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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe: Diamonds Aren't Forever

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.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x14
Production Number: 10
Airdate: Friday June 27th, 1980

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Special Guest Stars
Simone Griffeth
As Bunny
Dana Wynter
As Harriet Whitney

Guest Stars
John Hillerman
As William Whitney
Camilla Sparv
As Camilla Caras
Dick Yarmy
As Brandowyn
Thaao Penghlis
As Van Cott

Co-Guest Stars
Joe Spano
As Duff McCoy
Jack Garner
As Gabor
Kurt Grayson
As Schmidt
Dino Shorte
As Officer
Jason Corbett
As Officer Farrell
Dennis Spiegel
As Officer Blake
Main Cast
Ben Vereen
As E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner
Jeff Goldblum
As Lionel "Brownshoe" Whitney


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...

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Episode Quotes
Harriet Whitney: I can remember when I was growing up...
Lionel: I'm not growing up, Mom. I'm 28.
Harriet Whitney: Well, that's true, I was a good deal younger than that. But I can remember how firm I was in my decision to make something of my life. Something different, something exciting.
Lionel: So what'd you do?
Harriet Whitney: Well, I couldn't really decide on anything, so I married your father.

Lionel: I'll leave my name and address so the authorities know how to contact me.
William Whitney: (to his wife) Scrupulous. Absolutely scrupulous. Where do you suppose he gets that, Harriet?

Episode References
Savage novel: Death Wears a Tam O'Shanter

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
MusicPete Carpenter  |  Mike Post
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 EditorChuck McClelland
WardrobeKen Harvey  |  Jacques Bellini  |  Betty Griffin
Sound Effects EditorJack May (2)
Warning: Tenspeed and Brown Shoe season 1 episode 14 guide may contain spoilers
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