Riptide (1984–1986)
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A professional baseball team has a drug problem, so Nick and Cody go undercover as players while Murray pretends to be a commentator.


Bob Bralver


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


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Episode cast overview:
Perry King ... Cody Allen
Joe Penny ... Nick Ryder
Thom Bray ... Murray 'Boz' Bozinsky
Steve Allen ... Hal Potter
Nicholas Guest ... Warren Newman / Jason Young
Ray Abruzzo ... Eric Peters
Linda Thompson ... Arlene Young (as Linda Thompson Jenner)
Barbi Benton ... Gina Potter (as Barbie Benton)
Robert Hanley ... Jordan Young
Rod Stryker ... Landon
Hank Robinson ... Manager (as Henry Ford Robinson)
Peter Gonneau Peter Gonneau ... Father (as Pete Gonneau)
Jeff Hartman Jeff Hartman ... Fan
E.J. Gordon E.J. Gordon ... Boy
Jose Santana Jose Santana ... Jose


A professional baseball team has a drug problem, so Nick and Cody go undercover as players while Murray pretends to be a commentator.

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Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Even though Cody states in this episode that he hates Baseball, he is acctually seen watching a game with great enthusiasm in the episode "Mirage". See more »

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I Don't Know Whether Somebody Is High Or Just In A Good Mood
22 December 2018 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

The Riptide Detective Agency - Los Angeles private investigators Cody Allen (Perry King), Murray Bozinsky (Thom Bray), and Nick Ryder (Joe Penny) are discreetly called in to investigate suspected cocaine use on the Long Beach Barn-burners - a minor league baseball team by their owner Hal Potter (Steve Allen). Cody and Nick go undercover as players while Murray goes in as a play by play announcer for the team.

The eccentric but talented star first baseman Warren Newman (Nicholas Guest) gets shot at right in front of them on the first day they are there which does not exactly speak well of them in front of their new client. But it does illustrate the urgency of the situation.

Undaunted they continue to investigate without ruling out anybody including Newman though they focus in on his back-up - fidgety utility infielder Eric Peters (Ray Abruzzo) and his extravagant gift giving female admirer (Linda Thompson).

Complicating things in her own way is Hal's wife Gina (Barbie Benton) - editor of the Barnburners Round-Up, the team fan-zine who views the clubhouse as her personal stud farm. She gravitates towards Cody immediately. He does his best to find out what he can from her but avoid being seduced. She makes it as difficult as she can. But it is never really that hard for him.

The plot serves to keep the lead characters of this series in the proximity of this light-hearted baseball fantasy amidst these weird characters including the highly improbable one portrayed by Nicholas Guest. Seldom making much sense it nevertheless draws towards a conclusion of the most absurd kind then relates a condescending anti-drug message completely incongruous in tone with all that has preceded it.

This was one weird episode. It seemed like it could have been adapted from a rejected script made for a different series. It also featured acting of exceptionally poor quality by a few of the guest-stars which included celebrities who weren't necessarily actors. Included was a montage of baseball scenes over a country music song about baseball which was like a music video. They also threw in a few gratuitous motorcycle stunts at the end for some reason.

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