Gimme a Break!

Nell Goes to Jail

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 10/2/82
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  • Episode Description
  • While Nell is on the phone with Angie, her phone dies out and a second later a man from the phone company takes the phone away. She gets fed up and goes to the phone company to get it back, claiming that she did pay her bill, but the man there (Mr. Swackhammer) says that the computer called her "Mrs. Fong", and that she is behind 3 months on it. She gets really aggravated and pulls the phone out and ends up in jail, where the inept Officer Simpson with no typing skills, attempts to fill out a police report. Nell uses her one phone call to call Hamilton Storm, Glenlawn's news reporter, who rushes to the scene, reporting from the "hell hole society calls a jail" that Nell had been wrongfully accused of not paying her phone bill. Mr. Swackhammer then gets a call from his boss, telling him to drop the charges on Nell, and Nell is let free. Nell is then rewarded with a bunch of new phones for the house, and installing them is Mr. Swackhammer, the new assistant to the installer.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dolph Sweet

    Chief Carl Kanisky [ seasons 1-4 ]

  • Howard Morton

    Officer Ralph Waldo Simpson [ seasons 2-5; episodes 113-114 ]

  • Lauri Hendler

    Julie Kanisky Maxwell [ seasons 1-5; episodes 113-114 ]

  • Nell Carter

    Nellie Ruth "Nell" Harper

  • Kari Michaelson

    Katie Kanisky [ seasons 1-5; episodes 113-114 ]

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • (as Nell approaches Mr. Swackhammers desk...) Mr. Swackhammer: What are you doing? I haven't called your number. Nell: But there's nobody else here. Mr. Swackhammer: You have to wait for me to call your number...Number 8... Nell: Excuse me. I have 12 and there's nobody else here. Mr. Swackhammer: Shh....9!...(looks around)10!...11!...(Nell stands up)...Don't anticipate...12.

    • Mr. Swackhammer: Let me put it this way, I can yank every phone in this police station. Then you'll be calling all cars with two tin cans and a string.

    Notes (1)

    • The theme song stays quite the same, but the saxaphone at the end is taken out, and a choir is added in singing "Gimme A Break", after Nell says it. The theme seems a little faster than the first season theme, and a little bouncier.

    Trivia (2)

    • Nell tells Swackhammer that the Kanisky phone number is 555-8162.

    • When the cameraman counts down and tells Hamilton he's on his bad side, the audio must have been looped over, as his voice doesn't match his lips.

    Allusions (1)

    • Nell: I'm gonna reach out and touch you in your chops. This is a parody of the old AT&T advertising slogan "reach out and touch someone".

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