The Best Episodes of Baywatch

Last Updated: May 27, 2019

This long-running series follows the adventures of a team of lifeguards on the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County. Veteran lifeguard Mitch Buchannon watches over the younger lifeguards that come and go with each passing season as they keep the beaches safe for vacationers. Frequently he must take action to save them from the raging seas and from the raging tempers that sometimes flare up between the young guards in this stressful job.

The Red Knights

#1 - The Red Knights

Season 4 - Episode 13

Some old lifeguards known as the Red Knights are having a reunion at Baywatch. Among the lifeguards are the legendary Bud Gates who was the first lifeguard ever to swim to Catalina and back in the nude. But after a couple of years he mysteriously disappeared from the beach. Later it's revealed that he is convinced he saw Marilyn Monroe on the beach one day. When he was about to make a move on her, he got a call that someone had seen sharks at Topanga Beach. Later when he got back, she was nowhere to be seen. When Marilyn Monroe died, he retired as a lifeguard and went back to Omaha and opened a hardware store. Meanwhile, Ben isn't to pleased about the reunion. All the other Knights are still in good shape, but Ben isn't because of his broken hip. Bud asks Mitch how Ben got injured and he tells Bud that a couple of years ago, Ben was hang-gliding and saw a surfer in trouble. Ben was the only one who could rescue him and then he jumped from 30 feet and rescued the surfer. But during the

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Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Elroy Schwartz
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Rescue Bay

#2 - Rescue Bay

Season 4 - Episode 18

When TV-producer Don Brand visits the beach, he is delighted to discover that the actions that take place on the beach are perfect for a TV-series. He calls the TV-series ""Rescue Bay"". He gets inspired when he witness Stephanie, Matt and Summer rescue two men on a boat, and when Garner catches a bad guy with the help of a kid's kite. Brand is convinced that he has a number one show in his hand. Brand follows the lifeguards around interviewing them about their jobs and personal lives. Stephanie reveals her and Mitch's relationship to him. Matt and Summer are played by two network-deal ingenues. Stephanie wants to play herself but when C.J. returns from Hawaii unaware of the shooting of a TV-series, she rescues the victims not knowing they are only acting. Brand is immediately smitten and offers Stephanie's part to C.J. and Stephanie becomes real upset. When the two roommates argue over who is best suited to play the role, Mitch agrees to help them with a kissing scene, but that doesn't

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Writers: Steven Barnes
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Western Exposure

#3 - Western Exposure

Season 4 - Episode 19

Famous country-singer Jesse Lee Harris is at the top of his career and because he tours constantly, his wife Crystal left him with their son Jackson. The problem is that she didn't tell him where they went. But one day, Jesse receives a Venice Beach postcard from Jackson and he is determined to find them. Therefore he takes a detour to Los Angeles on his way to Las Vegas and hopes to find his family there and get the marriage back together again. When Jesse walks around on the beach, showing people a picture of Jackson, two girls recognize him and then he is surrounded by 20 girls. When they all end up in the water, C.J. and some other lifeguards have to rescue him. C.J.'s friend Sadie who was on the beach next to C.J.'s tower is a country singer herself, and she recognizes Jesse. When C.J. finds out about it, she escorts him to headquarters. She also convinces him to come to the Denim & Diamonds Dance Hall to hear Sadie sing. Jessie accepts the invitation, and is so impressed by Sadie

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Writers: Deborah Bonann Schwartz
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Red Wind

#4 - Red Wind

Season 5 - Episode 9

The Santa Ana Winds usher in some strange times for the lifeguards as Caroline helps an insane man who swears his daughter drowned in the ocean, while Mitch is tormented by a meek man, whose fiancée remains infatuated with Mitch from a years-ago rescue.

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Writers: Eric Blakeney
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Liquid Assets

#5 - Liquid Assets

Season 7 - Episode 3

C.J. befriends a homeless man, who then dies and leaves her a fortune in his will. Hobie helps aspiring lifeguard Manny make the Junior Lifeguard.

