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Booker (2009)

Booker

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21 JUMP STREET's Richard Grieco got his own series for this Fox drama that also starred Carmen Agenziano and Lori Petty. After leaving the LAPD, Booker begins to do investigations for a major corporation. But even though Booker is on the right side of the law, he doesn't like being told what to do and remains a rebel as he works on a variety of cases.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Television
On DVD: Aug 25, 2009
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CAST:
Richard Grieco as Dennis Booker
Steve Williams as Captain Adam Fuller
Peter Deluise as Douglas "Doug" Penhall
Holly Robinson as Judith "Judy" Hoffs
Carmen Argenziano as Charles "Chick" Sterling
Robert Romanus as Tony DeAngelo
Katie Rich as Elaine Grazzo
Lori Petty as Suzanne Dunne
Marcia Strassman as Alicia Rudd
Jay Brazeau as Sergeant Keith Redding
Reginald T. Dorsey as Reggie Mitchell

When Season 3 of the hit FOX series 21 Jump Street became such a success, the producers ands writer decided it was time to xpand the world into a more adult surrounding. They took Dennis Booker, a Jump Street cop with a way of bending the law to win and made his character quit and ead out on his own. The series was significally different from the light humor given to its parent show, meaning that viewers of shows like "In the Heat of the Night" were more likely to watch this series rather than those who watched 21 Jump Street(which was a bit more like "Chips").
Still the show was not terrible, but the ratings were not to the networks liking and they canceled the series after just one season.
NOTE: THE DVD AVAILABLE ON REGION 1 ONLY HAS 20 OF ITS 22 EPISODE SEASON, IT WILL BE NOTED WHEN THOSE EPISODES ARE REVIEWED.
NOTE II: I'VE ONLY SEEN THESE EPISODES ONCE

EPISODE I: Booker
Thanks to a reference by his old Captain; Adam Fuller, Booker is given a job as a security job. One of his first cases involve his Secretary Elaine trying to clear the name of a man she helped to convict as part of a jury. Solid episode, it starts off with familiar characters and manages to keep the ease us out of the Jump Street world nicely. Still it's a series worth watching, even if it is something you must get used too. Pat Bremel, Brent Stait, Sam Milkin, Doug Abrahams, Henry Beckman, John Novak, Garwin Sanford, George Buza, Billy Zane, Andi Chapman, Corinne Wahl, Deryl Hayes, Kehli O'Bryne guest stars
4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE II: The Pump
Booker's old partner Judy Hoffs is shot and Booker becomes determined to do whatever it takes to find the person who shot her and make him pay. Meanwhile, Booker is forced to look into himself when he feels the need to step over the line. Great, emotional episode, definitely one that stands in the top 5 best episodes of the series. Richard Gruieco and Holly Robinson give a stand up performance this time around. Steve Hilton, Richard Thorne, French Tickner, Jay Ono, Desmond Payne, Bill Croft, Sheila Scott-Wilkinson, Garwin Sanford, Michael Allredge, T.E. Russell, Dex Elliott Sanders, Don Cheadle. Guest star. 4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE III: Raising Arrizola
Booker is put on an assignment to keep a 14 year old away from a reformed crack dealer. While on the job he begins to fall romantically for a woman named Sherri Binford(Marcia Cross), a Teshima Executive. Ok episode, nothing special. it's the first real Booker episode to not feature any Jump Street character, thereby having to rely on the shows talents. Booker is seen having romantic feelings toward someone, which isn't new. John Allen Nelson, Peter Murnik, Dante Basco, B.J Barie, Gabe Khouth, Betty Phillips guest stars.
3 out of 5 stars

