1983

Hardcastle & McCormick

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Hardcastle & McCormick
Hardcastle & McCormick

Milton Hardcastle è un ex-giudice che ha lasciato la sua professione con il rimorso di non essere riuscito a ingabbiare vari criminali che se la sono cavata tramite cavilli burocratici. In una delle sue ultime udienze si trova di fronte Mark McCormick, ex-pilota e ladro d'auto, accusato ingiustamente dell'omicidio dell'amico Johnny Johnson; Hardcastle si convince della sua innocenza e lo prende in custodia stringendo con lui un patto: se Mark avesse fatto da braccio destro a Hardcastle in una personale lotta ai criminali dei quali teneva ancora i dati in archivio, Hardcastle lo avrebbe aiutato a trovare il vero omicida di Johnson. Con la morte dell'amico McCormick eredita l'automobile Coyote X, una kitcar basata sulla McLaren M6BGT, con motore Porsche 914 e chassis della VW Beetle, progettata proprio da Johnson e McCormick; l'intera serie è infatti principalmente basata sull'inseguimento automobilistico. Nella seconda e terza stagione la Coyote X era basata sulla De Lorean DMC-12.

Attori principali: John Hancock, Joe Santos, Mary Jackson, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Brian Keith
Genere: Azione, Avventura
Network: ABC (US)

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Stagione 1

1x1 - Il giudice e il pregiudicato 1a parte

Un ex pilota Mark McCormick accetta di guidare un prototipo di auto la Coyote X, progettata da un suo amico Flip Johnson. Mark perde il suo lavoro quando Flip viene ucciso in un incidente stradale e la proprietà dell'auto passa all'industriale Martin Cody. Barbara Johnson, figlia di Flip, rifiuta di accettare che la morte del padre sia stata un incidente e, credendo che Cody sia stato ad ucciderlo, chiede a Mark di rubare l'auto. Mark, d'accordo con Barbara, penetra nel deposito di Cody e ruba il prototipo. Durante la fuga Mark aiuta un poliziotto che stava per morire, così il giorno dopo la polizia, avendolo identificato, lo arresta. Trovandosi dinanzi al giudice Hardcastle, che lo aveva già giudicato precedentemente, a Mark viene offerta una scelta: andare in galera oppure aiutare il giudice ad incastrare circa duecento uomini da lui giudicati in passato e che sono riusciti a farla franca nonostante fossero colpevoli.

AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh, Stephen J. Cannell,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-09-18

1x2 - Il giudice e il pregiudicato 2a parte

Un ex pilota Mark McCormick accetta di guidare un prototipo di auto la Coyote X, progettata da un suo amico Flip Johnson. Mark perde il suo lavoro quando Flip viene ucciso in un incidente stradale e la proprietà dell'auto passa all'industriale Martin Cody. Barbara Johnson, figlia di Flip, rifiuta di accettare che la morte del padre sia stata un incidente e, credendo che Cody sia stato ad ucciderlo, chiede a Mark di rubare l'auto. Mark, d'accordo con Barbara, penetra nel deposito di Cody e ruba il prototipo. Durante la fuga Mark aiuta un poliziotto che stava per morire, così il giorno dopo la polizia, avendolo identificato, lo arresta. Trovandosi dinanzi al giudice Hardcastle, che lo aveva già giudicato precedentemente, a Mark viene offerta una scelta: andare in galera oppure aiutare il giudice ad incastrare circa duecento uomini da lui giudicati in passato e che sono riusciti a farla franca nonostante fossero colpevoli.

DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-09-18

1x3 - L'uomo nella casa di vetro

Hardcastle è visibilmente contrariato quando scopre di essere stato aspramente criticato nell'autobiografia di un gangster non più in attività: Joseph Cadillac. Immaginando che anche il boss di Cadillac, a sua volta oggetto di attenzioni nel libro, sarà contrariato per ciò che l'autore ha scritto, chiede a Mark di seguire Cadillac. La sorveglianza di Mark si trasforma ben presto in un rocambolesco inseguimento quando Cadillac si accorge di essere pedinato. A causa della guida spericolata, Cadillac è acciuffato dalla polizia e la sua auto viene sequestrata. Hardcastle rimane sorpreso quando Cadillac si presenta da lui per chiedere aiuto: il boss di Cadillac ha rapito suo figlio, un prete, per ottenere le prove che Cadillac ha utilizzato per scrivere il libro. Hardcastle decide di aiutarlo, ma le prove sono nell'auto sequestrata dalla polizia.

AUTORE: , Stephen J. Cannell,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-09-25

1x4 - L'anatra di cristallo

Teddy, il compagno di cella di Mark, è fuori sulla parola. Mark lo ospita nella depandance dove alloggia nella villa del giudice, all'insaputa di questi. L'ufficiale responsabile per la custodia di Teddy, Quinlan, lo informa che a causa di alcune infrazioni, ha il potere di rispedirlo in cella, a meno che egli non paghi mille dollari la settimana. Mentre si trova nella depandance, Teddy sente che il giudice dice a Mark che stanno andando a giocare a carte con altri giudici. Mentre stanno giocando, qualcuno entra nella villa e li deruba, Mark si accorge che il ladro ha l'orologio che lui aveva prestato a Teddy. Quando i due rientrano, Mark dice al giudice che è stato Teddy derubarli, e che era con lui nella depandance. Uno dei giudici scopre che il ladro è Teddy, e quando scopre che era il compagno di cella di Mark pensa che egli sia implicato e lo fa arrestare.

GUEST STAR: , Nicolas Coster, Joe Pantallano, Allan Rich, Herman Poppe, Ji Tu Cumbuka,
AUTORE: , Stephen Katz,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-10-02

1x5 - Il genio

Un detenuto che ha avuto una relazione con la moglie del capo delle guardie, evade con l'aiuto di questa. Quindi chiama Hardcastle e lo mette in stato di agitazione. Lui e Mark escono per cercarlo, c'è chiaramente qualche legame tra loro ma il giudice non dice nulla. Successivamente, si scopre che prima di scegliere McCormick, Hardcastle aveva dato la stessa chance a lui, sbagliando. Ora è fuori e vuole fare i conti con Hardcastle.

AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-10-09

1x6 - La vedova nera

Hardcastle vuole investigare su una donna, Tina Grey. Sembra che molti uomini che ha frequentato siano morti. Quando il giudice va alla polizia per recuperare informazioni, il capitano Filapiano, che non ama Hardcastle, gli chiede di lasciar perdere. Hadcastle parla quindi con McCormick per cercare di starle addosso, ma un gangster, Joe Beiber, che ella frequentava, li sequestra. Quando Hardcastle va da Filapiano per capire cosa succede, scopre che lei è la Vedova Nera, una prostituta che fa l'informatrice per la polizia e lavoro per Filapiano,

AUTORE: , Stephen J. Cannell,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-10-16

1x7 - Il boxer

Il pugile Kid Calico sembra aver truccato un incontro al fine di salvare suo padre rapito.

AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-10-23

1x8 - Una truffa da 750.000 dollari

Hardcastle & McCormick sono disposti ad aiutare una donna, avvocato, che è una vecchia amica di un pregiudicato condannato dal giudice, che trasporta merce rubata usando camion con rimorchio.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Callan, Tricia O'Neil, Antonio Fargas, Claude Earl Jones, Madison Mason, Daphne Maxwell Reid, William Long Jr., Laura Dowd,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-10-30

1x9 - Ciak si ammazza.

Hardcastle convince un vecchio amico, Buddy Ebsen, ad ottenere una parte in un film in cui il produttore usa la sua attività cinematografica come copertura per il traffico di droga.

AUTORE: , Stephen Katz,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-11-06

1x10 - Tra le vacche grasse

Il membro di una banda è rimandato alla custodia del giudice solo per stare nella depandance con Mark, mentre il giudice e Mark vanno dietro ad uno psichiatra che ha registrato sessioni private con clienti che rivelano informazioni compromettenti.

AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-11-13

1x11 - La banda dell'autodromo

Mark è sconcertato quando apprende che il suo sponsor per le gare automobilistiche prende le parti di ricambio da auto rubate. is thrilled when he gets a shot at racing in big leagues only to learn that his sponsor's auto parts business gets their inventory from stolen cars.

AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-11-27

1x12 - L'isola del contrabbando

Hardcastle & McCormick vanno a Rio per rintracciare un trafficante di droga.

AUTORE: , Stephen Katz,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-12-04

1x13 - Il club dei desperados

Un vecchio ladro di banche è stato da poco rilasciato dalla prigione, cercherà di rintracciare il furgone porta valori che aveva rubato negli anni '40.

GUEST STAR: , Larry Drake, Keenan Wynn, Jack Ging,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-12-11

1x14 - Prove indiziarie

Una studentessa in legge al college locale sostiene che suo fratello, mandato in prigione per 20 anni dal giudice Hardcastle, fu incastrato per omicidio. Lui la ignora, ma quando qualcuno cerca di rapirla, lui riapre il caso e manda Mark ad investigare al college sotto copertura come giocatore di football.

GUEST STAR: , Corinne Bohrer, Garry Walberg, Liberty Godshall, James Karen, Robert O'Reilly, Lee Lucas, Helen Martin, Trevor Henley,
AUTORE: , Evan Lawrence,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-01-01

1x15 - Il cavallo Saltapicchio

Il giudice Hardcastle eredita un cavallo da corsa.

AUTORE: , Stephen Katz,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-01-08

1x16 - Il giudice va a Washington

Hardcastle in corsa per un posto alla Suprema Corte di giustizia, ma qualcuno non vuole che venga scelto.

AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-01-15

1x17 - Un'auto piena di droga.

Arthur Farnel, è un ex truffatore che insegna come infrangere la legge. Mark decide di indagare sotto copertura per raccogliere prove.

AUTORE: , Tom Blomquist,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-01-29

1x18 - I giustizieri

Un gruppo di giudici in pensione, decide di esercitare la legge a modo proprio, comminando le proprie condanne ai criminali che sono riusciti a farla franca o che hanno ricevuto condanne risibili.

AUTORE: , Shel Willens,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-02-05

1x19 - Bentornato giudice - 1a parte

Hardcastle ritorna alla sua città natale in Arkansas, per una riunione di ex alunni, giusto per apprendere da un vecchio amico che alcune persone stanno per essere buttate fuori dalla propria fattoria. Dopo che il suo amico viene assassinato, e sua figlia si rivolge a lui per un aiuto, Hardcastle incarica McCormick di svaligiare il catasto.

AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-03-05

1x20 - Bentornato giudice - 2a parte

Hardcastle nasconde un altro vecchio amico, che si va rimmettendo dalle sue ferite, mentre lui cerca di capire come recuperare le prove contro i funzionari della città. Nel frattempo, Mark e Christy trovano rifugio in una vecchia casetta.

AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-03-11

1x21 - Caccia al fantasma

Hardcastle fa visita ad un uomo che mandò in prigione a vita giusto per rendersi conto che l'uomo non era mai stato li,

AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-03-18

1x22 - Donne e motori

Hardcastle & McCormick si recano sotto copertura presso un servizio incrontri computerizzato, per capire come mai alcuni clienti in salute venivano trovati morti.

AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-03-25

1x23 - Una paura matta

McCormik e Hardcastle portano un gruppo di ragazzi disadattati presso una prigione locale al fine di spaventarli e condurli sulla retta via, ma mentre si trovano li sono presi in ostaggio dai detenuti che sono stanchi e frustrati dai soprusi che devono continuamente subire da parte delle guardie.

GUEST STAR: Tim Robbins
AUTORE: , Tom Blomquist,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-04-01

Stagione 2

2x1 - Un campione mancato

Hardcastle and McCormick must help protect a famous race car driver who is in danger of losing his claim to fame as well as his life.

GUEST STAR: , Larry Wilcox, Ray Girardin, John Hancock, Jonathan Banks, Jim Malinda, John Hostetter, Pamela Springsteen, Scott Lincoln, Art K. Koustik, Lisa Bowman, Bruce Tuthill,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-09-23

2x2 - Una cravatta per ricordo

After breaking into the official records, Mark identifies his long-lost biological father as a lounge singer in Atlantic City and goes to see him. But the man turns out to be sought by a mobster who kidnaps Mark to force him to steal some incriminating tapes from a government safe.

GUEST STAR: , Steve Lawrence, Alex Rocco, Michael DeLano, Michael Swan, John Brandon, Carole Tru Foster, Nicky Blair, Barbara Keegan, Bob Goldstein, Dominic Barto, Frank Pesce, Bob Basso, Chanelle Lea, Brian Thompson, Jim Gosa, Charles Walker,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-09-30

2x3 - Furto in archivio

After telling his poker buddies to clean up the house before he gets back from the airport with the judge, McCormick returns with Hardcastle to discover that everything valuable on the estate has been stolen, including all of the judge's files on past cases.

GUEST STAR: , Andrew Rubin, Deborah Richter, Victoria Young, Paul Gleason, Marc Grady Adams, Betty McGuire, Paul Willson, Bill Handy, Mickey Jones, Chester Grimes, Nicholas Mele, Renée Jones, Garry Goodrow, Chad Dee Block, Vinny Argiro, Sandy Josephson, Michael MacKenzie Wills,
AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-10-07

2x4 - Disastro Dreilinger

After finding his sister-in-law missing and her apartment ransacked, Hardcastle discovers that she had been secretly following her professor in hopes of earning extra credit in a police procedures course.

GUEST STAR: , Trish Van Devere, Greg Mullavey, David Opatoshu, Jonathan Goldsmith, John Hancock, Bill Marcus, David Kagen, Wally Dalton, Sheila Frazier, David L. Crowley, Lomax Study, Mike Pniewski,
AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-10-14

2x5 - Mai dire amore

Mark attends the funeral of an old friend, only to be surprised later to receive a message from her on his answering machine. After searching for evidence to her supposed "death," Mark and the judge find political reasons may be to blame for her disappearance.