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Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Michael Berk
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Chance of a Lifetime

#6 - Chance of a Lifetime

Season 7 - Episode 13

Stephanie and Tom decide to spend their honeymoon on a two masted sailing schooner named ""Chance of a Lifetime"" with Mitch, Neely and a bunch of teenagers. They think the trip will help the teenagers face their fears and problems, while teaching them some important life lessons. The teenagers are Benjamin who is very intelligent, Megan whose parents died when she was five, Trisha who has a sense of humor, Diana who has asthma and Randy and Terry who are stepbrothers. Randy and Terry fight all the time and during one fight, they break the only radio on board. This means they don't get the warning call about a storm heading their way from Baja. When the sail collapses and the ship starts sinking, they are forced to abandon the ship. Caroline, Cody and C.J. are back at headquarters worrying about them. When they head toward the lifeboat, Stephanie notices that Trisha is missing. She goes back in and finds her on the cabin floor. When Stephanie and Trisha are on the deck, lighting strikes

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Writers: Deborah Schwartz
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Talk Show

#7 - Talk Show

Season 7 - Episode 14

Mitch rescues the life of a talk show host, who then invites him to appear on her show. C.J. is convinced that a stray dog found by her and Caroline posseses the reincarted soul of the late Stephanie.

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Writers: Kimmer Ringwald
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Rendezvous

#8 - Rendezvous

Season 7 - Episode 17

Cody encounters a mermaid during a rescue. Meanwhile, two teens form a suicide pact to be together when their disapproving parents try to keep them apart.

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Directors: Gus Trikonis
Writers: Kimmer Ringwald
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Short Sighted

#9 - Short Sighted

Season 5 - Episode 6

After Caroline and Logan complete rookie school, Logan is named ""Rookie of the Year"" and chooses to work at Baywatch. Caroline, still smarting from her break-up with Logan, tells Stephanie she won't be able to work with him. During her first shift, Caroline's distracted by Logan's presence. Despite Stephanie's warning to watch a little girl, Caroline can't keep her eyes off Logan and almost misses a rescue when the girl nearly drowns. After Steph comes to the girl's rescue, a guilty Caroline confesses she missed the rescue because of Logan. Stephanie then decides to transfer Logan to Zuma Beach. Caroline's upset by Stephanie's interference while Logan threatens to sue. Mitch advises Stephanie to not let her personal feelings about Logan interfere with his job ability. Stephanie reconsiders and apologizes to Caroline, saying she'll be her boss when she's on-duty, but her sister off-duty. Meanwhile, Hobie befriends a new junior lifeguard named Carter, who panics when he learns of an up

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Heat Wave

#10 - Heat Wave

Season 1 - Episode 3

Los Angeles is having a heat wave and it's going to be a busy day for the lifeguards. The episode starts with a scene where a man and a boy are seen leaving a motel followed by another man. The hunted man turns out to be an old friend of Mitch and Craig's. His name is Steve Humboldt. Steve tells Mitch that he and Mike was just passing by and got to think of Mitch. Steve also tells Mitch that he has divorced his wife Allison and now has full custody of Mike. At the beach when Hobie and Steve goes surfing, Mike meets a boy named Ricky and they hang out together. They go into a storm drain, and while they are inside, two workers put a lock on the door. The boys are trapped and the tide is coming in. Meanwhile, a man named Patrick Murphy pays Mitch a visit. He tells Mitch that Steve has run away with his son. When Steve can't find Mike anywhere, a big search takes place. Finally they find him and Ricky in the storm drain and Mitch and Craig are forced to walk through a tunnel to get there.

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Directors: Gus Trikonis
Writers: E.F. Wallengren
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Second Wave

#11 - Second Wave

Season 1 - Episode 4

Eddie's old friend Jimmy Roche from Philadelphia has arrived to L.A. But Eddie isn't happy to see him. When Eddie is out shopping for groceries, Jimmy stops by and talks to Gina. When Eddie comes back, he gets angry and Jimmy is forced to leave. Another day, Jimmy challenges Eddie on the way to a rescue, so Eddie beats him up with his lifeguard can. For that incident, Eddie is suspended for 30 days, but put back on duty, when he tells the truth. It turns out that he and Jimmy robbed a bank when they were 16 years old. Eddie didn't want to do it and started to fight with Jimmy. During their fight, the man behind the counter pulled a gun and Jimmy ended up in prison and Eddie in a foster home. Garner finds out that Jimmy is a wanted felon in several states, and therefore when Jimmy wants to meet him, Eddie brings Garner. But Jimmy finds out about it and leaves. Then he torches Eddie and Shauni's tower on fire with them in it. But they get out safe and Eddie is able to capture Jimmy. Mean

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Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: Jill Donner
Nightmare Bay (Part 1)

#12 - Nightmare Bay (Part 1)

