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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe: This One's Gonna Kill Ya

Lionel reopens the old Sable Hills murder case of the 40s, and teams up with the retired police detective who handled the investigation. However, when people start shooting tommyguns at E.L. and Lionel, Lionel figures they're getting close to a solution.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x11
Production Number: 12
Airdate: Friday June 06th, 1980

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Guest Stars
John Anderson (1)John Anderson (1)
As Vernon Laws
James Whitmore, Jr.James Whitmore, Jr.
As Sgt. Bogart
Fred StuthmanFred Stuthman
As Jigs Duran

Co-Guest Stars
Bruce TuthillBruce Tuthill
As Desk Sergeant
James R. ParkesJames R. Parkes
As Jergens
Lynn HerringLynn Herring
As Gail (Gail Strickland)
Patricia GaulPatricia Gaul
As Capt. Mathews (as Patty Gaul)

Stephen J. CannellStephen J. Cannell
As Stephen J. Cannell, Author
Main Cast
Ben Vereen
As E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner
Jeff Goldblum
As Lionel "Brownshoe" Whitney


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...

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Episode Notes
Series creator Stephen J. Cannell makes a cameo appearance as the author of the Mark Savage novels.

Episode Quotes
E.L.: Loose ends never fit, Lionel. That's why they call them loose ends.

Lionel: Mr. Laws, please, this is against the law. Um, you used to be a policeman. Surely you know that if you commit an assault, you'll go to jail for it.
Vernon Laws: Yeah, that's the nice thing about being old. Time becomes... real abstract. Most you're going to get out of me is a year, maybe two.

Sgt. Bogart: What about you, Jackson, you got a gun?
E.L.: Not me, Jackson. I just dodge the bullets and dance at the funerals.
Sgt. Bogart: I just love a smart mouth.
E.L.: Well, I'm glad it works for you.

Episode References
Savage novel: Death Takes a Left-Hand Turn

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 MasterKenny Criswell
Script SupervisorStephen Dorsch
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Stunt CoordinatorDennis Madalone
Production SupervisorEdward K. Dodds
Art DirectorSpencer Deverill
Sound MixerJames LaRue
Film EditorChristopher Nelson (1)  |  Howard Deane (1)  |  David Rosenbloom  |  Chuck McClelland
WardrobeJacques Bellini  |  Betty Griffin
Sound Effects EditorJack May (2)
Warning: Tenspeed and Brown Shoe season 1 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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