GUEST STAR: , Molly Cheek, Peter White, Lance Henriksen, Raymond Singer, Harvey Vernon, Robert G. Denison, Seth Jaffe, Lou Cutell, Janet Rotblatt, Paul Tompkins, E. Hampton Beagle, Larry McCormick,
AUTORE: , Tom Szolossi, Richard Christian Matheson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-10-28

2x6 - Whatever Happened to Guts

When star of a television court show has to go into the hospital for surgery, he asks Hardcastle to fill in as the show's star. But, his enthusiasm for the show comes to a halt when the station's public relations person is murdered.

GUEST STAR: , Marilyn Jones, Patricia Harty, Bill Morey, John Carter, John Hancock, James MacKrell, Sydney Lassick, Peter Trencher, John McCann, Danny Dayton, David Ankrum, Eve Smith, Tawny Moyer, Barry Cutler, George Parrish, Dwight Hubbard, Jeanette Miller, Hettie Lynne Hurtes,
AUTORE: , Tom Szolossi, Richard Christian Matheson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-11-04

2x7 - You and the Horse You Rode in On

Finally tired of how Hardcastle is treating him, Mark seeks another job with a water filter manufacturer. But after the director misleads a group of potential buyers during a presentation, Mark quits only to find out his boss is not yet willing to part ways, and kidnaps Hardcastle to keep Mark at the company.

GUEST STAR: , Ray Buktenica, Steve Levitt, Shawn Ora Engemann, Michael Ensign, John Hancock, Wyatt Johnson, Brett Johnson, Gary Combs, Chuck Hicks,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-11-18

2x8 - La ragazza con gli occhiali

While attending business downtown, Mark rushes to the aid of a woman being attacked by men in a mail truck. While he thinks he can find safety from the police officer reponding to their call, the woman informs him the officer is actually a member of an unofficial "underground" police and they are far from being safe.

GUEST STAR: , Bonnie Urseth, Ed Gilbert, Marc Alaimo, Robert Dryer, John Hancock, Kelbe Nugent, David Gautreaux, Charlie Dell, Stan Haze, Patrick Stack,
AUTORE: , Stephen J. Cannell,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-11-25

2x9 - Difetti in famiglia

The proposed destruction of a popular college bar brings Hardcastle's niece in the spotlight. With her protests making him upset, he must put aside their differences when she narrowly avoids a kidnapping.

GUEST STAR: , Val Avery, Joe Dorsey, Maylo McCaslin, Arthur Taxier,
AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-12-02

2x10 - Il giudice in prigione

Hardcastle is arrested after a woman whom he had prevously had a chance encounter earlier is found dead in his home. Thinking the judge was framed due to his ruling on his latest case, McCormick tries to help his friend get out of jail.

GUEST STAR: , Ed Bernard, Jon Cedar, Fil Formicola, Michael Gregory, Mady Kaplan, Mike Moroff, Lisa Rafel,
AUTORE: , Erica Byrne,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-12-09

2x11 - Un cantante risorto

Jesse Wingo, the former famous singer, is spotted by McCormick at a talent contest. But when approached about his past, the contestant reveals his name to be Sam Jones. Puzzled at the similarities, Mark investigates the man only to find that other people are looking for the man named Sam Jones, but want him dead.

GUEST STAR: , Norman Alden, Larry Gatlin, John Hancock, Steven Keats, Joan Sweeny,
AUTORE: , Marianne Clarkson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-12-31

2x12 - Mai fidarsi dei vicini

Hardcastle's neighbors begin a Neighborhood Watch program after a series of local burglaries have them worried. After being overlooked by the organization for the selection of their Captain, the judge forgets about his displeasure when the thieves are caught only to be found dead later from a mysterious virus.

GUEST STAR: , William Smith, R.J. Adams, Jed Allan, Dennis Franz, Joan Freeman, Kenneth Kimmins, Tony Longo, Francis X. McCarthy, Lesley Woods, Kai Wulff,
AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-01-07

2x13 - La clinica della salute

After investigating the suicide of a comic, Hardcastle relizes that it wasn't really suicide after he and McCormick prevent the attempted kidnapping of the comic's wife.

GUEST STAR: , Tracy Brooks Swope, Lynda Day George, Philip Baker Hall, Sam J. Jones, Kenneth Mars, Peggy McCay, David Spielberg,
AUTORE: , Tom Szolossi, Ross Thomas, Richard Christian Matheson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-01-14

2x14 - Comici in tribunale

Perplexed by the apparent suicide of ex-con Denny Frye, an up-and-coming comic, Hardcastle decides to investigate. Thanks to Mark, Hardcastle discovers that Denny was romantically involved with a woman named Pamela Bayer. The judge's earlier suspicions gain some validity when Hardcastle and McCormick see a group of men try to kidnap Pamela. After rescuing Pamela, Hardcastle and McCormick learn that the prospective kidnappers work for reputed mobster Sonny Austin, her ex-boyfriend. Realizing that Sonny, in an irrational attempt to win back his ex-girlfriend, has been assaulting all Pamela's dates, Hardcastle and McCormick try to find out who has been providing the mobster with her dating schedule. It turns out that Pamela has been primarily dating comedians employed at Boots Dikeman's club. Figuring that Leo Dikeman, Boots' main competitor, is probably encouraging Sonny, Hardcastle and McCormick decide to pay him a visit. Before they arrive, Sonny, realizing that he has been used, kills Leo. Facing a dead end in the case, the judge asks Mark to pose as one of Pamela's comedian boyfriends. Taking the bait, Sonny falls into the judge's trap.

GUEST STAR: , John Aprea, Ed Bernard, Joey Bishop, Patrick Collins, Mary-Margaret Humes, William Jones, Jan Murray, James Sutorius,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-01-21

2x15 - Due incorreggibili zie

Hardcase's two aunts help out during a nursing home jewelry heist.

GUEST STAR: , Joe Santos, Loyita Chapel, Rick Fitts, Treva Frazee, Mary Martin, Jim McMullan, Wolf Muser, Mildred Natwick,
AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-02-04

2x16 - La ragazza di tanti anni fa

Hardcastle cuts his fishing trip short when he receives word of the death of his old girlfriend's current husband. After deciding to check up on her, he is shot as he interrupts a burglar at her house, who looks like the deceased husband.

GUEST STAR: , Russell Arms, Ed Bernard, Lou Felder, Anne Francis, Amy Stoch, Mike Tully,
AUTORE: , Stephen J. Cannell,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-02-11

2x17 - Ventimila dollari per sognare

Mark is thrilled when he wins $20,000 racing in the Arizona Modified. His joy quickly dissipates when thieves hold him up and steal his winnings as well as the Coyote. Based on Hardcastle and McCormick's description of the thieves, Deputy Sheriff Dan Johnson realizes that they were robbed by locals Arvin Lee and Melissa Kantwell. Complicating matters is the fact that Melissa is the wife of Billy Blackstone, the city's sheriff. After recovering the Coyote from a used car salesman, Hardcastle and McCormick begin to track the crooks. To their surprise, they catch up with Arvin Lee only to discover that he has been murdered. Putting the pieces together, they realize that Blackstone probably killed Arvin Lee. Taking their theory one step further, Hardcastle and McCormick speculate that Melissa only pretended to fall in love with Arvin Lee in order to trick him into stealing for her. With Johnson's help, the judge and Mark locate Blackstone and Melissa. With Blackstone unwilling to surrender, the deputies are forced to shoot and kill him. To Mark's regret, the shoot-out starts a fire that destroys his racing winnings.

