T.J. Hooker 2.01 Second Chance (1982) – 6/10 police action drama TV review

Cast / crew
William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear: Officer Stacy Sheridan
Richard Herd: Captain Sheridan
Rebecca Holden: Lynn Hartmann
Robert Davi: The Barber
Victor Campos:
Al Ruscio:
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
Writer: Mark Rodgers
Director: Don Weis
Executive Producer: Aaron Spelling
Executive Producer: Leonard Goldberg

T.J. Hooker 2.01 Second Chance (1982)

An old unsolved case from Hooker’s past returns to terrorise a local dance teacher.

6/10

The slightly naff start of the second series sees April Clough replaced with even lovelier Heather Locklear and William Shatner replaced rather too often by his stunt ‘double’. However, the stunt work itself is of a high quality as Hooker writes off another squad car ("Well, it did have more than a thousand miles on it.") spectacularly enough to make the title sequence.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains peril.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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What makes this episode essential viewing, however, is classic spoof TV series [Police Squad] (a genuine rival to [Fawlty Towers] as the funniest TV series ever made). The episode [Police Squad: Ring of Fear] actually borrows part of the plot, costumes and cast of this episode. In this episode a dance teacher in a striped leotard is terrorised by a serial killer. In [Ring of Fear], a dance teacher in a striped leotard is terrorised, this time by a group of heavies extorting protection money. The femme fatale employed by the heavies to distract Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) of [Police Squad] is Rebecca Holden who plays the dance teacher in this episode of T.J. Hooker! William Shatner also appeared (playing a character wearing a suspiciously T.J. Hooker jacket) as the Special Guest Star in the first ever episode of [Police Squad]!

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