Season 2 - Episode 1

An underwater photographer named Linda is attacked inside a sea cave. Her boat is destroyed and her partner Walt is killed. Mitch rescues her. Because she doesn't know what attacked her, everyone think it's a sea monster. When Linda talks to Devon, another lifeguard, she can't give her any good information about what really happened down there. Kaye Morgan, a newspaper reporter from The Westside Press, writes in her paper that a sea monster attacked Linda. Because of Kaye's article, the lifeguards find themselves dealing with an often comical yet dangerous situation created by media hype and speculation that there is a ""creature in the bay"". This brings lots of people to the beach. Meanwhile, Shauni has to rescue a nine-year old girl named Tiana when she falls of a jetty. She has come to the beach with her brother Jordan. Later, when Shauni goes to visit them in a rough neighborhood, some gang-members try to hijack her car. But Tiana's mother takes Shauni away from them. Also, Shauni's

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Writers: Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz
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Nightmare Bay (Part 2)

#13 - Nightmare Bay (Part 2)

Season 2 - Episode 2

Harvey is feeding off the local panic, making a small fortune selling ""Creature in the bay"" T-shirts. Just when things start to calm down, the situation escalates when a fishing boat catches something huge in its net, and is pulled underwater by the mysterious entity below the surface. When Baywatch finally receives a new rescue boat called a scarab, Mitch, Thorpe and Devon head out looking for the sea-monster. When they have located it, Mitch and Devon dive down and they are surprised to find a little submarine down there. The submarine catches Devon. But Mitch rescues her and attaches the anchor of the scarab to the little submarine. When they have transported the little submarine to shore, they find out that a ruthless independent oil speculator named Van Alden, who works for Petrovision, is behind the whole thing. Petrovision was trying to get a jump on the competition for offshore oil drilling tracts by trying to discover which tracts contained the riches oil deposits. Walt found

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Thin or Die

#14 - Thin or Die

Season 2 - Episode 8

After helping the firemen put out a fire, Mitch, Harvey and Brooke find a little dog in the water. Mitch rescues the dog and after that, the dog doesn't want to leave Mitch. He brings the dog home and Hobie gets all excited and names the dog Sandy. When Hobie goes to stay at a friend's house for the night, Mitch plans to have a romantic dinner with his girlfriend Kelly. But Sandy keeps disturbing them and Kelly ends up leaving. When Kelly has left the house, Mitch can't get any sleep so he goes down-stairs to the laundry room and asks Sandy what's wrong. Then before Mitch knows it, Sandy runs out of the room and knocks down a surfboard in front of the laundry room. Mitch is trapped and he is forced to spend the night in the laundry room while Sandy sleeps in his bed. The next day, Mitch doesn't want to take care of Sandy anymore, so he gives him to Garner. When Sandy runs away, Garner is forced to follow him. He then finds out that Sandy has spotted two wanted criminals named Jake and

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Writers: Douglas Schwartz, Deborah Schwartz
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If Looks Could Kill

#15 - If Looks Could Kill

Season 2 - Episode 11

Allison Fowles, a beautiful seductive woman murders a man named Steve by handcuffing him to the bottom rung of a ladder in a pool. The next day, she leaves the house with a suitcase full of money and a dead Steve in the backseat. While on the road, she is spotted by Drew her ex-partner, who starts chasing her. Allison loses control over her car and ends up driving off the edge off a cliff. Mitch and Eddie are in the scarab and head for the rescue immediately after the car has hit the water. Allison is rescued by Mitch but Steve can not be resuscitated. Unfortunately for Allison, the money can't be brought back up until the next day. Therefore she seduces Mitch and without him knowing it, she wants him to protect her from Drew. Mitch and Allison share a very passionate evening together. During the night, Drew breaks into the house. Mitch starts fighting with him but loses. Just when Drew is about to shoot Mitch, Allison shoots Drew instead. He dies immediately. Allison tells Mitch that

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Big Monday

#16 - Big Monday

Season 2 - Episode 14

When a deaf girl named Lili, gets separated from her family on the beach, her mom freaks out. Kaye helps her finding her. When they find Lili, she has been pulled out by an undercurrent and can't get back to shore. Mitch heads for the rescue, but a mysterious Hawaiian guy gets to her first. Lili is brought back to safety by Mitch. Mitch is determined to find this mysterious Hawaiian guy. He goes to visit an old Hawaiian friend of his. He tells him that it was Sonny Paalua, son of the recently drowned surfing great Duke Paalua. Meanwhile, Kaye offers to teach Lili sign language. Her mother Sharon doesn't want anyone to treat her child differently. But Kaye tells her that Lili is different. Sharon agrees to give it a try. At the sign language school, Lili ends up in a fight with another kid and Sharon take her away from there. Later Kaye convinces her to let her take Lili to an amusement park. It's a magical journey for Lili as Kaye introduces her to the world of communication throu

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Writers: Gary Capo, Julian Whatley, Michael Berk
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Shark's Cove

