Riptide - Season 1, Episode 3
Recap: A blonde woman named Tina is complaining to her gangster husband (Ricky Brazil) that she feels like a prisoner in their McMansion, wistfully reminisces about the days of yore she spent frolicking on the beach with Nick and Cody, then says she's particularly wigged out about overhearing him on the phone just now, ordering a hit on a policeman. Ricky snarks at her to stop complaining about her pampered life and keep her nose out of his murder bidness, but she tells him she's fed up with all of his criminal shit and stupidly announces that she's leaving him right now. As she races down the stairs, Ricky summons his security detail and orders the men to bar his wife from leaving the house...and Tina overhears the order and hides in the foyer closet until after the security guards have bumbled around the foyer in their search for her, shrugged at each other in confusion, and exited the house again. Tina sneaks into the garage, climbs into a wood paneled station wagon, and crashes through the garage door...and one of the security guards, Kenny, opens fire on her before Ricky tells him to cool it with the flying bullets. He then tries to get a hold of his hit man, Mitch, to call off the hit on Lieutenant Ted Quinlan (who I can't argue could definitely use killing), but Kenny reminds him that Mitch always goes off the grid shortly before abducting his targets. Ricky's like, "Damn.." then tells him to bring the car around so they can start scouring the area for Tina.
Tina arrives at Pier 56 and approaches the Riptide just as Murray and Roboz amble onto the deck. Tina asks if Nick and Cody are around, so Murray explains that ever since the conclusion of the pilot episode, he, Roboz, Nick, and Cody decided they'll all live aboard the Riptide and work together as PIs. Tina bursts into tears and says she's pretty sure her husband's trying to kill her, and a concerned looking Murray asks Roboz to bring their guest a glass of water, which he promptly spills all over Murray's lap 'cause of whatever internal malfunctions he's suffering from that prevent him from ever being a fully reliable robot. As Tina chuckles through her tears at the wet mishap, Murray suggests to Tina that she take the Ebb Tide out to Shark Island and wait there for Nick and Cody to arrive, and in the meantime they'll use Roboz as an electronic communications system.
Murray goes to Straightaways to look for Nick and Cody, who are in the process of getting roughed up in the men's room by Ricky's thugs. When Nick and Cody aren't able to give them whatever information the thugs are looking for 'cause they're not actually articulating what they want to know, the two are forcibly taken outside through the restaurant's back door and thrown into a van.
The thugs bring Nick and Cody to Ricky's McMansion...and when Cody innocently asks Ricky how Tina's doing, Ricky assumes he's being sarcastic and snarls at him to not push it. He tells them he wants Tina back asap and that he's going to pay their joke of a detective agency $3,000 to find her and return her to the McMansion for a swift execution...then warns that if they fail to deliver, he'll make the two of them disappear. In the next scene, Nick and Cody are steel-toed off the estate...and after they peel themselves off the sidewalk, they rush off in search of Tina.
When Nick and Cody slink back to the Riptide, Murray tells them about their newest client, Tina Brazil, and Nick informs him that her gangster husband just hired them to locate her. He explains that Tina was his girl before Cody stole her away and yet were all still able to remain friends...then suggests they board his decrepit pink Mimi helicopter to make the short trek over to Shark Island and reunite with Tina.
Tina, who's now donning a gratuitously skimpy red bikini top and tan shorts, waves happily when she sees Mimi approach, then runs over and hugs Nick and Cody hello. They inform her that Ricky just paid them $3,000 to find her, and she wrings her hands worriedly and moans about how much she now regrets passing them over in favor of marrying the exciting bad boy. She says the last straw was when she overheard Ricky order his hit man to kill police lieutenant Ted Quinlan...and Nick and Cody are all, "Ack!" and inform her that they know Quinlan...and that for some unexplained-by-the-writers reason, Quinlan hates the two of them with the intensity of a thousand suns.
Everyone returns to the Riptide, where Murray logs onto his computer to hack into the police department's network to see if Quinlan's current whereabouts are included in the log files. After a few seconds of tapping on his keyboard, he's like, "Jackpot!" and tells the group that Quinlan is currently having lunch at a local strip joint. Murray hands Tina a tracking device in the form of a clunky bracelet so that Roboz can help them keep tabs on her location through the duration of the episode.
Nick and Cody head over to the strip joint so they can warn Quinlan that he's the target of a hit man...and Cody suggests that since Quinlan hates him slightly less than he hates Nick, he should be the one to break the bad news.
Inside the club, Quinlan is enjoy the gyrations of a scantily clad stripper when his partner, Sergeant Myers, threatens to leave 'cause he's not into spending his lunch hour ogling skanky pole dancers. Cody approaches their table and is all, "Hey, Lieutenant!", to which Quinlan responds by physically shoving him away. Cody puts his serious face on and says he has some important intel to share with him, namely that there's a contract out on his life, courtesy of Ricky Brazil. Quinlan starts cackling like a mental patient and jokingly asks if he should go into hiding...and when Cody insists that he's really not joking about this, Quinlan gets weirdly antagonistic and punches him in the face. As Cody punches him back, the two spill through the door and continue fighting on the sidewalk...and after throwing a few more punches, Quinlan pretends to concede with a handshake, but then uses the moment of fake contriteness to give Cody a surprise kick in the back of the legs. Cody lays on the pavement, staring bewilderedly into space at the nonsensicalness of this needlessly violent encounter.
As anyone could predict, as soon as Quinlan arrives home, he's abducted by a masked gunman who sneers, "We're goin' for a ride."