GUEST STAR: , Joe Borgese, Karlene Crockett, Billy Drago, Michele Hart, Wings Hauser, Sonny Landham, Jody Lee Olhava, Chris Roland,
AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-02-18

2x18 - Ogni lavoro ha le sue idee

With the judge's birthday coming up, Mark decides to unofficially help him close a cold case related to a soon-to-be-paroled crimial that Hardcastle put in jail for another crime. Unfortunately, the new trial winds up with Hardcastle being shot and the criminal escaping.

GUEST STAR: , Braeden Marcott, Jonathan Banks, Steve Sandor, Toni Sawyer, Vincent Schiavelli, Stephen Shortridge, Rosemarie Thomas, Angel Tompkins,
AUTORE: , Stephen J. Cannell,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-02-25

2x19 - Surprise On Seagull Beach

After finding strange German bullets on the beach, Hardcastle gets involved in an underground treasure hunt for World War II gold at the beach. Meanwhile, McCormick also gets involved with the hunt by being kidnapped by WWII Germans attempting to recover the gold.

GUEST STAR: , William Windom, Ed Bernard, Michael Cornelison, John Dehner, Erik Holland, Stanley Kamel, Joe Praml, Eddie Quillan, George Skaff, Ken Stovitz,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-03-04

2x20 - L'infiltrato

Seeking Hardcastle's help on a case of corrupt cops, a young patrolman is killed before he or Hardcastle can seek higher help in the department. With the case dealing with bad cops who could recognize the investigators, McCormick is asked to go undercover to flush out the corrupt cops and find the patrolman's killer.

GUEST STAR: , Joe Santos, Ted Sorel, Steven M. Gagnon, Lew Saunders, Tom Simmons, Ricardo Lopez, David Ellzey, Alfred Dennis, Héctor Mercado, Bernadette Williams,
AUTORE: , Marianne Clarkson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-03-11

2x21 - The Game You Learn From Your Father

A critically-wounded criminal admits to being paid to frame a former baseball player, Duke McGuire, for murder. Feeling responsible for his false incarceration since he was the presiding judge, Hardcastle tries to help McGuire become a baseball player once again. But his attempt at a comeback is threatened when drugs are found in his locker.

GUEST STAR: , Ron Cey, Ray Girardin, Jeff MacKay, James McKenna, Richard Partlow, Ken Swofford, Tim Thomerson, Sandy Ward,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-03-18

2x22 - Testimone incorruttibile

After seeing reputed mobster Stevie Ray kill a man named Tommy Chen, former prostitute Angie Bloom goes into hiding. Before disappearing, she decides to leave Nicky and Lindsey, her young children, with Hardcastle for safekeeping. While the kids initially refuse to tell the judge their name, the judge eventually realizes that they are Angie's children. Meanwhile, Hardcastle and McCormick discover something is amiss when some men unsuccessfully try to kidnap the kids. Following a hunch, Hardcastle pays a visit on a former madam named Dolores. The hunch pays off and the judge locates Angie. Convinced that Hardcastle has her best interests in mind, Angie tells the judge the whole story. Recognizing that the best way to protect Angie is to put Stevie in prison, Hardcastle arranges for her to testify. To his regret, the officers that pick up Angie are actually Stevie's men. Upon learning the truth, Hardcastle and McCormick "convince" one of Stevie's men to tell them where to find Angie. Following up on their lead, the two men capture Stevie and rescue Angie.

GUEST STAR: , John Hancock, Terrence Beasor, Barbara Cason, Robert Desiderio, Robert Jayne, Anne Marie McEvoy, Beau Starr, Robert Thaler, Lynne Topping, George P. Wilbur, Glenn R. Wilder,
AUTORE: , Tom Szolossi, Richard Christian Matheson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-04-01

Stagione 3

3x1 - Una foresta inquinata

In the third season opener, Hardcastle and McCormick go on a photo exhibition with Buzz Bird, one of the judge's old friends. To their regret, Buzz, who is a pilot, has a heart attack while flying them over a stretch of Oregon wilderness. While Hardcastle and McCormick survive the crash landing, they are stranded miles from civilization and unknowingly attract the attention of Taylor Walsh, a mountain "pirate" who has made his living by robbing tourists. After suffering through a horrible rain storm, Hardcastle decides to tell Mark how much he appreciates their friendship. Although Mark pretends to be asleep, he actually hears everything the judge has to say. The next day, the two men come across the dead body of a murdered man. Realizing that they are being tracked, they decide to speed up their journey by white water rafting. Once the two men are in the water, Taylor and his men attack. Fleeing to land, Hardcastle and McCormick manage to evade the pirates. Turning the tables, the two men capture Taylor and his men. A month later, the judge and Mark, with their prisoners in tow, finally return to civilization.

GUEST STAR: , Jonathan Banks, Terry Bradshaw, Pat Corley, Lee de Broux, Richard Lineback, James Whitmore Jr.,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-09-23

3x2 - Campione rubacuori

After race car driver Kiki Cutter is injured during a race, Mark, knowing her from his own racing days, decides to pay her a visit. Fortunately for Kiki, Mark arrives just as someone tries to kill her. Although the killer manages to escape, Mark does manage to get his license plate number. Believing that the attempted assassination may be tied into Kiki's crash, Mark sneaks a look at the car. Confirming his suspicions, Mark finds evidence that Kiki's car was sabotaged. Meanwhile, Hardcastle traces the assassin's license plate to Hal Jenkins, an insurance broker. Some of the pieces of the puzzle are tied together when a recovering Kiki reveals that she has been secretly planning on divorcing Sammy "Sidewinder" O'Connell, her race driver husband. Once, Hardcastle has stopped Jake Thomas, the man who tried to kill Kiki, as well as arrested Jenkins, Mark, with some financial backing from the judge, decides to challenge O'Connell in a major car race. Thanks to his superior driving skills, Mark defeats O'Connell and settles a longstanding rivalry between them. Afterwards, O'Connell, who had selfishly acted out of fear of how the divorce would impact his career, is arrested for his part in the attempts on his wife's life.

GUEST STAR: , Amanda Horan Kennedy, Judd Omen, Robert Sampson, John Sanderford,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-09-30

3x3 - L'ultimo soldato in Vietnam

When Bill Bauer is declared dead after being MIA from the Marines for 10 years, Mark, the soldier's former best friend, is asked to handle the funeral arrangements. The funeral does have one positive result for it reunites Mark with old friends Patrick Burke, Jeff Steffan and Peter Trigg. To Mark's surprise, shortly after the funeral, Bauer turns up very much alive. Upon being confronted by his angered friend, Bauer explains that he had been in charge of destroying cash when the United States pulled out of Vietnam in 1975. Instead of following orders, however, he had waited for an opportunity to smuggle the money into the country. Continuing, Bauer relays how he used "his" casket as a way of transporting the cash. Bauer realizes that his plan is falling apart when someone tries to kill him. Seeing no alternative, Bauer decides to go after the men chasing him. Following Bauer, Hardcastle and McCormick discover that Peter Trigg, secretly the leader of a group of terrorists, is trying to get a hold of Bauer's money in order to buy weapons. Although Trigg temporarily manages to capture Hardcastle and McCormick, the two men are able to turn the tables thanks to Bauer's intervention. Later, the police are all set to take Bauer into custody when the ex-soldier decides to disappear again.

