Pop Used to Work in Chinatown
(with Meg Foster as Cagney)
Original Airdate: April 1, 1982

[Chinese Community Bank]

(outside a Chinaman with a scar on his left cheek is waiting anxiously in a getaway car. Benny Lewis is moving goods into his store. Inside armed and masked robbers are threatening the customers and staff. Women are screaming)
CHINAMAN #1: Over there! On the floor... Now! ...Hurry it up! ...Get over there! ...On the floor! ...Over there! ...(to the other robbers) Get on with it! Hurry it up!
(the robbers climb over the counter and start to bag up from the tills)

[Manhattan street]

(the duo is buying fruit from a shop front. They hear the radio in the Squad car)
POLICE RADIO: All units. all units...
(the robbery is being reported. Mary Beth acknowledges the call. The duo jump in the car, Chris drives off as Mary Beth puts the flashing red light on the roof)

[Squad car]

MARY BETH: Did you see the price of those oranges? Twenty-three pence a pound!

[Chinese Community Bank]

(Mai Ling looks up)
CHINAMAN #2: Didn't I tell you to keep your eyes closed?
CHINAMAN #3: (to Chinaman #2) Knock it off will ya!
(as the robbers prepare to leave an elderly Chinese gent gets up and moves away. A robber shoots him)
CHINAMAN #1: (to the other robbers) Let's go!
(he shouts a threat to the customers and staff. The robbers shoot the place up)
CHINAMAN #1: Let's go!

[Manhattan street]

(the robbers come out of the bank and start to get into their car. The duo's car brakes to a halt. One of the robbers shoots out a front tyre and puts another shot into the windscreen as the duo duck out, guns drawn. They take some shots at the fleeing car)
CHRISTINE: (into radio) This is three-twelve.
(Mary Beth goes over to a mother comforting a small child and a babe-in-arms on the pavement outside the bank door)
MARY BETH: Lady... Lady, are you all right? Let me just check the kids. OK? Let me just take a look at them. It's all right. The ambulance is on its way. Don't worry. Let me just check out the kids. Don't worry. (to the child) Are you OK, baby? You were scared, huh? I was scared too.
CHRISTINE: (into radio) Vehicle description, silver-grey four door full size sedan, licence plate New York thirty-two Boston dated, last two numbers missing.

[Chinese Community Bank]

(Forensics are at work)
PETRIE: How could you tell they were Chinese if they wore ski masks?
CHINESE BANK EMPLOYEE: Do you have to be told that you're black?
LADY CUSTOMER: (to Isbecki) Why can't they leave me alone. Look, I just came in to make change, honest. This is the second time I've been robbed. Don't ask to describe anything except the gun.
ISBECKI: What kind of gun was it?
LADY CUSTOMER: Big!
(the duo are interviewing Mai Ling in an office)
CHRISTINE: Mrs. Ling, you were the only one they had any conversation with. Why?
MAI LING: Conversation?
MARY BETH: You were the only one they talked to.
MAI LING: He saw me looking at them.
CHRISTINE: They? What do you mean 'They'?
MAI LING: Then he saw me.
MARY BETH: And what did he say?
MAI LING: He told me to close my eyes.
CHRISTINE: They had masks on. What was he afraid you might do?
MAI LING: He wasn't afraid. I was afraid.
MARY BETH: Course you were.
MAI LING: I was afraid for my baby. Can I be excused?
MARY BETH: Course you can. We don't have any more questions, do we Chris?
CHRISTINE: No.
(Mai Ling leaves the office. The duo follows)
CHRISTINE: All she has to do is mention the baby and you turn into the Tower of Jello.
MARY BETH: Just what is it you think that this frightened, pregnant girl can tell us about these completely mad bad guys.
CHRISTINE: Listen now, don't think I can't understand because I'm not a member of the great fraternity of motherhood.
MARY BETH: I think you mean sorority, don't you?
CHRISTINE: Yes. Sisterhood.
MARY BETH: Ha, ha, ha.
(they pass Samuels)
SAMUELS: Are you gonna let me in on this joke? Don't tell me I wouldn't understand.
CHRISTINE: You'd understand. You couldn't do it.
SAMUELS: Do what, huh? I can do anything.
(he hears an ironic laugh as they go out of the door)

[Manhattan street]

(as they come out of the bank Chris takes her overcoat off)
CHRISTINE: It's hot in there.
MARY BETH: You know you shouldn't do that. That's very bad for you. You know going from hot to cold like that makes you more susceptible to catching a cold.
CHRISTINE: You can back down.
MARY BETH: Now, now, I'll tell you what we'll do. We'll finish up here. We'll go back to that twenty-three cents-a-pound oranges place and load up with vitamin C.
(the duo arrive at Benny Lewis' store. He is just going inside)
CHRISTINE: Mr. Lewis.
MARY BETH: Hey!
CHRISTINE: Mr. Lewis.
(they follow him in)

