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The Empty Gun 

Romano struggles with the cold hard reality of being a cop on the street when he fails to shoot a cop killer. When the killer gets released on a bargained-down technicality by lying, Hooker and Romano strive to bring him to justice.

Director:

Cliff Bole

Writers:

Rick Husky (created by), Paul Savage | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Sgt. T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed ... Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear ... Officer Stacy Sheridan
Richard Herd ... Captain Sheridan
Jeanette Nolan ... Annie Grand
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Sgt. Benteen
David Elliott ... Terry Minetti (as David Michael Elliott)
Scott Thomson ... Deke
E.M. Margolese E.M. Margolese ... Pop Bernstein
David Underwood David Underwood ... Dempsy
Gloria Manos Gloria Manos ... Mrs. Minetti
Shirley Slater Shirley Slater ... The Judge
Aaron Martin Aaron Martin ... Colter
Joshua Gallegos Joshua Gallegos ... Martinez
Christie Kaatz Christie Kaatz ... Woman
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Storyline

Romano struggles with the cold hard reality of being a cop on the street when he fails to shoot a cop killer. When the killer gets released on a bargained-down technicality by lying, Hooker and Romano strive to bring him to justice.

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Remake of Police Story: The Empty Weapon (1975), which aired 7 years earlier. See more »

Goofs

The murder charge being reduced to manslaughter would not have taken place as it was presented. The defendant alleged the officer beat him with his "billy club" in an alley, yet he suffered no injuries and was not in an alley when he killed the officer. Second, he said the gun "just went off" yet he fired at the officer twice. Third, forensics, even circa 1982, would prove the officer was on the ground when the shots were fired. Fourth, as Romano alluded to, the additional shots fired at him would further have discredited the defendant's justification. Finally, in a preliminary hearing, a court has no say on the degree of the charges filed, only if there is probable cause to take the case to a trial on the charge as filed. As such, the defendant's testimony would have little weight and the charge would not have been reduced, especially in such a high profile matter. See more »

Quotes

Officer Vince Romano: [after Minetti is released] I don't understand. Something's wrong, Hooker. I did my job. He killed a man! I brought him to trial. He's guilty. And he's strutting out of here like a peacock, putting dirt on everything that's good and decent. Where's the incentive to do it right the next time if this lousy system doesn't work?
Sgt. T.J. Hooker: The incentive is in knowing how much worse it would be if we didn't do it right. You don't like what happened in there, I don't like it, the people don't like it. It's up to...
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Connections

References Zapped! (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Serenade
(uncredited)
by Glenn Miller
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