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"A Kind of Rage"
AIRDATE: 12.01.84
WRITER: Rick Kavanaugh
DIRECTOR: Winrich Kolbe

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WHAT SAID:  

A blow to the head precipitates episodes of explosive behavior in Corrigan. Meanwhile, Hooker tries to stop a strangler of skid-row denizens.

SYNOPSIS:  

The officers go undercover to find a crazed person who has been strangling homeless, helpless women that live near skid row. Corrigan, while undercover as a drunk, unexpectedly takes a bad fall and injures his head. Hooker is contacted by bag lady Millie Jenson who promises to pass along any information she gets on the killer. Hooker begins to worry about Corrigan and while he's talking to the precinct psychiatrist trying to get a lead on the strangler, Hooker mentions the outrageous fits of rage Corrigan has been having. The doctor suggests that Corrigan come in to see him, but when Hooker suggests it to Corrigan, he loses control and Hooker has to forcefully grab him until he can talk some sense into him. Corrigan finally agrees to see the doctor. Back at the precinct, Millie, nearly a victim of the strangler herself, tells Hooker that the man wore clothing that resembled an Army outfit. Hooker places Millie in Stacy's protective custody, but Millie takes off without telling anyone. Luckily, Stacy and Corrigan catch a glimpse of her while on patrol and they appear on the scene just as the strangler is about to kill Millie, but the strangler manages to get away in a small truck. The truck falls over an embankment and Hooker overtakes the strangler and arrests him. Meanwhile, Corrigan has finally gone to see the doctor. He is given two options: either take prescribed drugs or have surgery. Corrigan decides to have the surgery and is cheered on by his fellow police officers.

REVIEW:  

Stacy Sheridan paces nervously on a rooftop, peering through binoculars at what appears to be a drunken drifter hanging out in an alley as this episode opens. She communicates with the boys in 4Adam30 via walkie talkie. They're after a "jackroller," a strangler who kills homeless people in broad daylight. Hooker warns Stacy that "The jackroller we're after is one bad actor with an awful wicked knife," even though they're fully aware that his M.O. is strangulation with a piece of rope.

A suspicious character approaches the drunken man, and Stacy alerts 4Adam30 that this might be their man. She expresses concern over his immense size. When the big man begins hassling the drunkard, the once-addled homeless person reveals himself to be none other than Jim Corrigan in disguise. The two of them duke it out, the big man landing a right cross which sends Corrigan slamming hard against a dumpster and smacking his head on the pavement, bad.

Meanwhile, the real strangler approaches an elderly black woman in another alley. The black woman is obviously a bag lady, and all we see of the strangler is his feet (which are covered in army boots with his pants bloused) and his hands, which contain a single piece of cord. The black woman doesn't stand a chance. He strangles her in due order and flees the scene.

Stacy, Hooker, and Romano help pick Jim up off the pavement. He's dazed. An ambulance arrives and the rescue team bandages his head wound. Jim admits his head hurts, but at first refuses to go the hospital. Hooker persists, and Jim concedes.

4Adam30 go back on patrol, and receive a call to meet Detective O'Brien at the scene of the black woman's murder. Another elderly female homeless person named Millie has found Audrey's body, but will only speak to Hooker about the circumstances. She tells him all she knows (which isn't much) and gives Hooker a box with all of her family mementos in it, and demands that if anything happens to her, that Hooker will deliver it to her sister. He agrees.

4Adam30 meet up with O'Brien at Audrey's autopsy. They find out that the strangler tied his cord with a surgical knot (even though all he was shown to do was wrap each end of it around his hands). Hooker deduces that this means it's either a crooked doctor or a military man who's responsible, as many military men tie surgical knots. O'Brien turns Hooker onto a strangler suspect named Clovis Glover, a black man with a previous record. 4Adam30 head over to The Bijou to find him.

Back at the Academy, Jim returns to duty, meets up with Stacy and tells her the doctors gave him a clean bill of health. Stacy is suspicious when he has trouble loading a shotgun. She takes the gun from him, but says nothing. After they hit the streets, Jim spots a Cuban man standing around. He demands Stacy pull the car over. He questions the Cuban for no good reason, then when the man gets flippant, Jim goes berserk and begins punching and kicking the man, using excessive force. Stacy intervenes. When the Cuban threatens to sue, Stacy yells at him to "Get the hell out of here, NOW!" and punches him in the face.

