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Sledge Hammer!: A Clockwork Hammer

When a long-time good cop breaks down on the stand, and is unable to testify against a big time criminal, everyone is shocked. Although Hammer first suspects bribery, he soon comes to realize there may be other outside forces involved in that sudden memory lapse. Hammer then decides to let it be known that he will take the stand with some new damaging evidence, so as to set himself up as bait.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 502
Airdate: Thursday September 17th, 1987

Director: Reza Badiyi
Story: Alan Spencer
Teleplay: Chris Ruppenthal

Guest Stars
Leslie MorrisLeslie Morris
As Officer Mayjoy
Nicholas GuestNicholas Guest
As Landon Smartikoff
Sal ViscusoSal Viscuso
As Marc Rinsler
Dan LauriaDan Lauria
As Chris Raker
Ken LetnerKen Letner
As Myles Theiss
Eugene Robert GlazerEugene Robert Glazer
As Johnny "Red Shoes" Haggis

Co-Guest Stars
Dorothy DellsDorothy Dells
As Judge
Beverly LeechBeverly Leech
As Amy Porter
John ZendaJohn Zenda
As VVC Technician
Gary OwensGary Owens
voiced Announcer
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 seen previously, Hammer tries to disarm a nuclear warhead and fails, blowing up Los Angeles...

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Episode Quotes
Hammer: In all my years on the force, I have never been this disgusted.
Doreau: So you heard about it?
Hammer: Yeah, I heard about it. Canceling the Policeman's Field Day. It was my turn to get shot out of the cannon.

Trunk: This is the worst day of my life.
Hammer: Now you see, right there, you're wrong. You've said many times that the worst day of your life was the day I joined the force. Now you feel better?
Trunk: Yes.

Smartikoff: I started VVC after the network forced me out of programming. They said my ideas were too high-concept. You tell me. What's wrong with an alien puppet living with a suburban family? Okay! It's stupid, but what's wrong with it?

Landon Smartikoff: I could start a fourth network, just like this. (snaps his fingers)
Marc Rinsler: There already is a fourth network.
Landon Smartikoff: That's a network?
Marc Rinsler: Yeah, I see your point.

Smartikoff: But this is only the beginning. I've devoted my whole life to TV. Man has only begun to scratch the tip of the iceberg of the video age.
Rinsler: Look, I'm really not into television. I only watch PBS and Nightline.
Smartikoff: But someday you'll really be into television because it will rule your life. Man will never have to leave his couch. You will even travel to foreign lands by TV.
Rinsler: Actually, I enjoy flying.
Smartikoff: Ultimately, man and TV will combine to form a newer, higher being. Yes, a super race! Smarter, brighter, new and improved. And it will all start here with those who watch it. Yes, the rulers of tomorrow sit in front of the TV today.
(cuts to Hammer watching TV)

Doreau: Look--another article.
Hammer: Now what magazine is this from?
Doreau: Reader's Digest.
Hammer: Oh. Well, you can't get more authoritative than that.

Doreau: Oh, Sledge, you don't honestly believe that the networks are trying to turn people into mindless automatons, do you?
Hammer: Haven't you ever seen Matlock?

Trunk: Hammer... something is happening. Put that network in the dumper.
Hammer: I already did that last year.

Landon Smartikoff: Get me a gun, let's kill him.
Marc Rinsler: Are you mad?
Landon Smartikoff: Of course I'm mad. Would a sane man work in television?

Trunk: Hammer, what happened? Didn't they try to brainwash you?
Hammer: That's right, Captain. They did. They tried to play on my subconscious, but they forgot one important thing.
Trunk: What's that?
Hammer: I don't have a subconsious.

Hammer: Well, who's always close to my side? Someone I'm afraid I've been neglecting lately. Someone for whom I've never really been able to express my true feeling. Someone beautiful, sleek, attractive. I think it's obvious who I'm talking about.
Doreau: Oh, Sledge, stop.
Hammer: My gun.
Trunk: Hammer, you are a truly sensitive guy.
Hammer: Thank you. I never thought you'd notice.

Cultural References
Hammer's subconscious virtual image is a parody of Max Headroom, the virtual character from the cult TV classic, Max Headroom.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAlan Spencer
Executive ProducerAlan Spencer
Supervising ProducerRon Friedman
ProducerThomas Kane
Co-ProducerJim Ragan
Associate ProducerRobert Ewing
CastingBarbara Hanley  |  Cathy Henderson
Unit Production ManagerJim Ragan
First Assistant DirectorCandace Allen
Second Assistant DirectorNancy King (2)
MusicLance Rubin
Costume DesignerRona Lamont
HairstylistRobert Hallowell
Make-upJune Brickman
Key GripDylan Shephard
Camera OperatorTony Baggott
Location ManagerAnthony Saenz
Transportation CoordinatorEddie Lee Voelker
Property MasterChristopher Amy
Construction CoordinatorRaymond Camaioni
Script SupervisorAnne Warner
Production CoordinatorBonnie Jordan
GafferWalter Stewart (2)
OtherErica Fox (Production Auditor)
Director of PhotographyChuck Colwell
Story EditorMark Curtiss  |  Chris Ruppenthal  |  Rod Ash
Stunt CoordinatorEd Ulrich
Art DirectorGregory Melton
Creative ConsultantLeonard Stern
Sound EditorTom Koester
Special EffectsChuck Dolan
Executive Story EditorBrian Pollack  |  Mert Rich
Main Title ThemeDanny Elfman
Film EditorBriana London  |  Fabien D. Tordjmann
Assistant To The Executive ProducerTracy Yeager  |  Sherry Gamlin
Assistant To The ProducerNancy Edwards
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