T.J. Hooker 2.03 The Empty Gun (1982, Police Drama TV) – 7/10 review


Cast / crew
William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear: Officer Stacy Sheridan
Richard Herd: Captain Sheridan
Jeanette Nolan: Annie Grand
Herbert Jefferson, Jr.: Officer D. Benteen
David Michael Elliot: Minetti
Scott Thomson:
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
Writer: Paul Savage
Director: Cliff Bole

T.J. Hooker 2.03 Empty Gun, The (1982)

When Romano has a cop killer in his gun sights but doesn’t kill him because he knows the criminal’s gun is empty, he is derided by most of the other beat officers. When the cop killer goes on to escape judicial punishment on technicalities and by lying, Romano suffers a crisis of confidence and wonders whether it would have been better to have taken the law into his own hands.

7/10

Starting out rather more seriously than earlier episodes with a superbly staged sequence where a cop gets killed, this adds an interesting moral dilemma to the still solid humour and action. Adrian Zmed gets his shirt off and pecs oiled for the girls and is solid in the acting stakes making this one of his best episodes. Hooker rounds things off with a "Happy birthday, punk" to a bleeding, just turned eighteen crim.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains gun violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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