|Cody Allen (Perry
King) and Nick Ryder (Joe Penny) are two former Army buddies who
decided to open the Pier 56 Detective Agency (later known as the
Riptide Detective Agency) in Los Angeles, California. However,
realizing that computers and technology play a major role in
many investigations, the two recruit the help of Murray "Boz"
Bozinsky (Thom Bray), a brilliant, but socially inept scientist
and computer hacker whom they met while serving in the military.
The team operate out of Cody's
boat, the Riptide, moored at Pier 56 at King Harbor
Marina. The men have several other tools in their fight against
crime and injustice. These included Murray's robot, The Roboz
(which, unlike most television robots, does not speak); Nick's
aging Sikorsky S-58T helicopter, The Screaming Mimi,
which Nick occasionally used for his sideline business, aerial
harbor tours; and Cody's speedboat, the Ebb Tide. Nick
also owns a classic red Chevrolet Corvette and in early episodes
Cody drives an orange "Woodie" station wagon which is
later replaced by a four-wheel drive pickup truck.
Lt. Quinlan (Jack Ging) is a
local police officer who continually harasses the trio. Lt.
Parisi, the agency's police contact during the final episodes,
is more cooperative. During the first few episodes, Mama Jo
(Anne Francis) is the crusty skipper of the Barefoot Contessa,
a tourist boat crewed by an all-female crew. Introduced later in
the first season is Max, a comedienne at a local club. Second
season episodes also feature Dooley, a dock boy who occasionally
assists the team in their escapades.
The show's penultimate episode,
"If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em", shows Allen and
Ryder acting as consultants to a television series that closely
resembles and parodies Moonlighting, Riptide's
former prime time competition on Tuesday nights. Although local
mobsters were depicted in most episodes, some reflected
sensitive topics, like corruption among the U.S. Army,
high-level cover-ups, and black ops by Corporate America. The
third season's "Home for Christmas", with a
performance by James Whitmore, has a strongly emotional tone.