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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe: It's Easier to Pass an Elephant Through the Eye of a Needle Than a Bad Check in Bel Air

E.L.'s nephew B.L. rolls into the town, but neglects to tell his uncle that he stole a numbers runner's receipt book and pinned the theft on his uncle.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 7
Airdate: Sunday March 30th, 1980

Director: Ivan Dixon
Writer: Juanita Bartlett

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Guest Stars
James Bond III
As Brendan Leroy "B.L." Turner
Robert Alda
As Rogers Dillingham
Dick Anthony Williams
As Lester Rollins
Renny Roker
As Candy

Co-Guest Stars
Henry G. Sanders
As Clancy (as Henry Gale Sanders)
Alexander Zale
As Sheik (Sheik Zabi)
Dominic Barto
As Waiter
As Arab
Jeff Chayette
As Doorman (as Jeff Chayet)
Bob Frank
As Tiffin
Main Cast
Ben Vereen
As E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner
Jeff Goldblum
As Lionel "Brownshoe" Whitney


As he has his partner Candy drive him to another scam, E.L. puts on a fake scar. Candy is skeptical and notes that he's a family man with three kids, but E.L. figures the scam will let him buy his own taxi and go into business for himself. They arrive at a Bel Air hotel, the Blackburn, and E.L. goes in as the assistant to a rich sheik, Zabi. The hotel manager, Rogers Dillingham, greets him and E.L. intimidates the man into getting him at least two floors and letting him stay there until the sheik arrives...

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Episode Quotes
E.L.: I can't believe this. I've got a car full of Arabs, I run out of gas.

Episode References
Savage novel: Death and the Doting Dowager

Other Episode Crew

CreatorStephen J. Cannell
Executive ProducerStephen J. Cannell
Co-Executive ProducerJuanita Bartlett
Supervising ProducerAlex Beaton
ProducerChuck Bowman
First Assistant DirectorLeonard S. Smith Jr.
Second Assistant DirectorRobert A. Milford
MusicMike Post  |  Pete Carpenter
Music EditorSteve Livingston
Set DecoratorRon Jeschke
Property MasterRoy 'Bucky' Moore
Script SupervisorStephen Dorsch
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Stunt CoordinatorDennis Madalone
Production SupervisorEdward K. Dodds
Art DirectorSpencer Deverill
Sound MixerJames LaRue
Film EditorDavid Rosenbloom
WardrobeKen Harvey  |  Jacques Bellini  |  Betty Griffin
Warning: Tenspeed and Brown Shoe season 1 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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