Cagney & Lacey

Season 2 Episode 17

Burn Out

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 07, 1983 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Chris poses as a nun as part of an investigation into missing drugs from a hospital. Meanwhile, Mary Beth vanishes after a last-minute vacation cancellation.

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  • I'm not quite sure why this gets such a high score.

    Still trying to finds its feet halfway through the first (real) season, the shows goes slightly off the rails. At its best, the show always told an interesting story from a female perspective. Here we get a Mary Beth Lacey story, the tale of a career woman who breaks down under the dual pressure of work and family. Other episodes dealt with the issue better, often just in short scenes in between the scenes that pushed the plot along. I find it hard to believe that Lacey, the most sensible person in the precinct, would break down like this. To keep Cagney busy, a secondary plot about disappearing drugs at a hospital is just plain silly, an excuse to put Cagney in a nun's habit. The balance between comedy and tragedy hasn't been found here.moreless
Tony LaTorre

Tony LaTorre

Harvey Lacey, Jr.

Tyne Daly

Tyne Daly

Det. Mary Beth Lacey

Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Det. Chris Cagney

Jason Bernard

Jason Bernard

Dep. Insp. Marquette

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Det. Mark Petrie

Sidney Clute

Sidney Clute

Det. Paul La Guardia

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lacey: There's days when I wake up and the kids are fighting, and Harv is complaining cause I can't find two socks that match and the case we've been working on is falling apart and I think to myself "I can't do it. That's too much". And then there's days that I wake up and the kids are fighting and Harv is complaining cause I can't find two socks that match and the case we've been working on is falling apart and I think "God I love this life"

    • Samuels: (to Harvey) I don't push your wife any harder than I push anybody else. She's a police officer—a cop—and I don't pamper her just because she's a woman.

    • Harvey: I'm the one who cooks meals so she can do overtime. I'm the one who sits home with the kids when she's working.
      Samuels: Do you know what you sound like? You sound just like my ex-wife. See, you don't understand the first thing about being a cop.

    • Maggie: I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty of making a quick sketch of you. Some people like a souvenir of their stay at the beach.
      Lacey: How dare you? How dare you watch me like that? I want to be alone here. I'm trying to have a nervous breakdown, for God's sake, and you're sneaking around, putting me on paper?

    • Lacey: I've been thinking about learning economics, and the closest I came was saving Green Stamps.

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