Hot Line
Original Airdate: November 22, 1982

[Manhattan street crime scene]

(at night. There are many police cars)
PETRIE: Children of the night.
CHRISTINE: Hi.
PETRIE: How do like working nights not days?
MARY BETH: We don't.
CHRISTINE: Not when we're not getting twice the rate for nights.
PETRIE: I know what you mean. ...Two kids found the body about half hour ago.
(Samuels can be heard in the background)
CHRISTINE: Samuels come over from Brooklyn for this?
SAMUELS [OC]: You're not supposed to enter a crime scene, you're supposed to secure it!
PETRIE: Negative. He was sleeping at the station when we copped this one. Don't ask me why.
SAMUELS [OC]: All right, rush 'em over to the lab.
PETRIE: She was in her early twenties.
SAMUELS: All right, we got a lot of work to do. I want Cagney and Lacey to start with those two space cadets who found the body.
CHRISTINE: Opal and Hilary Grils.
MARY BETH: We're detectives, right?
CHRISTINE: Which one of you is Opal, which one is not?
OPAL: I'm Opal.
HILARY: I'm not.
MARY BETH: Who found her?
HILARY: It was gross.
OPAL: I can't believe it.
MARY BETH: (looking at how the girls are dressed) Are you two in a play?
HILARY: No.
CHRISTINE: Coffee party, right?
OPAL: For The Rocky Horror picture show, celebrating my forty-seventh time.
CHRISTINE: It's a movie. They run it at midnight, weekends. All the kids dress up.
MARY BETH: Right?
CHRISTINE: Good stuff.
MARY BETH: I'll bet. ...Does your mother know you're out this late?
HILARY: No, she works nights. If she found out...
OPAL: She'll know for sure if we don't catch the last train back to Larchmont.
CHRISTINE: Well, I figure you're gonna miss your train because we've gotta ask you some questions. Do you wanna come with me?
MARY BETH: All right, give me your mother's number. I'll call her and explain.
OPAL: Five-five-five...
SAMUELS [OC]: Some time tonight, OK?!
SAMUELS: How long does it take to get a phone number?
CHRISTINE: I'm sorry sir.
SAMUELS: We can rule out robbery. She had money in her purse and good size engagement ring on her finger.
CHRISTINE: Was she from this neighbourhood?
SAMUELS: Negative. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Worked for an insurance company in the Time Life Building. Lived with her parents.
CHRISTINE: Anybody notify them?
SAMUELS: We've done that already. I've sent La Guardia to pick up her boyfriend. Get Isbecki.
MARY BETH: He's off tonight sir.
SAMUELS: Call him! Get him in! Forget about going home at eight o'clock. We're staying on this until we get something!

[Detectives' Squad room]

(sunrise)
SAMUELS: Denise Callen and Patricia Molloy, and now Roseanne Fiello. Are you with me Isbecki. Am I keeping you awake?
(Isbecki obviously has a heavy cold)
ISBECKI: No, those are the homicides I worked on last week.
SAMUELS: Yeah. And!
ISBECKI: Denise Callen, Riverdale housewife. Patricia Molloy, Greenwich Village college student.
SAMUELS: And now you got Roseanne Fiello.
ISBECKI: Brooklyn secretary.

[Interview room]

(the duo is interviewing Roseanne Fiello's boyfriend)
ROMANO: We were gonna get married, three weeks from tomorrow.
CHRISTINE: Do you know what she was doing in the city last night?
ROMANO: She said she had some shopping to do. And, you know, I was gonna meet her and, er, have some coffee.
MARY BETH: Where were you last evening, Mr. Romano?
ROMANO: I was painting ...what was gonna be our new apartment. We had a fight about what the colour of the bedroom should be, you know.
CHRISTINE: When you say 'fight' what do you...
ROMANO: No, you know, I mean, er, I mean arguing. We always argued, it never meant nothing. The most serious argument we had was about the ring.
MARY BETH: What ring?
ROMANO: The ring. The engagement ring. ...I'd been laid off for five months. ...Roseanne, she went and bought it anyway. She said she would do some more freelance typing to pay for it. ...Can I go? ...I should be with her father. I should help bring her to the funeral home.

