Riptide

Season 1 Episode 7

The Hardcase

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 28, 1984 on NBC
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The guys intervene when they spot three thugs on-board an unfamiliar boat harassing the girls on the Barefoot Contessa

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  • The trio step in when three thugs on an unfamiliar boat start harassing the girls on the Barefoot Contessa. It turns out that the goons were behind a murder the night before, leading the Riptide trio onto their latest case. Not the best but good moments..moreless

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    'The Hardcase' is a reasonable first season 'Riptide' episode, but nothing outstanding, and there is definitely better in the season.



    The first half, with the three thugs arriving in the marina and pestering the Barefoot Contessa girls, and then mixing it up with the Riptide trio, is quite good. The trio's initial subsequent investigation, as they check out the murder scene is also fair (I love Murray's excitement at being a pool cleaner, it makes me laugh out loud every time). But after that, and the guys have found the prime suspect (obligatory "pretty girl of the week") stowed away in the back of the Jimmy, whilst still being perfectly watchable, things do fall slightly into a routine "investigation of the week".



    The head of the three thugs, Carter, is played by William Smith. Smith is an excellent TV guest role and b-movie star (and appears in my all-time favourite episode of 'The A-Team', the early 'Pros and Cons'), but here sadly doesn't really have much to sink his teeth into.



    The second half of the story is watchable but nothing special; although it was played out as a mystery regarding the circumstances of the murder the previous night, I felt the overall plot of what the trio of goons were up to was too vague. Things lead up to a quite good climax, with some good action sequences, but the second half of the tale just feels slightly limp to me.



    This episode is notable for being the first one where Mama Jo has departed (complete with a couple of different shots on the opening credits to cover her absence), and we are introduced to Max (Marsha Warfield). We hear that (the seldom scene restaurant owner) Straightaway has bought the Contessa, and put Max in charge of it (some sources even bill the character as being called "Mama Max", but she was never referred to as this on-screen). She also works as a comedienne at Straightaways – and we get a painful example of her comedy during this episode.



    The episode also features two elements from the Pilot – Cody and Nick's ongoing broken nose contest, and Murray's lie detector mood ring. The broken nose concept would be used just a couple more times in the first season; this is the only episode outside of the Pilot to utilise Murray's lie detector ring.



    The story is written by Mark Jones. When he wrote for 'The A-Team', Jones was mostly responsible for some terribly generic, by-the-numbers tales, but – although this episode isn't a classic – I find that his work for 'Riptide' is generally much stronger.



    This isn't a bad episode of 'Riptide' at all, and I can think of far worse examples (particularly in the third season), and the story is better than the awkward first couple after the Pilot, but after the initial promise of whatever the three thugs are up to, the second half of the story just feels flat. As always, there are some nice character moments, but this one doesn't have as much re-watchable value as many other episodes, for me. Based on the merits that it does have, I give 'The Hardcase' a fair 8/10.moreless
Joe Penny

Joe Penny

Nicholas 'Nick' Ryder

Perry King

Perry King

Cody Allen

Thom Bray

Thom Bray

Dr. Murray 'The Boz' Bozinsky, PhD

William Smith (I)

William Smith (I)

Carter Chapman

Guest Star

Paul Gleason

Paul Gleason

Detective Hallins [spelling not confirmed]

Guest Star

Jeffrey Josephson

Jeffrey Josephson

Davey Chapman

Guest Star

Marsha Warfield

Marsha Warfield

Max

Recurring Role

Jack Ging

Jack Ging

Lieutenant Ted Quinlin

Recurring Role

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    • In the UK, this episode is also known as "There Goes the Neighborhood".

    • In their "amphibious landing" scene, as Cody and Boz are in the Zodiac raft headed toward shore, Boz appears to be carrying an AK-47. Yet once on shore, he is clearing carrying an AR-15.

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  • NOTES (4)

    • German Title: Gefährliche Nachbarn

    • The trio use Murray's lie-detecting mood ring on Sherry, the only episode after the Pilot to utilise it.

    • Max (Marsha Warfield), an entertainer at Straightaway's Restaurant, makes her first appearance in this episode. We learn that Straightaway's now owns The Barefoot Contessa, under Max's watch. While she is slightly more flexible than Mama Jo (she allows the guys to have dinner with Tammy and Bambi in this episode), she still warns them to behave themselves!

    • With Anne Francis (Mama Jo)'s departure from the series, her credit on the opening titles is replaced with a shot of Cody, Murray and Nick. Also with the altered credits, Perry King and Joe Penny have different shots used with their credits. (The rest of the opening stays the same)

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