[Benny Lewis' store]

BENNY LEWIS: Can I help you ladies?
CHRISTINE: Detectives, Cagney, ...Lacey.
BENNY LEWIS: Hey I've already talked to the men.
CHRISTINE: Good. Now you can talk to me.
BENNY LEWIS: I didn't see a thing!
CHRISTINE: When I saw you, Mr. Lewis, I was afraid we might shoot you. Don't make us sorry we didn't?
BENNY LEWIS: Well' what do you wanna say that for?
MARY BETH: Because you're not telling her the truth Mr. Lewis.
CHRISTINE: The car used in the bank robbery was parked almost in your lot. I want a description of the driver.
MARY BETH: If you're frightened we can arrange protection for you.
BENNY LEWIS: I didn't see nothing and that's all there is to it!

[Detectives' Squad room]

SAMUELS: (into phone) I'll try and make it, Thelma. ...Yeah. ...But if I'm late in this case you can start without me. ...I promise.
MARY BETH: (into phone) Yes, ma'am. I will give Sergeant Petrie the message. Thank you.
(her phone goes again)
MARY BETH: (into phone) Detective Lacey, Fourteenth. ..Aha. ...Oh, hi ...Charlie. ...Yes, she's right here. (to Chris) Chris, it's your dad.
CHRISTINE: (into phone) Aha.
(Mary Beth bangs a box on the desk trying to open it)
CHRISTINE: (to Mary Beth) What are you doing? (into phone) Do you know, I'm feeling tired. ...Yes, OK. I'll be there in ten minutes.
(she rings off)
CHRISTINE: Hey, are you aware of what you're doing.
MARY BETH: I'm aware. This thing is not timed to open for another ten minutes and I need a cigarette. Now!
(Chris takes the box from Mary Beth)
CHRISTINE: If you can't quit smoking until at least the timer-box opens...
(Mary Beth flutters her fingers in front of Chris's eyes to try and distract her and get the box back)
MARY BETH: Does that bother you?
CHRISTINE: Come to O'Malley's, huh? Charlie asked me to join him for a drink.
MARY BETH: A drink? Until you get drunk?
CHRISTINE: The man's lonely. He wants to hoist a couple with his number one son. There's nothing like just hoisting a couple. There's no harm in that.
MARY BETH: Oh, no harm in that until you get drunk with him. He gets to go and lay in bed the next morning, you come to work, half dead.
(Chris gives her the box back)
CHRISTINE: Do you think you can manage?
MARY BETH: I love your dad. He's a real charmer, but what do you wanna be his son for? What's the matter with being a daughter?
CHRISTINE: Aha. Daughters are supposed to whistle up daddy some homemade stew while sons get belly up to the bar with him.
MARY BETH: Right. OK. You got me. Go down there and drink 'em all under the table for all I care. Don't ask me to go.

[O'Malley's]

(Charlie, rather drunk, is sitting at the bar talking to another customer)
CHARLIE: So the judge turns to crying Kelso. He says 'Are you trying to show contempt for this court?' 'No,...' says Kelso, 'I'm trying to hide it.'.
CHARLIE/FRANK: Ha, ha, ha.
CHRISTINE: Hi ya, Charlie.
CHARLIE: Hi ya, kid. How are ya?
CHRISTINE: I thought you said you were alone.
CHARLIE: I was, I was, until five minutes ago. Hey Frank, move over and let my daughter sit down, will ya?
CHRISTINE: Nice to meet you, Frank. Thank you.
CHARLIE: Frank, do you know my daughter, Christine, or officer-daughter as I call her sometimes?
CHRISTINE: (to the bartender) Hey, Solly, what's everyone having? This one's on me.
CHARLIE: Hey, hey, hey. Your money's no good here, kid. Solly, give her a beer.
SOLLY: You got it.
CHRISTINE: Draught lager. ... How ya doing Pop?
CHARLIE: I don't suppose it ever occurred to you that they had to wait until I retired until they tried to knock off a bank in Chinatown? Solly, how many things were done like that when that was my beat?
SOLLY: I can't remember any, Charlie.
CHARLIE: Of course you can't remember any. Do you know why you can't remember any 'cos it never happened, and you know why it never happened, because Charles Fitzgerald Cagney would rout them before they could spend a dime in the loo. ...I gotta go. I'll be right back. You wait right here daughter-detective. Oh, I forgot, here, some of that peanut brittle you like so much.
CHRISTINE: (to Solly) Peanut brittle. Haven't liked that stuff for years. ...What's this about bank robberies?
SOLLY: You can't figure it out?
CHRISTINE: No, I can't figure it out.
SOLLY: Your dad's gonna help you crack that Chinese bank robbery.
CHRISTINE: Charlie? He's retired.
SOLLY: Chris, for someone like your old man who's always been right in the thick of the action, retirement is a very boring way of dying.
CHRISTINE: He's close to seventy!
SOLLY: Tell him that. Do you know, when I retired from the Department after my accident, I thought I would go absolutely crazy until I found out that O'Malley wanted to sell this bar. I guess I called my son once a day, at least, while he was in Columbia, just to hear him ask me for something. You know when they forced me into retirement, do you know what the first thing I did?
CHRISTINE: No.
SOLLY: I signed up for an answering service just so I could leave messages for myself.
CHRISTINE: You're talking about yourself, Solly, Not my father.
(Charlie comes back, singing to himself, and stumbles climbing back onto the bar stool. Chris steadies him)
CHARLIE: I hope you know this means this is ample provocation for me changing my will?
CHRISTINE: Father, would you like to go home and play gin?
CHARLIE: Officer-daughter, tomorrow I am gonna teach you about real police work. You and I are going down to the Chinatown I know and I'm going to help you solve that bank robbery. Eat your peanut brittle.

