T.J. Hooker 2.12 The Fast Lane (1982, Police Action Drama) – 7/10 TV review

Cast / crew
William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: [Officer Vince Romano]
Heather Locklear: [Officer Stacy Sheridan]
Richard Herd: Captain Sheridan
Rosemary Forsyth: Irene King
Ike Eisenmann: Matt King
Stefan Arngrim: Luke
Dana Kimmell: Susan Folsen
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
Writer: Jeffrey Hayes
Director: Don Chaffey
Executive Producer: Aaron Spelling
Executive Producer: Leonard Goldberg

T.J. Hooker 2.12 Fast Lane, The (1982)

Hooker goes up against the evils of teenage alcoholism but it comes closer to Romano than they would expect.

7/10

This episode touches a convincing nerve as a parent has no idea that her teenage son has been fired from his job, is an alcoholic and is partaking in criminal activity from selling booze to minors to armed robbery. You often see people blaming the parents for this, that and the other but the truth is it is common for them to be the last to know. The remainder of the episode contains the elements you come to expect with convenient plotting, cheesy dialogue and unconvincing camaraderie but there’s a great moment when Romano stops Hooker shooting at a crim (Shatner’s furious reaction face is awesome), the climactic stunt is good (it’s a combination stunt where Hooker jumps off a truck before it overturns, all in one shot) and, as highlighted before, the stories’ core resonates strongly.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains unpleasant scenes, violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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