Police Squad!: Season 1, Episode 1

A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise) (4 Mar. 1982)

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Frank investigates a murder case at a bank where a robber shot the clerk and then another staff member, Sally, shot the robber. The autopsy, however, shows differently.

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Mrs. Twice
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Frank investigates a murder case at a bank where a robber shot the clerk and then another staff member, Sally, shot the robber. The autopsy, however, shows differently.

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4 March 1982 (USA)  »

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Many characters are named after friends and neighbors of the writing/directing team. For instance, dentist Robert Zubastsky is named after Bob Zubatsky who used to live next to the Zucker brothers in Milwaukee. See more »


Mrs. Twice: Oh, poor Ralph! Do you know what it's like to be married to a wonderful man for fourteen years?
Det. Frank Drebin: No, I can't say that I do. I did live with a guy once, though, but that was just for a couple of years.
[Mrs. Twice makes sounds of trying not to cry]
Det. Frank Drebin: Usual slurs, rumours, innuendos - people didn't understand.
[Ed gives Mrs. Twice a handkerchief and she starts crying into it]
Det. Frank Drebin: [to camera]
Det. Frank Drebin: Ran him outta town like a common pygmy.
[Mrs. Twice starts crying a little harder]
Capt. Ed Hocken: Did he have any enemies?
Mrs. Twice: Well the ...
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Gut busting pilot episode.
14 February 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It really is a crying shame that the 'Police Squad' TV series was so short lived. But at least it led to the creation of the successful "Naked Gun" film series several years later. Leslie Nielsen is absolutely perfect as deadpan detective Frank Drebin, in this pilot that has Frank investigating the double murder at a bank. (Given that the name of the place is Acme, this must be where Wile E. Coyote gets the money to pay for his gadgets.) Anyway, the perpetrator is the seemingly ditzy Sally Decker (foxy Kathryn Leigh Scott), who needed a substantial amount of money to pay off the debt to her orthodontist. Among other things, Drebin realizes the evidence collected by ballistics isn't verifying the story that Sally told, interviews the widow (Barbara Tarbuck) of the supposed hold up man, and goes to his standard source on the street for info, all knowing Johnny (William Duell). Priceless verbal and visual gags punctuate the good natured mayhem, in the manner formulated by the talented Zucker / Abrahams / Zucker team in "The Kentucky Fried Movie" and "Airplane!". One of the best moments has Frank and Sally shooting it out while just a few feet apart. It's also a total hoot when Frank is interrogating a dentist, ripping one wig after another off of Sally's head, and in addition to the standard chalk outline on the bank floor, there's an Egyptian hieroglyphic. A breathless verbal exchange between Frank, his boss Ed Hocken (Alan North), and Sally makes great use of wordplay. The opening sequence began a standard practice in the series of having a special guest star, in this case Lorne Greene, pop up just long enough to get killed violently. All in all, this is quite hilarious and extremely snappy, and has a brilliant wrap up by parodying any and all TV show that's ever ended an episode with a freeze frame. Just try not to laugh as Nielsen and North stand there blinking while trying - not THAT hard

  • to maintain their facial expressions. Eight out of 10.

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