GUEST STAR: , Vincent Guastaferro, Richard Herd, Dana Lee, David Paymer, Joe Regalbuto, Charles Rocket,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-10-07

3x4 - Delitto sul treno

Although Hardcastle is initially pleased to be invited to a party on a private train, his emotion changes to anger when he discovers that he has been lured onto the train under false pretenses. His ire is further raised upon discovering that the train is not scheduled to stop for another day. One small consolation: Mark, accidentally trapped on board the train, is around to help him find out what is going on with the trip. The mystery takes a deadly turn when one of the passengers is murdered. Although the unknown murderer temporarily manages to get rid of Mark by throwing him off the train, the ex-race car driver, who is unable to identify his assailant, pools his resources and returns to the train down the track. Another murder prompts Hardcastle to set a trap for the killer. While Hardcastle pretends to be a victim, Mark purposely lets slip that the judge had obtained evidence against the killer. Taking the bait, passenger Carl Sharples tries to search Hardcastle's "body". Exposed as the killer, Carl reveals that he has been eliminating the people (strict teacher, ex-girlfriend, army commander, high school coach, that he selfishly believes "ruined" his life. With Mark's help, Hardcastle stops Carl before he can hurt anyone else.

GUEST STAR: , Eugene Roche, Joseph Hacker, P.J. Soles, Nancy Parsons, Raye Birk, Richard Schaal, David Wiley, Michael Rider, John Allen, Frederic Tucker, Linda Stewart,
AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-10-14

3x5 - Una carriera distrutta

On vacation, Hardcastle travels down to Canary Creek, California to participate in an annual fishing contest. To Hardcastle's surprise, Tina Cutter, the local sheriff's sixteen year old daughter, accuses him of rape. While transporting the judge to jail, Sheriff Dale Cutler tries to kill him. Thanks to Mark's timely arrival, the sheriff is forced to postpone his assassination. Realizing that the judge is in mortal danger, Mark, posing as a drunk, breaks his friend out of jail. Once free, Hardcastle begins to question why Tina framed him. Recalling an earlier meeting with the sheriff, Hardcastle, who has concluded that Tina's own father set up the false rape, realizes that he had mentioned a plane he came across while fishing. Returning to the fishing site, Hardcastle seeing the sheriff and some of the local residents dismantling the plane, ascertains that the sheriff had discovered a downed drug transport. Following the sheriff, Hardcastle and McCormick watch as the residents try to sell the drugs to a major dealer. With the help of a conveniently located forklift, Hardcastle and McCormick manage to capture the sheriff and the dealers. Later, once the sheriff's plans have been exposed, Hardcastle is cleared of the rape charges.

GUEST STAR: , Matt Clark, Ben Slack, Faith Ford, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, Bruce Wright, Rance Howard, Kathryn Daley, Mark Burke, Richard Delmonte, Milt Tarver, Ellen Fogarty,
AUTORE: , Stephen J. Cannell,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-10-28

3x6 - Do Not Go Gentle

Entering the hospital for a routine checkup, Hardcastle discovers that he is dying from an incurable disease. Not wanting to let his friend just fade away, Mark convinces Hardcastle to live his remaining days to the fullest, Taking Mark's advice to heart, the judge, using the money he inherited from his wife, buys a one million dollar boat. Hardcastle's boating career is short lived, however, for armed men steal the boat. Although Hardcastle is initially willing to let the police handle the crime, he changes his mind after discovering that the hospital made a mistake and he is not really dying. Searching the docks, Hardcastle and McCormick locate the boat. Instead of reclaiming his property, Hardcastle discovers that the boat really belongs to an influential Senator. Realizing that Barry Jackson, the man who illegally "sold" him the boat, is a con artist, Hardcastle contacts his bank to find out where his money is being transferred. With Lieutenant Harper's help, Hardcastle and McCormick stake out the bank and capture Jackson. In the process, Hardcastle recovers his money.

GUEST STAR: , Allan Arbus, Sam Freed, Stephen Meadows, David Selburg, Larry Vigus,
AUTORE: , Patrick Hasburgh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-11-04

3x7 - Un quiz per redimersi

Mark surprises the judge when he not only qualifies for, but becomes a winner on, The 1 Million Dollar Trivia Master, a television game show. Unbeknownst to Mark, veteran game show producers Harry Baxter and Art Healy, envisioning big ratings, decide to help the ex-race car driver along once they discover that the audience is cheering for him to succeed. To guarantee a winning streak, the producers have Hardcastle's estate bugged and begin basing their questions on Mark's home practice sessions. Although Hardcastle quickly realizes that something is amiss, Mark is unwilling to accept that the game is rigged. After Diane Templeton, one of the trivia show's employees, dies under mysterious circumstances, Mark turns around and admits that something is seriously wrong. Searching the show's offices, Hardcastle finds out why Diane was killed: She had obtained a tape proving the show is fixed. Meanwhile, Baxter and Healy discover that Bryce Benson, the shows host, had taken their plan to a deadly conclusion by killing Diane. Not wanting to face murder charges, the producers decide to tell Hardcastle everything. During the taping of the show's final round, Mark, giving up his chance to be a big winner, reluctantly helps the police stop Benson. Hinting at the series eventual conclusion, Mark jokes about going to law school in this episode.

GUEST STAR: , Bill Macy, Herb Edelman, Tom Kennedy, Molly Cheek, Joe Santos, Joseph Brutsman, Robert Schuch, Rob Monroe, Jean Vander Pyl,
AUTORE: , Scott Schneid, Larry Forrester, Carol Mendelsohn, Tony Michelman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-11-11

3x8 - Amore amaro

Shortly after contacting her friend Mark for help, wrestler Kate Murphy dies during a match. Recognizing that Kate's death was no accident, Mark decides to follow-up on his friend's suspicions that wrestling promoter Marty Torrance is behind the disappearance of a number of young woman. Upon assembling a plan of action, Hardcastle asks friends Lucy and Denise to go undercover as wrestlers. Posing as a wrestling promoter, Hardcastle has Denise, using the alias of "White Lighting" challenge Nancy Mack, one of Marty's wrestlers. Impressed with Denise's ability, Marty agrees to a match and allows Hardcastle's team to train in his gym. Furthermore, Marty, seeing potential in Lucy, asks the "wrestler" out on the date. Although Lucy only goes on the date to get evidence against Marty, the promoter has his own plans. Before Lucy is able to contact the judge, however, Marty prepares to sell her to a white slavery ring. Worried about Lucy, Hardcastle confronts Nancy. Having suffered a falling out with Marty, Nancy comes clean and tells the judge about Marty's plans. Searching the promoter's house, Hardcastle and McCormick come across the location of Marty's meeting with the slavers. Thanks to Mark's driving expertise, Hardcastle arrives at the meeting site in time to rescue Lucy and stop the slavers.

