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Sledge Hammer!: Hammer Gets Nailed

When Hammer is asked to escort a TV reporter and cameraman around the city, it spells disaster for the force. Only one man can restore the dignity of the police: Hammer!

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Friday September 26th, 1986

Guest Stars
Ronnie SchellRonnie Schell
As Phil Gumm

Co-Guest Stars
Leslie MorrisLeslie Morris
As Officer Mayjoy
Lisa RobinsLisa Robins
As Unknown
Joe UngerJoe Unger
As Unknown
Erik CordErik Cord
As Cameraman
Coleen MaloneyColeen Maloney
As Unknown
Duane WhitakerDuane Whitaker
As Unknown
Robert HallakRobert Hallak
As The Hood
Mert RichMert Rich
As Clerk
Marty SchiffMarty Schiff
As Unknown
Erick RatliffErick Ratliff
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


Trunk calls Hammer into his office to inform him that reporter Phil Gumm chose Hammer to ride along. The chief is worried since the mayor has been considering cutbacks, and Gumm can give them good PR. He wants Hammer to act responsibly. Doreau is meeting with Gumm and Hammer manages to immediately smear fingerprint ink all over his white jacket. Trunk asks Doreau to keep Hammer under control, or at least prevent any gunplay. A suspect accuses Hammer of abusing him and Doreau quickly gets everyone out on the road. Hammer manages to cause several near-accidents while talking to the camera and then spots a domestic incident. Hammer bursts in and demands to know how the whole thing got started. The wife says she can't tell it on TV so she whispers it in Hammer's ear. When he announces out loud the news that the husband is a lousy lover. Doreau takes over and gets the husband to agree to counseling but the wife doesn't believe him. Hammer leaves the wife a hand grenade to deal with her husband as need be...

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Episode Notes
The author of the bomb-disarming book, "T. Estridge," is an in-joke reference to Tommy Estridge, the show's prop master.

The bit with Hammer shooting the TV when Miami Vice comes on references the fact they were up against that show in the Friday night time slot.

Episode Quotes
Trunk: Do you know a reporter by the name of Phil Gumm of Action News?
Hammer: I don't watch the news. I make it.

Trunk: You have put over a thousand men behind bars. God knows if any of them are guilty of anything.
Hammer: They looked guilty to me.

Trunk: Hammer, you don't seem to understand my dilemma. I've been fighting with the city hall for over two months now. They're talking about making cutbacks. The mayor is threatening this entire department. Do you understand what I am saying?
Hammer: You want me to kill the mayor.

Doreau: That man over there is a fiendish killer. Tied his dates to a magic fingers bed. Twelve women massaged to death.
Phil Gumm: How awful.
Doreau: Made the Ten Most Wanted List. Also made Cosmo's Bachelor of the Month.

Hammer: You know what I'm going to do to you? I'm going to stick your head in that microwave and set it on "sandwich."
Doreau: Hammer, you can't do that.
Hammer: What? There's no setting for sandwich?

Trunk: You almost killed him!
Hammer: Ah, well, you see, the key word here of course is "almost." He's fine. I heard him screaming my name as the ambulance took him away.

Trunk: Hammer, is it your goal to make my life a living hell?
Hammer: I don't really have any goals, Captain. I just try to take things day by day.

Hammer: I'm suspended again, right?
Trunk: No, Hammer, you don't understand. You are fired, sacked, dumped, banished, terminated. You're out of here, you're history, that's a wrap.
Hammer: Just what are you getting at?

Hammer: I was born to do this. Listen, when I was a kid, I took a vocational aptitude test, right? They said I was best suited to be a cop. A cop! A cop or a gameshow host.

Doreau: Yeah, (the leftist militants) asked for a million dollars, a private plane, and an end to the Star Wars program.
Hammer: Yeah, well, three movies were enough.

Crowd: Go, Hammer! Go, Hammer! Go, Hammer!
Cops: Go, Hammer, go! Go, Hammer, go! Go, Hammer, go!
Trunk: Go, Bomb, go! Go, Bomb, go! (reluctantly) Go, Hammer, go. Go, Hammer, go.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAlan Spencer
Executive ProducerWilliam P. D'Angelo
ProducerAlan Spencer
Co-ProducerRobert Birnbaum
Associate ProducerByron Chudnow
Production DesignerAlex Hajdu
EditorCraig Ridenour
CastingBarbara Hanley  |  Cathy Henderson
Unit Production ManagerRobert Birnbaum
First Assistant DirectorRobert P. Cohen
Second Assistant DirectorGlen Sanford  |  Herbert Dufine
MusicArthur Kempel
Music SupervisorDanny Elfman  |  Steve Bartek
HairstylistJules Warren  |  Jay Wellington
Make-upJune Brickman
Key GripDylan Shephard
Location ManagerMichael Casey (1)
Transportation CoordinatorSanford Hampton
Property MasterTommy Estridge
Script SupervisorConnie Barzaghi
Production CoordinatorNancy Rosing
GafferKarl Alexander
OtherBetty Martin Mallin (Production Controller)
Director of PhotographyNorman Leigh
Story EditorTino Insana  |  Mike Reiss  |  Barry Gurstein  |  Al Jean  |  Brian Pollack  |  Mert Rich  |  David Pitlik
Stunt CoordinatorEd Ulrich
Art DirectorGregory Melton
Creative ConsultantLeonard Stern
Sound EditorTom Koester
Special EffectsBruce Robles  |  Chuck Dolan
Main Title ThemeDanny Elfman
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