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Sledge Hammer!: Magnum Farce

There are a series of vigilante crimes and it's Hammer's job to protect the scum who might be targeted next. When the target gets killed, it's discovered that those who committed the crime were police officers; and now Sledge wants to infiltrate the group.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 107
Airdate: Saturday November 22nd, 1986



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Guest Stars
David LeisureDavid Leisure
As Jackson
Recurring
Janice LyndeJanice Lynde
As District Attorney Evelyn Collins
Mark RolstonMark Rolston
As Braddock
Jay RasumnyJay Rasumny
As Medwick

Co-Guest Stars
Leslie MorrisLeslie Morris
As Officer Mayjoy
Recurring
Kathleen BaileyKathleen Bailey
As Veronica
Nigel GibbsNigel Gibbs
As Officer Art Linkletter
Eric FleeksEric Fleeks
As Unknown
Robert WinleyRobert Winley
As Unknown
Main Cast
David RascheDavid Rasche
As Det. Insp. Sledge Hammer
Anne-Marie MartinAnne-Marie Martin
As Officer Dori Doreau
Harrison PageHarrison Page
As Captain Trunk

Recap

A traffic cop pulls over a man... and then shoots him dead. At home, Sledge is drying his hair when he gets word that the man, a criminal, was shot to death and it's the third such death in three months. At the station, District Attorney Evelyn Collins is trying to get in to see Trunk and insists on following Hammer... until she realizes he's going into the restroom. She eventually meets with an apologetic Trunk and an unrepentant Hammer comes in. Collins is investigating the murders of the criminals, each of which was killed a day after their exoneration. Drug pusher Rudy Medwick has just been released and Collins figures that he's next. Trunk orders Hammer and Doreau to cooperate with Collins and help her find Medwick...

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Episode Notes
The show moved to Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., replacing "The Ellen Burstyn Show."



Episode Quotes
Hammer: Well, nice meeting you, Miss Collins.
Collins: That's "Ms." Good day, Mr. Hammer.
Hammer: That's "Mirr."

Doreau: Seems to frequent massage parlors.
Hammer: Oh great. Take us years to find him. There's over a thousand of those massage parlors across the city.
Doreau: No, I think he just goes there for a massage.
Hammer: Well, there's only about three of those.

Hammer: See, there's a bunch of vigilantes out there shoot people nobody likes, and you're next on the list.
Medwick: Why am I next?
Hammer: Because they couldn't find Peewee Herman.

Trunk: Do you recognize it?
Hammer: (bites a bullet) That's a .38 Special, it's a police issue. I'd say 1984 vintage. An amusing year.

Hammer: Who let you jokers in?
Braddock: Your landlady.
Hammer: Why? Because you're cops?
Jackson: No. Because we told her we're going to beat you up.
Hammer: And she wonders why she can never get a date.

Braddock: The reason we're here, Inspector Hammer, is to invite you to join a clandestine group who share the singular purpose of righting wrongs through force and aggression.
Hammer: Oh, I'm already a registered Republican.

Braddock: We'll ask the questions, Hammer. What do you think about reading a suspect his rights?
Hammer: I prefer to read him his last rites, if you know what I mean.
Jackson: What do you think about the death penalty?
Hammer: It's too lenient. There's always the possibility of reincarnation.

Hammer: You behave yourself and maybe I'll show you my appendix scar.

Collins: I'm not interested in the ERA, I'm into the NRA.

Collins: My father killed that deer when I was just a little girl.
Hammer: Oh, so he was a hunter?
Collins: No, a bad driver.

Collins: Of all the officers I've recruited, there's something strangely appealing about you. I guess it's your callous disregard for human rights, your savage instinct, your chauvinism, your inability to treat women as equals.
Hammer: Yeah, I'm quite a catch.

Hammer: (to his gun) Looks like you and me are the only sane ones here.



Cultural References
The title, and much of the plot, parodies the 1973 movie Magnum Force, with Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry Callahan taking on a secret murder squad within the San Francisco police department.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorAlan Spencer
Executive ProducerWilliam P. D'Angelo
ProducerThomas Kane
Co-ProducerRobert Birnbaum
Associate ProducerByron Chudnow
Production DesignerSteven Wolff
CastingBarbara Hanley  |  Cathy Henderson
Unit Production ManagerRobert Birnbaum
First Assistant DirectorRobert P. Cohen
Second Assistant DirectorGlen Sanford
MusicLance Rubin
Costume DesignerGiovanna Ottobre-Melton
HairstylistJay Wellington
Make-upJune Brickman
Key GripDylan Shephard
Camera OperatorPhil Schwartz
Location ManagerMichael Casey (1)
Transportation CoordinatorRick Rollison
Property MasterTommy Estridge
Production CoordinatorNancy Rosing
OtherBetty Martin Mallin (Production Controller)
Director of PhotographyNorman Leigh
Story EditorJim Staahl  |  Jim Fisher (1)  |  Tino Insana  |  Al Jean  |  Mike Reiss  |  Brian Pollack  |  Mert Rich
Stunt CoordinatorEd Ulrich
Art DirectorGregory Melton
Creative ConsultantLeonard Stern
Sound EditorTom Koester
Main Title ThemeDanny Elfman
 
Warning: Sledge Hammer! season 1 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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