T.J. Hooker

Season 4 Episode 20

Serial Murders

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Mar 16, 1985 on ABC
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Hooker's investigation into a series of grisly murders by a pair of religious crazies is accompanied by Sergeant Leigh Stockwell, a close, old friend, whom is somewhat his protégé. But Stacy becomes suspicious that Leigh is using cocaine, an addiction which not only jeopardizes the case and Leigh's job, but also Hooker's life...moreless

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  • Hooker tries to help an old friend, Leigh Stockwell, beat her addiction to cocaine. He also tries to stop to men that use religion as a cover to murder and rob people they view as sinners.moreless

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    Hooker and Ramano respond to a backup call that Leigh Stockwell makes. She is an old friend of Hooker's and is a detective for robbery. Just then we cut to two men that are humming amazing grace. They talk to a blind woman for a minute. Another man next door finds out they have murdered a woman named Barbara Hendricks. As the crooks escape they run a light. Hooker and Ramano get a call as they are in pursuit that they are wanted for murder. They lose them in the chase. They go to the murder scene and meet with Patsy Evans, the blind woman. She gives them some descriptions. They also find out Barbara was a part time call girl. The two crooks talk about killing sinners and go to find a man she was supposed to meet. They kill him for being a sinner. Later that night we see Leigh snorting cocaine in front of her locker. Later on Leigh runs down another murder in Vegas that had the same description of the two men. Hooker responds to the murder of the man. Leigh comes by to help. She goes into the bathroom because she needs a fix. Stacey walks in and she covers up what she is doing. The two crooks go to the dead man's wife's home and decide to kill her. Stacey tells Jim about her suspicion about Leigh. The crooks keep working on murders and robbing. They now go after a friend of the wife. Hooker and Leigh get the call about the murder. Leigh wants in and Hooker tells her ok, and they go to San Diego to run down the murder. Jim tells Stacey she should tell Hooker about Leigh's problem. She is not sure what to do. When they get to the house, Leigh almost faints. Hooker tells her she needs to pull back a little. Hooker finds a ring the crooks sold at a nearby pawn shop just recently. They hear music coming from a small church and decide to walk in. They find the two crooks making a large donation. The crooks take off and they chase them. Leigh faints while climbing the fence. Hooker stops one of them and the other guy jumps him and throws him down the cliff. Leigh comes in and the crooks leave. Hooker asks her what happened and she has no answer. They still try to run down the wife's friend, Kimberly Johnson. Leigh again shows fatigue and Hooker sends her home. Just then Stacey comes in and tells Hooker about her suspicions. Hooker finds her in the car about to snort. He is upset at her when she gives him excuses. He tells her to turn herself in or else. Meanwhile the two crooks rundown the location of Kimberly. They find out they are front page headlines and think about leaving town again. The crooks go to Kimberly's place of work and they grab her. Leigh finds the small crook dead with the information about Kimberly on him. They rush over to her home to see if the other guy has her and is robbing her home. Leigh arrives and Hooker tells her to stay out of it. They bust in and save the woman. The crook takes Leigh as a hostage and she elbows him and Hooker blows him away. Leigh decides to turn herself even though she thinks she can stop using. She goes outside to her car and opens the bottle of cocaine and resists using and starts to cry. The episode ends with her looking at the cocaine bottle. William Shatner talks over the frozen frame and says the best way to not get addicted is to never start. This is an excellent episode dealing with a cop on drugs and two serial killers. I really thought the killers did a wonderful job in their roles as well as the woman who played Leigh. Always bothers me a little when religion is thrown into the criminals movitves. Otherwise a great episode.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

Daryl Anderson

Daryl Anderson

Ron Burnett

Guest Star

Joel Polis

Joel Polis

John Jenkins

Guest Star

Molly Cheek

Molly Cheek

Sergeant Lee Stockwell

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    • The director of this episode with a drug-addiction theme was Michael Caffey. His daughter Charlotte Caffey, best known as the lead guitarist for the Go-Go's, has battled drugs herself (particularly heroin) and was treated for substance abuse the same year that this episode premiered.

    • German episode title: "Mordserie", meaning "Killing Spree"

    • The end of the final act, over a shot of Leigh contemplating whether to take her latest hit of cocaine or not, has a voice-over: "This is William Shatner. No one is immune to the tragedy of cocaine addiction. With it, you lose control of your life and your future. The only way to prevent it, is never to start."

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