T.J. Hooker

Season 2 Episode 18

Raw Deal

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 1983 on ABC
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  • Hooker and Romano try to stop a gambling head who makes gamblers in need sell drugs on the side for him.

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    Hooker and Romano are buying lunch. Romano want him to buy a ticket for a lottery involving the birth of a baby by one of the cops wives. Hooker wants to see the pregnant mom before he chooses the time. Hooker sees a drug dealer named Willie Stack making a deal. He chases him onto a carousel. He arrests the guy. The other man named Pete Conners is a family man who has no record. He has a high price lawyer and Hooker knows he can't afford him. They also find a gambler's anonymous card on him. They go check it out. Frank Barnett, who is behind the drug deals is looking for a new mule at his gambling casino. He gets them in the hole so far that they handle drug deals for him as payment. Hooker meets an old flame at gambler's anonymous named Nancy winters. He gets her to help him. They go to see Manny Trios who was connected to Willie Stack. He tells them under duress the man they want is a big black man who wears a diamond horse shoe ring. That night Hooker goes to talk with Nancy. He talks about old times. They both talk about commitments they have made to their careers. She gets a call from a gambler named Shirley. She calls from the Poker Garden which Frank Barnett owns. She goes to take her home. The next day Hooker makes his choice when he sees the cops pregnant wife. Hooker finds a pattern of gamlbers doing drug dealers. He goes to talk with Conners. Barnett sets up a large deal with a man named Diaz. Hooker starts to talk with Conners. He tells him the head man watches from afar as the deals go down. Hooker asks his name and he is shot dead from a water tank. He chases the guy and he falls to his death. His name was Leo Frye and he worked at the Poker Garden. Hooker also learns from Nancy that Shirley is in deep with the Poker Garden. He also learns that Barnett fits the description that Manny gave him. Hooker, Romano and Nancy go undercover to bust Barnett for cheating. They catch him and shut him down. Nancy calls Hooker and tells him Shirley is helping Barnett with the big deal. Nancy shows up at the site and Hooker is upset with her. He ends up giving her the bag of money to give to the dealer on the roof. He arrives in a chopper and a man comes to get Nancy. He tells her to give it to the chopper pilot. Hooker and Romano arrest the guy and he tells Nancy to stay put. Barnett is pressured to complete the deal. He races over to the drop and Hooker chases him. They hang on the copter as it takes off. He fights Barnett as they hang on. He finally knocks Barnett into the water and orders the pilot to land. The next day Hooker wins the contest. Hooker gives the money to Pete Conners widow. Jim Brown is wonderful as Barnett. This was his first appearance. Later on he played a cop whose daighter had a drug problem.
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