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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe: Savage Says, "The Most Dangerous Bird is the Jailbird"

An old enemy's girlfriend, a lounge singer, comes to the partners for help. Before they can get any information, she's abducted and they have to rescue her.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Airdate: Sunday March 23rd, 1980

Special Guest Stars
Richard RomanusRichard Romanus
As Tommy Tedesco

Guest Stars
Luke AndreasLuke Andreas
As Truck
Bill CapizziBill Capizzi
As Tommy's Thug
Larry ManettiLarry Manetti
As Chip Vincent
Shelley SmithShelley Smith
As Phyllis Lattiger
Richard DimitriRichard Dimitri
As Johnny McClain
Woody EneyWoody Eney
As Larry Craig

Co-Guest Stars
Paul MartinPaul Martin
As Waiter
John WylerJohn Wyler
As Head Waiter
Tad HorinoTad Horino
As Attendant
Tawny LittleTawny Little
As Newscaster
Main Cast
Ben VereenBen Vereen
As E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner
Jeff GoldblumJeff Goldblum
As Lionel "Brownshoe" Whitney


E.L.'s parole officer, Larry Craig, comes to visit the agency and warn E.L. that he can't move without notifying the office. Larry wants to know where E.L. is living now and E.L. doesn't want to explain. Lionel intervenes and claims that E.L. is suffering from wanderlust, but Larry doesn't buy it. E.L. has no choice but to claim he's living with Lionel. Larry trusts Lionel, but Lionel can't bring himself to lie. E.L. tries to bluff and Lionel finally has no choice but to lie. They're interrupted when a woman comes in and asks for Lionel. E.L. immediately claims to be a satisfied customer and leaves with Larry. She pays up front to hire Lionel but says she can't explain right now...

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Episode Quotes
Tommy Tedesco: Nobody makes Tommy T look like a coconut creme muffin in front of his broad!

Phyllis Lattiger: Tommy is gonna kill us. He--he's not right in the head.
Lionel: He won't kill us, Miss Lattiger. We have our side, and he has his, and, um, well, without oversimplifying, ours is right. We will prevail. Compose yourself.

Episode References
Savage novel: Kiss Kiss--Kill, Kill

Other Episode Crew

CreatorStephen J. Cannell
Executive ProducerStephen J. Cannell
Co-Executive ProducerJuanita Bartlett
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
Property MasterRoy 'Bucky' Moore
Script SupervisorStephen Dorsch
Director of PhotographyWilliam Gereghty (1)
Stunt CoordinatorDennis Madalone
Production SupervisorEdward K. Dodds
Art DirectorSpencer Deverill
Sound MixerJames LaRue
Film EditorChuck McClelland
WardrobeKen Harvey  |  Jacques Bellini  |  Betty Griffin
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