GUEST STAR: , Tom Bower, Sharon Barr, Ernie Sabella, Kit Fredericks, Dar Langlois, Deborah Rennard, Joe Santos, John Considine, Faith Minton, Charlie Hayes, Debi Pelletier, Bob Larkin, Gay Hagen, Gene LeBell, Dee Booher,
AUTORE: , Marianne Clarkson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-11-18

3x9 - You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful and You're His

While judging the Miss Sixteen beauty contest, Hardcastle becomes wrapped up in the life of car salesman Ed Whitman, the pageants grand marshal. Worried when her boyfriend Victor Hernandez reveals that his uncle disappeared while sneaking across the Mexican-United States border, Melissa Whitman, Ed's sixteen year old daughter and one of the pageant's contestants, goes to Hardcastle for help. Although Victor's uncle does eventually turn up alive, Hardcastle decides to find out what happened. With Victor's reluctant help, Hardcastle discovers that a man was murdered during a transfer of illegal immigrants across the border. Thanks to Victor, Hardcastle also learns that a lawyer named Antonio Morales, who claims no knowledge of the murder, has been helping to arrange illegal immigrations. Before the judge can get more information from Victor's uncle, the illegal immigrant is murdered. With Morales' help, Hardcastle goes undercover as a perspective immigrant. The judge's plan works and the illegal immigration ring is stopped. At the same time, Hardcastle discovers that Ed Whitman is the mastermind behind the illegal operation. Returning to the United States, Hardcastle and McCormick help the police take Whitman into custody. As the episode ends, Melissa loses the pageant to a girl named Sara Jane Rose.

GUEST STAR: , Jeff Austin, Gary Bayer, Leslie Bega, Christie Clark, Dean Devlin, Chip Heller, Jonna Lee, Martika, David J. Partington, Mike Robelo, Reni Santoni, Ken Smolka, Rebecca Street, Lisa Wilcox, Erica Zeitlin,
AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-11-25

3x10 - Miraggio a tre

Innocently given a friendly kiss by a woman named Aleeya "Ali" Casir, Mark unwittingly falls into the middle of a major international incident: Assuming that Mark is the American his daughter has been living with, Sheik Abdullah Casir, Ali's father and the leader of an oil rich mid-eastern country, decides to take whatever steps are necessary to protect his son's honor. As a result, Casir orders his Americanized daughter to marry Mark. Meanwhile, Hassan and Rabin, Casir's sons, begin to set up a drug dealing operation. Hoping to maintain friendly relations with Casir, the State department approaches Mark and "requests" that he marry Ali. Although Hardcastle tries to explain to Casir that Biff Anderson, Ali's real boyfriend, would be more than willing to take Mark's place, Casir, having already made an official announcement, is unwilling to change his plans. Forced to follow through with the wedding, Hardcastle, having learned about Casir's drug dealing sons, decides to use the ceremony as an opportunity to expose Hassan and Rabin. Confronted with his sons' guilt, an angered Casir vows to spare himself grief by staying out of his children's lives. As such, the wedding is canceled. Later, Mark is amused to hear that Ali has left Biff to marry a 35 year old television executive.

GUEST STAR: , Grant Aleksander, Michael Ansara, Ari Barak, Bruce French, Karen Lorre, Lycia Naff, Ben Rawnsley, Kavi Raz, Barry Sattels, John Shearin,
AUTORE: , Marianne Clarkson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-12-02

3x11 - Conventional Warfare

In an unusual coincidence, a judge's convention is scheduled at the same hotel as a major mob meeting. Unable to do anything about the mobsters (as they have not been caught breaking any laws), Hardcastle instead concentrates on his nomination for a lifetime achievement award. For some extra insurance, Hardcastle pulls strings and has himself put in what he considers to be a lucky room. Actually, Hardcastle ends up in a room originally assigned to a hitman. That night, believing the assassin is in the judge's room, someone leaves a suitcase containing a rifle and a picture of mobsters Don Ferris and Sid Storm. Before Hardcastle can show the police, he is ambushed and the suitcase is taken. Hardcastle, unable to provide the police with any evidence, decides to visit Ferris. Although the mobsters are initially unwilling to believe the judge, they change their mind after Sid is murdered. Establishing an uneasy alliance, Ferry and Hardcastle put together the clues and realize that the hitman is a man named Lee Orlando. Reviewing Orlando's' recent history, Hardcastle discovers that the hitman has a connection with "Bucky" O'Neil, his main rival for the judge's award. Analyzing Bucky's court records, Hardcastle uncovers evidence that his rival has been fixing trials for the mob. Meanwhile, Ferris learns that Hardcastle is the assassin's next target. Due in part to the unorthodox teaming of Mark and the mob, Orlando is stopped and Hardcastle captures Bucky. Afterwards, Hardcastle, who does not win the judge's award, finds himself the unlikely recipient of an award from Ferris and the mob.

GUEST STAR: , Angela Aames, Jason Bernard, Gerry Gibson, Dan Lauria, Tim O'Connor, Antony Ponzini, Ray Reinhardt, Arthur Taxier,
AUTORE: , Burt Pearl, Steven L. Sears,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-12-09

3x12 - Duetto per due

When the courts discover that a convicted felon named Randy Hopke had been defended by an incompetent lawyer, the original ruling is overturned and all charges are dropped. Hopke's release quickly prompts an argument between the judge and Mark. Hardcastle, having presided over the case, insists that, as originally determined, Hopke is guilty of assaulting his girlfriend Val Mickaelian. On the other hand, Mark, having known Hopke from when he was in prison, insists that the judge made a mistake. The two men, each hoping to prove they are right, set out to prove their respective positions. In the process of their investigations, both Hardcastle and McCormick realize that they are both wrong: While they learn that Hopke did not actually assault Val, they also discover that the released prisoner had planned the assault and was willing to serve a limited prison sentence to cover-up the fact that he had committed a murder during a diamond store heist. Theorizing that Val is probably working with Hopke, Hardcastle and McCormick follow her. As expected, she leads them to Hopke as well as the stolen merchandise. After an unusual "bus" chase, Hopke is captured and the case is finally resolved.

GUEST STAR: , Laurie Prange, Cotter Smith, Jeff Tyler, Lauren Woodland,
AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-12-16

3x13 - If You Could See What I See

Not wanting to continue cleaning up the estate, Mark hires Millie Denton, his former prison cellmate's widow, as a maid. Meanwhile, Hardcastle begins looking into the suspicious death of a lawyer named Charlie Clarkson. Taking over Charlie's practice, Hardcastle interviews Loni Summers, a model that had previously hired Charlie to handle her divorce. Discovering the divorce is now off, Hardcastle checks into the background of actor Dex Falcon, Loni's husband. Investigating, the judge discovers that Falcon had secretly been receiving millions of dollars from an attorney named Wendell Price. In the meantime, Millie, who claims to be a psychic, has a vision of Mark's murder. Ignoring Millie's warning, Mark proceeds with the case. To Mark's regret, he is captured by Price, shot and left for dead. Thanks to Millie, Hardcastle locates Mark in time to save his life. Next, based on the evidence Mark had gathered, Hardcastle and the police, having already taken Falcon into custody, movie in and arrest Price. As the episode ends, Millie, shaken up by her visions, decides to quit and move in with her sister.