#17 - Shark's Cove

Season 2 - Episode 18

Debbie Kent, Shauni's swim partner, has a very demanding father. She has excellent times but according to her father, they aren't good enough. Therefore he grounds her and forbids her to see her boyfriend Zach. Without her father knowing it, she and Zach have a beach party at the beach. When they decide to go for a swim, a shark attacks Debbie and she disappears. Mitch and Ben recover Debbie's shredded bathing suit. The cove where Debbie disappeared is called Shark's Cove. The cove got that name ten years earlier when a bunch of shark attacks took place there. When Shauni and Harvey find a weight belt under a buoy near the place where Debbie disappeared, Shauni starts wondering if Debbie is dead after all. Later when Mr. Kent has cleared out Debbie's locker, he leaves a book behind. When Shauni take a look in it, she discovers that $ 8 000 disappeared from Debbie's bank account the same day she died. She decides to pay Zach a visit. He refuses to let her into the trailer, and then sud

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Directors: Monte Markham
Writers: Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz
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The Big Spill

#18 - The Big Spill

Season 2 - Episode 20

Lane Brody, an environmentalist and former lifeguard has returned to Baywatch to investigate illegal chemical dumping. He suspects a company named Transicon Industries may be responsible and he wants Mitch's help breaking into the plant. Mitch refuses although he agrees with Lane. But Mitch doesn't want to break the law. When Hobie and his friend Brenda are out on their bikes, Brenda loses control over her bike and falls into a lagoon. Hobie has to rescue her. Later. when Hobie and Lane are driving go-carts, Hobie crashes. Mitch finds out that he has a very high temperature, and so does Brenda. Lane tells Mitch to bring Hobie to the hospital, because he has been poisoned by some chemicals. Meanwhile, Lane springs to action and meets with his contact Jeff, from Transicon. But Jeff is a bad guy himself, and he knocks Lane unconscious and he places Lane next to a bomb that is about to explode. Lane wakes up just in time to get away from there. After the explosion, a lot of toxic chemicals

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Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: David Braff
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The Summer of '85

#19 - The Summer of '85

Season 2 - Episode 22

Harvey has been seeing a fortune teller named Rosalind for quite some time. Almost everything she has told him, has happened. Therefore, Eddie and Shauni pay Rosalind a visit. Rosalind predicts that Eddie will meet his first true love. She assures him that it's not Shauni. Eddie doesn't believe this at first, until one day when he spots a woman on a sailing-boat drawing just like the woman he had a relationship with back in 1985. Her name is Lorna Cosgrove. Eddie tracks down the sailing boat, but when he meets Lorna she denies knowing him and tells him that her name is Caitlin. Her boyfriend Roger is also on the boat. Eddie leaves but the next day, he receives a painting from a boy. This was the painting Lorna drew that year on Nantucket Island. He sees her on the jetty and goes to talk to her. She tells him that she couldn't reveal her true self while Roger was on board. Apparently, he doesn't know everything about her past. However, Lorna is in trouble and she asks Eddie to remember

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Directors: Michael Berk
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River of No Return (Part 2)

#20 - River of No Return (Part 2)

Season 3 - Episode 2

Drew starts shooting at the raft and the gang take cover behind some cliffs. Then Lonny appears on some cliffs with Shauni. Drew tells them to bring Hobie to him. But instead C.J. goes with Mitch and Eddie behind the raft. Hobie is still behind the cliffs holding up Mitch's helmet. Mitch swims towards the cliffs and climbs up to Lonny and Shauni. Mitch beats Lonny, but he manages to pull Shauni down the cliffs first. Eddie sees this just when he has beaten Drew. The gang then manages to escape from the bad guys. When things have calmed down, Eddie asks Shauni to marry him. Shauni gets upset and tells him that she's not pregnant. But Eddie wants to marry her anyway. They continue their treasure hunt and finally manages to find a cave that looks like Wilma's table from the Flintstones. Mitch climbs down with the help of a rope and he finds the golden boot. When Eddie has pulled up the golden boot, Lonny and Drew come back again. They close the cave and Mitch is trapped inside. But the ga

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Writers: Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz
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Tequila Bay

