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There's a contract out on Hammer's head, but he isn't phased. Yet, for the sake of public security, and the chief's, Hammer is sent out of town until things blow over.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 103
Airdate: Friday October 03rd, 1986

Director: Jackie Cooper
Writer: Alan Spencer

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Special Guest Stars
Al Ruscio
As Don Philip Souza

Guest Stars
Ann Ryerson
As Isadora
John Milford
As Officer Lenny
Basil Hoffman
As Sam Steinway

Co-Guest Stars
Mike Tino
As Bodyguard
Bob Corso
As Customer
Danny Dayton
As Unknown

Phil Diskin
As Vendor
Alan Spencer
As Man at Station House
Main Cast
David Rasche
As Det. Insp. Sledge Hammer
Anne-Marie Martin
As Officer Dori Doreau
Harrison Page
As Captain Trunk


Major crime boss Don Philip Souza is running his criminal empire and stroking his pet cat when his accountant Sam Steinway reports that business is down because of one man: Sledge Hammer. Sousa puts a million dollar contract out on Sledge and soon hit men are stalking the inspector everywhere he goes. One breaks into his apartment but Sledge inadvertently shoots him during target practice. Another killer’s knife throw is thwarted by Hammer buying the morning paper. The inspector inadvertently spills a poisoned cup of coffee, and two more hit men rub each other out in a cross fire when Hammer drives away at a stop sign...

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Episode Quotes
Sousa: I want this Sledge Hammer for the rest of his life to be dead!

Hammer: Wow. Morning edition is a little thick today, isn’t it, Fred?
Fred: That’s because they’ve gone and made 62 new horoscope signs.

Trunk: I understand you’re a marked man. Word on the street is there’s already been an attempt on your life.
Hammer: Ooh, color me frightened. Did they succeed?

Trunk: I’m send you out of town until this all blows over.
Hammer: Why, Captain, I’m touched. I had no idea you were so unconcerned about my personal safety.
Trunk: I don’t. I’m concerned about my personal safety!

Jacob: I be Jacob, and this be my daughter, Isadora.
Hammer: Well, I’m Inspector Hammer and this be my gun.

Doreau: Sledge, where in the world are you? Captain Trunk thought the worst happened to you.
Hammer: Why’d he think the worst?
Doreau: He said, uh, “optimism.”

Isadora: I’ve never been with a man before. In that way.
Hammer: Neither have I.

Hammer: I thought violence was against your way of life.
Jacob: Hey. This is the ‘80s.

Isadora: Where is it you goeth?
Hammer: I have to make a special delivery. COD. DOA.
Jacob: A-okay.
Hammer: Don’t confuse me.

Isadora: Will I ever see you again?
Hammer: Only if you make the Ten Most Wanted List. Kind of unlikely.

Jacob: Go with God, Sledge Hammer.
Hammer: Obey the penal codes.

Cultural References
The title, and the episode in general, are a parody of the 1985 movie Witness, starring Harrison Ford as a detective who is forced to take refuge in an Amish community when criminals come after him and the Amish boy he's protecting.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAlan Spencer
Executive ProducerWilliam P. D'Angelo
ProducerAlan Spencer
Associate ProducerByron Chudnow
CastingCathy Henderson  |  Barbara Hanley
HairstylistJay Wellington
Make-upJune Brickman
Key GripDylan Shephard
Location ManagerMichael Casey (1)
Transportation CoordinatorRick Rollison
Property MasterTommy Estridge
Script SupervisorConnie Barzaghi
Production CoordinatorNancy Rosing
OtherBetty Martin Mallin (Production Controller)
Director of PhotographyNorman Leigh
Story EditorTino Insana  |  David Pitlik  |  Barry Gurstein  |  Mike Reiss  |  Brian Pollack  |  Mert Rich  |  Al Jean
Stunt CoordinatorEd Ulrich
Art DirectorGregory Melton
Creative ConsultantLeonard Stern
Sound EditorTom Koester
Main Title ThemeDanny Elfman
Warning: Sledge Hammer! season 1 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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