T.J. HOOKER "The Breakout" (TV episode)

3/5/1983. Saturday, 8 pm. 1 hour.
ABC. Season 2 of 5. Episode 26.
Police drama
Code: TJHB 3/1983

PLOT

Hooker takes action to free hostages from a hospital terrorized by a crime ring.

CREDITS

Writer: Robert Earll.
Director: Cliff Bole.

REGULAR CAST

William Shatner as Sgt. T. J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed as Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear as Officer Stacy Sheridan
Richard Herd as Captain Dennis Sheridan

GUEST CAST

Jonathan Banks as Freddy Baker, robber. Listed 1st of guests
Lance LeGault as Sammy Baker
Edward Walsh
Cheryl Paris as Carol Ann Baker
Frank Doubleday

BAD GUY

Freddy is a robber, also wanted for rape and assault. He is sexually threatening to Sheridan, invading her space, making suggestive remarks to her in the elevator, caressing her neck, shoulders, hair, then making her go into vacant room for intended "strip search." Shoots cop guarding hospital room. When Hooker gets to him Hooker shoots him, slams him into a wall twice, hits him in stomach and jaw, slams him twice more into wall, then handcuffs him.

CHARACTER

Freddy is mean and determined. Likes women and money if gotten through threats. Deviously drops his paper in the elevator as means to eye Sheridan’s body.

COMMENTS

Good points include a beautiful all-out run after the robbery, and great jeans throughout. There is a very tight close-up on JB’s blue eyes when Freddy almost shoots Hooker.

LINES

"I like your puppy." (Sheridan is carrying a stuffed toy in the hospital elevator.)

"The only way sweetness here leaves my sight is if I search her for weapons."

"I oughta kill you right here, Hooker, for shooting my old man."

SCREEN TIME

8 minutes in about 15 scenes, throughout episode.

WORKED WITH

Richard Herd (IKE 5/1979; TJHW 4/1982; SQWS 2/1994)
All Hooker cast (TJHW 4/1982)