Cagney & Lacey

Season 2 Episode 5

Hot Line

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Nov 22, 1982 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Chris and Mary Beth investigate a series of stranglings involving women who worked for the telephone sex trade.

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  • The plot thickens.

    This episode puts Lieutenant Samuels in the spotlight, and what a good actor the late Al Waxman was. We slowly begin to understand the different people surrounding Cagney and Lacey, and Samuels proves to be a rounded character. (No pun intended.) We learn that the lieutenant is struggling with a career which he feels has stalled. People with less expertise have been promoted above him. Now that's a feeling quite a few people know. Added to that there is the typical stress that a police job has put on his marriage.

    Cagney and Lacey's reaction to the lieutenant's problems is ambiguous. They have a certain motherly concern, combined with precinct loyalty. At the same time it's obvious that they feel insecure, that they don't know what he thinks of them. Especially Cagney seems to fear that she is only regarded a pretty face in the police station.

    I was astonished by one little scene and its subtle humor. When Cagney and Lacey investigate the background of Manny, the rollerskating messenger, they find that his employer does not have the correct address of his employee. The employer mutters some remark like "what can you expect from a guy who comes to work on rollerskates?". And then we see this boss move away from his desk, ... in a wheelchair. The irony of the situation, which is not stressed in any way by a reaction from the other characters, shows that the writers did not underestimate their viewers.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


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Mary Beth is on the phone with the Operator and states that she is Badge #340. In the opening credits, their shield numbers are #730 and #763 respectively.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Samuels clashes with his superiors.)
      Isbecki: The papers are gonna have a field day. I can just see the headlines now.
      Petrie: Which ones? "Strangler Stalks City Streets" or "Lieutenant Demoted to Directing Traffic"?

    • Petrie: You're right about one thing, Isbecki. Samuels did call the shot.
      Isbecki: Instinct! Samuels has got it. All the really great detectives have it. I got it.

    • Isbecki: More on that psychological profile. (reads) Passive, unresolved anger towards mother.
      Lacey: Why is it always the mother?

    • (Lt. Samuels needs to know about the plot against him.)
      Cagney: You go talk to him. I'll tell you, he likes you a lot better than he likes me, pal.
      Lacey: He does not. Where did you get an idea like that?
      Cagney: He tells you he likes your instincts, he tells me he likes my scarf.

  • NOTES (1)