[Precinct staircase]

(the duo comes down to the Precinct front desk office from the interview room)
CHRISTINE: I wonder if he was really painting.
MARY BETH: He had paint under his fingernails.
CHRISTINE: We'll check it out.
(there is a hubbub in the office. Inspector Marquette is being interviewed for TV)
DANIELS: Wait, wait, please. One question at a time.
MARQUETTE: Well, there are similarities in the three murders. There are many things that are dissimilar.
TV INTERVIEWER: So there's no connection between the victims?
MARQUETTE: No, there's no evidence at this time to suggest to us that we should look for a single strangler.
TV INTERVIEWER: Thanks, Inspector.
REPORTER: When will this air?
TV INTERVIEWER: Oh, you can catch it on the six and then again the eleven. (to the TV crew) Over here, guys.
(Daniels, Marquette's PIO, helps him on with his jacket. The TV interviewer turns to Samuels)
TV INTERVIEWER: Lieutenant, are unrelated murders such as this common?
SAMUELS: I'm not sure they are unrelated.
TV INTERVIEWER: Then you're saying the city does have a strangler on the loose?
SAMUELS: That is my opinion.
TV INTERVIEWER: Then you disagree with Inspector Marquette?
(Marquette and his aide are listening)
SAMUELS: You asked for my opinion and I told you. I think there's a strangler.
MARQUETTE: (to Samuels) May I talk to you in your office.

[Detectives' Squad room]

CHRISTINE: I can't believe he said that.
MARY BETH: From the look of it, neither does Inspector Marquette.
(in Samuels' office Marquette and Samuels are having a heated discussion)
ISBECKI: The papers are gonna have a field day. I can just see the headlines now.
PETRIE: Which one? 'Strangler Stalks City Streets' or 'Lieutenant Demoted to Directing Traffic'.
MARY BETH: Bite your tongue.
(Marquette is wagging his finger at Samuels)
ISBECKI: Well, we all put our feet in it at sometime. Right?
PETRIE: Wrong.
LA GUARDIA: When you see an experienced cop do something like that you know the pressure of the job is getting to him.
(Marquette leaves. Samuels comes out of his office)
SAMUELS: Until this case is resolved you're all off the chart.
ISBECKI: You know, Lieutenant, you don't really think there's a strangler, do you?
SAMUELS: I don't want smart-arse from you, Isbecki!
PETRIE: But, sir, the DA's really hot on that...
SAMUELS: You will focus entirely on this investigation. Cagney and Lacey, you're back on days!
CHRISTINE: Sir. Tomorrow?
SAMUELS: Starting now!
CHRISTINE: Yes sir!
SAMUELS: Petrie, Isbecki. You have Callen and Molloy. Cagney and Lacey, you got the latest victim, Roseanne Fiello.
CHRISTINE: Yes sir.
LA GUARDIA: (to the duo) Here's an inventory of her personal effects.
SAMUELS: What did you get from the boyfriend.
MARY BETH: He said he was painting. No witnesses. We're going to talk to the neighbours.
SAMUELS: There was a cheque in her wallet for a hundred and twenty dollars made out to Mary Ellen Stewart from Pierre's Restaurant.
LA GUARDIA: I talked to Roseanne's parents about Mary Ellen Stewart. She said that Roseanne worked for her part-time.
CHRISTINE: The boyfriend said something about freelance typing. It could be that Mary Ellen Stewart signed this cheque to her.
SAMUELS: Well check it out! Come on, come on. Now!
(the group breaks up. The duo returns to their desks)
CHRISTINE: There's no address on this cheque? Is there a Pierre's Restaurant?
MARY BETH: I haven't been able to get on it. I've gotta ring Harve.
CHRISTINE: ...What time is it?
MARY BETH: Eight thirty-three.
(Mary Beth has picked up the phone)
CHRISTINE: Why do we have do this today?
MARY BETH: Well, think of the overtime. I'll be with you in one minute.

