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PHOTOS:


Stacy arrives late for roll call on her first day of patrol


The first shot of Jim Corrigan: annoyed to be riding with Stacy


Hooker displays the composite sketch of Jake Hendricks during roll


Jake Hendricks


Corrigan reminds Stacy that their relationship is "strictly business"


During a tender moment, Hooker questions Fran about the robbery


Widow and son of the robbery victim


"I'm gonna play tic-tac-toe all over your face!"


Stacy moments before disaster


"Damn! Is this what you call ready?"


Stacy gives the pawn shop owner an inexplicable peck on the cheek


Hooker roughs up Peter Doyle


After Stacy's expert baton throw, Corrigan expresses admiration for her skill


Hooker's high-altitude showdown with Jake Hendricks

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"Payday Pirates"
AIRDATE: 04.30.83

WRITER: Paul B. Margolis
DIRECTOR: Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.

TJ-HOOKER.COM RATING:       

WHAT SAID:  

Hooker's wife Fran is shot during a factory-district robbery. Meanwhile, Hooker assigns Stacy to field conditioning, teaming her with no-nonsense training officer Jim Corrigan.

SYNOPSIS:  

At roll call, Stacy is assigned a partner, Jim Corrigan, to begin her week of "ride-alongs." Hooker alerts all officers to a rash of robberies that have occurred at local mini-markets on factory pay days. After a few hours, another market is hit and Romano and Hooker pursue the assailants, while Stacy and Corrigan enter the store and discover Fran, Hooker's wife, on the ground, unconscious from a head wound. At the hospital they learn that Fran is stable, but may lose her eye sight. Fran is able to give Hooker some clues, believing that one of the bystanders was killed because the robber recognized him. They visit the victim's home and his son is able to identify the man from a police sketch as a friend of his father's. Having distributed bulletins to all pawn shops with a photo of Fran's wedding ring taken at the robbery, the police are called when Doyle tries to pawn the ring. With clues from the pawn shop owner, Hooker is able to track Doyle and apprehends him with Fran's ring still on him. Doyle tells Hooker that Hendricks, his associate, is planning another hit, and with his help they arrive at the mini-market just in time to catch Hendricks. Hooker hurries back to the hospital to tell Fran about her ring, and receives the good news that her vision will be restored.

REVIEW:  

An historic episode, "Payday Pirates" features the liberation of Stacy Sheridan from her desk job and the first appearance of tough-as-nails training officer Jim Corrigan, portrayed by James Darren (previously seen guesting as "Devil" Dan Danko in episode 2-7 "King of the Hill").

Stacy, appearing late for roll call, becomes intimidated when Hooker announces to the assembled that Stacy has completed her phase 2 training and will ride with the ornery Corrigan. She has every right to be concerned: Corrigan has failed his last two trainees, and has yet to approve a female cadet for dull-fledged duty. They begin their tenuous pairing with Stacy at the wheel of 4Adam16, jittery and overcompensatory when it comes to acknowledging Corrigan as her superior officer (she has difficulty calling him anything other than "sir"). Throughout the episode, Stacy confides in Romano every chance she can get, telling him that she fears Corrigan will fail her.

There is little time for adjustments for Stacy, however, when 4Adam16 and 4Adam30 are called to the scene of the latest mini-mart robbery by the crooks Hooker alerted the Academy officers to at roll call that same morning. While 4Adam30 pursues the perpetrators, Stacy and Corrigan handle the scene of the crime–and discover that one of the victims is none other than Fran Hooker, who tussled with the main assailant during the robbery, and consequently found herself handing over to him a valuable ring which Hooker had given her.

Fran is hospitalized with a torn cornea, and is feared to be blinded for life. This sets Hooker off on a rampage to find the man who has struck his ex-wife and stolen her ring. Hooker questions Fran in the hospital and finds out that she noticed one of the other victims of the robbery had appeared to know the robber. Acting on this lead, Hooker and Romano questions the widow and son of the man who was killed at the robbery. Hooker exchanges some tough but sympathetic words with the widow, and gets a positive I.D. on the the robber's accomplice, Peter Doyle, as a man who knew his father from the local race track.

Since Corrigan happens to have a past as a stock car racer, this proves invaluable as he is able to call in a few favors with some old stock car buddies. Corrigan gets a lead to a local tattoo parlor, which Hooker follows up on. After an interrogation of the tattoo parlor owner which borders on police brutality, Hooker finds out how to find Doyle.

