Cagney & Lacey

Season 2 Episode 1

Witness to An Incident

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Oct 25, 1982 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Cagney and Lacey witness an accidental police shooting, but have differing memories of exactly how it happened. Lacey feels heat from her superiors to fall in line with Cagney's accounting of events.

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  • A new start that clearly proved what the show could be.

    In a way this is the third start of Cagney & Lacey, as Sharon Gless is now officially Chris Cagney. Immediately they get it right. I was surprised that the show is not outdated at all. An incident involving a neighborhood watch team creates friction between the two partners because they saw different things. Is loyalty more important than the truth? Should you lie for your partner? The different backgrounds of Cagney and Lacey become clear when Chris accuses her partner of not being a real police officer. At the end of the episode the friction between the two is not completely resolved.

    The actual mystery story is handled well, but you realize that the two main characters are going to be the focal point of the series. Interesting themes attached to thrilling stories.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 (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Greg Oliver: Listen, ladies, we in medicine know that under stress different people perceive events in different ways. It has to do with hormones produced by the body to cope with danger.
      Lacey: We know all about those hormones, thanks.

    • Cagney: I didn't go after this job because I couldn't find anything else, all right? I did not come here because I needed some kind of work to help pay the orthodontist. This means something to me!
      Lacey: What the hell are we talking about here?
      Cagney: What we are talking about is that our butts are on the line every time we go out the door. Now, that gun was there, and you didn't see it. If you miss it this time, you're gonna miss it next time, too.

    • Lt. Samuels: You and Cagney have a problem?
      Lacey: No, sir, of course not. She's working, I'm working.
      Lt. Samuels: But you ain't working together.
      Lacey: Well, we don't always work together, sir. We handle different cases, you know.
      Lt. Samuels: Go ahead—ventilate.
      Lacey: What? You want me to open a window?

    • (though Cagney was right in this case, Lacey will not let an earlier insult go by)
      Lacey: I am a good police officer.
      Cagney: I know you are.
      Lacey: Don't ever talk to me like that again. And don't you ever question my motives for doing my job.
      Cagney: Okay. Is this over now?
      Lacey: Not that easy, Chris.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Auf gute Zusammenarbeit", meaning "Good Teamwork".

    • Following the disappointing ratings of C&L's spring 1982 try-out, the role of Christine Cagney was re-cast with original first-choice for the role, Sharon Gless, in an attempt to add femininity to the show after a CBS executive controversially declared that the poor ratings were because the American TV audience "perceived them as dykes."