner 5 years ago returns. And Hooker is determined not to let him get away.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1983 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Herd was demoted from credited series regular to special guest star. Herd as Capt. Sheridan had appeared in every episode in Seasons 1 and 2, but would only appear in 6 of the 22 in Season 3. His character would leave after appearing in 3 episodes in Season 4, with his last one being T.J. Hooker: Anatomy of a Killing (1984). See more »

Goofs

When the dispatcher assigns Hooker & Romano to a call she says "code 2" (silent approach). They acknowledge, but turn on the lights and sirens, which is actually "code 3." See more »

Quotes

Officer Vince Romano: And you're living here, in a motel?
Sgt. T.J. Hooker: Just temporary. Till I find time to get an apartment.
Officer Vince Romano: You gotta get out of here, Hooker. It's the bad guys who belong in the cells, not the cops.
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Bad Dreams
16 April 2014 | by Jason Daniel BakerSee all my reviews

Veteran cop Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) has a nightmare which recounts a moment back in his plainclothes days five years earlier when his old partner Johnny Durrall was shot as they tried to foil a bank robbery. A string of new robberies have the same pattern and fit the profile of the thieves who escaped. After the incident he requested to go back to plainclothes duty to be closer to the action on the streets.

When he and his new partner Officer Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed) are dispatched to the scene of a robbery Hooker spots the one-handed bandit (William Lucking) who killed Johnny leading the gang of robbers. But he gets away again. Hooker knows for sure that the only way for him to gain inner peace and closure is to catch his partner's killer. Whether he can remain detached enough to do his job by the book is questionable.

The theme of nostalgia in this episode telling. Hooker is seen remembering music of the big band era fondly and wistfully talking about how things used to cost a lot less. The episode itself has a plot similar to that which TV cop shows had been staging in the 1950s and Hooker was played by an actor 15 years passed his prime. Things were comfortably familiar for the older demographic drawn to the show.

The only shocking thing about the premier episode of season 3 is that there was a season 3. T.J.Hooker had debuted as a mid-season replacement series in Spring 1982 and cracked the ratings top 30. Season 2 should theoretically have seen an improvement in its numbers. But the gimmick of seeing Captiain Kirk play cops & robbers wore thin in a hurry. Though the numbers weren't terrible in season two they were far from spectacular on a medium where cop shows were a staple.

From early 1982 to Fall 1984 the only other cop show on the air that wasn't floundering was Hill Street Blues. CHiPS - a longstanding schlock cop show was on the chopping block. Even Barney Miller, a sitcom about cops was soon to be cancelled. Numerous attempts at creating lasting hit network cop shows failed. There were plenty of crime investigator shows on TV but they were not cop shows. Tastes had changed. They would change back but this show would not be a significant part of the resurgence.

Thoughts of regaining top 30 standing lingered though it wouldn't happen. It was figured that Heather Locklear's Officer Stacy Sheridan character might stimulate ratings by going out into the field with a partner - Officer Jim Corrigan (James Darren) and that change at the end of season two helped stem an inevitable decline but failed to win many new viewers.

Shatner's weight noticeably fluctuated during the series but in the premier episode of season 3 he had noticeably shed some chunk. Doubtless he took the off-season to get into better shape in hopes of maximizing his appeal as the main character to give it a better chance of a solid debut.


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