Police Squad!

The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 3/18/82
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  • Episode Description
  • The daughter of a wealthy businessman is kidnapped on her 18th birthday and Police Squad swings into action. The main suspect of their investigation is the girl's boyfriend.

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Duell


  • Robert Goulet


  • Peter Lupus


  • Ira Newborn

  • Leslie Nielsen

    Detective Frank Drebin

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Frank: Is this 808 Garbomicer Rd.? (Thames turns over the card) Maple St.? Thames: Yes sir, it is. Frank: (hands him his card) I'm from Police Squad. I'd like to see Captain Hocken. Thames: Of course, Lt. Flemin. (Frank turns over his card) Drebin.

    • Frank: Is there a ransom note? Ed: Yes, the butler found it. It was tied to this window and thrown into the rock garden. I sent the note to the lab. They're demanding one million dollars. Frank: Why would the lab demand a million dollars? Ed: The kidnappers made the demand, Frank. Frank: Oh.

    • Ed: Excuse me, Mr. and Mrs. Better. This is Lt. Frank Drebin. Warner: Mr. Drebin. Frank: The feeling is mutual.

    • Frank: Just relax. Everything is going to be all right. Ed: Mrs. Burton, what did he say? Charlotte: "Just relax. Everything is going to be all right." Ed: No, the kidnapper.

    • (when his daughter is kidnapped) Warner: Lt. Drebin, what do I do? Frank: Well, as I understand it, you're in the textile industry.

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    Notes (5)

    • John Belushi was originally scheduled to play the Special Guest Star dying in the opening credits. He jokingly suggested the show him dead of a drug overdose. They eventually went with his drowning, gangland style. However, when he died two weeks before the episode was scheduled to air, they replaced his death scene with Robert Goulet's.

    • The song being played on the "Holiday Tubas" tape is "Holiday for Strings" by David Rose and Sam Gallop.

    • Georg Stanford Brown, who directed this episode, had a safe dropped on him in the beginning of the previous episode.

    • This is the first chronological appearance of Peter Lupus as Norberg, who will continue to appear in the remaining episodes of the series. He is formally introduced in the fifth episode, which was produced before this one but aired later.

    • Robert Goulet would later portray villain Quentin Hapsburg in Naked Gun 2 ½ : The Smell of Fear.

    Trivia (7)

    • Opening Credits: Special Guest Star Robert Goulet is executed by a firing squad.

    • Act Two: Ball III

    • Ted Olsen's Experiment: Demonstrating gravity, by dropping a bowling ball and a tied-up Dr. Shanebaum at the same time.

    • Next Week's Experiment: "Ten things you can do with a carrot."

    • Johnny's Next Customer: Tommy LaSorda wanting to know about making changes to the Dodgers pitching staff.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Tuba store names Among the tuba stores named in the episode are "Tuba or not Tuba," referring to the famous soliloquy in Hamlet that begins "To be or not to be..."

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