Riptide (1984–1986)
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A girl whom Cody dated. runs away from her husband and goes to the boat looking for him. But they're not there but Murray is and he offers to help her. Nick and Cody are taken to her ... See full summary »


Ron Satlof


Stephen J. Cannell (created by), Frank Lupo (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Perry King ... Cody Allen
Joe Penny ... Nick Ryder
Thom Bray ... Murray 'Boz' Bozinsky
Anne Francis ... Mama Jo (credit only)
Kristen Meadows Kristen Meadows ... Tina Brazil
Robert Desiderio ... Ricky Brazil
Bill Overton Bill Overton ... Sgt. Dave Myers
Eli Cummins Eli Cummins ... Kenny
Jack Ging ... Lt. Ted Quinlan
Gianni Russo ... Straightaway
Charles Hyman Charles Hyman ... Mitch (as Charles H. Hyman)
Mary Ingersoll Mary Ingersoll ... Anchorwoman


A girl whom Cody dated. runs away from her husband and goes to the boat looking for him. But they're not there but Murray is and he offers to help her. Nick and Cody are taken to her husband by his men who tells them to find her. Later when they meet, she tells them that her husband is planning to kill Quinlan. And when they tell him, he refuses to believe them. Written by

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10 January 1984 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While being violently abducted by bad guys, Cody says "Does your mother know what you do for a living?" In one of Cannell's earlier shows, The Rockford Files, Jim Rockford uses the exact same line in a very similar situation. It's even more interesting if you take into account that James Garner, who played Rockford, also used it in the movie Marlowe (1969). See more »

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Target: Lieutenant Quinlan
5 April 2014 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Tina (Kristen Meadows) - a chesty former beach bunny who is married to Ricky Brazil (Robert Desiderio, stealing every scene he is in) - a local mobster, runs off after discovering he is planning to murder a cop who has been hounding him. She heads for King Harbor marina Pier 56 where two of her himbo ex-boyfriends Cody Allen (Perry King) and Nick Ryder (Joe Penny) live on a luxury boat called 'The Riptide'.

There she meets Murray Bozinski (Thom Bray) - a video game designer and inventor who has partnered with Cody and Nick in the Pier 56 Detective Agency. She says she needs protection and he takes her on as a client. Meanwhile Cody and Nick are abducted by Brazil's henchman and brought before the gangster who hires them to find Tina - a woman he figures will go to them for help given their past with her and who unbeknownst to them is already on Cody's boat.

When Cody and Nick get back to the boat Murray fills them in and takes to Tina. After talking it over they extrapolate that the cop Brazil wants to put a contract on is none other than Lieutenant Quinlan (Jack Ging) a gruff, curmudgeonly and downright sleazy misanthrope who has it in for the unlikely private investigators. The guys try to do the right thing as usual and only get into more trouble.

Only a couple of episodes in to the series the show was already overdoing the gag of Murray's robot the 'Roboz' struggling to do household chores whilst accomplishing complex tasks which allowed the guys to get the drop on the baddies. Roboz would spill drinks, knock over furniture and fall in to the ocean but also provide high tech tracking and surveillance. The running joke was that Cody and Nick would be afraid to use the Roboz on complicated tasks it excelled at because it fumbled simple household chores.

I don't doubt that some in the audience were watching to see cocky, good-looking, vain dilettantes Cody and Nick get beaten up every week. The show did appeal to that darker side whilst giving viewers a look at the good life aboard a boat in a California marina. Each episode was a glimpse of this exciting fantasy life the guys were living that was considerably less than working hard at a job site or in an office 9 to 5. They would always have to pay a price for it usually in the form of a beating if not multiple beatings as well as threats of death and incarceration.

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