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Cagney & Lacey

Season 2 Episode 12

The Grandest Jewel Thief of Them All

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 17, 1983 on CBS
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The Grandest Jewel Thief of Them All
Cagney and Lacey set out to determine if a man who stopped a minor crime is himself a wanted, world-famous jewel thief.

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  • A script written for another show?

    Although quite enjoyable as a mystery, there was something wrong with this episode. I couldn't help feeling that an episode of some other show somehow got recycled for this one. The main story line is practically reserved for Christine Cagney alone. Mary Beth Lacey hardly has anything to do. Her frustration in being left out of the game may well have reflected Tyne Daly's. The required Harvey scenes don't make much sense either. Harvey meets an old flame and nearly gets tempted into a extra-marital affair? A scene so clumsy, it was the viewer who got embarrassed the most.

    The biggest problem, of course, is that, with the emphasis so much on Cagney, there were far too few scenes of the two women discussing, disagreeing, laughing. A good Cagney & Lacey episode has a wealth of great dialogue scenes that can be quoted on this site. Not this one.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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Berryman: Something tells me you are very, very good at what you do, something that has nothing to do with your quite obvious beauty.
      Cagney: You're a pistol, aren't you?

    • Samuels: You will never, never publicly call one of my people incompetent again. Do you understand?
      Cagney: I do. I overreacted.
      Samuels: Yes, you did. Petrie is one of the best, most intuitive cops I ever worked with. And Isbecki... Isbecki's solid.

  • NOTES (2)


    • La Guardia says that, "compared to Grand, Brink's was nickel-and-dime," referring to the 1950 armed robbery of the Brink's Building in Boston. With its haul of nearly three million dollars it was considered the crime of the century.