T.J. Hooker - Walk a Straight Line

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Episode Number33
First AiredNovember 5, 1983
Production Code181642
WriterRick Kelbaugh
DirectorCliff Bole
 
Guest Stars: Vincent Baggetta (as Detective Sam Dietrich) Belinda Montgomery (as Laura Dietrich [as Belinda J. Montgomery]) Ron Joseph (as Detective Tony Fernandez) Mitch Carter (as "Cowboy" Lester Sayles) Ned Bellamy (as Carl Buddinger) Maurice Emmanuel (as Pinwheel) Forest Shirley (as Milo Pie)

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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...

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  • 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.)

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    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.


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