HAMMER SEASON ONE - EPISODE 14
Trivia: This episode marked the welcome jettison of the network-imposed laugh track, an action brought about by the producers when the show was renewed for the second half of the season.
The concept of devil worshippers wasnt the usual sitcom fodder, and caused great hand wringing at the network.
In hindsight, this episode bears similarities to the big screen action flick Die Hard, despite the fact that it aired long before that influential films release.
The makeup worn by the actress portraying Angel was intentionally meant to resemble Daryl Hannahs character of Pris from the movie Bladerunner.
John Dunsmore, a member of the legendary rock group The Doors who also happened to be a fan of the show, played the janitor in this episode.
Guest star Mark Blankfield is a wonderful comic actor who was featured on the late night TV show Fridays. Mark also starred in the feature film Jekyll & Hyde Together Again as well as the Mel Brooks directed Robin Hood: Men In Tights. He would reappear two other times on Sledge Hammer! as completely different characters. A great testament to his talent.
This episode caused mild controversy by a thinly veiled reference to the Iran / Contra scandal, which went over the head of broadcast standards, when Hammer imperviously stated: Im an American, I dont negotiate with terrorists.