Police Squad! (1982)
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When a woman reports being blackmailed by some thugs, Police Squad get even more reports of the same kind from other shop owners. To gain a better perspective, Frank and Norberg open up a key store in the most troubled area.


Reza Badiyi (as Reza S. Badiyi)


Nancy Steen (teleplay by), Neil Thompson (teleplay by) | 9 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Leslie Nielsen ... Det. Frank Drebin
Alan North ... Capt. Ed Hocken
Rex Hamilton Rex Hamilton ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
Florence Henderson ... Shot Woman
Ed Williams Ed Williams ... Mr. Olson
William Duell William Duell ... Johnny
Peter Lupus ... Norberg
Al Ruscio ... Dutch
Robert Costanzo ... Leo
John Ashton ... Rocky
Connie Needham ... Jill
Rebecca Holden ... Stella


When a woman reports being blackmailed by some thugs, Police Squad get even more reports of the same kind from other shop owners. To gain a better perspective, Frank and Norberg open up a key store in the most troubled area.

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Comedy | Crime


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1 July 1982 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Did You Know?


Inside the key shop, Peter Lupus is seen reacting to the gunfire due to the explosive charges planted in the set discharging small chunks of plaster into his face. See more »


A soft-landing mat can be seen to the left of the frame when the first mobster is thrown out of the Locksmith's shop. See more »


Det. Frank Drebin: The way I look at it, you owe me 100 dollars for that window.
Rocky: Us? I don't know what you're talking about.
Det. Frank Drebin: So how do you explain this?
[hands over the rock that came through the window]
Leo: Well, billions of years ago the Earth was a molten mass...
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References Bye Bye Birdie (1963) See more »


Put On a Happy Face
Written by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse
Performed by Florence Henderson
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Extremely funny.
1 March 2012 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Uproarious episode of the 'Police Squad' series comes up with truly gut busting gags. Sergeant Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) becomes aware of a protection racket going on after one of the victims, a dance instructor, is brutally beaten by thugs Leo (Robert Costanzo) and Rocky (John Ashton) in front of her class. Drebin and boss Ed Hocken (Alan North) devise a plan that will have Drebin pose as a new business owner to attract the attention of the criminals. Drebin and Norberg (Peter Lupus) subsequently open a key store (no, not a keister, a key store) and find their business thriving, and naturally the criminals turn up. Drebin ends up "working with them" to find his first order of business will be to bump off the pretty young dance instructor (Connie Needham). This episode, written by Nancy Steen and Neil Thompson based on Pat Proft's story, is good fun from start to finish, opening up with special guest star Florence Henderson being gunned down. Inspired gags include the dance students mimicking their instructor's positions as she is being beaten, Norberg's ineptitude when it comes to key making (the keys end up stuck to the ceiling), the multitude of pets that crime boss Dutch (Al Ruscio) keeps in his drawers, and especially the freeze frame joke where Drebin and Hocken stay in place while the coffee Hocken is pouring does not. Wise shoeshine guy Johnny (William Duell) educates a fireman on the proper way to douse a blaze, and Drebin gets a lesson in where rocks come from, from both Leo AND Dr. Olson (Ed Williams). The actors (also including Rebecca Holden as sexy Stella) have an absolute blast with the rapid fire jokes, with Drebin doing a perfect job of backwards driving. A very snappy episode that's a total pleasure to watch. Nine out of 10.

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