T.J. Hooker

Season 3 Episode 13

The Lipstick Killer

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jan 07, 1984 on ABC
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The Lipstick Killer
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Following the bludgeoning to death of a nurse, Hooker and co. investigate the case, the latest in a series of similar murders - a string of killings that Hooker investigated years before that has recently began again, in which the attacker sends a rose to the intended victim prior to the attack.
With the aid of a disabled veteran detective and a top psychiatrist, Hooker and the team investigate and find evidence that the murderer, always dressed as an old-fashioned nurse, may actually be a man. But the pattern of the killings suggests that they have less than 48 hours to catch the killer before he / she strikes again...moreless

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  • The Lipstick Killer returns to killing nurses. He leaves them a red rose before he is going to kill them. Hooker tries to solve the mystery.

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    A person dressed in nurse's clothing attacks and kills another nurse in the parking lot. Hooker and Romano respond and chase the killer. They loose him and crash. They return to the scene. A witness says a woman with dark hair and dressed in a nurse's uniform killed the other nurse. They find a red rose on the dead body. Hooker remembers another killing spree that happened in his past. Hooker meets an old friend at the scene, detective O'brien. He is crippled, but he is a great cop. Hooker gets a description of the murder weapon from the doctor. They go to see Maurice Morgan who had hit a nurse with his car by accident. He saw a nusrse chasing her at the time with a cape and red lipstick. They show the killer putting on a nurse uniform and looking at a picture of a nurse on the wall. Then the killer grabs a blunt object and leaves. The killer kills another nurse that night while she is taking a shower. Hooker goes to see Dr. Dan Travers who helped out on the previous case by doing a psychological profile on the murderer. Hooker says to say hello to his mother, but he tells Hooker his mother had passed away. Later Hooker and Romano go to see Shirley Potter. She is the only one that lived from an attack from the Lipstick Killer. She is afraid to talk about it. She starts to talk after Hooker asks her again. She relives the attack and says it was a man who did it. Hooker is upset that Dr. Travers has not helped him with a new profile of the killer. They find out the shape of the weapon is square. They go out to see if the most probable nurse victims are ok. Hooker intrudes on an attack by the killer and chases him into a parking garage. The killer's car flies off the top of the parking garage, but the killer escapes. They find out the next day that Travers car was the car that was totalled in the chase. They talk to him and he is no help. They notice some ancient medical tools he has in a case. Hooker believes the killer is a man dressing as a woman because of the way the killer ran. Later at the hospital he is told the old style surgical mallets were square. Hooker remembers the ancient surgical tools in Travers apartment. We cut to Travers dressed as a nurse and talking to his mom and telling her he will kill her again. Hooker and Romano break into his home and find the square tool gone. They go into his room and find nursing clothes and a picture of his mother with a rose in her hand. They race over to the hospital to stop another killing. They find a rose at Betty Macrae station. Hooker asks where she is. A nurse says she was called down to the basement. Hooker races down there and stops Travers before he can kill her. This is a creepy episode and a great episode. It reminds me of a Starsky & Hutch episode where a woman dressed up as a man and kept saying "You" when she killed.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

David Huffman

David Huffman

Dr. Don Travers

Guest Star

Katherine Justice

Katherine Justice

Dr. Joan Wagner

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Patricia Pearcy

Patricia Pearcy

Shirley Potter

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Hugh Farrington

Hugh Farrington

Lieutenant Pete O'Brien

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    • Hooker and Romano are driving along at night, as are Corrigan and Stacy, but in the stock footage close-up shot of the in-car police radio, the light reflection indicates that the shot was taken at day.

    • When Corrigan and Stacy meet Hooker and Romano at the coffee shop, the background noise of the passing traffic jumps as the shots cut between the different close-ups of the characters (indicating that the close-ups were shot separately and edited together). Also, as in "Lady In Blue", the noise of the passing traffic seemed to have caused problems. Some of Stacy's dialogue is slightly crackly and distorted, as if the audio has been tweaked to try and raise her voice and fade out the background traffic; and several of the lines seem to be looped.

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