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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe

Tenspeed and Brown Shoe


Lionel "Brownshoe" Whitney (Jeff Goldblum) is an accountant who wants something more out of life, and is obsessed with the fictional detectives of the 40s. So much that he decides to learn karate, don a trenchcoat, and style himself as a 40s detective. Through a series of strange circumstances, he ends up partnered with E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner (Ben Vereen), an inveterate conman who needs work to satisfy his parole requirements. Together they start a detective agency and solve crimes in this slick crime-comedy produced by Stephen J. Cannell.
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Final: 1x14 -- Diamonds Aren't Forever (Jun/27/1980)


Tenspeed tries to help Lionel impress his visiting parents by setting him up with a better car and a penthouse office. Unfortunately, the car is stolen and the office's last occupant was a diamond merchant who was murdered for an expensive gem that has gone missing.
Cast
Ben VereenBen Vereen
As E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner
Jeff GoldblumJeff Goldblum
As Lionel "Brownshoe" Whitney
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Recaps
1x14: Diamonds Aren't Forever recap: E.L. arrives at the office and discovers that Lionel is repainting and bringing in potted plants. Lionel finally gets around to explaining that his parents will be there the next day on a visit, and he's trying to make the office look better because his father William, the vice president of the Allied Insurance Group, expects penthouse suites. He's worried that the place makes him look unsuccessful, and E.L. offers him a penthouse and a car. When Lionel refuses, E.L. accuses him of not trusting him. Lionel denies it and E.L. tells him he has nothing to worry about... read more.

1x13: The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street recap: At the office, Lionel is reading yet another Mark Savage novel when E.L. tells him that they were underbid on a job by a P.I., Fred Wysocky. E.L. hears the phone call in the lobby and goes to answer it, claiming it's a personal call. He's pretending to be a referral service, and the call is from a teenager who wants to hire them to follow his girlfriend. E.L. refers him to Wysocky and starts to walk away, but gets another call. It's from Grace Ducharme, who wants someone experienced in background investigations. Not surprisingly, E.L. refers her to the Lionel Whitney Agency. When he returns to the office, Ducharme calls Lionel, who is surprised that a referral service recommended him. She wants to meet at somewhere public and Lionel sets up a rendezvous at a bar... read more.

1x12: Untitled recap: E.L. arrives at the agency wearing a fake cast and says he has a broken foot. He claims he broke his foot at a roller derby while dancing with a nun, and he needs to take a leave of absence. E.L. comments that the office is a mess because their cleaning lady, Katie, didn't show up. He then insists he needs to go home, and refuses Lionel's offer to drive him home. Once he's gone, Lionel quickly realizes that E.L. played him and drives off after him... read more.

1x11: This One's Gonna Kill Ya recap: At the office, Lionel is pursuing his hobby and pouring over clippings of the 40-year-old murder case of Sable Hill, a minor actress. E.L. isn't particularly interested. Lionel comes up with a theory and then stops E.L. from betting on the horses. The partners take to the streets and Lionel laments how modern murders are crude compared to the elegance of the Sable Hill murder. A car tries to run E.L. down and then the driver opens fire. E.L. avoids taking any damage, but has to admit he doesn't know anyone trying to kill him at the moment... read more.

1x10: Loose Larry's List of Losers recap: At the office, E.L. is inspecting some stolen watches a friend, Racetrack Richard Rollin, has brought in for him. While Racetrack talks about a crooked horse betting scheme he was involved in, E.L. picks the wristwatch he wants and bargains him down. While Racetrack wraps it and gives him a phony sales slip, E.L. nervously checks the time and looks out the window. Once Racetrack leaves, E.L. puts up a sign and tapes helium balloons to the floor. When Lionel returns from his karate class, he discovers that E.L. has thrown him a one-man birthday surprise party. E.L. gives him the wristwatch as a present. Lionel thinks that it's hot, but E.L. convinces him otherwise with the fake sales slip... read more.
Crew

Creator: Stephen J. Cannell
Executive Producer: Stephen J. Cannell
Co-Executive Producer: Juanita Bartlett
Supervising Producer: Alex Beaton
Producer: Chuck Bowman
Unit Production Manager: Sheldon M. Hayutin
First Assistant Director: Leonard S. Smith Jr., Daisy Gerber
Second Assistant Director: Robert A. Milford
Music: Mike Post, Pete Carpenter

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Recurring Guests

Simone Griffeth as Bunny (3 eps)
Luke Andreas as Truck (3 eps)
Larry Manetti as Chip Vincent (3 eps)
Richard Romanus as Tommy Tedesco (3 eps)
Peter Brocco as TBD (2 eps)
Larry Margo as Doorman (2 eps)
Robert Webber (1) as LaCrosse (2 eps)
John Harkins as Beuler (2 eps)
Nicholas Worth as TBD (2 eps)
John A. Zee as TBD (2 eps)

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Warning: Tenspeed and Brown Shoe guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Comedy | Mystery
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: January 27, 1980
Ended: June 27, 1980
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