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Sledge Hammer!: Comrade Hammer

Sledge is assigned to protect a Soviet defector during a science conference.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x20
Production Number: 119
Airdate: Saturday February 21st, 1987

Guest Stars
Mark BlankfieldMark Blankfield
As Professor Vronsky
Carl CiarfalioCarl Ciarfalio
As Sokolsky
Lee GarlingtonLee Garlington
As Sara Johanssen

Co-Guest Stars
Lisa LongLisa Long
As Sexy Lady
Kate SternKate Stern
As Unknown
Lomax StudyLomax Study
As Rimsky
Johnny CrearJohnny Crear
As Train Conductor
Sandy IgnonSandy Ignon
As Unknown
Tain BodkinTain Bodkin
As Comrade Markovich
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 is jogging in the park when a model plane pursues him. He ducks for cover and then shoots it down. Two nearby women are disappointed that he's shot down their remote-control plane. A familiar looking bald Englishman walks by, and Hammer gets back on track with his jogging. He crosses the road and a limousine almost runs him over. The driver apologizes when he realizes Hammer is an officer. A man inside makes a break for it and his captors say they need him alive so they'll find him later...

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Episode Quotes
Doreau: Captain, I think we can get the professor to Springfield without using a plane. We'll use an alternative form of transportation that no one ever uses any more.
Hammer: That's a good idea, Doreau. We'll take a stagecoach. I'll ride shotgun.

Hammer: I'm not afraid of anything - except world peace.

Doreau: I hate to think I'm sharing my room with a cow.
Hammer: Yeah, well, I thought I'd never do it again.
Doreau: What do you mean, again?
Hammer: I told you, I was married.

Vronsky: I have claustrophobia. I have spent once ten years in cramped little room like this.
Hammer: What, were you in a prison, huh?
Vronsky: No, luxury condo in Moscow.

Vronsky: You will enjoy chess. It's good for nerves.
Hammer: When I became a cop, I had my nerves removed.

Vronsky: What is that?
Hammer: It's a target. What, you've never saw a target before?
Vronsky: Oh, in Russia we practice by shooting at dissidents.
Hammer: Uh, well, here we call them "liberals."

Hammer: I'm going to catch that Commie and make him play Russian Roulette the hard way, with a bullet in every chamber.

Cultural References
The opening sequence parodies North by Northwest (1959), where Cary Grant is chased by a crop duster. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who makes a cameo as a frustrated would-be bus passenger much as a lookalike does here.

Other Episode Crew

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