T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
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A psychopathic killer uses his female captive to lure unsuspecting women into a deadly trap.

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Reza Badiyi

Writers:

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
Cindy Fisher ... Yvonne Winslow
Robert Hooks ... Police Detective Joe Fisher
Richard Hatch ... Robert Marshall
Mark Tymchyshyn ... Lee Winslow
Teri Ann Linn ... Mary Ann Price
Joe Farago ... FBI Agent Martinez
Vince McKewin ... Hotel Security Chief
José Flores ... Leader (as Jose Flores)
Stuart K. Robinson Stuart K. Robinson ... Attendant
Tonyo Meléndez Tonyo Meléndez ... Security Officer at Bus Depot (as Tonyo Melendez)
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A psychopathic killer uses his female captive to lure unsuspecting women into a deadly trap.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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English

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26 January 1985 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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As of the January 26, 1985 air date, Richard Hatch had appeared a total of 6 times on Dynasty (1981), which also starred Heather Locklear. Both were only credited as appearing together once in March 1985 (Hatch's seventh and final appearance). See more »

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While going to the bus station, Hooker's police car changes from a Dodge Monaco (vertical headlights) to a Dodge St. Regis (horizontal headlights). See more »

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Brilliant Turn By Richard Hatch As Guest Villain
9 April 2014 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Robert Marshall (Richard Hatch) - a handsome, well-dressed and well-groomed but exceedingly violent psycho signals his presence in town by leaving his car - complete with a young woman's corpse in the trunk, with a hotel parking valet who by chance discovers tell-tale blood on the bumper.

Veteran cop Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) and his young partner Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed) are summoned by dispatch to investigate. They find Marshall in the hotel and give chase but they lose him. Hooker - the kind of overqualified workaholic TV audiences would like to believe is patrolling the streets in uniform, takes it upon himself to stalk Marshall and bring him to justice even if it means working off duty.

Marshall is presentable and charming enough to hide in plain sight. Part con-man he is also able to entreat strangers in to helping him. Hooker's quarry, whilst clever, elusive and resourceful is nevertheless plagued by a psychosis which causes him to mark his movements with the blood of new victims.

This is how I have always thought the role of guest villain on a show should be cast. Getting someone who played a villain on another show is a good idea. But getting someone who played a hero on another show is an even better one. An antagonist who audiences identify as this remarkable hero is subconsciously more formidable than a familiar baddie who has been bested on another show.

If the protagonist can be seen besting this actor identified as having all the same strengths it suggests the contest is a more balanced one. The actor playing the baddie can have fun hamming it up whilst broadening his or her range in a very different role. Sadly we don't see it very much. A hero from a different show tends to be played by an expensive actor - one out of reach of single episode budgets of even the most popular shows.

Few episodes of this show ever really delved in to the psyche of the criminal balancing out the narrative. It was almost exclusively a simplistic good vs evil dialectic and villains carried with them an "otherness" for lack of a better word. This episode is a surprising and perhaps even shocking exception.

Richard Hatch was equal to the task of interpreting the material giving one of the best performances of his career. This particular installment is so good it doesn't even seem like the same show. The excesses and clichés of this series remain but are so understated as to submerge beneath the strength of the story and characters.


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