The real perpetrator of the robberies, Jake Hendricks, is a French Canadian who has been hanging around the stock car track. He harasses Doyle and gets him to provide him with another car and driver so he can pull off another robbery, offering Fran's ring as collateral. When 4Adam30 and 4Adam16 are called to pursue him as he knocks over another mini-mart, Stacy, again at the wheel of 4Adam16, oversteers on a sharp turn and pummels her vehicle into the driver's side of 4Adam30, altho neither Hooker nor Romano are injured. Corrigan, incensed at Stacy's bad judgment, spews vitriol at Hooker, claiming that Stacy is not ready for street duty.

After their shift, Corrigan and Hooker have it out in the Academy locker room. Corrigan is haunted by the murder of his ex-partner; however, unlike Hooker, Corrigan wasn't there the day his partner was shot–he was on vacation, and a female officer had been assigned to ride with his partner. Being the amateur therapist that he is, Hooker makes the connection that Corrigan doesn't approve female cadets for duty because of this piece of Corrigan's past, and when he confronts Jim with it he all but admits to it.

The next day, Doyle attempts to pawn Fran's ring, and the pawn shop owner gives Jim and Stacy a videotape of him which proves it. In return for this information, Stacy unprofessionally gives the pawn shop owner a peck on the cheek.

Hooker, Romano, Corrigan and Stacy confront Doyle at the stock car track. He has Fran's ring, which Romano confiscates and hands over to Hooker. Doyle reveals the identity of Hendricks, the French Canadian criminal mastermind behind the mini-mart robberies, and informs them that he's planning another hit.

When the hit goes down, 4Adam30 and 4Adam16 are on the scene. Stacy is offered the chance to redeem her driving skills in Corrigan's eyes, and succeeds with flying colors by getting them to the scene slightly before Hooker and Romano. When the chase moves from vehicles to a footrace, Stacy performs a magnificently effective (yet decidedly limp-wristed) tonfa throw to the back of Hendricks' legs (a throw which came to be immortalized in the third season's opening credits). Corrigan is decidedly impressed, learning that Hooker taught Stacy the throw in order to make up for her slight stature.

With Hendricks behind bars, Corrigan begins to warm up to Stacy while Hooker visits Fran at the hospital, accompanied by their daughter Chrissy. After a tense moment, Fran's bandages are removed revealing her sight has been restored. In an awkward exchange in the hospital hallway, Chrissy asks Corrigan if Stacy will become his permanent partner the way Romano became Hooker's. Although he fails to answer the question directly, it is apparent to everyone that Corrigan will definitely pass Stacy for permanent street duty. In fact, he will eventually become awed by her abilities as an officer and hold himself personally responsible if she is harmed on the job, such as her eventual near-fatal shooting in episode 4-50, "Night Vigil."

(reviewed by 4Adam30 and Johnny Durrell)

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GUEST STARS:

Lee Bryant
"Fran Hooker"

James Darren
"Jim Corrigan"

Nicole Eggert
"Chrissie Hooker"

Mike Genovese
"Peter Doyle"

Buddy Joe Hooker
"Billy McGuire"

Jean LeClerc
"Jake Hendricks"

Hal Landon, Jr.
"Sam Browner"

Tiny Wells
"Lou"


Biff Yeager
"Factory Worker"

BEST SCENES

- Stacy t-boning 4Adam30

- Confrontation between Corrigan and Hooker in the locker room

- Hooker's rampage through the tattoo parlor

- Hooker's confrontation with Captain Sheridan

- Stacy's one-handed tonfa throw that takes down Hendrick's driver

BEST LINES

"I swear, so help me God!"

"God wouldn't help scum like you."

- Tattoo parlor owner and Hooker

"I'm gonna need a flak jacket on the inside of my stomach to protect it from this coffee."

- Stacy about the coffee

"Now listen, you...I've got a friend in the hospital because of this guy. Either you tell me where he is right now or I'm gonna play tic-tac-toe all over your face, you understand?."

- Hooker to the Tattoo Parlor owner

"You said she was ready, Hooker...and I believed you. Damn! Is this what you call ready?"

-Corrigan to Hooker after Stacy slams 4Adam16 into 4Adam30

"Where'd you learn that baton maneuver?"

"From Hooker. It makes up for my size."

-Corrigan and Stacy after tonfa throw

"Is Stacy gonna become your partner like Vince became daddy's?"

-Chrissy Hooker to Stacy


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