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Tenspeed and Brown Shoe: The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street

When an insane man appears to be a cold-blooded killer faking insanity, a judge hires the agency to find out the truth. However, the partners soon discover that the judge isn't a judge, and E.L. is locked up when he infiltrates the psychiatric hospital.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x13
Production Number: 8
Airdate: Friday June 20th, 1980

Director: Harry Winer
Writer: Gordon Dawson

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Guest Stars
Lynn CarlinLynn Carlin
As Alice Rynkoff
Michael C. GwynneMichael C. Gwynne
As Dean Culpits
Red WestRed West
Bart BurnsBart Burns
As Art Sartain
Anthony JamesAnthony James
As Kamecki
Timothy CareyTimothy Carey
As Obituary Bob (as Timothy Agoglia Carey)

Co-Guest Stars
David ChowDavid Chow
As Chester
Don Pedro ColleyDon Pedro Colley
As Psychiatric Tech
Bert ConwayBert Conway
As Eisenstadt (Carl Eisenstadt)
Mady MaguireMady Maguire
As Dorothy (Dorothy Walker)
Pamela BrüllPamela Brüll
As Michelle (Michelle Moran)
Theodore LehmannTheodore Lehmann
As Clerk (as Ted Lehmann)
John VoldstadJohn Voldstad
As Young Man
Kendall Carly BrowneKendall Carly Browne
As Judge Ducharme (Judge Grace Ducharme, as Kendall Carly Brown)
James WhitworthJames Whitworth
As Wysocky (Fred Wysocky)
Main Cast
Ben VereenBen Vereen
As E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner
Jeff GoldblumJeff Goldblum
As Lionel "Brownshoe" Whitney


At the office, Lionel is reading yet another Mark Savage novel when E.L. tells him that they were underbid on a job by a P.I., Fred Wysocky. E.L. hears the phone call in the lobby and goes to answer it, claiming it's a personal call. He's pretending to be a referral service, and the call is from a teenager who wants to hire them to follow his girlfriend. E.L. refers him to Wysocky and starts to walk away, but gets another call. It's from Grace Ducharme, who wants someone experienced in background investigations. Not surprisingly, E.L. refers her to the Lionel Whitney Agency. When he returns to the office, Ducharme calls Lionel, who is surprised that a referral service recommended him. She wants to meet at somewhere public and Lionel sets up a rendezvous at a bar. ..

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Episode Quotes
Judge Ducharme: How perceptive of you, Mr. Whitney.
Lionel: Well, perception is the watchword of this industry. More specifically, it's the watchword of this agency.
E.L.: Yes, along with other such watchwords as money, fees, and retainers.

Episode References
Savage novel: The Case of the Avenging Widow

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
MusicMike Post  |  Pete Carpenter
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 EditorHoward Deane (1)
WardrobeKen Harvey  |  Jacques Bellini  |  Betty Griffin
Warning: Tenspeed and Brown Shoe season 1 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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