[Laceys' apartment]

(Mary Beth comes in loaded with shopping and finds the light are out)
MARY BETH: Harvey? ...Harve? ...Kids?
(she searches round to find Harvey sitting on the bed in pyjamas sipping from a glass)

[Lacey's bedroom]

HARVEY: Come in, my dear. The champagne is cold and my blood runs warm with anticipation.
MARY BETH: Oh, Harve, you look just like George Hamilton. Where are the kids?
HARVEY: First of all we'll establish that I am appearing as America's most attractive, seductive male for one night only. ...May I pour?
MARY BETH: Yes, you may pour. You may also tell me what's going on.
(he whispers something in her ear)
MARY BETH: You got it. What's going on?
HARVEY: The reason I can be so wonderful tonight only is that tomorrow morning I have got an appointment to build a skyscraper.
MARY BETH: You're kidding.
HARVEY: There are two things I don't kid about, my job, my hot blood.
MARY BETH: Oh, Harve, that's wonderful. But what about your ear imbalance?
HARVEY: Mary Beth, I'm talking about underlying inner pleasures when you're talking about my inner ear.
MARY BETH: You are absolutely right. First things first. ...I think I'll slip into something a little more comfortable, like nothing.
(she goes out and then puts her head back round the door)
MARY BETH: Harvey?
HARVEY: Yeah?
MARY BETH: I love you.
HARVEY: And hurry.

[Laceys' kitchen]

(the kids are having breakfast)
HARVEY JR.: The toast is burnt.
MARY BETH: (to Harvey Jr. indicating the toaster) Dad said it's got a burning problem. Would you check it out, please.
(Michael says something)
MARY BETH: I love wise guys.
(Harvey comes in and gives Mary Beth a kiss)
MARY BETH: Thank you.
HARVEY: Do you realise I'm gonna be late.
MARY BETH: What no breakfast. I've got fresh juice...
HARVEY: Got no time.
MARY BETH: I'm walking you to the door.
HARVEY: (to Michael and Harvey Jr.) Give us a kiss, huh?
MARY BETH: Have a terrific day, and be careful, huh?
HARVEY: I don't have to worry about ...
MARY BETH: Harve, I'm serious, you haven't worked up high in over a year.
HARVEY: I'm not gonna. I've got a ground job. Will you relax?
MARY BETH: OK.
HARVEY: OK, be happy. I've gotta get out of here.
(when Harvey has left she turns back to find the toaster smoking. The kids are chattering)
MARY BETH: All right, fellas, that's it. You get your lunches, I'm driving you to school. ...We'll get breakfast ...somewhere. ...(handing the kids their coats) Here you go.
(the kids continue to bicker. Mary Beth hands them their lunch packs)
MARY BETH: You'll be off sick when I tell ya sick. I'm an officer of the law. Go. ...Go! ...It's seven-thirty in the morning.

[Detectives' Squad room]