EPISODE IV: High Rise
Great episode, Booker and Elaine must be Die Hard like when the Toshima building is taken over by terrorists(Dwight McFee, Steve Adams, Charles Andre) and they have kidnapped the company's top executives. The story is clich and every series like this have a hostage/high rise episode, its what the series does with theirs that is important and in this case they do a great job. Grieco is in top form here. Jeff Irvine, Fred Henderson, Michele Goodger, William Taylor, Ric Young, Rob Morton, Ed Lauter guest star.
4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE V: All You Gotta Do Is Do It
Alicia ask for help when her husband Gordon(Jay O'Sanders), a compulsive gambler and daughter go missing and she is afraid they are in trouble. Another ok episode, it's a bit of a slow start, but kicks up soon after. Brenda Crichlow, John "Bear" Curtis, Terry Barclay, Alan C. Peterson, Jack Andreozzi, Efrain Figueroa, Robyn Simons guest stars. 3 out of 5 stars

EPISODE VI: Bete Noir
Booker faces a suspected Black Widow, a woman who marries rich gentlemen, than kills them for the insurance money. Her next victim may be a Toshima employee. This is a good episode, one I would love to watch again. I'm glad its available on DVD. Chelsea Noble, Deborah Wakeham, James Karen, Gerard Prendergast, Sheila Paterson, Roger Alford, James Whitmore Jr. guest stars 4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE VII: Flat Out
Booker meets Suzanne, a compulsive liay, who happens to be a target for the mob when she is asked to testify for a murder she witnessed. Now Booker must protect her, only problem is, she is wild. Great, fun epusode. Lori Petty has always had this out there way of acting and it shows here. Geof Prysirr, Don S. Davis, Frank Annese guest star. 4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE VIII: Deals And Wheels (1)
Booker must confront Raymond Crane(Ray Baker), the businessman, who was responsible for him losing his job on the police force. Meanwhile, he must also protect a young woman named Tina(Vanity), whom Crane is after. Also a young boy named Billy(Brian Brosnall)hires Booker to find his missing dog. Good episode, really kicks into high gear midway through and doesn't stop until the end of the crossover 21 Jump Street episode. Merrilyn Gann, Greg F. Rodgers, Tom Hammond, Beth Toussaint, Thomas Mikal Ford, Mitchell Kosterman, Sea Orr guest stars. 4 out of 5 stars
{THIS EPISODE IS AVAILABLE ON 21 JUMP STREET SEASON 4 DVD SET ONLY WITH THE JUMP STREET TITLE SEQUENCE ADDED IN AND THE BOOKER TITLE SEQUENCE TAKE OFF}

EPISODE IX: Someone Stole Lucielle
Fun little light humored episode. Booker finds himself spending the night chasing after BB King's prized guitar and keeping a Japanese Toshima Executive safe in the process. Jay Roberts Jr., Tawny Kitaen, Gedde Watanabe, David Anothony Marshall, BB King, Ian Tracey, Thomas Haiden Church guest stars. 4 out of 5 stars
{THIS EPISODE IS ONLY AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE AS THE RIGHTS TO THE MUSIC WERE NOT FINALIZED, THUS NOT ON THE DVD SET}

EPISODE X: Cementhead
Booker is put on an assignment he feels is important, looking after his sports hero Bill Budworth(Stephen Shellen), a hockey player, ready for a comeback. Ok episode, nothing really special. Thomas Haden Churh, Chris Wilding, Alex Nevil, Paul Batten, John Payne II, Larry Musser, Deryl Hayes guest stars. 2 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XI: The Red Dot
A hitman has targeted Booker while he works on a missing persons case. Decent enough episode. This is when we see that the series starting to lag, not enough to cancel though. Blu Mankuma, Joey Aresco, Marc Poppel, Gina Belafonte, Jennifer Runyon, Michael C. Russo guest stars 3 out of 5 stars.

