Law & Order

Season 1 Episode 6

Everybody's Favorite Bagman

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 30, 1990 on NBC
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Everybody's Favorite Bagman
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After local councilman and former bagman Charles Halsey is mugged and his throat slashed, Logan and Greevey investigate the case and the two young black male suspects. Their suspicion turns to organized crime when they link him to Masucci soldier Tony Scalisi. As Stone and Robinette continue their investigation, they realize the case is linked to a corruption scandal including a dirty councilman. Wentworth won't allow Stone to offer Scalisi immunity to avoid the appearance of impropriety, but in order to get what they want, their only option might be to make a deal with the mobster. Unable to utilize the police because of suspected corruption within the department, Stone goes to Assistant U.S. Attorney John McCormack for help.moreless

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Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

George Dzundza

George Dzundza

Sgt. Max Greevey

Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty

Exec. ADA Ben Stone

Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks

ADA Paul Robinette

Paul Guilfoyle

Paul Guilfoyle

Anthony Scalisi

Guest Star

Trey Wilson

Trey Wilson

Eddie Cosmatos

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Roy Thinnes

Roy Thinnes

District Attorney Alfred Wentworth

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In this pilot filmed two years before the first season, Paul Robinette is sporting a natural hair style instead of his trademark high top fade he wore throughout his three-year tenure as ADA.

    • Max Greevey is obviously about 10 pounds lighter than in any other episode because this pilot was filmed two years before the first season.

    • Captain Cragen has a poster of The Lone Ranger on the window of his office door.

    • Robinette has been with Stone for eight months, the longest of any assistant in quite some time. He credited William Jefferson, his former little league coach, with being the reason he went to law school and had a hard time believing Stone's assertation that Jefferson was dirty.

    • Stone has a copy of the 1968 Presidential campaign poster for Bobby Kennedy in his office.

    • Logan is involved with a fellow police officer named Maggie. This is the only episode of the series that she is seen in, although she is mentioned in another episode.

    • This episode is the first mention of the Masucci crime family, mobsters that appear from time to time through all incarnations of the series.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Germany: Ehrenwerte Killer (Honorable Killers)
      Czech Republic: Nejoblíbenější výběrčí (The Most Favorite Collector)

    • William H. Macy was credited as W.H. Macy in this episode.

    • Special billing was given to Roy Thinnes (Special Guest Star) in this episode. He was the only member of the original cast not to return once the series was picked up.

    • Although "Everybody's Favorite Bagman" is the pilot episode of the series, it was shown out of order. The pilot was initially picked up by FOX, which ordered thirteen episodes before passing because they didn't feel it was the type of show they were looking for. CBS was next, but they also turned down the option because there were no break-out stars attached to the role. In syndication and on the first season DVD, this episode appears in the order in which it was originally aired in the season. This episode was originally filmed for CBS in 1988, and if you have a taped copy from when A & E aired this episode in the past, you will notice a different style of credits and graphics used on the episode from when TNT got it.

    • Although listed in the opening credits, Steven Hill does not appear as D.A. Adam Schiff in this episode because Schiff joined after the pilot was filmed. Hill was not actually a member of the original cast. In the original opening credits for this episode, Steven Hill was not mentioned at all since he did not join the cast until after the series was picked up by NBC in August 1989 (in one of the last moves of then-NBC Entertainment Head Brandon Tartikoff). If you have a tape from when this episode aired on A & E, you will notice this.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the 1986 New York Parking Violations Bureau Corruption scandal. It was alleged that Queens borough president Donald Manes had used political appointments and favors as the source of large kickback schemes involving personal bureaucratic fiefdoms such as the NYC Parking Violations Bureau. Zoning franchises and cable TV franchises were being investigated, and some of Manes' appointees and associates were indicted or forced to resign. Manes committed suicide when his crimes came to light and Stanley Friedman, Michael Lazar and Lester Shafran received convictions for racketeering.

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