GUEST STAR: , Rosemary Clooney, Teresa Ganzel, Jonathan Goldsmith, Lyle Waggoner,
AUTORE: , Carol Mendelsohn,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1986-01-06

3x14 - Elezioni a sorpresa

As the episode begins, wealthy businessman J.J. Norcross asks Hardcastle to run for mayor. Meanwhile, after city councilman Herb Austin goes head-to-head with Mann over a parks bill, a bomb explodes in the councilman's office and Austin is killed. Despite his campaign staffs assistance that he concentrate only on the election, the judge decides to look into Mann's murder. Deciding to help the judge, Mark sneaks into Mann's office and locates a map of possible park development sites. Checking out one of the marked locations, Hardcastle and McCormick discover an illegal toxic waste dump. Pursuing their investigation, Hardcastle and McCormick uncover proof that Mann had been bribed to change the site of the new park so as to cover up the illegal dumping. When Birdy Fletcher, the site's guard, asks to see him, Hardcastle realizes that he is probably being set up. As expected, Norcross, the mastermind behind the illegal operation tries to kill the judge. To Norcross' horror, a prepared Hardcastle and McCormick, turn the tables and close down the operation. In the process, Hardcastle discovers that Norcross only back his mayoral campaign so as to split the votes and give Mann the advantage. Later, although Hardcastle loses the election, he takes some comfort in the fact that Gilmore will most likely do a good job.

GUEST STAR: , J.A. Preston, Andy Romano, Richard Anderson, Alvy Moore, Edward Bell, Diana Douglas, Stacy Keach Sr., Richard Kuss, Tom Dahlgren, Stanley Grover, Corinne Carroll, Harry Stephens, Paula Slade, James Williams, Greta Shipman,
AUTORE: , Alan Cassidy,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1986-01-13

3x15 - Di equivoci si vive

Questioning his maturity, Mark decides to trade in the Coyote for a more conservative car. To his surprise, his credit application is rejected due to an $18,000 default. Investigating, Mark discovers that his name was used in a real estate deal put together by Melinda Marshall, the girlfriend that had helped put him in prison. (As revealed in a flashback sequence, Mark, having foolishly placed his car in Melinda's name for insurance purposes, was arrested for stealing his own car.) Hoping to clear his credit record, Mark pays a visit on Melinda. Confronted by Mark, Melinda reveals that she had faked the real estate contract in order to win a car. When someone tries to steal the car Melinda won, Hardcastle realizes that there is something more going on than a simple real estate deal. Hearing that Melinda works for Ted Rubin, a man in his files, Hardcastle realizes that the real estate company is running a land fraud scram. Realizing that there is probably something hidden in Melinda's car, Hardcastle and McCormick conduct a search. As a result, they discover valuable stamps in the car and learn how Rubin has been transferring his money. Although Rubin arrives at the estate ready for a fight, he is captured thanks to the timely intervention of the FBI agents that had been investigating him. [During this episode, both Mark and Hardcastle have extremely subjective recollections of Mark's original trial.

GUEST STAR: , Jeannetta Arnette, Vincent Baggetta, Richard Bakalyan, Paul Carr, Fred McCarren,
AUTORE: , Lawrence Hertzog,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1986-02-03

3x16 - Il fratello degenere

After 10 years, the judge is paid a visit by his brother Jerry. Suspicious, Hardcastle begins to wonder when his brother, a habitual gambler, will ask him for money. Although he decides not to tell his brother, Jerry is in fact in debt to a hood named Manny. Hoping to find a way to get out of debt, Jerry decides to bet on the outcome of a high profile murder trial. Thanks to Judge Sheila Mooney, one of his brother's friends, Jerry gets all the particulars about the case in which model Tori Van Zandt is on trial for killing Harland Eagle, her fiancee. After a private investigator named Horace Munson provides Tori with a convenient alibi, Jerry is confronted by Manny about his debt. Drawn into the Van Zandt case by his brother's involvement, Hardcastle begins to look into the case. Searching Munson's office, Hardcastle discovers that the private investigator, who has since been murdered, lied in court. Hoping to incriminate Tori, Hardcastle publicizes the fact that he has evidence in the case. As expected, Tori tries to kill the judge and the police gather the proof they need to convict her. At the same time, the police also arrest Mooney.

GUEST STAR: , Kenneth Mars, Robert Picardo, Claudette Nevins, Andrew Masset, Leslie Bevis, Phil Rubenstein, Wanda Richert, S. Marc Jordan, Charles Walker, Clare Torao, Eric Fleeks, Patrick Wright, Peter Kent,
AUTORE: , Donald Ross,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1986-02-10

3x17 - Oggi si vende

Cleaning out his shed, Hardcastle comes across an old trophy belonging to Teddy Hendrix, his college roommate. Deciding to visit Teddy, who is now a basketball coach, Hardcastle walks into an attempted kidnapping. Since Teddy flees the scene before he has a chance to confront him, the judge visits his old friend's wife. Thanks to Fran Hendrix, Hardcastle discovers that Teddy has been having a disagreement with a man named Roy Barlow. Realizing that his best chance of solving his problems lays with the judge, Teddy decides to tell Hardcastle about how he has been fixing basketball games. Agreeing to help his friend come clean, Hardcastle arranges a meeting between Teddy and the district attorney's office. Before Teddy can testify, Fran, who has secretly joined forces with Barlow, lures her husband into a trap. Meanwhile, Fran also helps Barlow capture Hardcastle. Thanks to Mark and their old basketball team buddies, Hardcastle and Teddy are rescued. Additionally, Mark and the former team members capture Fran and Barlow.

GUEST STAR: , Clint Carmichael, John Crawford, Abby Dalton, Peter Mark Richman, Joe Santos, Sam Scarber, Beau Starr, Stuart Whitman, Mike Muscat,
AUTORE: , Stephen Katz,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1986-02-17

3x18 - Regalo con mistero

After winning a Los Angeles area bar in a poker game, Sonny Daye, Mark's barely seen father, decides to run it with his son. With some financial help from the judge, Mark and his father prepare to reopen the bar as "McCormick's Bar and Grill". Meanwhile, Teddy Peters, the man who lost the bar to Sonny, is ordered to recover the bar by Doyle Madison, a reputed mobster. Despite an excessive cash offer from Teddy, Sonny, having given the bar to Mark, refuses to sell back the bar. Not willing to accept no for an answer, Teddy has his men rough up Sonny. After Teddy is killed in a drive-by shooting, Hardcastle realizes that there is more to the bar than meets the eye. Searching the bar, they discover that the mob has been burying bodies on the premises. Hoping to tie the bar back to Doyle, Hardcastle has Sonny arrange a meeting with the mobster. Taking the bait, Doyle makes a move to regain the bar. With the help of a bar full of police officers, Hardcastle and McCormick arrest Doyle and his men. Afterwards, the police impound the bar as evidence and Sonny, Hardcastle and McCormick are forced out of the restaurant business.