EPISODE XII: Who Frtamed Roger Thorton?
Suzanne returns, this time she ask Booker for help in finding the killer of a fashion designer if he does, she'll split the reward being offered. Great episode, its fun to have Lori back on the show. Margot Pinvidic, Garry Chalk, Ray Buktenica, Peter Marc Jacobson, Patricia Charbonneau guest stars. 4 out of 5 stars.
EPISODE XIII: Hacker
When Booker is bought in by Federal Agents for a computer hackers idea for fun, he decides to find out who this person is and clear his name. However, when he does find him they are both sought after by crooked Federal Agents. Interesting episode, doesn't do too much in terms of action. Robert Petkoff, Cynthia Stevenson, Scott Jaeck, Garwin Sanford guest stars. 3 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XIV: The Life And Death of Chick Sterling
Booker is dumbfounded when his boss, who was previously thought to have died in a car explosion is found still alive. What's even more shocking is the truth behind his recent scam. Excellent episode, I was ready to just stop watching the series when I saw this episode and fell back in love with it. It has great sense of mystery throughout. Tia Alexandria, Jack Mar, Fred Iwana, Alec Burden, Stephen E, Miller, Danioel Faraldo, Isamel "East" Carlo, Barbara Rhoades, Ben Vereen, Jennifer Griffin guest stars. 4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XV: Black Diamond Run
Booker goes undercover as a ski instructor to keep an eye on an insure Toshima diamond that is on display at a plush resort. Not much here to say, its nice to see Booker back into the undercover work again. Jennifer Dale, Lewis Smith, Pete Haskell, Mariska Hagirtay guest stars. 3 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XVI: Love Life
Booker falls for a call girl when he befriends her as a way to find out about a murder that was committed by a prostitute. Another good episode, showing more of Bookers romantic tales, lol. Ruby Montgomery, John Cassini, Lenny Imamura, James Hong, Marj Dusay, Thomas Ryan, Rod Arrants, Jennifer Anglin, Denise Bixler, Stephen Kirkland guest stars. 3 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XVII: Reunion
Booker is asked to find the fiancÚ of his high school sweetheart, who has gone missing. I liked this episode, its about time we get a background story on the Booker character, unfortunately its bit too late. Maura Tierney, David Cubitt, Kerry Sandomirsky, Jerry Wasserman, Michael Talbott, Adam Nelson, Claude Knobler, Craig Stark, Thomas Mitchell guest stars. 4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XVIII: Wedding Bell Blues
Another find Booker background episode. This time Booker is confronted an old high school friend, who happens to be engaged to two women, with relatives you don't want mad at you. Another great one that just came too late in the game. Robert Miranda, Kari Lizer, Kelly Wolf, Don Keith Opper guest stars.
4 out of 5 stars.

EPISODE XIX: Molly And Eddie
Booker helps a young 6 year old girl find her father, a man suspected of running a auto theft ring. Another good one. Rob Morton, Michele Goodger, Bruce Corkum, Jerry Wasserman, Ian Tracey, John Mariano, Christopher Burgard, J. C Quinn, Cassy Friel guest star. 4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XX: Crazy
An escaped killer begins to stalk Booker, due to Booker testifying against him and puttying him in jail. Great one, fun to watch. Christopher Judge, Alvin Sanders, Rob Roy, Ken Douglas, Don S. Jarvis, Kevin McNulty, Stephen E. Miller, Thomas Ryan, Joe Holland, Anne Ramsay, Deryl Hayes, Gary Jones, Don S. Davis. 4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XXI: Mobile Home
Tony ask for Bookers help when the heirs of its former owner steals his new house. Ehh! OK Episode. Jerry Wasserman, Argentina Brunetti, Heavy D, Eric Christmas, Cecile Callan, Sal Viscusco, Willie Garson guest stars. 2 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XXII: Father's Day
Booker finds his father, who left when he went into the Witness Protection Agency to protect his family after he testified against a mob boss. Great finale, its too bad we didn't get more. Steve Inwood, Linda Darlow, Carmine Caridi, John Novak, Deryl Hayes guest stars. 4 out of 5 stars.


TRIVIA:
Reginald T. Dorsey(Reggie)also played the character of Waxer on 2 episodes of 21 Jump Street(Pilot and S2's "You Oughta Be In Prison")
Thomas Haden Church(Someone Stole Lucielle)is most famous for playing The Sandman in Spider-Man III. He's also played in an episode of 21 Jump Street.
Tawny Kitaen(Someone Stole Lucielle)is most famous for her hit Whitesnake music video appearances(Is This Love and Here I Go Again), as well as playing Deineira in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

SONDTRACKTRACK SONGS I HAVE FROM THIS SEASON:
Hot In the City by Billy Idol

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