Hooker and Romano approach a social worker and politician named Sybil Gerard, asking her if she can find a place for Millie to stay; since she's not an alcoholic, insane or a man, they can't find a shelter that will take her. Gerard refuses, claiming it's too complicated. Hooker leaves her with a major guilt trip, and she looks after him as he leaves with a concerned look on her face.

4Adam30 meet up with 4Adam16, hoping to catch Glover at a mud wrestling bar. Hooker goes in "under cover" (he puts a plain jacket on over his set of blues) and enters the mud wrestling bar. After an uncomfortably long mud wrestling sequence, Hooker spots Glover and sits down at his table, pointing a gun at him under the table. Glover makes a run for it, kidnapping one of the mud wrestlers. He makes his way to a getaway car, kicks the mud wrestler out and drives off. Hooker manages to leap on the back of the vehicle, hanging on momentarily (enough to distract Glover into driving poorly enough that Corrigan can cut him off). Corrigan pulls Glover out of the car and begins wailing on him in a similar manner to that of his encounter with the Cuban. Hooker stops him. When Corrigan stops, he seems to snap out of it as if from a dream.

Back at the Academy, Jim can't concentrate enough to write his report properly. Romano flirts with the mud wrestler. Hooker asks Stacy to put Millie up for a few days at her apartment until he can find a shelter for her. She initially refuses, claiming that her boyfriend won't be too thrilled, but Hooker's charm melts her and she acquiesces. Romano talks to Hooker about his & Stacy's concern over Jim's behavior. They wonder if it is linked to his head injury. Hooker confronts Corrigan who denies anything is wrong, then becomes visibly upset when Hooker points out the spelling errors in his report.

Jim goes home for the night. Pacing in his living room wearing a sweaty light grey sweatsuit, he becomes violent after dropping an opened can of beer. He proceeds to trash his own apartment.

The next morning, Jim fails to show up for roll call. A police psychologist lectures the roll call about the possible psychological profile of the strangler. After her speech, Hooker describes Jim's symptoms to her, which she diagnoses as "Episodic Discontrol Syndrome," and tells him there may be several causes and several treatments. "It's a kind of rage," she states in reference to the episode's title, "an explosive rage, and it's quite controversial. Experts in psychiatry and neurology don't even agree that it exists."

Hooker goes solo to Jim's apartment (labeled "5299" outside the building). There he finds the door unlocked, with Corrigan sitting cross-legged on the floor behind a stack of books, which he is un-stacking slowly, one at a time. He shakes Corrigan out of his haze. Jim has no idea what's happened, but denies anything is wrong. He tells Hooker his fears that if something is wrong with his brain, that he'll be kicked off the force and be out of a job. Hooker won't take no for an answer, and resorts to physical violence to prove his point. The two roll around trading blows, Hooker even pushing violently upward on Jim's chin while grunting loudly. Eventually he pins his brain damaged comrade, who caves in. "Oh...help me Hooker, I'm scared to death," Corrigan whispers through tears, "Please...help me."

The strangler comes home to his dirty apartment. He looks at a photo of his mother, and begins flashing back to his childhood, when his mother would beat him and tie him up to punish him. He looks out his window, sees Mille on the street and goes out after her. She gets away, stowing away in a squad car and spending the night at the Academy, where she talks to Hooker the next morning. She recognized the strangler's boots--"the same ones my boy Kevin wore in the army."

Jim gets an EEG at the University Medical Center.

The strangler sits alone in his apartment, playing with his rope and hearing his mother's voice. "I oughtta let you die--you ain't good for nothin!" she is heard to cackle. "Now, you're all gonna die," the strangler says as he leaves his apartment. He strangles another homeless woman.

The next day, Hooker and Romano meet O'Brien at the scene. They deduce that the strangler must be, according to O'Brien, ". . . a fantasizer, one who sees himself as something he never was nor ever could be." "And attaches himself symbolically," Hooker adds. He immediately deduces that they should check the local Army surplus stores to see if anyone knows a guy who talks funny and blouses his pants in combat boots. By a miracle, the first store owner they question knows exactly who they're talking about -- his street name is "Rigger," because of his days as a paratrooper. Hooker reveals he spent some time serving in the Viet Nam war. "If you ask me, I say his parachute failed to open--and he bounced," the store owner says. He vows to let Hooker know if he sees Rigger again.

