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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 21


    Aired 4/22/86

  • S 3 : Ep 20

    If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

    Aired 4/18/86

  • S 3 : Ep 19

    Chapel Of Glass

    Aired 4/11/86

  • S 3 : Ep 18

    Dead Men Don't Floss

    Aired 4/4/86

  • S 3 : Ep 17

    The Play's The Thing

    Aired 3/21/86

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anne Francis

    Mama Jo

  • Joe Penny

    Nicholas 'Nick' Ryder

  • Perry King

    Cody Allen

  • Thom Bray

    Dr. Murray 'The Boz' Bozinsky, PhD

  • Jack Ging

    Lieutenant Ted Quinlin

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  • show Description
  • Cody Allen and Nick Ryder are two long-time friends who had served together in Vietnam. Their private investigation business was based on Cody's boat, The Riptide, in King Harbor, Los Angeles. Faced with their first big case, they decide to recruit another old pal from 'Nam, the bespectacled, rather nerdish but much likeable electronics genius Murray "Boz" Bozinsky. Along with his hoard of computer equipment, Murray had developed a strange-looking orange robot called "The Roboz", which had numerous unpredictable bugs but occasionally proved useful. Vehicle-wise, beyond the Riptide itself, the trio had an array of transport, including Nick's ancient, pink Sikorsky S-58T helicopter "The Screaming Mimi", which had a huge gaping mouth painted on the front, and had habit of cutting out at just the wrong moment; The Ebb-Tide--Cody's speed boat; Nick's classic Corvette; and most commonly, Cody's GMC Jimmy truck. Their investigations into cases often found them treading on the toes of Lt. Ted Quinlan, who saw them as nothing but trouble-makers. As the series progressed, Quinlan's tolerance of the trio gradually grew, albeit very slightly, and they several times co-operated to solve a case. During the third season the trio's new police contact was the much more co-operative Lt. Joanna Parisi, introduced in "Lady Killer". The series is now available on DVD through Universal.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • (Lt. Quinlan on Nick, Cody and Murray being held in jail cell) Quinlan: Well, well, well, well, well. If it ain't the B-Team!

    • Murray: Boy, this is really fascinating! Nick: Being in jail is fascinating, Murray? Murray: No, no, no. The case! Our case is fascinating! I mean on the one hand you have Sheila, a lovely woman any man would like to know. And on the other hand there's her sister, who... Nick: She's a hooker, Murray. A woman any man can know.

    • "What's so great about our friendship is that, on those few and infrequent times when we have a misunderstanding, we don't have to worry about offering an apology and saying melodramatic stuff to each other. ...See because a good friendship never has to be talked about, it just has to be felt." - Nick, to Murray, at the outcome of the story.

    • "Girls will come and go, Murray, don't ever allow one to come between you and a good friend" - Jody, to Murray, at the outcome of the story.

    • Cody to Lt. Parisi, after the trio find themselves as-per-usual being shot at by bad guys. Cody: "Do you have any idea might have caused this week's assault?

    Notes (121)

    • The shots used on the first season opening credits all originate from the pilot (until mid-season, when a couple of shots were altered).

    • The Germans called this series "Trio mit 4 Fäusten," which translates to "Trio with 4 Fists." (Sorry, Boz!)

    • German Title: 1. Die Drei von der Riptide

    • The events of how Cody and Nick first met Murray that are mentioned in this episode are seen in flash-back form in the 2nd season episode 'Boz Busters'.

    • The electronics games company that Boz has fallen out with when we meet him in this episode, is seen (of sorts) again in the 2nd season episode 'Beat The Box'. There is also mention of 'Bozer And The Brickbats', the game they have fallen out over here.

    • In this and the very early episodes, Cody and Nick's business is called the 'Pier 56 Detective Agency' (throughout most of the series, it was the 'Riptide Detective Agency'). However, in Part 2 of this story, Cody does refer to 'The Riptide Detective Agency' when talking to mobster Mike Santana.

    • The original version of this Pilot was in two-hour format. As with most Pilots and 2-hour episodes of TV shows, it was later edited into two-part format for syndication. The two-part versions use the the first season opening credits sequence, but the original feature-length version contains the credits over the first scene.

    • German Title: Gangstern auf der Spur

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    Trivia (38)

    • When the Screaming Mimi is flying over Mike Santana's estate, the registration code on the side of the Mimi can still be seen to have one of the numbers changed and an 'X' added at the end from when Cody and Nick rescued Boz previously. But when the Mimi crashes on the estate and they get out, the changed number and the X are suddenly gone.

    • When The Screaming Mimi cuts out right over Mike Santana's estate, there is a shot of Cody and Murray where the clothes that they are wearing suddenly change! (This shot is actually taken from the end of the story, when the Mimi cuts out over the beach).

    • Right after Santana's gun misfires as he's trying to kill Cody a camera man can be clearly seen nestled in the bush as the Screaming Mimi takes off.

    • From this episode on, the Roboz has "eyes"--Murray had not yet added them in the pilot. The exact design and function of the eyes varies in different episodes, suggesting Murray constructed more than one pair.

    • The card that Murray hands Tina when she arrives at the Riptide reads 'Pier 56 Detective Agency', proving that the business wasn't called the 'Riptide Detective Agency' at this stage.

    • When the Roboz arrives with a glass of water for the upset Tina, it spills over Murray's left leg. Yet, a few shots later, it is his right leg that is wet and Murray is drying.

    • The modified number and letter X--that Cody adds to the Screaming Mimi to evade the police--disappears and reappears in different shots in the second half of the story.

    • Nitpick: When Murray sends the Roboz off to get a glass of water for the upset Tina, the bulky contraption manages to make it down the steps inside the Riptide and back again, yet the Roboz doesn't even have legs (it seems to move on rollers)! Not to mention that it gets the water and returns in amazingly quick time.
      Not only that, but repeatedly through the episode, the Roboz is again suddenly holding the glass which seemingly appears out of nowhere – and full of water!

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  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Here is a show from the past that is somewhat interesting. Two old friends Cody and Nick Hook up with a nerdy geeky computer guy named Murray and take on all kinds of cases. Along the way they run into bad guys and dodge the cops and have fun to at times.

    By kingtazzy, Oct 17, 2008

  • This show was shot right in my area, unbeknownst to me at the time. I visit King Harbor quite often, and when I do, I immediately think of Riptide.

    By cherronedavis, Mar 27, 2008

  • I was a little young but it was a good show from what I do remember.

    By kevinb4444, Jul 18, 2007

  • Bleh, all i remember is that they had a robot in one of the episodes.

    By twilightboy, Jan 16, 2007

  • In the 80's private investigators ruled the airwaves.

    By D-LinkUK, Dec 12, 2006

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