Sledge Hammer!

Season 1 Episode 10

If I Had a Little Hammer

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Nov 29, 1986 on ABC
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If I Had a Little Hammer
Sledge and Dori pose a prospective adoptive parents to stop a ring of baby thieves.

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  • Hammer and Doreau rush to break up a baby-theft ring.

    A nurse is horrified to see that a ward full of infants was kidnapped. The case goes to Hammer and Doreau. The captain says the crime was the work of an organized ring. Hammer hates the case, but goes along anyway.

    Doreau is more enthusiastic, and tries to get a description from a married couple. The game is afoot.

    The cops head to the delilvery room to speak to the nurse. She has no new answers. Doreau grows more troubled. Hammer manages to get a lead.

    A snitch provides them with a tip that sends them to an adoption agency. There, a woman named Margaret sets them up to meet her partner. Back to Hammer's place for the meeting. He and Dori pretend to be a couple eager for a child.

    I'm not sure they'd comprise anybody's ideal family. Or even semi-competent family. But they won't stop until justice is done and injustice is thoroughly embarrassed.moreless

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    • Hammer: This is a precinct, not an encounter group. If a man and a woman have problems, they should settle them the way my wife and I did, with a divorce.

    • Doreau: Captain, who could be behind such a despicable crime?
      Trunk: Obviously a baby-selling ring, Doreau. Kind of back-alley racketeers who steal babies and sells them to childless couples for exorbitant sums.
      Hammer: Kind of a mom-and-pop operation, huh?

    • Doreau: What was your baby's name?
      Mrs. Yates: Well, we were just about to find a name and then... he was stolen.
      Hammer: How about "Rob"? I'm sorry, I don't know where my head's at.

    • Hammer: Wait, one last question. Did your child have any enemies?
      Doreau: Hammer! It's a newborn baby. Newborn babies don't have enemies.
      Hammer: I did.

    • Hammer: Doreau, what are you doing? Cops can't go around making promises they can't keep. That right is reserved for the President.

    • Hammer: And I strongly urge you parents to discipline this child starting today. Constant spankings are the reason I turned out all right.

    • Hammer: What are you doing? Sleeping on the job is for air traffic controllers, not cops.

    • Receptionist: Excuse me, Mr. and Mrs. Hammer. I couldn't help overhearing your conversation with Mrs. Calder.
      Hammer: Why is that?
      Receptionist: I was listening in.

    • Hammer: (to Doreau) I can't believe I'm letting a common slimeball into my apartment. Bad enough that you're here.

    • Hammer: Nurse Robbins. I knew you were behind this.
      Robbins: When did you figure it out?
      Hammer: When you walked in just now.

    • Trunk: Hammer, have you no compassion for what those people are going through?
      Hammer: Of course I do. I have suffered a sense of loss just like everyone else. I lost my luggage once. I was torn up about it for weeks.

    • Doreau: Captain, I request that Hammer and I be assigned this case.
      Hammer: No wait, no whoa, no huh, no way, I don't do this. I'm in Homicide, I deal in scum-suckers, not thumb-suckers.

    • Trunk: Hammer, I have great trepidation about putting you on this case. The thought of you coming within five miles of a baby scare the hell out of me.
      Hammer: Me too.

    • Doreau: I always assumed you were the one who thought women should be barefoot and pregnant.
      Hammer: Are you kidding? I encourage women to wear shoes.

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