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The Assassin
Season 5, Episode 5
Airdate November 13, 1985
Written by Rick Husky
Directed by Richard Compton
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The Assassin is the fifth episode of the fifth season of T.J. Hooker, and the seventy-seventh episode overall.


Guest Starring: Timothy E. Day (Kevin DeNiro), Cheryl-Ann Wilson (Miss Robin), Paco Vela (Employee), Richard Camphius (Becker), Tina Lifford (Nurse), Clark Howat (Chief Condon), Dean Dittman (Lyle Fisk), Than Wyenn (Emile Kaplan), Karen Huie (Mrs. Smith), Vincent Baggetta (Paul DeNiro (alias Jared Morgan)), Morgan Woodward (Retired Major General Robert Selkirk), Andy Romano (CIA Agent Joe Merrick), Charlee Williams (Newscaster), Ann McCurry (Myra DeNiro), Lawrence Cook (Stanley Vernon), Janis Ward (Gail)



Plot Overview

Hooker searches for an assassin who's out to kill a visiting delegate, unaware that his quarry is a man whose life Hooker saved in Vietnam.


Arc Advancement





The Show

This episode is almost a note-for-note copy of a The Streets of San Francisco episode, "Target: Red", that writer Rick Husky wrote for that series. The Vietnam angle was added to the storyline for the Hooker episode.

Watch the two episodes back-to-back for comparison, and you'll notice that much of the dialogue is the same: William Shatner's lines are similar to those of Karl Malden's, and the Michael Douglas dialogue in the Streets episode is pretty much split between James Darren and Heather Locklear.

Guest-star wise, Vincent Baggetta plays the assassin character that Bill Bixby played on Streets (with the added Vietnam angle for the T.J. Hooker episode), and Morgan Woodward plays the General behind the assassination plot, just as Andrew Duggan did on Streets.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments