Sledge Hammer!

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (251)

  • Newscaster: Twelve hours have passed since the Mayor's daughter was first reported missing. The police now believe she was kidnapped, or is just very good at hiding.

  • Reisner: By the way, sir, your home security guard is in critical condition. Mayor Flambo: Poor man, he's like an employee to me.

  • (after Hammer shoots two crooks at a store) TV Reporter: Inspector Hammer, was what you did in the store absolutely necessary? Hammer: Oh yes, I had no groceries at all.

  • Mayor Flambo: This Sledge Hammer. Who he is? Reisner: A menace. He used to fire warning shots at jaywalkers.

  • Hammer: You hear that? I'm off suspension. Looks like they can't keep a good man down. Or me either.

  • Trunk: You sadistic, depraved, bloodthirsty, barbaric... Hammer: Is that why you called me in here, to shower me with compliments?

  • Trunk: What's the matter with you, Hammer? Don't you read the papers? Hammer: No, I prefer to get my information from more reliable sources, like rumor and small children.

  • Mayor Flambo: Chief Reisner told me once you obtained information from a suspect by tying him to the back of the car and driving him through half the city. Hammer: Nah, that's impossible. Half the city, no. We never left the parking lot.

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Notes (30)

  • When Sledge says "Don't thank goodness," it's painfully obvious that the line has been redubbed and the original dialog between Dori and Sledge involve the phrase "thank God" (that's what Sledge's lips mouth). This is confirmed on the alternate unaired pilot.

  • John Lawlor receives Star billing in the credits, but his role as Police Commissioner never went to the series proper.

  • While they were shooting the scene where Hammer destroys a building with a bazooka simply to get a sniper, bystanders thought they were making a Dirty Harry movie.

  • When Doreau and Hammer enter the hotel, there are doors with the numbers 86 and 99, an in-joke reference to Get Smart, creator Alan Spencer's inspiration.

  • Al Ruscio is listed as Special Guest Star.

  • Series creator Alan Spencer makes a cameo appearance in this episode: watch for the chubby guy with curly hair walking past Hammer when he makes his surprise entrance to the police station.

  • Doc Duhame's name is misspelled "Humane" in the end credits.

  • Jack Thibeau is listed as Special Appearance By.

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Trivia (3)

  • At the newsstand, Hammer calls the vendor Fred when he gets his paper, but Frankie when he walks away.

  • Trivia: We learn about Trunk's grandfather Clavell, also a police captain.

  • Trivia: Sledge's parents were named Jack and Arman Hammer

Allusions (11)

  • The title "Witless" is a reference to the Harrison Ford movie Witness, which also concerned a "fish out of water" policeman visiting the Amish.

  • Copycat Copycat Killer: Murder Scenes
    The Elvis Impersonators' murder scenes, from the shot of the microphone to the music, is a homage to the shower scene in Psycho.

  • Title The episode title references the Oscar-winning 1975 film, Shampoo, which featured Warren Beatty (as a hairdresser), Julie Christie, and Goldie Hawn.

  • Opening Scene: After Hammer's run-in with the plane, a man who looks like Alfred Hitchcock walks past and says, "Good evening." This is a nod to Alfred Hitchcock Presents, in which Hitchcock delivers the same opening line.

  • Opening Scene The opening scene, with Sledge being chased by a (model) plane, references the scene in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) where Cary Grant is chased by a crop duster.

  • Title: The episode title is a play on the title of the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, starring Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd J├╝rgens, and Richard Kiel (Jaws).

  • Hammer: How sharper than a serpent's tooth is an ungrateful punk. Referencing a line in Shakespeare's King Lear--"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child."

  • Title The episode title refers to Stanley Kubrick's 1971 cult film, A Clockwork Orange, starring Malcolm McDowell and Patrick Magee.

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