GUEST STAR: , Steve Lawrence, Michael Callan, Sam Anderson, Denny Miller, Joe Santos, Teddy Wilson, Billy Gallo, Mike Finneran, George Parrish,
AUTORE: , Jeff Ray,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1986-02-24

3x19 - Pokerino tra amici

When Mark gets a date with a woman named Debbie Pledger, Hardcastle has to find a new player for poker night. To the judge's regret, Judge Mattie Groves, Lieutenant Frank Harper, and bailiff Charlie Masaryk, the other poker players, arrange to have Assistant District Attorney Freddie "Bummer" Bumgarner, a man Hardcastle despises, join them for the game. Meanwhile, a nearby liquor store is robbed. Needing a place to hide, robbers Tommy Kitchens, Crazy Horse and Joey Britton flee to Hardcastle's estate. Entering the judge's house, the robbers quickly take the poker players hostage. The situation worsens when they discover Frank is a cop and shoot him. Arriving at the main house to get some wine, Mark learns about the hostage situation. With some help from Frank, who was left in one of the bedrooms, Mark prepares a trap for the robbers. Thanks to an uncharacteristic heroic act on Freddie's part, Mark is able to successfully implement his plan and capture Tommy and his men.

GUEST STAR: , Gregg Henry, Marlyn Mason, Paul Drake, Al Ruscio, Lou Richards, Glenn Withrow, Jill Hill, Joe Santos,
AUTORE: , Marianne Clarkson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1986-03-03

3x20 - Attenti ai folletti

In a change of pace episode, Mark begins to believe that Leprechauns are burying gold on the estate. Ignoring Mark's outrageous claims, Hardcastle concentrates on preparing the estate for an upcoming magazine contest. After Benny, Mark's mechanic, is assaulted by a group of men for information about a group of little people, Hardcastle admits that there may be some truth to Mark's Leprechaun story. That night, Mark and Hardcastle set a trap for the "Leprechauns". The trap works and Hardcastle captures the men who have been hanging around his estate. As the judge discovers, however, the little people are not Leprechauns but rather circus performers. Confronting the performers about why they are hiding out, Cluracan, the groups leader, explains that they are fleeing from communist agents that want to return them to their home country as well as Marvin, a circus promoter that had promised their services to Circus Maximus. As for the mysterious gold, Cluracan reveals that it is his family's money. The next day, communist agent Ivan and his men come to the estate disguised as employees of Ladies Garden Monthly, the magazine sponsoring the contest Hardcastle has entered. At the same time, Marvin and his men sneak onto the estate. With the circus performer's help, Hardcastle and McCormick manage to stop the agents as well as Marvin and his men. Later, Mark's continued suspicion that Cluracan's group are secretly Leprechauns seems to be confirmed when a rainbow leads to a mysteriously repaired Coyote.

GUEST STAR: , David Rappaport, Leo Rossi, Walter Olkewicz, Fran Ryan, Steve Levitt, Joe Santos, James E. Moriarty, David A. Kimball, Michael Mertz, Peter Risch,
AUTORE: , Daniel Hugh Kelly,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1986-03-17

3x21 - Il giorno in cui morì

While driving through Arizona on his way home from Las Vegas, Mark is surprised to hear the voice of Nick Damion, a rock deejay he idolized in his youth, on local radio station KKSB. Back in California, Hardcastle is working on a dedication for the Pioneers of Music Hall of Fame Museum. Hearing that the Museum needs a master of ceremonies, Mark suggests Nick Damion. Returning to Arizona, Hardcastle and McCormick try to learn something from Jeannine Alexander, KKSB's manager. After helping Damion, who has been using the alias of Joe Cross, out of a fake drug charge, Mark convinces the deejay to return with him to California. Trying to find out why someone tried to frame Damion (as well as why the deejay originally went into hiding), Hardcastle begins to investigate Kello Records, a company that had received a great deal of air time in the deejay's old radio show. At the same time, Damion, who had gone into hiding after discovering that music executive Joe Kello had killed a singer named Danny Phillips to cover up a payola scheme, realizes that he needs to go public with the story. Hardcastle's investigation proves partially unnecessary for the case is resolved when Damion publicly accuses Kello at the Museum dedication. Afterwards, Damion is shocked to discover that Hardcastle has uncovered proof that Jeannine is working with Kello. As the series' penultimate episode ends, Damion gets a new deejay job at a Los Angeles station.

GUEST STAR: , Joe Santos, Daniel Davis, Louis Giambalvo, Patricia Harty, Georgann Johnson, Michael David Lally, Ted White, Glenn R. Wilder,
AUTORE: , Tom Blomquist,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1986-03-31

3x22 - Chi perde paga

As the final episode begins, Mark, who has secretly begun attending law school, is offered a paralegal job by Kenneth Malcolm, one of his professors. Meanwhile, Hardcastle, realizing that Mark's parole is up, decides to buy a car repair business, as a surprise gift for his friend. Upon hearing about Mark's job offer, Hardcastle, not wanting to stand in his friend's way, lies and tells his friend that he bought the company for himself. For his first assignment at law firm Malcolm, Hughes and Dewitt, Mark is asked to reclaim the possessions of Elsey, a resident of the Sunset Acres Retirement Home. Arriving at the home, Mark makes the acquaintance of Mimi LeGrand, a retired actress. Immediately liking Mimi, Mark is more than willing to comply when the former actress asks him to open a bank account for her. To Mark's surprise, he discovers that someone has already opened an account in Mimi's name. Concerned, Mark decides to go to Hardcastle for help. Before the two men are able to really learn anything in the case, they end up in jail as a result of a mistake made by Leroy, Hardcastle's assistant at the car company. While awaiting their release, Hardcastle decides to tell his friend the truth about why he bought the company. In response, Mark reveals that he has been going to law school in an attempt to follow in his friend's footsteps. Once released, Hardcastle and McCormick discover evidence that Malcolm and resident home manager Leonard Porter have been killing the residents and stealing their money. (They were able to move the money by secretly creating bank accounts in the seniors' names.) Armed with sufficient evidence, the crime fighting duo stop Malcolm and Porter. Despite the fall of his professor, Mark vows to continue attending law school. After selling the car business, Hardcastle makes a generous bet with Mark: If the ex-race car driver can beat him in a game of basketball, the judge will pay the law school bill. Due in the most part to Hardcastle's generosity, Mark wins the game.

GUEST STAR: , Billie Bird, Walter Brooke, John Ashton, Camila Ashland, Frank Hamilton, Dub Taylor, Joe Santos, James Lashly, Victoria Keith, Barbara Mealy, Beaumont Bruestle, Lenore Woodward, Phyllis Ehrlich, Tony Montero,
AUTORE: , Marianne Clarkson, Carol Mendelsohn,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1986-05-05

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