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Sledge Hammer!: Over My Dead Bodyguard

When Trunk’s appearance in court – as a witness against the mob – is leaked to the press, he becomes a prime target. The commissioner has placed Hammer by his side as a bodyguard. Question is: will Hammer do more harm than good?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 110
Airdate: Friday November 14th, 1986

Guest Stars
Tracy Reed (2)Tracy Reed (2)
As Renee Trunk
Robert ORobert O'Reilly
As Assassin

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Michaud (1)Michael Michaud (1)
As Waiter
John Toles-BeyJohn Toles-Bey
As Fifth Cop
Rene CarrascoRene Carrasco
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


Hammer arrives at the station and discovers that Trunk is testifying against the Syndicate, making him a marked man. The commissioner calls from his car and splits his time between talking to his driver and Hammer. He orders Hammer to take custody of Trunk to protect him. Trunk is less than thrilled that Hammer is in charge. After the commissioner goes off the road because of his driver, Trunk is called away to check on supplies with two cops and refuses to let Hammer go with him. However, Hammer realizes the "cops" were carrying non-regulation guns. The killers drag Trunk into a closet and try to kill him, but Hammer arrives and manages to defeat them after hitting Trunk a few times. After the assassins are taken away, Trunk informs Doreau and Hammer he plans to meet with his ex-wife after setting a dinner up after several months. Hammer assures Trunk he won't even know he's there...

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Episode Quotes
Doreau: Hammer, did you read the paper?
Sledge: No, I stopped getting it in the morning after my neighbor stopped having it delivered. What a jerk.

Hammer: You know, that's what I hate about newspapers in this country. They find out things, and then they write about them!

Doreau: Hammer, now that the Syndicate has this information they'll do anything to keep Trunk quiet.
Hammer: Yeah, fat chance. He's louder than most airports.

(about Hammer)
Trunk: My life is in the hands of a man who causes injuries over the telephone.
Hammer: What can I say? I'm expanding.

Doreau: Well, you may be hard-pressed to admit it, sir, but Hammer did save your life.
Trunk: Yes. Thank you, Hammer. You saved my life.
Hammer: You'd do the same for me, sir.
Trunk: Oh, you wish.

Doreau: Hammer, he's not in any danger. He used to be married to that woman.
Hammer: Oh listen. Anybody who's alone with his ex-wife is in danger.

Trunk: Hammer, I'm exhausted. I'm going to get a good night's sleep and insult you in the morning.

Hammer: Real men don't need women.
Trunk: Hammer, without women you would never have been born.
Hammer: Prove it.

Doreau: My God, don't you ever show any emotion?
Sledge: Doreau, I show a whole range of emotion. Anger, rage, hate. Hate.

Fifth Cop: Hold it right there. Why did the chicken cross the road?
Hammer: To avoid the death penalty.
Fifth Cop: Go right in, Inspector.
Hammer: Guess who thought up that password?
Doreau: You?
Hammer: You're no fun any more.

Doreau: Captain, Hammer's been gone a long time. Something must have happened to him.
Trunk: Thank you, Doreau, for giving me a reason to live.

Trunk: We're spending the weekend at Lake Tahoe
Doreau: That's romantic, sir. I guess she realizes there are worse things in life than being married to a cop.
Hammer: Like being beat up by one.

Cultural References
Title loosely parodies the 1980 movie My Bodyguard, starring Christopher Makepeace and Adam Baldwin.

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
MusicDavid Spear
Costume DesignerNancy Fox
HairstylistJay Wellington
Make-upJune Brickman
Key GripDylan Shephard
Camera OperatorPhil Schwartz
Location ManagerMichael Casey (1)
Transportation CoordinatorRick Rollison
Property MasterCheri Paul
Script SupervisorPatricia Depew
Production CoordinatorNancy Rosing
OtherBetty Martin Mallin (Production Controller)
Director of PhotographyNorman Leigh
Story EditorJim Fisher (1)  |  Jim Staahl  |  Tino Insana  |  Mike Reiss  |  Al Jean  |  Mert Rich  |  Brian Pollack
Stunt CoordinatorHubie Kerns
Art DirectorGregory Melton
Creative ConsultantLeonard Stern
Sound EditorTom Koester
Special EffectsChuck Dolan
Main Title ThemeDanny Elfman
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