Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment is a 1985 comedy film directed by Jerry Paris. It is the first of six sequels in the Police Academy series.
Many actors return from the first film to respectively reprise their roles. Steve Guttenberg reprises his role as Mahoney, the class clown; former American football player Bubba Smith returns as the man-mountain Hightower; Marion Ramsey is featured again as Laverne Hooks; David Graf returns as gun-crazy Officer Eugene Tackleberry; Michael Winslow returns as sound effects wizard Officer Larvell Jones, and veteran actor George Gaynes returns as Commandant Eric Lassard.
New faces in Police Academy 2 include Howard Hesseman as Captain Pete Lassard (the brother of Police Academy commandant Eric Lassard), Bobcat Goldthwait as Zed, the leader of "The Scullions", an obnoxious gang, Art Metrano as Lt. Mauser, Peter Van Norden as slobbish police dog sergeant Vinnie, Tim Kazurinsky as hapless business owner Carl Sweetchuck, as well as Julie Brown. In the film, the Police Academy cadets have graduated and are assigned to the worst precinct in town, where they have to help Captain Pete Lassard fight Zed's gang.
After a random attack the night before by a local gang known as "The Scullions" and their infantile leader Zed McGlunk (Bobcat Goldthwait), Chief Henry Hurst (George R. Robertson) arrives at the 16th precinct and notifies its captain, Pete Lassard (Howard Hesseman) that the precinct is the worst in the city. Nevertheless, Hurst gives him 30 days or else Lassard is out. Before he leaves, Lieutenant Mauser (Art Metrano) schemes his way into talking to Hurst into getting a promotion to Captain should Lassard fail. Pete calls his brother Eric (George Gaynes) and asks him for six new recruits. Mauser is seen scheming with his dim-witted partner Sgt. Proctor (Lance Kinsey) as he attempts to take control of the precinct.
Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow), Eugene Tackleberry (David Graf), Moses Hightower (Bubba Smith), Laverne Hooks (Marion Ramsey), and Douglas Fackler (Bruce Mahler) join the 16th precinct, and some are assigned a veteran officer partner since they are rookies: Fackler has Dooley (Ed Herlihy), Mahoney has Vinnie Schtulman (Peter van Norden), and Tackleberry has Sgt. Kathleen Kirkland (Colleen Camp). Tackleberry later confides to Mahoney that he may have fallen in love with Kirkland.
Mauser attempts numerous times to sabotage the new recruits, and personally targets Mahoney. During a patrol, Mahoney and Schtulman spot a robbery at a merchant's place, but the robbers escape in the confusion caused in part by responding officers. Mauser is ready to suspend them, but Mahoney makes a passionate plea that convinces Lassard to give them another chance. While all this is going on, Zed and his gang go "shopping" in a supermarket, causing havoc and chaos.
Mauser gives Mahoney a new assignment; patrolling a tunnel, covering him and his partner with soot in the process. He gets revenge on Mauser by switching his shampoo with Tackleberry's epoxy resin solution from a helmet repair kit, which glues his hands to his hair. He ends up embarrassing himself in front of the station, and has to wear a wig through the remainder of the film. Pete Lassard spots some of Zed's men and tries to deal with them, but is over-powered and spray-painted. This humiliating act emboldens Lassard to allow the precinct to use "whatever means possible" to help contain the gang. Progress is made and most of the gang is captured in an incident at The Blue Oyster Bar, but Mauser informs the captain that most of the charges were dropped. Mahoney sees that Mauser did this on purpose, so as revenge he informs the nurse in charge of a body cavity search ordered earlier to perform the procedure on Mauser.
Later on, Tackleberry goes on a date with Kirkland, where they stay out late dancing. They profess their love for each other and have sex (but removing their numerousconcealed weapons first before clothes). Pete goes to see his brother Eric at a Japanese steakhouse, and Eric comes out with an idea to hold a fair. At the night of the fair though, Zed's men trash the place. Lassard is out of a job the next day, while Mauser is promoted Captain. His first act is to remove Mahoney and Schtulman, who is quick to object to Mahoney's dismissal.
Mahoney, Schtulman, and Lassard get together in an last-ditch attempt to stop the gang. They send in Mahoney undercover to find the leader of the gang. (Everybody at this point does not know Zed's name or that he is the gang leader.) Lassard and Schtulman wire him, using duct tape and a radio microphone. Under the guise of "Jughead," formerly of the gang "The Archies", he is able to infiltrate the gang and find out both their hiding spot and the name of their leader. His cover is blown however due to the radio microphone cutting into a baseball game, which leads to Lassard calling every man to the location. The precinct arrives, but is stopped by Mauser. Mauser attempts a raid, but Fackler accidentally bumps him in an air duct and pushes him inside, which leads to Mauser being captured by Zed and his gang. The precinct stage their own raid, and manage to overpower and arrest the gang. Zed attempts to escape with Mahoney, but Lassard blocks his escape and prepares to shoot Zed with a loaded pistol. Mahoney punches him down a flight of stairs, while Hooks arrests him. It is then revealed that Lassard's gun wasn't loaded, as he "never carried live ammo since '73".
The film ends with the officers attending Tackleberry and Kirkland's wedding. They drive off the Police Academy lot in the monster truck Bigfoot.
Main article: List of Police Academy characters===The Six New 16th Precinct Officers===
- Steve Guttenberg as Officer Carey Mahoney
- Bubba Smith as Officer Moses Hightower
- David Graf as Officer Eugene Tackleberry
- Michael Winslow as Officer Larvell Jones
- Bruce Mahler as Officer Douglas Fackler
- Marion Ramsey as Officer Laverne Hooks
The Rest Of The 16th Precinct
- Colleen Camp as Sgt. Kathleen Kirkland
- Howard Hesseman as Capt. Peter 'Pete' Lassard
- Peter Van Norden as Officer Vinnie Schtulman
- Lance Kinsey as Sgt. Proctor
- Art Metrano as Lt/Capt. Mauser
- George Gaynes as Cmdt. Eric Lassard
- George R. Robertson as Chief Henry J. Hurst
- Tim Kazurinsky as Carl Sweetchuck
- Rich Hall as Street Punk
The film received negative reviews.
The film was the 10th highest grossing film in the United States in 1985 with a total of $61,600,000 over 1,613 theaters. There was high competition in 1985 in United States theatres from films such as Back to the Future, Rocky IV, and Rambo: First Blood Part II. In the US rentals alone it grossed $27,200,000 after its release onVHS.
The film was also successful in Europe, it took in SEK 18,063,063 in Sweden alone which amounts to $2,693,005.