(La Guardia is working at a board with CCTV pictures of the bank robbery. Mary Beth rushes in)
CHRISTINE: Good afternoon. I was just about to call Missing Persons.
MARY BETH: Listen, the way things have been going, I'm lucky to be here at all. Do you know it's not easy being a housewife and a detective.
CHRISTINE: Not as snappy as being a daughter and a detective.
MARY BETH: Oh you gotta tell me about that, however, hot news. Harvey Lacey is back into construction, on the new Satellite Towers building starting today.
CHRISTINE: Oh Mary Beth, that's great. He must be walking on air.
MARY BETH: Oh I hope not. He promised me it was a ground job. La Guardia, what are you nodding at?
LA GUARDIA: I've been thinking about what you said. 'It ain't easy being a housewife and a detective.' It's the same for a bachelor.
MARY BETH: What have we got?
CHRISTINE: The ski masks enlarged up like a million bucks. You can see little snowflakes and everything.
MARY BETH: That's it?
CHRISTINE: So far, yeah.
MARY BETH: So what about the car?
CHRISTINE: The car is one of five sedans stolen in the last couple of days. All makes, plates don't come close.
MARY BETH: Find the one with the bullet holes.
CHRISTINE: So what do you think, huh?
MARY BETH: How many stores in Chinatown, do you suppose, sell ski masks.
CHRISTINE: That's very good Mary Beth, very good. We should check that out.
MARY BETH: So how was O'Malley's? You don't look so bad.
CHRISTINE: I'm not, I'm over it, thank you. Pop just wanted to talk. You'll never guess about what.
MARY BETH: He's getting married again.
CHRISTINE: No.
MARY BETH: He thinks that you should get married.
CHRISTINE: No.
MARY BETH: I give up.
CHRISTINE: He very graciously offered to help us crack this case.
MARY BETH: Ha, ha, ha. Are you serious?! ...Is he serious?
CHRISTINE: Hey! It's not that far off base and he did work Chinatown for years. It's only natural that he should want to...
MARY BETH: Yeah, yeah, yeah. So how do you feel about it?
CHRISTINE: I was just trying to put myself in his shoes.
MARY BETH: I know, ever since you were five years old. What's that have to do with how you feel about it?
(Chris thumps Mary Beth with the locked cigarette box that she has been fiddling with)

[Squad car]

MARY BETH: Where are you going?
CHRISTINE: On a little mystery tour.
MARY BETH: In this traffic?! Who ya kidding?
CHRISTINE: Hitchhike.
(Chris stops the car outside a construction site)
CHRISTINE: I thought you might want to blow a little kiss to the old man...
MARY BETH: Yeah. ...I don't see him. Can you see him. Oh gee, Chris, I'm afraid to look up.
CHRISTINE: (pointing up) There he is.
MARY BETH: Where?
CHRISTINE: On the second floor.
(Mary Beth whistles to Harvey)
MARY BETH: Hey, you little...
(she gets out and waves, Harvey waves back and she blows him a kiss before getting back in the car)
CHRISTINE: Feeling better?
MARY BETH: Yeah. ...I owe you one.
(Chris looks out at the men on the site)
CHRISTINE: Oooh. I like...
MARY BETH: Control yourself. ..Let's go to work.
(later in the car Chris spots a man with a wide-brimmed hat standing outside a store)
CHRISTINE: Hey, look at that.
MARY BETH: What?
CHRISTINE: That's Charlie.
MARY BETH: Are you sure?
CHRISTINE: It's Pop.
(she parks the car and they go over to Charlie)

[Chinatown]

CHRISTINE: Charlie, what are you doing?
CHARLIE: Get out of here. Do want to blow my cover. I'm waiting for a snitch.
CHRISTINE: Charlie, you can't just do this all by yourself.
CHARLIE: Get lost will ya. Hey, you wanna score. Go and check out Benny Lewis' basement.
CHRISTINE/MARY BETH : Benny Lewis?
CHARLIE: And that phoney import business he uses as a front. Now get out of here. Can't you see I'm under cover.
(a Chinese shopkeeper comes out of the store)
SHOPKEEPER: Ah, good morning Mr. Cagney.
(the duo smiles at each other)
CHARLIE: (to the duo) Beat it!

[Squad car]

CHRISTINE: We'll check Benny Lewis's basement like Charlie said.
MARY BETH: One more check for Lewis, he'll have us up for harassment.

[Benny Lewis' store]

MARY BETH: (to Benny Lewis) No alarms! No nothing.
(Chris goes down to the basement door)
MARY BETH: Open the door Mr. Lewis.
BENNY LEWIS: What are you talking about?
MARY BETH: Hit the button, please.
(the door opens to reveal a Chinese gambling den)

[Detectives' Squad room]

BENNY LEWIS: Silver grey.
PETRIE: We know it was silver, sucker. Why did you go and give this turkey a pass for? Silver...
BENNY LEWIS: It was Dodge, a four-door silver Dodge.
PETRIE: You said that man! What year?!
BENNY LEWIS: What size?!. A four-door sedan!
MARY BETH: Mr. Lewis, calm down. Calm down. Concentrate on the driver. What did he look like?
BENNY LEWIS: He was Asian.
PETRIE: Asian. ...Chinese. ...Japanese. ...Korean. What?
BENNY LEWIS: Chinese.
PETRIE: How can you be sure?
BENNY LEWIS: Ha, ha, ha. Hey, I've been running... I've been selling in Chinatown for twelve years.
PETRIE: Yeah, I Know.
CHRISTINE: Yeah, we know what you've been doing.
BENNY LEWIS: He had a scar...
(as he indicates his left cheek Chris throws a photograph book in his lap)
CHRISTINE: Find him.
(as the duo return to their desks, Samuels, who is putting his coat on, speaks to the duo)
SAMUELS: Nelson tells me I gotta have some yoga. You oughta try it. Now listen then, this Lewis thing, It was, er, good police work.
CHRISTINE: There's something you ought to know, Lieutenant.
SAMUELS: Hey what's that?
CHRISTINE: We worked a Quid Pro Quo with Lewis.
MARY BETH: What she means we made a deal with him.
SAMUELS: What kind of a deal?
MARY BETH: We told if he got his memory back we would go temporarily blind.
SAMUELS: I didn't hear it.
(Samuels leaves)
CHRISTINE: Did he just say good police work?
(Mary Beth nods)
CHRISTINE: Good job?
MARY BETH: It was, I heard him.
(as Samuels goes out the door he passes Charlie coming in)
SAMUELS: Hey Charlie, is that you under the hat?
CHARLIE: Hey, hi ya Lieutenant.
MARY BETH [OC]: Hi Charlie!
CHRISTINE: Hey that tip you just gave us. It's really worked out. We got a description of the driver.
CHARLIE: Oh yeah. Didn't I always tell you to listen to your old man.
CHRISTINE: Any luck with the snitch?
CHARLIE: No, he never showed up but I know where to find him. That's why I came down here. Come on, let's go. Bye, Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: I got a lot of paperwork, you've got a partner. I'll catch you later. Go, go.

