Cagney & Lacey

Season 3 Episode 3

Victimless Crime

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 1984 on CBS
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After the star of a pornographic film dies during production, Cagney and Lacey must convince his reluctant co-star to be a witness.

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  • Good intentions, a joke and a stereotype.

    This episode mixes the typical ingredients of a Cagney & Lacey. At the heart of it there's the discussion about pornography as a victimless crime. Mary Beth Lacey has some problems with that idea and gives a couple of good arguments against it, whereas Cagney's liberal view gets challenged. Remarkable that a second story line is so simplistic, based on stereotypes. A French visitor shows interest in Mary Beth and suggests that she become his mistress. All the cliches about French men, their wives and mistresses roll by. This in the same episode that deals with an intelligent look at the woman-unfriendly nature of pornography. For the other characters the writers have a jokey story line: Petrie and Isbecki try to nab a man who shoots at dogs. The episode reaches it nadir when Isbecki pretends to write down a dog's evidence.moreless
Tony LaTorre

Tony LaTorre

Harvey Lacey, Jr.

Tyne Daly

Tyne Daly

Det. Mary Beth Lacey

Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Det. Chris Cagney

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Det. Mark Petrie

Sidney Clute

Sidney Clute

Det. Paul La Guardia

Harvey Atkin

Harvey Atkin

Desk Sgt. Ronald Coleman

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Cagney: You are a police officer! If he gets out of line, you cuff him. Read him his rights. If he offers you cognac and his hotel room, you play it by ear.
      Lacey: Uh-huh.

    • Benoit: Why is this man shooting at dogs?
      Petrie: They're not using pooper scoopers.
      Benoit: Pooper scoopers?
      Isbecki: It's kind of a portable waste disposal system. Nothing like American technology, eh?

    • Lacey: I go home every night, and no matter how bad the day was, I think, well at least we took an inch of crud off the city. I mean, of course it'll be back tomorrow. But at least we're treading water. Do you know what I feel like right now? I feel like the crud is winning!

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