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Season 1

01x?? - The Last Electric Knight

Feb/16/1986
Jake Rizzo, a detective, is chosen by a Chinese savant to be the caretaker of his grandson, Ernie Lee, a kid with a penchant for Martial Arts.
Guest Stars: Paco Vela as Fredo | Antony Ponzini as Detective Kelly | Clarence Landry as Old man | Randy Polk as Chopper | Phil Diskin as Carter | Arthur Adams as Sgt. Cole | Don Cheadle as Cholo, a gangster | Jason Hervey as Bobby | Gary Hudson as Coach Kite | Joe D'Angerio as Mark
Director: James Fargo

1 :01x01 - Are These Your Kicks?

Sep/26/1986
Ernie runs away from home when his relationship with Jake hits some rough spots. Ernie disappears after Rizzo blows up at his overzealous attempts at interior decorating.
Guest Stars: Dick McGarvin as Teacher | Ernie Reyes, Sr. (1) as Detective | Richard Kline as Detective Charlie Cheatham
Director: Allen Reisner

2 :01x02 - Open House

Oct/03/1986
Jake bakes a cake but can't shake a stakeout to attend an open house at Ernie's school.
Guest Stars: Richard Kline as Detective Charlie Cheatham | Giovanni Ribisi as Travis
Director: Kim Manners

3 :01x03 - I Hate the Neighbors

Oct/17/1986
Rizzo responds to annoying neighbors and the city's crime problem by considering a job in a small town.
Guest Stars: Mi Mi Green (1) as Jenny | John Chappell as Weby | Joy Garrett as Randy
Director: Allen Reisner
Writer: Bob Comfort

4 :01x04 - My Dad the Crook

Oct/24/1986
Ernie's concerns about expensive merchandise in the house and Rizzo's secrecy seem justified when Internal Affairs takes them both into custody.
Guest Stars: Byron Webster as Tocino | Gerald Gordon as Dobbs | Brion James as Marshall
Writer: Reed Moran

5 :01x05 - Down and Out in Van Nuys

Oct/31/1986
Ernie saves a raggedy stranger from a pair of toughs, then brings him home.
Guest Stars: Geoffrey Lewis as John Maxwell | John C. Cooke (1) as Shelly | Michael Delano as Horse | Charles H. Hyman as Garth
Writer: Elia J. Katz

6 :01x06 - Thrill of the Chase

Nov/07/1986
When Ernie performs a heroic act, Rizzo tries to shield him from the publicity---but he does permit one appearance: a benefit concert with El DeBarge (who sings "Thrill of the Chase").
Guest Stars: Michael Richards as Arnie Plimpton | El DeBarge as Himself
Director: Allen Reisner
Writer: Bob Comfort

7 :01x07 - Catherine the Not-So-Great

Nov/14/1986
Erenie gets jealous. He is worried that Rizzo's new romance means that Ernie won't be able to be friends with Patricia anymore.
Guest Stars: Barbara Stock as Catherine | Granville Ames as Sweeney
Director: Helaine Head

8 :01x08 - My Dad's Bigger Than Yours

Nov/22/1986
Ernie's trials with a Rambo-like bully soon pull Rizzo and the bully's father (Nicholas Pryor) into the fray.
Guest Stars: David Hoskins (2) as Jason | Giovanni Ribisi as Travis | Nicholas Pryor as Unknown
Director: Nick Havinga

9 :01x09 - The Birds and the Killer Bees

Nov/29/1986
Romance is in the air for both Rizzo and Ernie, which means Rizzo has to find a way to explain the birds and the bees to Ernie.
Guest Stars: Judd Omen as Aguila | Nicole Huntington as Karen | Melora Harte as Liz
Director: Linda Day
Writer: Reed Moran

10 :01x10 - I Remember Mama, But Does She Remember Me?

Dec/13/1986
Rizzo braces for what's sure to be a trying visit from his mother (Magda Harout); Ernie goes along with his karate coach's wishes that he alter his style.
Guest Stars: Magda Harout as Mrs. Rizzo | Gary Hudson as Coach Kite
Director: Kim Manners

11 :01x11 - Grey Belts

Dec/20/1986
Ernie's attempt to teach senior citizens to defend themselves against muggers may bring a lawsuit against Rizzo after one of Ernie's pupils applies what he's learned.

