T.J. Hooker

Season 4 Episode 1

Night Vigil

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 1984 on ABC
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On routine patrol with Corrigan, Stacy is shot when unwittingly walking in on an armed robbery, leaving her hospitalized in a coma and with a bullet lodged dangerously close to her heart. With Stacy facing precarious surgery, Hooker, Corrigan and Romano search out the robbers, who are armed with armour piercing bullets. But Hooker's determination to catch the thugs, no matter what, sees him putting his career on the line...moreless

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  • Stacey goes into a store and is shot during a robbery. Hooker is out of control until he finds the shooters.

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    Stacey and Jim stop by a market. Stacey goes inside and is involved in a robbery. She is shot by one of the guys. They run off. Hooker & Romano arrive and take her to the ambulence. Hooker is determined to nail the scum that shot Stacey. Hooker and Captain Sheridan talk over her life. Hooker puts a guard at Stacey's door. The bullets used were armor pierced and Hooker thinks they can trace them down. He goes to see a girlfriend of a guy who used to sell those bullets. She tells him of a gun store that might sell them. They go to the store. A black man walks in and walks back out. They go to see where he is going. He takes off in a car seen at the shooting. Hooker jumps over the counter and finds the bullets. He roughs him up until he tells him that he sold them to the guys. Corrigan & Romano try to calm down Hooker, but he doesn't want to hear it. Hooker visits the hospital and is told that Stacey will die if they operate and will die if they don't operate. This makes things worse. Hooker goes out to the streets looking for a guy named tooth pick. He finds a guy and almost beats it out of him. Internal affairs calls in Hooker and they hammer him with all the laws he is breaking. Hooker does not care one bit. He is looking to find the shooter, period.

    The crooks plot another robbery. Hooker goes to see a basketball coach he knows. He tells him Willie Joe Ellington Brown is Tooth picks real name. The crooks hit a jewelry store. Another cop is shot as they escape. The other cop heard the gilrs name driving the car, it was Jo-beana. Back at the hospital, the doctor's say Stacey is improving but they need to operate. Corrigan finds out she was Tooth picks girlfriend. They go to where she lives. They arrest her, but her boyfriend gets away. Hooker loses it again and threatens him until he tells him where the shooter is. He doesn't talk. Ramano calms him down. Hooker goes back to the hospital to see Stacey before the operation. He then goes back to talk with Joy-beana about her future. She tells him where the other man hangs out. Hooker goes to the place named Ana's, a restaurant downtown. Hooker sees the man he's looking for and follows him. He follows him into a motel. He tells the manager to send for backup. He breaks the door down and the guy picks up his gun to shoot and Hooker blows him outta the window onto the street. Back at the hospital Stacey talks with Hooker in the recovery room. Stacey asks him if Hooker got him and if he did it by the book. He says he did not cross the line. This is one of those great epiosdes that shows Hooker outta control and willing to do anything to catch a crook that shot one of his own. Wow, this was pure entertainment.moreless
William Shatner

William Shatner

Sgt. Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Hooker

Adrian Zmed

Adrian Zmed

Officer Vince Romano

Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear

Officer Stacy Sheridan

James Darren

James Darren

Officer Jim Corrigan

Larry Jenkins

Larry Jenkins

"Toothpick" - Willie Joe Ellington Brown III

Guest Star

Allen Williams

Allen Williams

Internal Affairs Detective

Guest Star

George Kee Cheung

George Kee Cheung

Dr. Coe

Guest Star

Richard Herd

Richard Herd

Captain Dennis Sheridan

Recurring Role

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    • German episode title: "Trotz Verwarnung", meaning "Despite Warning"

    • This is the second of George Kee Cheung's two, unrelated appearances on T.J. Hooker. He can also be seen in season three's "Chinatown."

    • In some of the show's publicity and coverage, it is suggested that Hooker is Stacy's godfather. This fact was never actually mentioned on-screen in the series; the nearest we ever got to verifying it is in this episode. Corrigan comments that Hooker was present at Stacy's birth, and is "...like a godfather to her". From that, it can be taken that Hooker isn't actually her godfather (though just as well might be).

    • Episodes return to having no on-screen title. They would return in later episodes.

    • With the new season's updated opening credits, along with some new footage used in the sequence, the credits font - after being changed to a much flashier font (literally!) third season - reverts back to a plainer style yellow font here (though it is not identical to the one used in the first and second seasons).
      (The next broadcast episode, 'The Two Faces of Betsy Morgan', had a one-off return of the third season-style font.)

    • With the new season, another new slight variation on the theme tune is used. Once again, to the casual viewer, it could be easily mistaken for the one same version, but with closer inspection, it can be heard to have some differences.
      The closing credits also have a slightly different re-recorded version to that used in the third season.
      These are the opening and closing versions of the theme that would continue to be used for the rest of the show's run.

    • A good chance to see William Shatner doing some of his own stunt driving: As Hooker and Romano's patrol car races up to the scene of Stacy's shooting, it speeds along the road, and skids 90 degrees to a halt, and Shatner and Adrian Zmed rush out. Maybe not as extravagant as some of the series' other stunts, but noteworthy for allowing one of the stars to do their own stunt driving (something TV producers are loathe of, in case the star hurts themselves – meaning legal / insurance implications and more importantly, hold up in production!)

    • "The Big Guy"'s real name is never given.

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