Back at the University Medical Center, Corrigan watches silently as two doctors discuss an x-ray of his head while standing in the same room as Jim.

Back at the Academy, Corrigan tells Hooker that he's been diagnosed with "Arteriovenus Malformation," and that he could either spend the rest of his life medicated, or get brain surgery which could either cure him or kill him. Hooker tells him to get the surgery. Stacy informs Hooker that Millie has disappeared. Everyone (including Jim) hits the streets to find her.

Millie walks through her old neighborhood, directly past the strangler, who appears to be looking in the window of the Army surplus store. He begins following her. 4X-Ray16 (Jim & Stacy are in plainclothes) spot her, then lose her in a crowd. 4Adam30 join the chase, until the strangler pounces on Millie in an alley. 4X-Ray16 pull in just in the nick of time. The strangler runs. Stacy runs after him on foot, Jim pursues in the car. The strangler steals a powder blue truck (with the driver still in it) and drives into a riverbed. Corrigan follows, 4Adam30 cut the truck off form the opposite direction. The strangler drives the truck up onto the incline above the river, a tire blows on the truck, and it tumbles back down into the river, in flames. Hooker foot-chases the strangler (who has leapt from the truck) while Romano and Corrigan tend to the truck driver. The truck blows up. The strangler pulls a knife on Hooker and they circle each other. Hooker pleads with the strangler to give up so he won't have to shoot him. The strangler reveals (for no apparent reason) that ". . . my mother died before I could kill her--that's why they had to die. That's why they all had to die!" Hooker overpowers him hand-to-hand (not before sustaining a blow to head which musses his hair).

At Community Hospital, Hooker, Stacy and Romano visit Jim, who has just had brain surgery (his head has a large white bandage tied around it). After some good-natured ribbing from Stacy ("The doctors were surprised--they actually found something when they opened your head up!") Jim growls and clenches his fist like a madman. They all watch on TV as Sybil Gerard opens a new homeless shelter, dedicated to Millie. When Gerard calls for Millie to come up on stage, there is no answer. Millie knocks on the door of Corrigan's hospital room, and gives him flowers. He will apparently be ready for duty next week after he recovers from his brain surgery.

Beautiful.

--Reviewed by 4adam30

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GUEST STARS:

David Crowley
"The Strangler"

Hugh Farrington
"Det. Pete O'Brien"

Sands Hall
"Sybil Gerard"

Joe Horváth
"Billboard"

Freeman King
"Clovis Glover"

Heather Menzies
"Dr. Kincaid"

Anne Seymour
"Mildred 'Millie' Jensen"

BEST MOMENTS:

- Jim's fight with the wrong strangler suspect

- Every scene involving Corrigan and the hospital

- Every scene involving Corrigan and a violent outburst

- Hooker's confrontation with Corrigan in Jim's apartment

BEST LINES:

"Wow, this guy is big. Really big."

- Stacy to 4Adam30 via walkie-talkie, referring to the man who gives Jim brain damage

"I'm tellin' you, I got a numero uno headache."
- Corrigan on how his head feels after his fight and fall

"If you have an itch, scratch it."
- Hooker to Romano on getting Vince to discuss how he feels about Corrigan's violent outbursts

"These are hundred dollar words you're slinging around here--give me something I can bank on!"
- Hooker to the police psychologist when she mentions medical terms which might be Corrigan's ailment

"I'm one of the best damn cops in this department. You're telling me I've gone bonkers, looney tunes?"
- Corrigan to Hooker during their confrontation in Jim's apartment

"If I'm not Joe The Boss of My Mind and Body, I'm nothing! I don't have a problem!"
- Corrigan to Hooker during their confrontation in Jim's apartment

"Arteriovenus Malformation -- isn't that one helluva mouthful for 'subcranial hemorrhage'?"
- Corrigan to Hooker and Romano after he returns from the University Medical Center

"Cross my heart and hope to die--cross my heart and hope to die!"
- The strangler as he approaches Millie in the alley, standing approximately two feet away from her altho she still doesn't hear him



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