[Squad car]

CHRISTINE: If he didn't show up before why should we expect him now?
CHARLIE: They don't pull that mistake on Charles F. Cagney twice. Hey, there he is! Pull over!
(Charlie jumps out of the car and goes over to three men on the pavement. He addresses the middle one, an elderly Chinaman)

[Manhattan street]

CHARLIE: Hey, Mo! I am talking to you!
MO: Maybe I ain't talking to you.
CHARLIE: Don't let these bum threads fool ya, Mo, it's Officer Cagney.
MO: I'm still looking at a bum.
(Charlie grabs him by the elbows and pushes him against a wall)
CHARLIE: Oh yeah, You little weasel. Just because you haven't seen me around lately it doesn't mean things have changed much. I can still put you in traction.
(Chris gets out of the car and comes across)
CHARLIE: I am looking for a four-door silver sedan that was in that bank hold-up in Chinatown. I wanna know where it is, Mo.
MO: I don't know what you're talking about.
(Charlie puts his arm across Mo's throat)
CHARLIE: I need that information, Mo.
MO: It's parked on the corner of East 156th and Courtney Street.
CHARLIE: Go on, get out of here. ...Beat it!
CHRISTINE: Kinda of rough on him, weren't you?
CHARLIE: Oh, oh, come on, listen, kid, nowadays they'll tell you all about their underprivileged childhood, but my way keeps them in line. Let's go.

[Squad car]

CHARLIE: I wonder if there's any evidence.
POLICE RADIO: ...the four-door silver Dodge used in connection with the bank robbery is now parked in a garage in an alley...
CHRISTINE: Woo!
(Chris goes to turn the car around)
CHARLIE: What are you doing?
CHRISTINE: Didn't you hear that. They've located the getaway car.
CHARLIE: It's a mistake!
CHRISTINE: You saying they're putting out misinformation?
CHARLIE: That say's he lied to me.
CHRISTINE: You had a choke hold on him, Charlie. In another minute he would have been ready for the paramedics and you wouldn't have got anything.
CHARLIE: If you're implying I don't know what I'm doing you're way out of line.
CHRISTINE: Look, Charlie, er, you were terrific for us discovering the gambling den. That's how we got the lead on the driver of the car.
CHARLIE: I'm glad you're smart enough to admit it.
CHRISTINE: You said you wanted to help ...and you have.
CHARLIE: So now you're trying to get rid of me, huh? You think you can handle it yourself from hereon in, huh?
CHRISTINE: Pop, I didn't want you to get hurt, that's all.
CHARLIE: Listen kid, any day I can't handle myself as well as any...
CHRISTINE: Yeah, go ahead and say it, Charlie. ...As well as any ...broad! ...Girl! ...How about lady!
CHARLIE: Why don't you drop me of at O'Malley's?
CHRISTINE: If you want to go to O'Malley's, take a cab!
CHARLIE: That's a very good idea. Now why don't you pull over and let me out?
(Chris pulls over and Charlie climbs out)
CHARLIE [OC]: Hey taxi!
(she watches him get in the cab. She is not happy with herself)

[Garage in an alley]

