2.02: Big Nazi On Campus
First Broadcast: Thursday, September 24, 1987, 8:00 PM
Number of bullets fired by Sledge: 4
TV Guide summary: A coed's murder leads Hammer and Doreau down separate paths to identify the villian, with Hammer's gut instincts pointing to a campus football star.
Ph episode rating on the Hammer scale (1 to 6 bullets):
While the contrast between Hammer and Doreau's styles was clear, it wasn't enough to carry an entire episode.
At the precinct, Hammer tells Mayjoy he enjoyed his day off fishing. Displaying his catch, Hammer adds that "fishing poles are for geeks".
Hammer and Doreau debate their contrasting investigative techniques. Hammer relies on his instincts and gut feelings while Doreau follows standard police procedure to solve cases. Trunk then orders the two of them to go to the university.
Trunk: Hammer, security police has just found a co-ed's dead body. Get going.
Hammer: Well, I guess we're not really in that much of a hurry, right? I mean, she's not going anywhere.
At the crime scene, Hammer and Doreau learn that History Professor Amos McCoy was the one that found the body of Janet Parker. She was his teaching assistant. As Hammer leaves to talk to the other co-eds, Doreau learns from the professor that she had no family and was paying her way through school. Hammer learns that she was a loner who didn't talk to anyone except for her football star boyfriend, Teddy Overman. While Doreau has found a jewel on the floor and a phone number of a notepad, Hammer quickly decides to investigate the football player. ("Those goons are born killers.")
At the football field, Hammer gets himself involved in the scrimmage. [gunshots 1 and 2]
Sledge tackles Overman.
Hammer: Alright, Overman, you're under arrest for murder.
Teddy: What?! Who'd I kill?
Hammer: Janet Parker.
Teddy: Oh, my god! Janet's dead?
Hammer: Well, if you killed her, of course she's dead. Obviously, you're not here on an academic scholarship.
Back at the precinct, Hammer interrogates Overman. Overman claims to have been at the field at the time of the murder.
Teddy: Our relationship wasn't based on passion. It was mostly "fiscal".
Hammer: That's "physical", you missing link.
Teddy: No, "fiscal". She was loaded, and she spent money on me.
While Hammer as heard enough and begins to arrest him, Doreau interjects, reminding Hammer that he has a solid alibi. Letting him go, Hammer says...
Hammer: Alright, pigskin. But just remember you're still suspecto numero uno. Every breath you take, every move you make, I'll be watching you. That's police talk. Now get out. [a reference to the song "Every Breath You Take" from the Police's 1983 album Synchronicity]
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Hammer is still convinced Overman is the murderer, but Doreau's further investigation finds that Janet Parker had deposited twenty thousand dollars in her bank account the day before she died. Doreau also learns that the jewel found at the crime scene is worth fifty thousand bucks.
Doreau and Hammer question a jeweler, Mr. Beggs, to whom Janet sold gems. He never asked Janet where she was getting the gems.
While the case is still closed to Hammer, Doreau continues to further question Professor McCoy. There, she learns that Janet had been researching the Third Reich, including Von Feltheimer, one of Hitler's top men.
Doreau: What do you think happened to him?
McCoy: Experts believe he's dead.
Meanwhile, Hammer receives a call at the professor's home. Teddy Overman calls from the men's locker room saying that Janet had left something "real important" with him.
By the time the two get there, however, they find Teddy dead, stuffed into a locker pinned with a suicide note.
While Hammer concludes that remorse got the best of him, Doreau is convinced that it was McCoy's maid Frieda, who knew they were coming and gave them the wrong directions.
Having gone back to the professor's home alone, Doreau barges into the professor's study to find him burning the papers that Teddy had found. She pulls her gun to arrest him for murder. Apparently, Janet's research found photos of the professor (a.k.a., Feltheimer) with Hitler. Instead of turning the Nazi in, she blackmailed him for the jewels. Doreau then questions how a frail man like him could have killed her. McCoy/Feltheimer claims it was his maid Frieda. Frieda then barges in the room to attack Doreau. While they fight, Sledge crashes through a window. [gunshots 3 and 4] The professor panicks and jumps out another window, only to be chewed by the neighbor's pitbull.
Doreau: So if you thought I was wrong about the professor, why'd you come back?
Hammer: Cause there was a thin, very thin possiblity that you were... a little right. Enough acquiescing.
Trunk congratulates Doreau for her by-the-book police work, but Doreau acknowledges that some of Hammer's methods are valid. Trunk and Doreau walk out as Hammer goes off on a spew about how "a cop is one-man zoo, with a gun."