Riptide (1984–1986)
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When a music star is killed in a car accident and the equally famous passenger gets injured, the Riptide agency gets hired by his fanclub to deliver flowers to his hospital bed. Soon ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Perry King ... Cody Allen
Joe Penny ... Nick Ryder
Thom Bray ... Murray 'Boz' Bozinsky
Marsha Warfield ... Max
Edward Winter ... Alan Singer
Brant von Hoffman ... Dell Turner (as Brant Van Hoffman)
Kelbe Nugent Kelbe Nugent ... Elizabeth Baker
Murphy Cross ... Candy Lane
Reid Smith ... Chip Ross
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Det. Medows
Jack Ging ... Lt. Ted Quinlan
Ted Sorel ... Dr. Baronson
Mary Betten Mary Betten ... Nurse
Brian Libby ... Bob
Jack Shea Jack Shea ... Doctor


When a music star is killed in a car accident and the equally famous passenger gets injured, the Riptide agency gets hired by his fanclub to deliver flowers to his hospital bed. Soon however, they learn that somebody is still intending to put his lights out. Written by Richard Korpel

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20 March 1984 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Go Woody, Go Woddy, Go
Performed by Chip & Dell and Their Fan Club
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Dead Man's Curve
15 February 2016 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Surf sound band PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) frontmen - easy-going Chip Ross and prickly misanthrope Dell Turner (Brant Van Hoffman) are in a car accident due to faulty brakes on Dell's sports-car. Chip is killed instantly and Dell is hospitalized and unconscious. Earlier that day Dell had severed relations with their record company and treated everyone in proximity with characteristic disdain.

The fan club for PCH hire the Riptide Detective Agency to deliver flowers and gifts to Dell. They figure they can't deliver it themselves believing that only private investigators will be able to find out where he is being treated. The Riptide boys are far from enthused with the assignment but it looks like easy work that they can get done quickly.

Having easily found out what hospital he is in and having paid a nurse (Kelbe Nugent) to drop off the gifts they discover something isn't quite right about the whole thing. The beautiful young nurse barely escapes after having seen something she wasn't supposed to. The Riptide boys got her into something dangerous and they won't leave her hanging. But saving Dell is another thing entirely.

It is more than an urban legend that the best career move a popular musician can make is to die. This particular take on that also adds in the phenomenon of those musicians who are insufferable except for when they are creating and performing. Anybody who ever met Dell could be trying to kill him. When the list of suspects includes the white pages it should theoretically make for a challenging mystery.

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