Cagney & Lacey

Child Witness

Season 4, Ep 1, Aired 10/15/84
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  • Episode Description
  • An over-protective father hinders prosecution of a babysitter who may have molested his daughter. Petrie gets beaten by some white NYPD officers who don't know he's a detective.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tony LaTorre

    Harvey Lacey, Jr.

  • Tyne Daly

    Det. Mary Beth Lacey

  • Sharon Gless

    Det. Chris Cagney

  • Carl Lumbly

    Det. Mark Petrie

  • Sidney Clute

    Det. Paul La Guardia

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Samuels: How do I look?
      Lacey: With due respect, sir, we got this jerk we can't touch and your concern about how you're going to look on a date, is irrelevant to me.

    • Samuels: If I let every case that backed me into a corner eat at me, then I'd been eaten long ago.

    • Claudia: If you ever have to make a judgement call like that, a man wth a gun, I don't care what color he is. I hope you do exactly the same thing.
      Petrie: I can't believe ... I can't believe you're saying that. I should go out and roust people?
      Claudia: I'm not saying 'roust people'. But if you do make an error, I hope it is on the side of caution. I'd rather see you face a brutality charge than me being the grieving widow at some inspector's funeral.

    • Samuels: You know, Petrie, my grandfather tells a story about the old country. He and my grandmother were on a train somewhere from Minsk to ...
      Petrie: Is this the one about the Cossack?
      Samuels: Oh, I told you that one already? With the helmlet filled with sour cream?
      Petrie: Yes, sir, a very nice story.
      Samuels: So you'll give it some thought.

    Notes (3)

    • The German episode title is "Der Babysitter".

    • The role of Claudia Petrie was recast with Vonetta McGee, who would go on to marry on-screen husband Carl Lumbly in 1987.

    • Deborah Arakelian was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series category for her work on this episode.

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