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"Gang War"
AIRDATE: 05.5.84


DIRECTOR: William Shatner

TJ-HOOKER.COM RATING:         

WHAT SAID:  

With two barrio gangs threatening to launch an all-out war, Hooker pursues the real cause of unrest -- an illegal-arms dealer who would profit handsomely.

SYNOPSIS:  

Hooker volunteers his time and energy when his friend, Julie Mendez, returns to her old neighborhood to begin operation NAPA, Neighborhood Awareness and Positive Action. Julie is determined to negotiate peace between two rival gangs, the Ochos and the Primos. Ex-gang member Julio Fuente, now a drug and gun dealer, is determined to keep the gang war going. When Chuy, leader of the Primos is shot, Hooker suspects that Fuente, not the Ochos, is responsible. An attempt is made on Julie's life, and when she regains consciousness, she is able to identify two members of Chuy's gang, Frankie and Angel, as her assailants. Hooker tells Chuy that the bullets used to shoot him and Julia were from the same gun, but he refuses to believe him. Fuente has Chuy's girlfriend kidnapped and beaten up by gang members wearing Ochos bandanas. They release her and she staggers into the peace meeting Hooker has arranged. Fighting erupts between the two gangs. Soon after, the officers rush to the scene of the arranged fight. Luckily Hooker can present enough evidence to the Primos to convince them that the Ochos are innocent and that the violence has all been caused by Fuente. After a wild chase, Fuente is placed under arrest and NAPA is soon back in full force.

REVIEW:  

Directed by the man himself, Bill Shatner, "Gang War," deals with just that--a gang war building between two rival Hispanic gangs from "The Barrio"--one gang was called "the Auchos", the other, "the Primos." Hooker is involved in starting a neighborhood peace organization with a woman named Julie, who was from the neighborhood and easily 1/3 Hooker's age. There follows a series of attempted murders by one of the gangs, pretending to be the other gang (one gang wears porkpie hats, the other wears red bandanas. The porkpies wore the bandanas while committing their attempted murders). None of the murders are successful, and these include: Julie, the gang leader of the porkpies, and the girlfriend of the gangleader. Hooker must stop the final confrontation between the two gangs by revealing the true identity of the man behind the attempted murders.

This "final confrontation" takes place in a concrete valley, with a 6-inch deep "river" flowing through it. The two gangs descend into the valley on opposite sides of the river (each gang apparently only has eight members). Hooker & Romano come driving up (with 4Adam16, Corrigan and Sheridan, close behind). Hooker talks some sense into the gang leaders. He drives alone after the man behind the murders, who conveniently drives by the confrontation area to make his getaway. After repeatedly ramming the side of the crook's car with his police vehicle, Hooker brings him to justice.

The tidy ending takes place in the office of the newly-founded neighborhood peace organization. While Hooker helps Julie unpack some boxes, he stumbles upon a photo of himself in her possession (the same retouched photo that Hooker's alleged Chinese daughter was in possession of a couple weeks ago). When questioned, Julie reveals that she used to have a tremendous crush on the virile lawman. "What do you mean, 'used to'?" Hooker asks.

"It would only take the sparks to be fanned to relight the fire," Julie replies.

Romano & Corrigan invite Hooker & Julie to Sherry's Bar for some celebratory brewskis. "Not tonight," Hooker replies. "I have some heavy fanning to do."

Freeze frame.


--Reviewed by 4adam30

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GUEST STARS:

Tony Acierto
"Manuel"

Julie Carmen

"Julie Mendez"

Margarita Cordova
"Teresa Dominguez"

Carlos Lacamara
"Angel Uriarte"

Tiiu Leek
"Reporter"

Sal Lopez
"Luis Molina"

Rudy Negrete
"Frankie Alarcon"

Nia Peeples
"Maria Dominguez"

Tony Plana
"Chuy Vallestero"

Marco Rodríguez
"Julio Fuente"

Thomas Rosales Jr.
"Primo Gang Member"

BEST MOMENTS:

- Hooker's speech in the cantina

- Hooker breaking up the gang war in the riverbed, trying to act cool

- Hooker's flirtation with Julie, a woman easily less than half his age

BEST LINES:

"I have some heavy fanning to do."

- Hooker to Romano & Corrigan, in reference to an impending romantic tryst with Julie, the young social worker


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