(the police are looking at the Dodge. Chris and Mary Beth come in)
SAMUELS: Ah good. Come here. I wanna show you something. ...(pointing to bullet holes in the boot) Look at this. You see. Six for eight. Ladies, you've batted seven-fifty. That's better than Pete Rose, way better. Not only that, (taking them round to the front seat) ...one of you's got a home run. The bullet went through one of them and embedded in the dashboard. (to a Forensic officer) What have you got?
FORENSIC OFFICER: Human blood. Lot's of it. You give me an hour, Lieutenant, I'll tell you more.
SAMUELS: What else?
FORENSIC OFFICER: No prints. It's been wiped clean. (to another officer) You can take it away.
SAMUELS: You heard this man. Get this car over the garage and put a hold on it. Well girls, let's get some air.
(they move outside the main garage)
SAMUELS: They didn't get very far from the bank because the guy that you hit was the driver.
MARY BETH: Which one of us?
SAMUELS: We'll find out soon enough. Well, I'll tell ya what. You take your revolvers over to Ballistics and Internal Affairs. Before long we'll find out which one of you gets a blue ribbon.
MARY BETH: (ironically) Great.
SAMUELS: And keep busy, because somebody has got to have seen something, besides frigging Benny, the import man. ...Later.
MARY BETH: (to Chris) You drive, huh?
CHRISTINE: Why? Because I shoot better than you?
MARY BETH: Because I asked him, damn it!
CHRISTINE: Let's go round and talk to the bank tellers. Maybe something we overlooked.
MARY BETH: We might.

[Staircase to Mai Ling's apartment]

CHRISTINE: What do you think of Mai Ling's no show today. She hasn't missed a day in three years.
MARY BETH: She's pregnant, Chris.
CHRISTINE: I remember when you wanted to be on duty six months gone.
MARY BETH: It'd be different now.
(Chris knocks at the apartment door)
MARY BETH: We don't have to come on like gangbusters, huh?
(the door opens)
MARY BETH: Mrs. Ling, we understand that you're not feeling very well.
(there is somebody making an incantation in the apartment)
MARY BETH: Shall we come back later?
MAI LING: No, it's all done. He's dead.
CHRISTINE: Dead?

[Mai Ling's apartment]

(three elderly Chinese are standing around a body)
MAI LING: My husband. He drove the getaway car in the bank robbery.
(she shows Mary Beth the blood stained bullet hole in a Chinese jacket with a dragon on the back before collapsing)

[Detectives' Squad room]

(Samuels is inspecting the Chinese jacket)
SAMUELS: That doesn't tell us anything.
CHRISTINE: She told us her husband just bought a ski mask and he doesn't ski.
SAMUELS: Yeah?
CHRISTINE: Yeah. That's why she was staring at one of 'em, just to check it wasn't him.
SAMUELS: She worked in the bank! She could've told them everything about it.
CHRISTINE: How the hell can we prove that even if we wanted to? She's twenty-one, pregnant, worst of all she's a widow! And can't you see the jury?
SAMUELS: Since when have you become a district attorney?
CHRISTINE: When we get those punks and they involve them, Lieutenant, then you can get in the macho squad and kick in the door! Until then, leave her alone.
MARY BETH: Please.
SAMUELS: Lacey, you've got a silver tongue.
(he pushes the jacket towards Chris)
SAMUELS: Send this to the lab.
(he takes two revolvers from his desk drawer.
SAMUELS: Oh, er, these came back from Ballistics.
MARY BETH: What did the report say?
SAMUELS: It's over now, so forget it.
MARY BETH: Which gun, Lieutenant? I'd like to know.
SAMUELS: What difference does it make who's responsible?
MARY BETH: One of us killed a man, Lieutenant, made his wife a widow. It's not the same as hitting a bulls-eye on a pistol range and I'm not gonna lie to her to say it's all in a day's work. I'd like to know whose gun.
SAMUELS: (to Chris) You gotta know too?
CHRISTINE: She's my partner. But I promise you, Lieutenant, no one's gonna feel like a couple of bridesmaids. ...Why did I say that rather than choirboys?
SAMUELS: It was Lacey's gun.
MARY BETH: Thank you.
SAMUELS: Now, let's get on with it.

[Locker room]

CHRISTINE: There's one consolation. ...Mary Beth, ...Mai Ling doesn't know it was one of us.
MARY BETH: It wasn't one of us Chris, it was me. ...Maybe I'll have to live with it.
CHRISTINE: They tried to kill her. Remember?

[Laceys' kitchen]

(Harvey comes in looking down. Mary Beth is kneading dough)
MARY BETH: Harvey. ...What's the matter? You all right?
HARVEY: They ....asked me to work a high shift, sixteen floors up. Worked ninety before. Scared right away, but I figured I could beat it. Anyway I got dizzy, nearly took a header.
MARY BETH: Oh my God!
HARVEY: Woah, woah! Nothing happened. I'm OK. I realised it was stupid and taking too big a chance. So...
MARY BETH: So?
HARVEY: I quit. ...Or I was fired. Anyway who needs a hard hat who can't get his feet off the ground, huh?
MARY BETH: Harve, I'm sorry.
HARVEY: Yeah me too.
(they have a quick cuddle)
HARVEY: Nothing easier when I could do it. I really loved it, you know.
MARY BETH: I know. I know that dear.
HARVEY: Hey, all right, OK. It's gonna be OK, yeah? ...Hey, I don't want you to worry. I think I got the Super Dingo on form.
MARY BETH: That gonna be enough?
HARVEY: Yeah, doing the kids, anything's enough. ... Making bread?!
MARY BETH: Yeah, yeah I just... I felt like it.
HARVEY: Hey, you've gotta remember who you're talking to. You don't just feel like making a loaf of bread. The last time you did Michael had a fever of a hundred and five. We didn't know what was wrong with him. The time before that your mother had died.
(at that Mary Beth clutches her stomach and begins to cry. They embrace one another)
MARY BETH: Hey, hang on, Harve, hang on.
(they continue to comfort one another)

