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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe: Savage Says, "What Are Friends For?"

A stockbroker, Marty Huckerman, hires the agency to investigate two investors men who have threatened him after they came up with invalid social security numbers. When Marty turns up dead, the partners suspect he may have been laundering money for a motorcycle gang.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 4
Airdate: Sunday March 02nd, 1980

Director: Reza Badiyi
Writer: Shel Willens

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Guest Stars
Deborah Shelton
As Sylvia Huckerman
James Murtaugh
As Marty Huckerman (as Jim Murtaugh)
Martin Kove
As Hell Hound Leader (as Marty Kove)
Sandy Ward
As Lt. Blitz
Dave Shelley
As Coroner

Co-Guest Stars
John Petlock
As Streeter (Julian Streeter)
John Zenda
As Hoskins
Nicholas Shields
As Tweed Jacket (as Nick Shields)
Matthew Tobin
As Vickers (Stanley Vickers, as Matt Tobin)
Paul Micale
As Tailor (as Paul J. Micale)
Dean Wein
As Waiter
Jim Alquist
As Diner
Skip Riley
As Officer (as Skip Reilly)
Main Cast
Ben Vereen
As E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner
Jeff Goldblum
As Lionel "Brownshoe" Whitney


E.L. insists on going to a retail tailor shop, Vicker's of Beverly Hills, to collect money owed for a security investigation. Lionel figures he should go along, but E.L. insists he can do it alone. He leaves Lionel with a Matt Savage novel and goes inside. He claims a movie company is unloading equipment in the alleyway, gets the two main men out, and then takes a few rolls of cloths. He goes into a design room and then makes himself an Arabic costume. He passes himself off as a sheik's assistant and talks to the owner, Stanley Vickers. Vickers is soon glad to give him clothing at discount prices...

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Episode Quotes
Lionel: There's no point in having a fantasy if everybody ignores it.

Cultural References
E.L.: You'll always have Paris, kid.

In the 1942 movie Casablanca, Rick (Humphrey Bogart) says this line to Ilse (Ingrid Bergman).

Episode References
Savage Novel: The Deathward-Bound Damsel

Other Episode Crew

CreatorStephen J. Cannell
Executive ProducerStephen J. Cannell
Co-Executive ProducerJuanita Bartlett
Supervising ProducerAlex Beaton
ProducerChuck Bowman
First Assistant DirectorDaisy Gerber
Second Assistant DirectorRobert A. Milford
MusicMike Post  |  Pete Carpenter
Music EditorSteve Livingston
Make-upRobert Jerman
Set DecoratorRon Jeschke
Property MasterRoy 'Bucky' Moore
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Stunt CoordinatorDennis Madalone
Production SupervisorEdward K. Dodds
Art DirectorSpencer Deverill
Sound MixerJames LaRue
Film EditorHoward Deane (1)
WardrobeKen Harvey  |  Jacques Bellini  |  Betty Griffin
Warning: Tenspeed and Brown Shoe season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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