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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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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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

    Recurring Role

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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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