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T.J. Hooker - Walk a Straight Line
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November 5, 1983
(as Detective Sam Dietrich)
(as Laura Dietrich [as Belinda J. Montgomery])
(as Detective Tony Fernandez)
(as "Cowboy" Lester Sayles)
(as Carl Buddinger)
(as Milo Pie)
When an undercover armed robbery stake-out is bungled, leaving a cop wounded in hospital, Hooker becomes concerned that a veteran cop's heavy drinking was the cause of the stake-out's failure. As he hunts for the armed robbers who are targeting night-clubs, Hooker becomes more and more worried that his fellow officer is an alcoholic, and is not only endangering police operations, but himself and everyone around him...
For those with sharp hearing, this episode is the first to use a slight variation on the opening theme to the one we've already heard this season. (They're practically identical, the main difference being different drum rolls and a *very slightly* different ending).
This became the standard version of the theme to be used on the opening credits.
When shown in the United Kingdom, this was 1985's most watched episode of the series, clocking up 12.4 million viewers on it's original broadcast on Saturday 12th January (ITV; 7:45 p.m.)
Hooker tackles Lester off the boardwalk at the marina and they go straight into the water.
Lester: "I can't swim! I can't swim!"
Hooker: "Here! Let me help you!"
To which Hooker punches him out.