Law & Order

The Working Stiff

Season 2, Ep 22, Aired 5/14/92
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  • Episode Description
  • The murder of a Wall Street legend begins a case involving an ailing union worker and a former governor and old friend of Schiff's.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dann Florek

    Capt. Don Cragen

  • Richard Brooks

    A.D.A. Paul Robinette

  • Michael Moriarty

    Exec. A.D.A. Ben Stone

  • Steven Hill

    D.A. Adam Schiff

  • Paul Sorvino

    Sgt. Phil Cerreta

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Ben Stone: You work for Local 8157, is that correct, Mr. Palmieri? Joey Palmieri: That’s right. Ben Stone: And you take orders from your cousin Eddie Palmieri? (Palmieri’s lawyer whispers in his ear.) Joey Palmieri: I take orders from the rank and file. Ben Stone: Just what do you do for the rank and file, sir? (Palmieri’s lawyer whispers in his ear.) Joey Palmieri: I promote union solidarity and discipline.

    • Adam Schiff: You look like the messenger who’s afraid he’s going to be killed. Ben Stone: I’m afraid the message might kill the recipient.

    • (A mass of stock traders are gathered in the background, silently watching Logan, Cerreta, and Fairlee) Walter Fairlee: Marshall had a lot of international interests. Phil Cerreta: And what about enemies? Walter Fairlee: Well, ours is a competitive business. Mike Logan: But everybody loved him, right? Walter Fairlee: Everybody respected what he accomplished. Phil Cerreta: Which was? Walter Fairlee: Which was overcoming his humble beginnings and amassing a net worth in the hundreds of millions. This is a terrible moment for our company. (The morning trading bell sounds.) Excuse me. (The traders disperse and scramble furiously, answering ringing phones and shouting across the room) Mike Logan: I guess the moment is over.

    • Palmieri’s Lawyer: (pointing to stacked cardboard boxes) You want documents, you got documents. My client is merely satisfying the subpoena. Phil Cerreta: We asked for documents relating to the union’s dealings with Marshall McFadden, not the history of the world parts one and two.

    • William Cousins: I was ready to indict McFadden with eight counts of bank fraud. Next thing I knew, they were changing the locks on my office door. Paul Robinette: They? William Cousins: They.

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Boží mlýny (The Mills of God)

    • This was the last episode to be broadcast in the show's original timeslot Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m.

    • This episode is writer Robert Palm's last script for Law & Order.

    • Though their characters do not interact, Steven Hill and Eli Wallach very briefly share the frame, during one of the courtroom scenes of this episode. The two legendary actors last appeared together 33 years earlier in 1959, in Playhouse 90’s two-part version of "For Whom the Bell Tolls".

    Trivia (1)

    • This episode marks two rare situations- 1) the district attorney (Adam Schiff) appears in court and 2) the district attorney (Adam Schiff) shares a scene with the accused (Simon Vilanis and Dwight Corcoran).

    Allusions (1)

    • Simon Vilanis gets chemotherapy at St. Eligius, which is the name of the hospital featured in the 1980s TV show St. Elsewhere.

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