Jake and the Fatman had made their debut in 1987 with a complete season under their belt. It featured an enthusiastic Joe Penny(Riptide) as Jake Styles. William Conrad aka J L McCabe whose background was that of a former rough and tumble HPD(Honolulu Police Department) and a very unreliable bulldog. Plus a young protege working his way to becoming a lawyer/DA himself-Alan Campbell (Threes a Crowd -TV) as Derek Mitchell.
I love this show and a side from the first few episodes of the second season with William constantly uttering the word “bro” every other word it seemed and doing the manly bump of the fists and hugs … as if to establish his character as an official Hawaiian. I forgave this cliched dialog because at the core of the show was this idyllic charm.
I have always liked Joe Penny ever since Riptide. Here he gets to be the slightly unhinged of the three — taking the chances, keeping Derek in check so he does not spoil his shot at DA down the rode. He is the hotshot-the physical one. Derek is the go getter when it comes to everything else. The background info needed on a suspect… records, financials, the facts- the researcher. McCabe is the law and what can and can not be done. But he is not above a sting or a dupe. ***
Third season -episode one — I Only Have Eyes For You. The epitome of what stalking is this one is fast paced and eerily chilling as a woman pursued across the pacific from LA “lands” in the hands of Jake seeking help and protection from a past attacker who has now recently been released from prison and wants to start up where they “left” off. And this guy pops everywhere and anywhere. Without giving this away let’s just say that not everything is…