T.J. Hooker 3.13 The Lipstick Killer (1984, Police Action Drama) – 5/10 TV review

Cast / crew
William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear: Officer Stacy Sheridan
James Darren: Jim Corrigan
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
David Huffman: Dr. Don Travers
Katherine Justice: Joan Wagner
Hugh Farrington: Martin
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer: David Ketchum
Writer: Robert Dennis
Writer: Jack V. Fogarty
Writer: Ed Waters
Director: Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.
Executive Producer: Aaron Spelling
Executive Producer: Leonard Goldberg

T.J. Hooker 3.13 Lipstick Killer, The (1984)

When a nurse is bludgeoned to death with a blunt instrument it rings a bell from Hooker’s detective past. Assigned to assist, he soon discovers that it is a psychotic nurse who always kills one victim within 48 hours of the previous. It becomes a race against time as Hooker tries to close in on the killer that evaded him five years before.

5/10

Clearly inspired by Hitchcock (specifically Psycho and Vertigo) this is a humorously cheesy episode with a cringe-worthy story but strong action sequences. Hooker gets through another police car with a tidy car chase and agreeably huge explosion; later he performs a sweet dive and roll out of the way of a Porsche and that chase also sees the Porsche go spectacularly off the top of a multi-storey car park. The problem comes from the villain clearly being a dude from the outset (the story would have been better if the crimes hadn’t been shown) and villains in drag are not generally convincing in screen entertainment. The other problem is the horribly unconvincing and creepy ‘camaraderie’ of Corrigan towards Stacy which, of course, would only get more unconvincing and creepier. Gah!

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