[Chinatown street]

(at night Charlie is prowling around. A Chinaman lights a cigarette and moves into an alley as Charlie comes along)
CHINAMAN #1[OC]: Hey, Charlie!
CHARLIE: Yeah?
(Charlie moves up the alley looking for the owner of the voice)

[Chris's loft/O'Malley's bar]

(Chris is on the phone to the bartender trying to locate Charlie)
CHRISTINE: Are you sure, Solly?
SOLLY: I'm telling ya, all he had was a cup of tea, Chris.
CHRISTINE: Laced with what?
SOLLY: I swear, that was all there was, and then he took off mumbling 'Retired at...
SOLLY: ...five seven seven.'
CHRISTINE: Thanks Solly.

[Hospital room]

(a nurse shows Chris in. Charlie is laying there with his head bandaged)
CHARLIE: Oh, Hi ya Chris.
CHRISTINE: Hi. ...What happened?
CHARLIE: Oh, I ran into a couple of punks in a dark alley, that's all. One of 'em hit me on the side of the head with his gun. The creep.
CHRISTINE: What were you doing in a dark alley?
CHARLIE: Hey, since when do I have to explain my whereabouts to one of my children?
CHRISTINE: Stop talking...
CHARLIE: Well, don't you start?
CHRISTINE: Charlie... Pop... Look ...I know you've been going through a rough time ...and I also know it's hard for you to accept me knowing what I do...
CHARLIE: What are you talking about? Are you crazy?! I'm as proud as I can be of you. I tell everybody that.
CHRISTINE: Yeah?! ...Well, ...oh why don't you tell me?
CHARLIE: You're a policeman, Chris. A good policeman. But I always wanted to be a detective. ...It never happened, ...so if I've never told you how much I admire you for making it, I'm... I'm sorry.
(they embrace)
CHRISTINE: I love you, Pop.
CHARLIE: Yeah, all right, watch out for my head, will ya? Now come on, be careful.
CHRISTINE: All right.
CHARLIE: (indicating the bed) Sit down, I gotta tell ya something. ...Now last night in the alley one of those punks was wearing the same kind of a jacket you found at Tommy Ling's apartment. And I heard one of 'em call the other Chang.
CHRISTINE: How did you know about those jackets?
CHARLIE: What is it, a state secret? Isbecki told me down at O'Malley's.
CHRISTINE: What, in a darkened alley? How can you be sure?
CHARLIE: I wish you would stop questioning me!
CHRISTINE: Sorry.
CHARLIE: That's one of the reasons you're a good cop but it's annoying as hell in a daughter! ...Now, after they decked me they thought I was still out cold. I heard 'em talking. They were bragging about a job they pulled off in Passaic. A big robbery. They were gonna celebrate tonight at the Eye of the Dragon. Do you know where it is?
(Chris nods)
CHARLIE: All right, now what you have to do is go wrap it up. Now get outta here! ...Chang. ...Eye of the Dragon. ...Passaic. ...Be careful!
CHRISTINE: Love you.

[Precinct corridor]

(Samuels, the duo and the other detectives are walking along)
SAMUELS: Chang!
CHRISTINE: That's the name Charlie gave me.
SAMUELS: Have you got any idea how many Changs there are in Chinatown?
CHRISTINE: Not in rough figures but how many are wearing black leather jackets with dragons on the back?
SAMUELS: So he thinks he saw a dragon. Well your father, and I love him, for all I know he was seeing pink elephants.
CHRISTINE: If you don't believe his story, Lieutenant, check on the heist in Passaic.
SAMUELS: Oh, I don't wanna embarrass him.
CHRISTINE: Embarrass him!
SAMUELS: La Guardia call Passaic. ...Hey everybody, I'm gonna send out for a pizza.
CHRISTINE: We won't even have time to open the box.
SAMUELS: Wanna bet?
MARY BETH: What kind of bet?
CHRISTINE: Mary Beth, for the sake of my father, please.
SAMUELS: Pepperonis, peppers, onions, double-cheese, will that suit everybody?
ISBECKI: I don't want any onions.
PETRIE: Pepperonis? You know I'm a vegetarian. Well, what about mushrooms then?
SAMUELS: Because I'm not ordering a salad, I'm ordering a pizza.
PETRIE: Mushrooms are great on pizza, Lieutenant.
SAMUELS: (to Isbecki) What's wrong with onions?
ISBECKI: I won't be able to kiss tonight.
SAMUELS: So don't kiss her.
(they all have a little snigger at Isbecki's expense)

