Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Sep 18, 1984 on NBC
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Episode Summary


As the son of a mobster, Detective Rick Hunter has a hard time keeping partners because other cops don't trust him. The incompetent Bernie Terwilliger is the only one in the squad willing to work with him. Hunter enlists another maverick cop, the brassy Dee Dee McCall, to set a trap for a brutal murderer. Hunter and McCall become partners.


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Fred Dryer

Fred Dryer

Detective Sergeant Rick Hunter

Stepfanie Kramer

Stepfanie Kramer

Detective Sergeant Dee Dee McCall

James Whitmore Jr.

James Whitmore Jr.

Sergeant Bernie Terwilliger

John Amos

John Amos

Captain Dolan

Steven Williams

Steven Williams

King Hayes

Guest Star

Michael Cavanaugh

Michael Cavanaugh

Captain Lester Cain

Guest Star

Joanna Kerns

Joanna Kerns

Doctor Kettering

Guest Star

Bruce Tuthill

Bruce Tuthill


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Hunter first drives a blue 1978 Dodge Monaco. The car's windshield is blown out during a car chase, and shortly afterwards, the car is smashed up when Hunter and McCall are making an arrest. Hunter is then assigned a new vehicle, a 1970 Ford LTD. The gray softtop is in poor condition.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Captain Cain: McCall, I wanted to stop by and see how you were doing.
      Hunter: Well, it's good of you to show up on the day she's leaving, Captain.
      McCall: I'm fine, shoulder's just a little stiff but it'll get worked out.
      Captain Cain: You can take your time getting back. When you do, you can remain desk bound as long as you like before we get you a new partner.
      Hunter: Well, she already has a partner, Captain, remember?
      Captain Cain (To McCall): Surely you're joking.

      McCall: No, I'm not joking. And my name isn't Shirley.

    • McCall: You know, this wasn't a fair deal, Hunter. The least you could have done was get shot or something.
      Hunter: Well, maybe your next partner will be more considerate.
      McCall: This union is officially terminated then?
      Hunter: Unless I do most of the driving.

    • Hunter (To McCall, who's in the bathtub and pointing her gun at him): A water pistol? Where do you keep it?
      McCall: Just hand me something to put on.
      (Hunter hands her a hand towel)
      McCall: Thank you.

    • Dr. Bolin: You need to pass in order to stay on active duty.
      Hunter: Somehow I get the feeling that I'm not going to pass. Somehow I get the feeling that I failed before I even came in here. And you and I both know that Captain Cain put you up to this.
      Dr. Bolin: That sounds like paranoia tendencies to me, Sargent.
      Hunter: Just perceptive ones.

    • McCall: On Wednesday, that's strange. Most of these nets are out skunk-hunting on Fridays or Saturdays.
      Hunter: Skunk-hunting?
      McCall: Yeah, you know, chasing skirts? Trying to pick up women?
      Hunter: (Clueless) Right.

    • Hunter: Why do you keep on thinking I'm trying to hit on you?
      McCall: Because that is what I've been used to. And every partner I've been stuck with has hit on me. Except you. Definitely you have your own style, Hunter.
      Hunter: When we're through with this case, then we can talk.
      McCall: Just talk?

    • Captain Cain: You two split up, right after roll call, didn't you? Here's the scoop Hunter and you can run it down for your partner: The two of you will be together from roll call to the end of watch, every minute, every second, I mean in the car or in the can, I don't care. I will be running random radio checks throughout the course of the day and if at any time for any reason both of you don't roger the call or are not joined at the hip, you both will be talking to IA.

    • Walking Man: Hey buddy your car stinks!
      McCall (To Hunter): Why don't you shoot this thing and put it out of its misery?

    • Hunter: You wouldn't know the date, would you?
      Criminal: What? It's the twelfth.
      Hunter: Wrong. It's the day you're going to jail.

    • Capt. Cain: Just how stupid do you think I am?
      Hunter: Well, Captain, I really don't know.

    • Whispering Willy: Hey, hey. Wait a minute. What about my call to my lawyer? How long am I sposed to stand here?
      (Hunter pushes Willy against the car)
      Hunter: Until Simon says leave.
      Whispering Willy: Who the hell is Simon?
      (Hunter points to the gun in his holster)
      Hunter: This is Simon.

  • NOTES (1)