Ernie's bicycle is mangled by a reckless driver.
Guest Stars: Herta Ware as Mamie | Frances Bay as Sarah | Henry Jones (1) as Irwin

12 :01x12 - The Cousin Who Fell to Earth

Jan/03/1987
Rizzo agrees to house the grandson of Sabasan's friend, who's waiting to meet his adoptive family, but the "kid" proves to be an irrepressible 29-year-old whose idols are TV cops---and Rizzo.
Guest Stars: Dan Gerrity as Denton | Richard Sanders as Broadhead | Richard Blood as Primo
Director: Victor Lobl
Writer: Casey Kelly

13 :01x13 - Just for Kicks

Jan/10/1987
Ernie makes the soccer team, but he's overcome with guilt because he used his martial-arts skills on a player in the tryouts.
Guest Stars: Giovanni Ribisi as Travis Houghton | Corin Nemec as Kyle | Katherine Moffat as Monica

14 :01x14 - The Boy Who Saw Too Much

Jan/17/1987
Ernie is suspicious of the goings-on at the neighbors' house, and winds up in jail after he and a friend are caught breaking and entering.
Guest Stars: Giovanni Ribisi as Travis | Rick Hurst as Berglund | Eric Server as Houghton | Robin Pearson Rose as Connie
Director: Allen Reisner
Writer: Reed Moran

15 :01x15 - Kicked Upstairs

Jan/31/1987
Jake's promotion to a desk job gives him more time for Ernie---but all this "quality time" is driving Ernie crazy.
Guest Stars: Gerrit Graham as Krawchek | John McCook as Bob Small | James Emery as Whistler

16 :01x16 - An Eye for an Ear

Feb/07/1987
Rizzo is shot by an ex-con and Ernie identifies the suspect as the same man who entered their apartment posing as a gas-company worker.
Guest Stars: Robert Gray (1) as Grant
Director: Ric Rondell

17 :01x17 - The Next Best Thing to WInning

Feb/14/1987
Ernie wonders if he's doing the right thing by keeping quiet about his math teacher's problem with a bookie's debt collectors.
Guest Stars: Steve Susskind as Mickey | Madison Arnold as Tommy | Terence Knox as Tecket
Director: Allen Reisner

18 :01x18 - The Patusani Always Rings Twice

Feb/21/1987
Ernie is tracked down by his aunt and uncle, and Rizzo (Gil Gerard) fears it will mean an end to his custody.
Guest Stars: Jason Miyashiro as Tasho | Eileen Saki as Mrs. Tosh | Clyde Kusatsu as Dr. Tosh | Laura Narikawa as Mi Ling
Director: Ric Rondell
Writer: Reed Moran

19 :01x19 - Petty Cache

Feb/28/1987
Ernie and his pals form a secret club and stumble onto a stash of loot belonging to hoods.
Guest Stars: Giovanni Ribisi as Travis | Lindsay Fisher as Heather | Ed Fusco as Jenkins | Joshua Cadman as Bates
Director: Jay Broad

20 :01x20 - The Worst of the Mohicans

Mar/07/1987
Rizzo leads Ernie's scout troop on a hike in the woods---where he discovers an auto chop shop.
Guest Stars: James Staley as Mel | Casey Ellison as Geezelman | Paul Gleason as Fargo
Director: Allen Reisner

21 :01x21 - Playing for Keeps

Jun/06/1987
Ernie's rival in a medieval-combat game unwittingly leads Ernie and Rizzo into a burglary ring's underground hide-out.
Guest Stars: André Gower as Eric | John Dennis Johnston (1) as Carson
Director: Kim Manners

22 :01x22 - Read Between the Lines

Jun/13/1987
Ernie learns that a schoolmate and his father cannot read and they're being victimized by a loan shark.
Guest Stars: Patrick St. Esprit as Payne | Robert Miano as Chaffee | Beau Starr as Frank | Michael Manasseri as Matt
Director: Gil Gerard
Warning: Sidekicks guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Adventure
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 26, 1986
Ended: June 13, 1987
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