[Detectives' Squad room]

LA GUARDIA: (into phone) Thank you, Sergeant. (to Samuels) Talked to Passaic. It's just like Charlie said.
(the duo slaps one another's hands. Later, with pizzas, the group are planning around a map)
SAMUELS: This where the Eye of the Dragon is located, right here.
LA GUARDIA: It's an interesting neighbourhood.
SAMUELS: So you know what kind of people that patronise this joint, don't you? G girls and hoods. That's why the girls are getting dressed.
ISBECKI: What's holding them up?
PETRIE: The undercover team are still working on them downstairs.
SAMUELS: Why don't they stop prissing. I wanna get on with this.
(the duo come in wearing sexy dresses)
MARY BETH: Don't comment!
SAMUELS: Come on, no one's trying to put you down and you know that. We gotta do this fast and quiet. That's why you girls have gotta be the diversion. Remember we don't want any citizens getting hurt. Right? Let's go.
MARY BETH: We don't get any pizza?
ISBECKI: Oh yeah, I... I bought pizza for everybody.
(Samuels comes back and gives Mary Beth a slice of pizza)
SAMUELS: Here, eat this on the way.

[Outside of the Eye of the Dragon]

SAMUELS: Isbecki, La Guardia. Go on around the rear of the club. Let me know the minute you're in position.
ISBECKI: When are we going in?
SAMUELS: Now listen, this is not a wild west show and John Wayne. You don't do anything until I signal. You got that? ...All right. Go. ...Petrie, I want you to go in first. Try and get near to them at the bar.

[Inside the Eye of the Dragon]

(Isbecki and La Guardia sneak in from the back entrance, guns drawn)
PETRIE: (into walkie-talkie) I've got the jackets spotted, four of them, two at the table, the others are in a booth. Isbecki and La Guardia are in position. If the ladies can get the guys at the table, we can take the others, easy.

[Outside of the Eye of the Dragon]

SAMUELS: (to the duo) OK ladies. Go on down to the entrance.
CHRISTINE: So, how do I look?
MARY BETH: What is this, prom night?
CHRISTINE: Do I look sexy.
MARY BETH: Irresistible.
SAMUELS: (into walkie-talkie) They're going down.

[Inside the Eye of the Dragon]

ISBECKI: (into walkie-talkie) Gotcha.
CHINAMAN #1: See you later.
(the girls with the two at the table get up and leave)
CHRISTINE: (to Mary Beth) The sooner the better.
(the duo approaches the two at the table. Chris talks to Chinaman #1. He ignores her)
CHRISTINE: I said 'Hi'.
(Petrie radios Samuels that the duo are at the table)
MARY BETH: Your friend isn't too polite, is he?
CHINAMAN #2: Er, I think you girls got the wrong guys.
CHRISTINE: Oh wouldn't you like to buy us a drink?
CHINAMAN #2: No.
MARY BETH: (quietly to Chris) Maybe we're too old for them.
CHRISTINE: (quietly to Mary Beth) Maybe it's that dress.
(Chris pulls out a chair to sit down)
CHINAMAN #1: Hey look, do you mind? I got this thing about being crowded.
CHRISTINE: Oh you're so tough. You just can't get away from it all. I thought you might like to talk to us about banks, ski hoods, that kinda thing.
(with that Chinaman #1 makes a move. Chris knocks him backwards off his chair. Chinaman #2 gets up to run. Mary Beth pulls him round. He takes a swing at her that she ducks and then pushes him to the floor. Chris has her gun at Chinaman #1's throat)
CHRISTINE: Don't! Don't move or I'll blow a hole in it.
(La Guardia apprehends a third, saying something to him in Chinese, and Petrie has the cuffs on the fourth)
CHRISTINE: (to Chinaman #1) Come on, lets go.
MARY BETH: (to the customers as she takes away Chinaman #2) Easy now, it's all over. ...(to Isbecki) Grab my purse, will ya?

[Detectives' Squad room]

SAMUELS: (into phone) Thelma. Thelma, I know I told you we were raiding a Chinese joint but it wasn't the time for me pick up a take-out order of mushi pack.
CHRISTINE: (into phone) ...thanks to the lead you gave and we hope it'll blow away the ring of corruption in the Borough of Queens. ...Pop! All I want is your love and your respect if it's coming to me. ...I love you too, Pop.
MARY BETH: (into phone) I could be with you in ten minutes, Harve. Do you need anything at home? ...I'll bring it with me. ...Stay awake, huh?
SAMUELS: Aren't you going for some Chinese?
MARY BETH: Oh, thank you, Lieutenant, I gotta high tail it.
CHRISTINE: (to Samuels) Lieutenant, you're on! Szechwan or Cantonese?
SAMUELS: Do you know what they say about Chinese food? It's flying wok.

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