21 Jump Street

Season 4 Episode 23

How I Saved the Senator

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM May 07, 1990 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Following their thwarting of an "assassination" attempt of a senator giving a speech at a high school, each Jump Street cop (plus Blowfish) relates his or her own Hollywood-inspired version of the events to a reporter interested in turning the story into a movie script.

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  • A lighthearted episode for the whole cast.

    I give this episode an "A" for effort, though the joke wears thin after awhile. The idea is for each member of the Jump Street gang to tell a reporter about the pivotal event involving a Senator, using a movie genre as their mode of expression. Their imaginations take flight as 1) Ioki places himself in a 'dubbed' Asian martial arts flick; 2) Hanson sees himself as Charlie Chaplin in a black & white silent movie; 3) Blowfish winds up in a 'Halloween' horror flick; 4) Judy and Captain Fuller are characters in a 1940's backstage film noir; and 5) Penhall becomes James Bond (Roger Moore style).

    The best of the bunch is Fuller in a Clark Gable guise, with Judy being allowed to sing in that segment as an extra treat. Johnny Depp as Charlie Chaplin is amusing, though it's eerily closer to Edward Scissorhands than it is to Benny and Joon.moreless
Steven Williams

Steven Williams

Captain Adam Fuller

Peter DeLuise

Peter DeLuise

Officer Douglas 'Doug' Penhall

Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Robinson Peete

Officer Judith "Judy" Hoffs

Richard Grieco

Richard Grieco

Dennis Booker (season 3-4)

Dustin Nguyen

Dustin Nguyen

Officer Harry Truman Ioki (season 1-4)

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Officer Thomas "Tom" Hanson (season 1-4)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Penhall-as-Bond searches the laundry room for the bomb, he says, "This isn't the storage room", but his lips don't move.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Ample: I'm busted.
      Penhall: Why yes. Of course you are.
      Ample: Got a nice bankroll there.
      Penhall: I bet you say that to all the boys.

    • Ioki: A strange sensation began to creep up on me. Was it deja vu? Second sight? Or was it just the egg-salad sandwich that I had for lunch?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Ioki's martial arts retelling (complete with apparent redubbing from chinese) is a parody of the 1972 TV series Kung Fu and 'chop-sake' movies like 1973's "Enter the Dragon". Hanson's retelling is a silent-movie homage to Charlie Chaplin 'little tramp' movies. Hoff's retelling is an homage to the 1972 film "Lady Sings the Blues", right down to the photo of Billy Dee Williams on her dressing table (Ray Parker, Jr. doubles Williams during the show). Sal's retelling is an homage to 'slasher' movies like 1974's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre". In the climax of it, the murderer grows masks from many slash movie villains. Penhall's retelling is a parody of Bond movies (particularly Connery ones), in which Penhall swaggers around in a tuxedo as "Pen. Doug Hall." (and later "Hall. Doug Pen.") rather than "Bond. James Bond." He defeats "Sal Stavro Blowfish" (rather than "Ernst Stavro Blofeld") and his femme fatale "Ample O'Raunch" (rather than "Plenty O'Toole"). The Captain's is a (short) homage to westerns.