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Sledge Hammer!: Brother, Can You Spare a Crime?

A guy is brought in after a robbery at a local mansion. Suave and charming, the guy claims to be Hammer's long lost, previously unknown, brother.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 116
Airdate: Saturday January 31st, 1987

Guest Stars
Dorothy DellsDorothy Dells
As Judge
Mie HuntMie Hunt
As Mrs. Steinberg
Susan KrebsSusan Krebs
As Officer Bellman

Co-Guest Stars
Leslie MorrisLeslie Morris
As Officer Mayjoy
Ralph PedutoRalph Peduto
As Officer Wishing to Invite Myles
Liz TorresLiz Torres
As Maid
Vachik MangassarianVachik Mangassarian
As Wine Waiter
Alan BergerAlan Berger
As Liquor Store Robber
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


As the partners walk along the street, Doreau is skeptical of Hammer's theory that criminal activity is genetic and the babies of criminals should be thrown in jail. Hammer spots a robber hitting a convenience store and Hammer smashes through the door and disarms the crook. As they call in the crime, Hammer tests his theory by asking what the criminal's father did. When the man admits his father is a Presidential press secretary, Hammer admits he never had a chance. Back at the station, Doreau announces that someone was arrested for breaking into the Wentworth manor: Hammer's brother. Hammer says he doesn't have a brother but the man, Myles, is in Trunk's office. Hammer goes in to find Trunk chuckling at Myles' stories. Hammer grabs Myles but Doreau says that the records, provided by Officer Bellman, confirm Myles is his brother. He grew up in an orphanage after his parents abandoned him. A charmed Trunk and Doreau vie to let Myles use their phones for his one phone call but Hammer isn't buying it. Doreau points out that Myles invalidates Hammer's genetic criminal theory...

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Episode Quotes
Doreau: Hammer, I cannot believe what you're saying. Incarcerate potential criminals at birth? What are you going to do, throw them in a baby prison?
Hammer: If they resist arrest.

Hammer: I'll tell you what, I'll prove my point here. I'll show you that the Sledge Hammer "scum begets scum" theory is scientific fact.
Doreau: Hammer, that's absolutely unnecessary.
Hammer: So is saying that.

Doreau: Hammer, you're not going to believe this. A man was just booked for breaking into the Wentworth mansion.
Hammer: So what?
Doreau: Well, I thought this would be of particular interest to you.
Hammer: Why, did someone get killed?
Doreau: No.
Hammer: Well, then don't tease me, Doreau.

Hammer: Well, if you're supposed to be my brother, how come my parents never talk about you?
Trunk: Probably in fear of his safety, Hammer.

Myles: Mother and Father gave me up at birth. They had what is known as... a shotgun wedding.
Hammer: Oh, a shotgun wedding. Boy that sounds romantic.

Hammer: I've never lived with another human being in my entire life.
Doreau: You were married.
Hammer: That's what I mean.

Myles: We must have something in common. Do you like chess?
Hammer: No. I prefer games of true mental agility and stamina. Like sculling.
Myles: Okay, you like canoeing. Great.
Hammer: No. Bashing skulls.

Doreau: You know, it's so odd. Two brothers, same genes. One of them goes so wrong.
Myles: Well, I guess I'm just a victim of circumstances.
Doreau: I was referring to Sledge.

Doreau: Captain, Myles really isn't Hammer's brother. It was all a ruse. He's really an unemployed thespian.
Hammer: Yeah, and he's an actor too.

Trunk: I wonder where he got all this ammunition.
Hammer: He must have picked the lock on my hope chest.

Hammer: By the way, where are the Wentworths?
Mayjoy: Only the maid was home. The Wentworths are at a Republican caucus meeting.
Hammer: Where?
Mayjoy: At the Liar's Club.

Hammer: You know what burns me up the worst, brother dearest?
Myles: That I borrowed your suit?
Hammer: Well, that too. But worse than that, you tried to play on my emotions. What few I have.

Cultural References
Title parodies the 1931 song Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, by E.Y. Harburg and Jay Gorney.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAlan Spencer
Executive ProducerAlan Spencer
ProducerThomas Kane
Co-ProducerAlan C. Blomquist
Associate ProducerByron Chudnow
Production DesignerSteven Wolff
EditorPeter White (4)
CastingBarbara Hanley  |  Cathy Henderson
Unit Production ManagerAlan C. Blomquist
First Assistant DirectorGlen Sanford
Second Assistant DirectorLinda Rockstroh
MusicLance Rubin
Costume DesignerSusie Desanto
HairstylistJay Wellington
Make-upJune Brickman
Key GripDylan Shephard
Camera OperatorJack Lester
Location ManagerMichael Casey (1)
Transportation CoordinatorRick Rollison
Property MasterCheri Paul
Script SupervisorCoby Turner
Production CoordinatorNancy Rosing
GafferWalter Stewart (2)
OtherBetty Martin Mallin (Production Controller)
Director of PhotographyNorman Leigh
Story EditorBrian Pollack  |  Mert Rich  |  Al Jean  |  Mike Reiss
Stunt CoordinatorEd Ulrich
Art DirectorGregory Melton
Creative ConsultantLeonard Stern
Sound EditorTom Koester
Special EffectsBruce Robles
Main Title ThemeDanny Elfman
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