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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe: Savage Says "There's No Free Lunch"

An attractive woman hires Lionel to find out who is trying to kill her. However, their first suspect, the husband she was having an affair with, takes a dive off the roof, putting them on the trail of the person responsible.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Sunday February 10th, 1980

Guest Stars
Janice HeidenJanice Heiden
As Avon Madison
Tony BurtonTony Burton
As Skeeter McClintock
Edward Bell (1)Edward Bell (1)
As David McPherson (as Ed Bell)

Co-Guest Stars
Michael FairmanMichael Fairman
As Doyle (Marshall Doyle)
Darrell ZwerlingDarrell Zwerling
As Lovell (Charles Lovel)
Toni GilmanToni Gilman
As Woman
Glenn WilderGlenn Wilder
As Albert
Main Cast
Ben VereenBen Vereen
As E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner
Jeff GoldblumJeff Goldblum
As Lionel "Brownshoe" Whitney


Lionel is running a stakeout and reading a Matt Savage novel while he watches. A burly man in track shorts comes up and tells him to move, and Lionel admits that he's waiting for his partner so they can meet with a client. When Lionel refuses to tell him who his client is, the man hauls Lionel out of the car and hits him. Lionel gives up the name of his client, Mrs. Avon Madison, and says she lives nearby and she called him. The man, Tony, hauls Lionel into the house and Avon comes down from her exercise to confirm that Lionel is there to see her. She meets with Lionel and explains that Tony is the handyman, and pursuing a master's degree in chemistry. Lionel is skeptical of that. When Avon asks where E.L. is, Lionel admits he has no idea...

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Episode Quotes
E.L.: Look, maybe you and I can work out a deal, all right?
Skeeter McClintock: You got a pencil?
E.L.: Yeah, man. Shoot.
Skeeter McClintock: Write this down. "No deal." It's D-E-A-L. Right under that, write "dead." You're dead. D-E-A-D.

E.L.: Do you want honest? I'll give you honest. I was raised in a two-room flat in the ghetto. The cockroaches were so large, man, I had to tip my hat to get by them in the hallway.

Lionel: This is private property. I guess you know that you're trespassing.
Tony: Oh, doesn't he just light up a room, this guy.

(after they end up in traction)
Lionel: Savage says "There's no free lunch."
E.L.: That's what the hospital administrator said, too.

Episode References
Savage Novel: Death Takes a Left Turn

Other Episode Crew

CreatorStephen J. Cannell
Executive ProducerStephen J. Cannell
Supervising ProducerAlex Beaton
ProducerChuck Bowman
First Assistant DirectorDaisy Gerber
Second Assistant DirectorRobert A. Milford
MusicPete Carpenter  |  Mike Post
Music EditorSteve Livingston
Make-upRobert Jerman
Set DecoratorRon Jeschke
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Stunt CoordinatorDennis Madalone
Production SupervisorEdward K. Dodds
Art DirectorStephen Myles Berger
Sound MixerJames LaRue
Film EditorChuck McClelland
WardrobeKen Harvey  |  Jacques Bellini  |  Winnie Brown
Sound Effects EditorJack May (2)
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