T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
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Walk a Straight Line 

When a cop is killed, his partner who is an alcoholic tries to get the man but his addiction impedes him. Hooker tries to get him to get help but he won't admit to his problem.


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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
Vincent Baggetta Vincent Baggetta ... Detective Sam Dietrich
Belinda Montgomery ... Laura Dietrich (as Belinda J. Montgomery)
Ronald G. Joseph Ronald G. Joseph ... Detective Tony Fernandez (as Ron Joseph)
Mitch Carter ... Lester Sayles
Ned Bellamy ... Carl Buddinger
Maurice Emmanuel Maurice Emmanuel ... Pinwheel
Forest Shirley Forest Shirley ... Milo Pie


When a cop is killed, his partner who is an alcoholic tries to get the man but his addiction impedes him. Hooker tries to get him to get help but he won't admit to his problem.

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Detective Sam Dietrich: Thanks... you bought me an extra pass...
Sgt. T.J. Hooker: You know what you almost bought me? A ticket to the graveyard. You're dangerous man, you're lethal. To yourself and everybody around you.
Detective Sam Dietrich: I'm sorry... I really am.
Sgt. T.J. Hooker: Sorry doesn't cut it any more!
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One Cop On The Rocks
14 April 2014 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Police Detective Sam Dietrich (Vincent Bagetta) and his partner Detective Tony Fernandez are on stakeout inside a sports bar which they think will be hit by armed robbers 'the Jumpsuit Bandits'. Dietrich who has begun to drink on duty is wasted. When the bad guys suddenly make a move Dietrich is startled and unprepared and because of it Fernandez is shot.

Backing up Dietrich and Fernandez are veteran cop Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) and his young partner Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed) stationed nearby in a cop car. other colleagues Officer Jim Corrigan (James Darren) and Officer Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear) are on a rooftop across the street. Despite all the positioning the bad guys still get away mainly because Dietrich was under the influence.

Whilst his career is on the line and his marriage is in trouble Dietrich shows no signs of getting help or wanting to get help. Hooker intervenes and tells a superior which results in the Internal Affairs division launching a probe. All this sad melodrama runs concurrent to the hunt down of the robbers.

Any episode of this series which gives us depictions of more cops than than just Hooker, Romano, Corrigan & Stacy and a few extras should theoretically be superior to the others. But this one just offers a bad movie-of-the-week storyline. Not that alcoholism has never been a very real issue for some cops. If Belinda Montgomery had played the drunk cop instead of just Dietrich's wife I might have found it more interesting.

Aside from the normal clichés of the series (like football tackles of suspects) was Hooker clinging to the outside of a moving vehicle like Velcro. Here we get that as well as two car chases that end with the baddies getting their vehicles flipped over. After a while you start to wonder how many different ways they can stage the same thing and still think what they are showing the audience is different.

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Release Date:

5 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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