Sledge Hammer!

Season 2 Episode 1

A Clockwork Hammer

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Sep 17, 1987 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Vile Video Concepts conditions cops not to testify against a mobster. Hammer goes undercover, secure in the knowledge he can resist their brainwashing... until he meets a computerized version of himself.

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    Sal Viscuso

    Sal Viscuso

    Marc Rinsler

    Guest Star

    Dan Lauria

    Dan Lauria

    Chris Raker

    Guest Star

    Ken Letner

    Ken Letner

    D.A. Myles Theiss

    Guest Star

    Leslie Morris

    Leslie Morris

    Officer Mayjoy

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Hammer: In all my years on the force, I have never been this disgusted.
        Doreau: So you heard about it?
        Hammer: Yeah, I heard about it. Canceling the Policeman's Field Day. It was my turn to get shot out of the cannon.

      • Trunk: This is the worst day of my life.
        Hammer: Now you see, right there, you're wrong. You've said many times that the worst day of your life was the day I joined the force. Now you feel better?
        Trunk: (glares) Yes.

      • Trunk: Hammer... something is happening. Put that network in the dumper.
        Hammer: I already did that last year.

      • Smartikoff: Get me a gun, let's kill him.
        Rinsler: Are you mad?
        Smartikoff: Of course I'm mad. Would a sane man work in television?

      • Smartikoff: I could start a fourth network, just like this. (snaps his fingers)
        Rinsler: There already is a fourth network.
        Smartikoff: That's a network?
        Rinsler: Yeah, I see your point.

      • Smartikoff: I started VVC after the network forced me out of programming. They said my ideas were too high-concept. You tell me. What's wrong with an alien puppet living with a suburban family? Okay! It's stupid, but what's wrong with it?

      • Smartikoff: But this is only the beginning. I've devoted my whole life to TV. Man has only begun to scratch the tip of the iceberg of the video age.
        Rinsler: Look, I'm really not into television. I only watch PBS and Nightline.
        Smartikoff: But someday you'll really be into television because it will rule your life. Man will never have to leave his couch. You will even travel to foreign lands by TV.
        Rinsler: Actually, I enjoy flying.
        Smartikoff: Ultimately, man and TV will combine to form a newer, higher being. Yes, a super race! Smarter, brighter, new and improved. And it will all start here with those who watch it. Yes, the rulers of tomorrow sit in front of the TV today.
        (camera cuts to Hammer watching TV)

      • Doreau: Look--another article.
        Hammer: Now what magazine is this from?
        Doreau: Reader's Digest.
        Hammer: Oh. Well, you can't get more authoritative than that.

      • Hammer: Well, who's always close to my side? Someone I'm afraid I've been neglecting lately. Someone for whom I've never really been able to express my true feeling. Someone beautiful, sleek, attractive. I think it's obvious who I'm talking about.
        Doreau: Oh, Sledge, stop.
        Hammer: My gun.
        Trunk: Hammer, you are a truly sensitive guy.
        Hammer: Thank you. I never thought you'd notice.

    • NOTES (2)

      • This episode was originally called "Max Sledgeroom" but was changed due to objections made by the Max Headroom producers.

      • To account for the fact Sledge had blown up himself, L.A., and everyone in it at the end of the previous episode, we're told that the second season is "Sledge Hammer - The Early Days", implying these episodes all happened before the first episode of the first season. Which is a gross contradiction since Doreau is in the "Early Days" episodes before she was introduced, but nobody really cared.

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • 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.

      • VVC Tone
        The three tones played when the VVC logo is shown, are similar to the three tones played over the NBC logo. This is a dig to the rival network, as VVC stands for Vile Video Concepts.

      • VVC Logo
        The VVC logo featuring a dog sitting next to a TV resembles the famous ads for RCA Records, which show a dog curiously listening to a disc gramophone.