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Sledge Hammer!: Under the Gun (Pilot)

Meet Hammer: a cop who's not afraid to skirt the law in order to catch criminals. Although just put on suspension, Hammer is personally brought back on the force by the mayor after his [mayor's] daughter is kidnapped. Hammer is all too happy until he is saddled with a female partner.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: B-86100
Airdate: Tuesday September 23rd, 1986
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm

Director: Martha Coolidge
Writer: Alan Spencer

Starring Roles
John LawlorJohn Lawlor
As Chief Reisner

Guest Stars
Don StarkDon Stark
As Kurt Kruggle
John VernonJohn Vernon
As Mayor Flambo
Judie AronsonJudie Aronson
As Francine Flambo

Co-Guest Stars
Joanne BaronJoanne Baron
As Janice Flambo
Larry WilmoreLarry Wilmore
As Cottage Cheese Clodman
Joe UngerJoe Unger
As Soda Machine Guy
Mie HuntMie Hunt
As TV Reporter
Dorothy DellsDorothy Dells
As Unknown
D.W. BrownD.W. Brown
As Weird Willard Luxley
Jesse AragonJesse Aragon
As Felix Navidad
Ed DoganEd Dogan
As Unknown
Barry CahillBarry Cahill
As Newscaster
Tino InsanaTino Insana
As Unknown
Robert StonemanRobert Stoneman
As Unknown
Main Cast
David RascheDavid Rasche
As Det. Insp. Sledge Hammer
Anne-Marie MartinAnne-Marie Martin
As Officer Dori Doreau
Harrison PageHarrison Page
As Captain Trunk


On a quiet suburban street, masked men pull up to an estate, take out the guard, and break into the room of the mayor's daughter Francine to kidnap her. The next day, as word spread, Mayor Flambo receives a $1 million ransom demand from the kidnappers. Flambo sees a newscast interview of Inspector Sledge Hammer talking about how he killed two grocery store robbers and has been put on suspension. Flambo tells the commissioner, Reisner, to put Hammer on the case no matter what...

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Episode Quotes
Newscaster: Twelve hours have passed since the Mayor's daughter was first reported missing. The police now believe she was kidnapped, or is just very good at hiding.

Reisner: By the way, sir, your home security guard is in critical condition.
Mayor Flambo: Poor man, he's like an employee to me.

(after shooting two crooks at a grocery store)
TV Reporter: Inspector Hammer, was what you did in the store absolutely necessary?
Hammer: Oh yes, I had no groceries at all.

Mayor Flambo: This Sledge Hammer. Who he is?
Reisner: A menace. He used to fire warning shots at jaywalkers.

Hammer: You hear that? I'm off suspension. Looks like they can't keep a good man down. Or me either.

Trunk: You sadistic, depraved, bloodthirsty, barbaric...
Hammer: Is that why you called me in here, to shower me with compliments?

Trunk: What's the matter with you, Hammer? Don't you read the papers?
Hammer: No, I prefer to get my information from more reliable sources, like rumor and small children.

Mayor Flambo: Chief Reisner told me once you obtained information from a suspect by tying him to the back of the car and driving him through half the city.
Hammer: No, that's impossible. Half the city, no. We never left the parking lot.

Doreau: Can we kill the lights, please?
Trunk: Keep that gun in your holster, Hammer.

Doreau: This is the leader of the group, Weird Willard Luxley. Luxley's family was so certain their son would turn out rotten they put him up for adoption three years before he was born. This is Felice Nevidad, a fiery Latin revolutionary who illegally entered this country as Julio Ingelias. Lastly, we have former member Kurt Kruggle, a despicable pervert. First arrested five years ago for making love to a fire hydrant. An additional charge was brought against Kruggle for parking in front of it.

Mayor Flambo: I don't care what methods you use, Hammer. Just bring back my daughter.
Hammer: I will, sir. Dead or alive.
Mayor Flambo: But the point is to bring her back alive, Hammer.
Hammer: Oh, right, no alive. Why else would I want to say dead, I don't know where my head's at.

Mayor Flambo: That man makes Rambo look like Peewee Herman.

Doreau: Don't tell me, I bet you think all women should be barefoot and pregnant, right?
Hammer: No, I encourage women to wear shoes.

Hammer: Always keep a gun on you when you're getting a massage?
Kurt Kruggle: How else is a creep like me going to get a woman to even give him one?

Hammer: Doreau, that was excessively violent and completely unnecessary. I loved it. It was poetry in motion.
Doreau: Thank you. I was top of my class in hand-to-hand combat.
Hammer: I'd like to fight you sometime, Doreau.
Doreau: You're on.

Hammer: Listen, creep, look. I'm Inspector Sledge Hammer and I don't give a damn about the rights of criminals. The only rights I'm interested in defending are the rights of... American... citizens.
Kurt Kruggle: I'm a citizen.
Hammer: Shut up. Don't confuse me.

Doreau: Mrs. Flambo supports every worthy charity in existence.
Hammer: Yeah. All except my favorite one.
Doreau: What's that?
Hammer: Toy Guns for Tots.

Hammer: I hate to say it, sir, but your wife is a lying, scheming, deceitful, no-good piece of white trash.
Mayor Flambo: I've known that for years, but she had nothing to do with the kidnapping.

Hammer: You know, I almost forgot I had a grenade in my pocket. Lucky this jacket didn't go to the cleaners.

Doreau: Thank goodness you followed me here.
Hammer: No, don't thank goodness. Thank gun.
Doreau: Thanks, Sledge.
Hammer: Enough warmth.

Reisner: Doreau, you're off your rocker.
Doreau: True, but I know what I'm doing.

Cultural References
The door numbers at the hotel are 86 and 99, a homage to Agents 86 and 99 on Get Smart, Alan Spencer's inspiration for Sledge Hammer!

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRobert Lovenheim
ProducerAlan Spencer
Production DesignerAlex Tavoularis
EditorPeter White (4)
CastingBarbara Hanley  |  Cathy Henderson
First Assistant DirectorRichard Graves
Second Assistant DirectorMargaret Nelson (2)
MusicArthur Kempel  |  Arthur Rubenstein
Costume DesignerTracy Tynan
HairstylistDina Carone
Make-upCynthia Gruz
Key GripCrazy Bear
Camera OperatorTony Balderama  |  Jerry Chan  |  Philip Holahan
Set DesignerMarya Delia S. Javier
Location ManagerTim Healey
Transportation CoordinatorGary Littlefield
Property MasterTommy Estridge
Script SupervisorKaren Golden
Production CoordinatorHarry Haskell
Assistant EditorDavid Semel
Re-Recording MixerPhillip Seretti
GafferJim Gilson
OtherVicki-niemi Gordon (Director of Production)  |  Vanessa Hayes (Music Research)  |  K. Lenna Katich (Production Accountant)
Director of PhotographyArthur Albert
Stunt CoordinatorEd Ulrich
Sound MixerRussell Williams II
Main Title ThemeDanny Elfman
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