Nick and Cody enter Straightaways and happen to catch a news broadcast about Ted Quinlan's abduction...and that since the two Riptide PIs were seen in a brawl with him at a strip club earlier, they're the number one suspects. Nick and Cody are all, "Ack!" and beat a hasty retreat from the restaurant.
Soon after Quinlan is taken aboard a boat titled the Westerly, the kidnapper - the elusive and cartoonishly sinister Mitch - gets a call from one of Ricky's flunkies, ordering him to hit pause on Quinlan's killing until they can locate Tina Brazil. Mitch looks miffed and snarls, "You mean I kidnapped this cop and I can't do him?" ... and when the flunky tells him he needs to chillax until further notice, Mitch snarks at him to "step it up, 'cause I'm hangin' out on this deal". LOL. Few things are more awesome than "edgy" '80s primetime TV gangster-speak.
Nick, Cody, and Murray are out to sea on the Riptide with Tina...and as Nick eavesdrops on Cody and Tina, he looks wistful when he overhears her tell Cody she now wishes she hadn't chosen Ricky over him and that she'd loooove to go back to the days when he was teaching her how to waterski while she waitressed at Straightaways. Oh to be an aimless, young twentysomething again. Cody canoodles her and says, "Maybe we can get there again", and a jealous Nick gets on the boat's PA system and loudly announces that the margaritas he's been busily blending are ready.
Cody wonders aloud why the hit man would proceed with abducting Quinlan while Tina is still at large, so Tina explains that since Mitch always goes off the grid whenever he gets a murder assignment, it's likely he didn't know that Ricky had temporarily called off the hit. Roboz suddenly detects the radio chatter from an approaching police boat, and everyone quickly hops aboard the Ebb Tide so they can speed away. They're able to make it near a dock that's hidden from view and discuss the best course of action...and eventually decide to approach Quinlan's partner, Sergeant Myers, to see if there's anything he can do to help move this storyline along to its predictably happy ending.
Nick and Cody stake out Myers' house and leap in front of him when he steps outside to take out the garbage. Nick pulls a [clip-less] gun on him, explains that they're being framed for Quinlan's abduction, and informs him that Ricky Brazil was the one who put the hit out on his partner. When Nick says that they have full corroboration from Ricky's wife, Myers perks up and agrees to help.
Cody meets up on the beach with Myers, while Nick and Murray hang back with Roboz so they can watch from a safe distance. Cody checks Myers to ensure he isn't wired, and when he decides it's safe, Tina emerges from her hiding spot. A few seconds later, a helicopter appears out of nowhere, along with the van that was used to transport Nick and Cody to the McMansion earlier. Cody's all, "WTF?!", then stares despondently into the sky when he realizes that Myers was working for Ricky all along. Cody and Tina are forced aboard the helicopter, while Nick, Murray, and Roboz helplessly watch from their hiding spot.
Nick reminds Murray that since Tina is probably still wearing the clunky bracelet, they'll be able to track her location...and the two pack up Roboz and race over to where Mimi's parked.
Cody and Tina are brought aboard the Westerly and are handcuffed to pipes in the same utility room where Quinlan is being held captive. Cody berates Quinlan for not taking his warning seriously, while Tina stares down at her clunky bracelet and contorts her face into a look of hopefulness.
Aboard Mimi, Murray logs onto his computer, syncs his tracking software to Tina's clunky bracelet, and quickly determines that she and Cody are out on the open sea. Nick asks Murray to bring over the stash of live grenades (!) and empty glass jars he keeps aboard Mimi for just such occasions and tells him about the old put-a-grenade-in-a-glass-jar trick, which gives the grenade a longer delay before it explodes.
Quinlan, Cody, and Tina are brought onto the deck of the Westerly, and Ricky snarlingly orders his men to shoot the three and toss them overboard. Ricky tells Quinlan he warned him about probing too deeply into his crimes, but Quinlan shrugs and growls, "Just do what you're gonna do." Cody implores Ricky to at least spare Tina - but Tina urges him not to beg on her behalf, then stoically says she'd rather die with him than stay married to a lunatic gangster. A few seconds later, Mimi appears overhead - hurray! - and Murray drops one of Nick's grenades-in-a-glass-jar onto the boat. Cody sees it, instantly understands the plan, and throws it at the engine room, which causes enough of a distraction for Quinlan and Cody to quickly overpower Ricky's men. Murray then leaps aboard the Westerly and points a gun at the already subdued bad guys, which gets a laugh out of Cody when he points out that the gun has no clip. Womp womp!
After a game of volleyball, Tina and Cody hold hands and amble along the pier with Nick and Murray. Tina thanks them for saving her life, then says she's off to her waitressing shift at Straightaways. Cody gives her a peck on the lips and promises to pick her up later, even though this is the last we ever see of Tina. When the three arrive at the Riptide, Quinlan is there, writing up a ticket for all of the infractions they committed during the heroic rescue scene. When Nick and Cody are all, "Wha-a-a?? But we just saved your life!!", Quinlan says he doesn't owe them shit, and that he still has nothing better to do with his time than put every effort into running them out of town. Cody's like, "Whatever" and offers him a beer, and Quinlan says that even though he's off duty, he refuses to drink with jerks. Cody extends his arm for a handshake, then kicks him in the back of the legs, aka the very same way Quinlan had kicked him earlier. He proceeds to toss him overboard, giggling about how assaulting a police officer is A-OK as long as he's off-duty. As Cody, Nick, and Murray chuckle at the sight of Quinlan flapping around in the water, Roboz gets in on that action and zooms over with a glass of water in his mechanical hand, which he then dumps atop Quinlan's head.
Well done, orange bot. Well done.
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