T.J. Hooker 2.08 Deadly Ambition (1982, Police Drama) – 5/10 TV review

Cast / crew
William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear: Officer Stacy Sheridan
Richard Herd: Captain Sheridan
Cliff Potts: Detective Holland
Jonathan Goldsmith: Cody Mayfield
Jesse Vint: Ben Edwards
Royce D. Applegate: Frank Durbin
Deborah Foreman: Elise
Jerry Lee Lewis:
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer: Arthur Weingarten
Director: Michael Preece

T.J. Hooker 2.08 Deadly Ambition (1982)

Hooker comes up against the results of over-ambition in the police force.

5/10

This is a weaker episode with a story that could have been more interesting if Cliff Potts’ ambitious cop hadn’t been portrayed as such an arrogant slime-ball. If both he and Hooker had been portrayed as doing the right thing, most scenes would have been more thought-provoking and the show could definitely handle that. However, there’s also no car chases or much action of any kind which is a bit more noticeable and marks this out as mid-season filler. Special Guest Star Jerry Lee Lewis bizarrely turns up but at least that gives us an excuse to marvel at a couple of scenes where he plays a piano faster than television cameras can record.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains gun violence.

 

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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