Law & Order

Season 2 Episode 22

The Working Stiff

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 14, 1992 on NBC
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The Working Stiff
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The murder of a Wall Street legend begins a case involving an ailing union worker and a former governor and old friend of Schiff's.

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Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks

ADA Paul Robinette

Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty

Exec. ADA Ben Stone

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

Paul Sorvino

Paul Sorvino

Sgt. Phil Cerreta

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

Eli Wallach

Eli Wallach

Simon Vilanis

Guest Star

George DiCenzo

George DiCenzo

Eddie Palmieri

Guest Star

William Prince

William Prince

Dwight Corcoran

Guest Star

David Rosenbaum

David Rosenbaum

Judge Alan Berman

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This episode marks two rare situations-
      1) the district attorney (Adam Schiff) appears in court and 2) the district attorney (Adam Schiff) shares a scene with the accused (Simon Vilanis and Dwight Corcoran).

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Ben Stone: You work for Local 8157, is that correct, Mr. Palmieri?
      Joey Palmieri: That's right.
      Ben Stone: And you take orders from your cousin Eddie Palmieri?
      (Palmieri's lawyer whispers in his ear.)
      Joey Palmieri: I take orders from the rank and file.
      Ben Stone: Just what do you do for the rank and file, sir?
      (Palmieri's lawyer whispers in his ear.)
      Joey Palmieri: I promote union solidarity and discipline.

    • Adam Schiff: You look like the messenger who's afraid he's going to be killed.
      Ben Stone: I'm afraid the message might kill the recipient.

    • (A mass of stock traders are gathered in the background, silently watching Logan, Cerreta, and Fairlee)
      Walter Fairlee: Marshall had a lot of international interests.
      Phil Cerreta: And what about enemies?
      Walter Fairlee: Well, ours is a competitive business.
      Mike Logan: But everybody loved him, right?
      Walter Fairlee: Everybody respected what he accomplished.
      Phil Cerreta: Which was?
      Walter Fairlee: Which was overcoming his humble beginnings and amassing a net worth in the hundreds of millions. This is a terrible moment for our company. (The morning trading bell sounds.) Excuse me. (The traders disperse and scramble furiously, answering ringing phones and shouting across the room)
      Mike Logan: I guess the moment is over.

    • Palmieri's Lawyer: (pointing to stacked cardboard boxes) You want documents, you got documents. My client is merely satisfying the subpoena.
      Phil Cerreta: We asked for documents relating to the union's dealings with Marshall McFadden, not the history of the world parts one and two.

    • William Cousins: I was ready to indict McFadden with eight counts of bank fraud. Next thing I knew, they were changing the locks on my office door.
      Paul Robinette: They?
      William Cousins: They.

    • Judge Berman: I'm getting behind here, counselor. May I ask why Mr. Vilanis refuses to enter a plea?
      Alice Cantwell: He wants to represent himself.
      Judge Berman: (Groans.) I hate pro se cases. Did he bring his own soapbox, or does he expect the court to provide one?

    • Dwight Corcoran: Thank you, Adam. I could use a friend.
      Adam Schiff: You always did, Dwight. That was always the problem.

    • Simon Vilanis: The insurance commissioner wouldn't know a tool-and-die maker from a cheeseburger.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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