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Cagney & Lacey

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 08, 1981 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After a major bust, Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey are promoted to detectives. Chris, unsatisfied with their role in a vice operation starts to work the case of a murdered diamond merchant.

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    Tyne Daly

    Tyne Daly

    Det. Mary Beth Lacey

    Carl Lumbly

    Carl Lumbly

    Det. Mark Petrie

    Al Waxman

    Al Waxman

    Lt. Bert Samuels

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • (Chris and Mary Beth are standing in front of the fireplace dressed as hookers)

        Christine: You call this plain clothes?!
        Captain Wells: Well, the John detail is a very important assignment.
        Christine: With all the crime going down, we gotta trap some horny bastards.
        Mary Beth: She means the victims of crime. Look, we're good cops.
        Captain Wells: Why do you think you got promoted, and look, that was a terrific collar you kids made. Like real policemen.
        Mary Beth: We are real policemen!

      • (Cagney and Lacey are dressed as hookers to go undercover)
        Captain Wells: Look, I'm gonna run it down for you. The approach must be explicit. You know what I mean?
        Mary Beth: Maybe… maybe you should spell it out for us, Captain Wells.
        Christine: She's a mother, and I'm not even a married woman.
        Mary Beth: Yet!
        Captain Wells: (uneasily)Look, the John must be explicit ...for the team to make a bust.

        Christine: Could you give us an example?
        Captain Wells: (less and less comfortable)Sure. You stand there ...looking provocative, you know? ...That's good. Very, very good. Then the John comes along and he says, um, 'Are you busy?' and you say 'No.' but then you say to him 'What do you want?'
        (the duo is hanging on Captain Wells' every word)
        Captain Wells: He says ...he says...
        Christine/Mary Beth: He says?
        Captain Wells: He says something ...explicit. ...Oh, you'll know it when you hear it.

    • NOTES (2)

      • The script for this was written in the mid-seventies, but network beliefs that there was no audience for a show about two female police officers kept its development at bay for several years.

      • Sharon Gless, who would take over the role of Christine Cagney in season 2, was actually the first choice to play her in this TV movie.

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