Riptide

Season 1 Episode 9

#1 With A Bullet

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 20, 1984 on NBC
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#1 With A Bullet
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After falling out with their record company, two singers of a long-running hit group loose control of their car, killing one and leaving the other in hospital.

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  • One of the lead singers of a hit pop group is killed in a crash and the other narrowly survives. The band's fan club hire the trio to deliver flowers to the secret hospital location, but the gang uncover a more sinister plot. Fun but ultimately average...moreless

    8.0
    This review contains spoilers.



    This is a reasonable first season episode, with a lot of fun and very amusing moments, but ultimately, it doesn't quite stand as one of the series greats, in my personal opinion.



    The story starts out quite interesting, with the suspicious death of one of the band members in the car crash, and the other narrowly surviving. Murray takes a case for the Riptide Detective Agency to find whatever hospital survivor Dell Turner is in and deliver flowers from the fan club, only for the trio to stumble onto a case where Dell is about to be bumped off so the record company can profit from a memorial album (quite why they took so long to decide to wipe Dell out when he was just laying in the hospital, is anyone's guess, but I suppose if that had been the case, there wouldn't have been a story)!



    The episode has a number of really nice touches – I like the fan club representatives, led by the motormouth woman and the meek accountant sidekick who can't get a word in edgeways; the gang posing as oddball fan club members; and Murray, excited to be posing as a garbage man, waving overenthusiastically at a gate guard (okay, you kinda have to see that last one to get what I mean).

    But for all of the nice moments, the episode for me doesn't quite have the sharp feel of many of the first and second season's enjoyable tales (the third season was more of a mixed bag). It's maybe surprising then, that this one comes from series co-creator and the show's best writer, Stephen J. Cannell. Don't get me wrong, he delivers a perfectly serviceable episode, but in my view, the second half of the episode feels a bit flat in places.



    The latter stages of the story, with the rescued Dell turning out to be totally obnoxious, are again fun (I like Nick directing Dell's order of drugs to the Police Station), but maybe don't meet their full potential. Later on, Dell is bumped off for real, and things continue on at a fair pace, but compared to some of the other really enjoyable tales in the show's life, this one ultimately feels a bit "average" in the end.



    When Channel 5 ran the series in 1998, after the first couple of episodes ('Conflict of Interest' and 'Somebody's Killing the Great Geeks of America') were edited for time, most of the episodes 5 ran were completely unedited (being shown at 3:50am on Saturday night / Sunday morning, they would often even play right through without commercial breaks), but this episode was one of the ones they cut down for time. I could immediately tell as the opening teaser was missing, and several scenes (notably the one where the fan club hire Murray in the first place, leaving a noticeable hole in the story) were chopped out. As a result, I didn't re-watch this episode as much, as I never much liked watching things that have been edited down in a blatantly noticeable way, not to mention it wasn't one my particular favourite stories anyway. (A couple of years later, 5 re-ran the first and third – no second! – season, and broadcast the complete version of this story).



    Anyway, in all... this is a perfectly watchable, often very funny episode, definitely better than the awkward first couple of episodes after the Pilot, and better than many of the third season offerings, but by the overall quality of enjoyment of the first and second seasons, this is probably one of my lesser favourite episodes. It has some amusing moments, but is one of those episodes that doesn't have me coming back to re-watch so much. But for the level of humour in it, I give it a fair 8.



    (By the way, I *love* the catchy in-house produced song that plays near the beginning, before the crash. It was also used in one of the third season episodes, and I wish had been recorded and released officially!)moreless
Joe Penny

Joe Penny

Nicholas 'Nick' Ryder

Perry King

Perry King

Cody Allen

Thom Bray

Thom Bray

Dr. Murray 'The Boz' Bozinsky, PhD

Edward Winter

Edward Winter

Alan Singer

Guest Star

Brant van Hoffman

Brant van Hoffman

Dell Turner

Guest Star

Kelbe Nugent

Kelbe Nugent

Nurse Elizabeth Baker

Guest Star

Marsha Warfield

Marsha Warfield

Max [Season 1 - 2nd half]

Recurring Role

Jack Ging

Jack Ging

Lieutenant Ted Quinlin [Season 1 - Season 3 (Epi.8)]

Recurring Role

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    • In the scene where Murray is using the Roboz to compare Dell's voice to the impersonator, Roboz displays the message "Hold your horses Cody" and Murray gives a laugh. But the audio of Murray's laugh continues long after visually he has stopped laughing and returned to typing in the data.

    • Cody's final line of the episode (as Quinlan falls down), "Say goodnight, Gracie", appears over the freeze-frame, and is a different take of the same sequence used on the opening trailer, where it is a close-up of Cody and he delivers the line slightly differently.

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