#21 - Tequila Bay

Season 3 - Episode 3

Mitch is happy to announce that he is going to work on the beach again, when a new lieutenant arrives to Baywatch. The new lieutenant turns out to be Mitch's old flame Stephanie Holden. Ben meets her first and suspects that Mitch isn't going to like this. When Mitch sees her, he becomes upset and calls Chief Thorpe. Thorpe tells Mitch that it's up to him to decide if she can stay or not. Both Mitch and Stephanie has flashbacks back to 1989 when they first meet. Stephanie was substituting for Jill back then. He met her in the men's locker room. They had a little romance and decided to spend a weekend together in Catalina. But Stephanie never showed up and Mitch was upset for a long time. Now, Stephanie tells him that her ex-husband came to her and wanted her back. She accepted this and left Mitch behind. Mitch and Stephanie rescue a man together and Mitch realizes that she is a good lifeguard. He writes a letter to Chief Thorpe that she can stay. Meanwhile, Matt is ordered to patrol on

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Directors: Lyndon Chubbuck
Writers: David Braff
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Rookie of the Year

#22 - Rookie of the Year

Season 3 - Episode 4

The episode starts with Mitch driving a lifeguard truck on the beach. Suddenly he sees something in the water and calls it in requesting all available units. But the victim turns out to be a paper bag. So about 20 lifeguards was sent to rescue a paper bag. Later when Mitch enters the shower, everybody is wearing a paper bag. Rookie school begins. Guido, an Italian guy wants to become a lifeguard and he bothers Mitch. When Guido enters the meeting room, he sees the terrible mess there and decides to clean the place up. When Stephanie enters, she thinks that everything in the room is new, but Guido has just polished it a bit extra. In the real rookie competition, the rookies are competing in a race called the Gauntlet. And they also race the Gauntlet for practice. When Summer has climbed up to the top of the pier and is about to jump, she chickens out and has to walk back to the beach. On the beach, C.J. starts talking to her and reveals that she had the same problem when she was a rooki

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Directors: Gus Trikonis
Writers: Gregory J. Bonann, Deborah Bonann Schwartz
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Lifeguards Can't Jump

#23 - Lifeguards Can't Jump

Season 3 - Episode 10

When Mitch and Stephanie are running on the beach, they see a dead man on some rocks. Garner identifies him as Tito Washburn who was once a promising basketball-player. In order to find some information about his death, Garner visits his old playground again. There he meets the old bookie Ozzie, an old friend of his. He will give Garner some information if he agrees to play some games. Garner plays and beats a tall white guy because Garner can't miss any shoots he takes. Then Garner decides to talk Mitch into playing with him. He does so and they win some games. Then they find out that Tito's wife Cookie would receive a lot of money if Tito died. They also know that a man named Trey Harris has been seen with Cookie for a while now. If they can get some of his blood to the lab, they will find out if he killed her. When Trey has fallen and started bleeding, he wipes of the blood on a towel. Stephanie takes the towel to the lab and it turns out that the blood matches. When the game is ove

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Writers: Lloyd J Schwartz
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Dead of Summer

#24 - Dead of Summer

Season 3 - Episode 11

Governor Neil Dickson is going to hold a speech on the pier. Sam Dietz handles the security and he doesn't want to have anyone close to the pier. Meanwhile, three bad guys are planning to blow the pier into little pieces and they plan to do it with a boat. They are going to do it by placing a transmitter on the pier and then drive a boat towards the pier. One of the bad guys will steer it there. Later Garner discovers Louis Zane on the pier. It turns out that Zane is there to kill Governor Dickson, because Dickson gave the death sentence when Zane's brother Raymond was executed. Barnett and C.J. are going to patrol the water around the pier in two scarabs. The bad guys hijack C.J.'s scarab and places the bomb in her scarab. When C.J. doesn't respond to Mitch's calls, Mitch understands that something is wrong. He tells Barnett to drive up alongside C.J.'s scarab. Then they see the bomb and C.J. unconscious at the steering wheel. Mitch jumps onto the scarab and manages to turn it away fr

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Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Terry Erwin
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Strangers Among Us

#25 - Strangers Among Us

Season 3 - Episode 14

While Slade is winning a surfing competition in Australia, a diamond-smuggler named Dirk puts some diamonds in a surfboard that looks identical to Slade's. He marks one of the fens, so he can find the right surfboard. When Slade is receiving his trophy, Dirk switches the surfboards and when Slade comes back to California, Dirk and his partner Lila follow him to the beach. When Slade leaves his van to go and sleep on the beach, Dirk enters Slade's van using the keys. Then Matt arrives on his motorcycle and when he sees Slade's door closing, he decides to pay him a visit. But in the van he finds Dirk instead and Dirk pushes him out of the way and jumps onto the back of their jeep. Lila then drives away, but Matt manages to jump onto the back of the jeep. But Dirk pushes him off the jeep and he falls down a hill and lands in the sand. When Matt tells Slade about it, Slade tells him that he still has all of his surfboards left. When the smugglers finds out that they have the wrong surfboar

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Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: John Whelpley
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