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

4/10/1982. Saturday, 8 pm. 1 hour.
ABC. Season 1 of 6. Episode 5.
Police drama
Code: TJHW 4/1982

PLOT

Officer Hooker persuades a woman who is having an affair with her boss to testify in a murder case, but the police are unable to protect her when she becomes the killer's target.

CREDITS

Writer: Gerald Sanford
Director: Cliff Bole

REGULAR CAST

William Shatner as Sgt. T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed as Officer Vince Romano
April Clough as Vicki Taylor
Richard Herd as Capt. Dennis Sheridan

GUEST CAST

Lisa Hartman as Allison Baker
Jonathan Banks as Danny Scott, burglar, murderer. Listed 2nd of guests.
Michael O'Hare
Robert Hogan
Michael Pataki.

BAD GUY

Danny is a robber and a murderer. Tries to run over Hooker with forklift. Easily overpowers female cop on guard duty, and then threatens Allison with a big kitchen knife and cuts apart the bathroom door to get to her. Struggles with Hooker for knife before being tackled to floor, then hit on jaw and handcuffed.

CHARACTER

Danny enjoys crime-- lots of smiles at thought of robbery and mayhem. Mean when crossed. Threatens to turn in his partner, and hits accomplice with a candlestick (off camera) when he wants money to keep quiet. Good business includes playing with pinwheel, miming shooting girl with finger, mouths "pow," and some mean, borderline crazy laughs.

LINES

"All the crime around today a man can't be too careful."

"Nobody gonna do me that way."

(Script is a cliched, formula effort.)

LOCATION

Murder neighborhood looks like North Hollywood area, and there are some scenes at Griffith Park Travel Town.

PERSONAL

Mug shot book gives Danny’s height as 5'8"; JB looks 5'9" in the line-up. From my interview with him, I’d say 5’9" is correct. (MG94)

SCREEN TIME

7 minutes in 9 scenes, throughout episode.

WORKED WITH

Richard Herd (IKE 5/1979; TJHB 3/1983; SQWS 2/1994)
All Hooker cast (TJHB 3/1983)