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Sledge Hammer!: Sledgepoo

A series of jewel heists has Hammer investigating a beauty parlor and going undercover as a jewel thief himself. Trouble is, before the crooks can accept him as one of them, they have to witness his criminal prowess in action.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x19
Production Number: 118
Airdate: Saturday February 14th, 1987

Director: Thomas Schlamme
Writer: Alan Mandel

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Guest Stars
Don Stark
As Kurt Kruggle
Patti Tippo
As Officer Daley
Kurt Paul
As Coroner Norman Blates
Clive Revill
As Westcott
George Dickerson
As Commissioner Holbestam

Co-Guest Stars
Benny Baker
As Ice Cream Truck Driver
Montana Smoyer
As Woman on Park Bench
Maggie Kedron
As Rich Wife
Main Cast
David Rasche
As Det. Insp. Sledge Hammer
Anne-Marie Martin
As Officer Dori Doreau
Harrison Page
As Captain Trunk


A cat burglar breaks into a luxurious manor. At home, Sledge Hammer receives a call from his old contact, Kurt Kruggle. Kruggle has information on the cat burglar who shot a cop, but doesn't want to sell his info over the phone. He arranges a meeting with Hammer at a bowling alley and Hammer goes there with Doreau. Kruggle rolls them instructions in the finger hole of a bowling ball, telling them to roll his payment down and he'll send the information back. Hammer rolls the ball and forgets to roll it in the gutter, knocking down Kruggle. Kruggle rolls him back the info but Hammer gets his finger stuck in a woman's bowling ball...

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Episode Quotes
Kruggle: Listen, Hammer, I've got some information for you about that cat burglar, the one who's pulling off all those jewel robberies.
Hammer: Hey, listen, forget it, okay. It's a sissy case.
Kruggle: Oh yeah? Well, uh, he's suspected of shooting a cop.
Hammer: There's a cat burglar who shot a cop. Now I'm mildly enraged.

Doreau: Where's Kruggle?
Hammer: He likes to keep a low profile, ever since he was romantically linked with Joan Rivers.

Commissioner Holbestam: Hammer, what do you have behind your back?
Hammer: What? Oh, the bowling ball. Well, actually, there's a very simple explanation.
Trunk: Yeah, he's found a new way to harm others.

Doreau: I've got an idea.
Hammer: Well, now you're starting to think like a man.

Doreau: Why don't you get your hair done?
Hammer: You disappoint me, Doreau. I'm a nihilist, not a stylist.

(Hammer undercover)
Sir Guy: Well, anything for a fellow countryman.
Hammer: Right, right. God save the King.
Sir Guy: Queen.
Hammer: Don't confuse me.

Sir Guy: Cheerio.
Hammer: Rice Krispie.

Hammer: It's a very simple plan, sir.
Trunk: Well if you thought of it, it's got to be simple at best.

Doreau: Little snag? You've never broken into a house before.
Hammer: Yeah, well before I shot a man I never shot a man. So what does that prove? Trust me: I know what I'm doing!

Cultural References
Title parodies the 1975 movie Shampoo, starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, and Goldie Hawn.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAlan Spencer
Executive ProducerAlan Spencer
ProducerThomas Kane
Co-ProducerAlan C. Blomquist
Associate ProducerByron Chudnow
Production DesignerSteven Wolff
EditorPeter White (4)
CastingBarbara Hanley  |  Cathy Henderson
Unit Production ManagerAlan C. Blomquist
First Assistant DirectorGlen Sanford
Second Assistant DirectorLinda Rockstroh
MusicRon Grant
Costume DesignerSusie Desanto
HairstylistJay Wellington
Make-upJune Brickman
Key GripDylan Shephard
Camera OperatorJack Lester
Location ManagerMichael Casey (1)
Transportation CoordinatorRick Rollison
Property MasterCheri Paul
Script SupervisorCoby Turner
Production CoordinatorNancy Rosing
GafferWalter Stewart (2)
OtherBetty Martin Mallin (Production Controller)
Director of PhotographyNorman Leigh
Story EditorMert Rich  |  Mike Reiss  |  Brian Pollack  |  Al Jean
Stunt CoordinatorEd Ulrich
Art DirectorGregory Melton
Creative ConsultantLeonard Stern
Sound EditorTom Koester
Special EffectsBruce Robles
Main Title ThemeDanny Elfman
Warning: Sledge Hammer! season 1 episode 19 guide may contain spoilers
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