T.J. Hooker 3.15 Exercise in Murder (1984, Police Action Drama) – 8/10 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
Judson Scott: Bobby Curtis
Tracy Scoggins: Jill Newmark
Robert Davi: Tom Warfield
James O’Sullivan: Internal Affairs
Greg Morris: Dave Reemer
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Co-Producer: Jack V. Fogarty
Co-Producer: Simon Muntner
Writer (Screenplay): Jack V. Fogarty
Writer (Screenplay): Simon Muntner
Writer (Story): Ed Waters
Director: Phil Bondelli
Executive Producer: Aaron Spelling
Executive Producer: Leonard Goldberg

T.J. Hooker 3.15 Exercise in Murder (1984)

Corrigan’s magically appearing girlfriend of “three or four months” (!), Jill, is inextricably involved with a gang pulling off armed jewel robberies while Hooker has to come to terms with shooting a small child.

8/10

This is classic Hooker with all the boxes ticked. The main crime plot is fine, there’s a car chase, both Hooker and Corrigan get personal stakes in the plot and an expanded role for Stacey means dancing in a leotard and a shower scene. The makers pull off a great scene early on when Hooker shoots a small child (or the technical term, as Internal Affairs later puts it, “blowing away the little sucker”). The scene is delivered without fanfare or build-up and just as any other part of the typical Hooker action sequence. They even have the kid go flying backwards into something just like if it was a bad guy. It was the perfect way to do it. I was eating cereal and it stopped me mid-munch in a did-they-just-do-that moment.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains adult dialogue and violence and sexuality.

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