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Tag Team - the lost pilot episode starring Roddy Piper and Jesse Ventura!
by: -RoG-


Sure enough, the two of them graduate with flying colors and they are awarded police badges and uniforms at their graduation ceremonies. Looks like Bobby is gonna need a bigger uniform though, cuz when he gives a salute, his bulging biceps cause his sleeve to tear. Oh the hilarity! So what do two rookie cops get assigned to for their first day on the job? Patrolling the streets? Nope. Traffic duty? Nope. Paperwork? Nope.

Hot witness protection? BINGO! That's right, on their first day, these two rookie cops are assigned to protect Rita Valentine (played by Jennifer Runyon) who witnessed some undercover cops get murdered and needs to be in court later on. So they get to protect a hot witness while the other rookies are out directing traffic? Makes sense to me. She's awfully nervous, but when Bobby tells her "everybody can be scared, even we are sometimes." is he deep voice, her nerves are calmed almost immediately. Sensitive wrestling superstars. Awww.

(note: if Jennifer Runyon looks familiar to you, it's because she was the main love interest of Scott Baio on Charles in Charge. She was also the girl in Ghostbusters who Bill Murray said was psychic because he liked her while he electro-shocked the hell out of the male student. Actually, almost every guy had a crush on her back in the 80's.)

Soon enough, some bad guys who were paid to kill Rita show up at the house and even though Rick and Bobby are armed with guns, they choose to do things the old fashioned way. Bobby literally pulls out the carpet from one of the bad guys, then the two of them "tag team" up on the hitman and throw him out the window. Good to see all that firearms training at the police academy paid off for 'em.

Yeah well, while they were fighting the bad guys, Rita climbed out the window and ran away because... well... because she's an idiot. Nonetheless, they can't seem to trace her down and have to report back to headquarters. There, the captain puts them on suspension even though they did their job. Shortly after, Rick is in the locker room with Bobby and he starts to get all emotional about how he felt like he finally found a place where he belongs. For a second there, I swear I thought he was gonna cry.

Fortunately, when Bobby hears this, he remembers Rita talking about the animals she takes care of and how they "needed a place to belong" too. He puts two and two together and believes they'll find Rita at the local animal shelter!

Sure enough, she's there! How's that for some super detective work, eh? Eat your heart out, Sherlock. Anyway, Rita apologizes for running away and they're more than understanding about it. I think it's because she's making a pouty face and she's taking care of an injured dog that has no home. Wrestling cops... they're always suckers for the pouty-faced chicks who nurse injured dogs.

Next, they drive Rita to the courthouse because she has to testify as a witness to the murder, but it's not gonna be that easy to get in. Some bad guys are waiting outside the courthouse to stop her!

Don't worry though, Rick and Bobby are ready for the bad guys and then some. They climb up onto a ledge that overlooks where the hitmen are standing and then prepare to jump down on them. Mind you, this is a jump that no human could possibly make without shattering both of his legs. So what we're treated to is some hilariously bad editing. Part 1: We see them contemplate the jump. 2: We see a shot of them jumping in the air. 3: We see a shot of them standing on the ground as if they just made this miraculous jump and the thugs have a slightly delayed falling reaction. Ah... it's TV magic I tell ya!

So they start kickin' the crap outta the bad guys for a while, but then one of them plays dirty by grabbing a fistful of dirt and throwing it in Bobby's face. Say, didn't the Samurai Brothers do something like that to them earlier in the show? Wow! What a coincidence!! Bobby is now struggling for his life as the bad guy has him pinned up against a tree and is choking him death with a shovel handle. So what does he do in his time of need? He reaches his hand out to his buddy Rick and we are treated to something amazing:

I shit you not, HE ACTUALLY TAGS HIS PARTNER AS IF THEY'RE IN A WRESTLING MATCH!!! It's a fucking classic moment of pure hilarity and whatever TV executive turned down this show should be burned alive for denying us from seeing more episodes with scenes like this.

As you might expect, from that point on they have no problem manhandling the remaining hitmen. I'm not sure what rubbing his hands in the guy's face was supposed to accomplish, but Rick sure seemed to have fun doing it. With the bad guys defeated, or "faced" as some might claim, Rita is able to make it to the hearing just in the nick of time to testify. Hooray for Rick and Bobby! You did it guys! You saved the day!

Later on Rita shows up at their apartment as is treated to the sweaty chest hairs of Bobby who's been working out. Rick then hops out of the shower and comes to greet her when she unveils her surprise: she brought them that dog she was nursing back to health earlier in the show! Awww. The dog jumps up onto Rick and he starts chuckling about it. Rita tells them they're gonna have to give the dog a name, and Rick tells her they've already got one. Then, in perfect unison, Rick and Bobby shakes hands and name the dog "BODYSLAM!"

And there you have it, the pilot episode of "Tag Team" - a show that never was but clearly should have been. If nothing else, the pilot episode has taught us all something very important: the next time you see a wrestling superstar, please remember... they're not just here to entertain us. They're also here...


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from the pilot episode of "Tag Team"!

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