Mayor Flambeau demands immediate results when his daughter is abducted by the Allied Violent Offense Network. He orders the police chief to take violence-prone Sledge Hammer off suspension and assign him to direct the investigation. Sledge is pleased to be back on duty, but he objects to working with female detective Dori Doreau, who is given the assignment because of her background in terrorist psychology and defense tactics. Sledge correctly deduces that a member of the mayor's family is involved in the abduction, but he damages his credibility when he impetuously brings in the mayor's wife bound and gagged. He is taken off the case and Dori is assigned to deliver the ransom, but Sledge has developed considerable respect for Dori's courage and abilities. He surreptitiously follows Dori into the dangerous situation and greatly assists her in apprehending the real culprits. Dori subsequently demonstrates her own admiration for Sledge by declining a publicly-awarded promotion that ...
Did You Know?
This very first episode includes what would go on to become Captain Trunk's trademark line: "HAMMER! In my office RIGHT NOW!" See more
The bullet hits in Sledge's practice target are visible in the close-up before he shoots (there are 4 indentations that become holes one at a time). See more
You sadistic, depraved, bloodthirsty, barbaric-!
Is that why you called me in here, to shower me with compliments?
The 2004 DVD release contains an alternate unaired version of this episode which is longer than the broadcast version. Differences in the DVD version include:
- A different theme song composed by Arthur B. Rubinstein.
- A newspaper vending machine is shown featuring the story of the kidnapping. A pair of hands is shown taking the entire stack of papers. (The hands belong to series creator/writer Alan Spencer).
- Doreau's slide presentation includes pictures of the third terrorist named Cottage Cheese Clodman and Doreau's baby nephew.
- Hammer pulls Kruggle's towel off and sees his ridiculous looking boxers. At the station, Hammer interrogates Kruggle by pouring hot coffee in his lap. Then, Hammer makes Kruggle stand against of a wall of balloons and fires a rifle at them.
- An epilogue in which Hammer and Doreau talk outside City Hall and Hammer says Dirty Harry was "too violent". A freeze frame of this scene was shown in the closing credits of the broadcast version.
References Get Smart