[Detectives' Squad room/Laceys' kitchen]

MARY BETH: Hey, Harve.
HARVEY: Say babe, where are ya? Hey, Hey, Michael, that's enough butter, huh? He's mixing waffles.
MARY BETH: I'm sorry, honey, we're stuck here with a homicide. The good news is I'm back on days so I'll be home for supper. Now, Mrs. Barbero was going to drop Harve Jr. at school. but she wants to pick him up early.
HARVEY: Samuels breaking tough with ya, huh?
MARY BETH: Yes, very much so. I gotta go. Look tonight, just stick it in the freezer.
HARVEY: I love ya. I'll pack it up.
MARY BETH: Love ya both. (to Chris) Ready.
(later)
CHRISTINE: There isn't any Pierre's Restaurant. No one's heard of it.
ISBECKI: A classy French place on 53rd off Madison.
PETRIE: No, no. That's a little hole-in-the-wall joint off Lexington and 28th.
LA GUARDIA: I just read in New York Magazine it's on Central Park South.
CHRISTINE: Great. Thanks guys. (to Mary Beth) I'll call the bank.

[Foyer of office building in Garment District]

(the duo are looking for the location of Pierre's Restaurant on the floor index)
MARY BETH: Do you wanna find a phone...
(a messenger, on roller skates, Manny, bumps into a woman coming in to the building and then into the duo)
MARY BETH: Ooh!
CHRISTINE: Ow! Hey, you wanna watch where you're going!
MANNY: I'm sorry about that but it helps to look where you're going!
MARY BETH: Listen, kid, do you know this building?
MANNY: Yes. In and outta here all day long. (pointing to bunch of envelopes he's carrying) It's what we what messengers do. We deliver.
MARY BETH: Do you know a Pierre's Restaurant in this building?
MANNY: Yeah, yeah. See that elevator there. Take it to the twelfth floor. When you get out and hang a left to twelve-fourteen. You looking for a job? I can put in a good word for you.
CHRISTINE: We're just trying to find the place.
MARY BETH: Thank you.

[Pierre's Restaurant]

(the duo comes into a room full of girls in booths. Most are on the telephone)
MARY BETH: Well, this has gotta be the wrong place.
CHRISTINE: I knew the kid was a freak. (to a woman, Joy, in a white costume on the phone, standing by a desk) Excuse me.
(Joy puts down the phone)
JOY: I'll be right there, OK.
CHRISTINE: Yeah. It's just an answering system.
MARY BETH: Yeah.
GRACE: (into phone) ...other jobs. Oh, I know you do good work. ...Yeah, these things happen. ...How's your daughter's leg?
PAULA: (into phone with a newspaper open in front of her) ..Oh you are a dirty boy. ...Yes, you are. ...Yeah, just relaxing in your bedroom? ...What are you wearing? ...How you coping? ...Sounds nice. ...Yeah.
HOT LINE OPERATIVE #1: (into phone reading a book and smoking at the same time) ...Come on. I know it's interesting. ...Ooh. I kinda like the same thing. ...I like that too.
(Mary Beth gives Chris a push for listening in to the conversations)
CHRISTINE: Mary Beth, I can't believe you.
MARY BETH: What is going on here?
CHRISTINE: Well I suppose they're just on a coffee break, talking to their husbands and boyfriends. You know. Don't you talk to Harvey this way?
MARY BETH: Yeah.
HOT LINE OPERATIVE #2: (cackling laughter) You'd like to do what?! Ha, ha. ...I don't believe it.
MARY BETH: Back off, Chris, you don't wanna go over there.
CHRISTINE: Why not?
MARY BETH: She's talking about things that even I never heard of.
CHRISTINE: Well I may have.
(Mary Beth sees Joy returning)
MARY BETH: Christine.
JOY: I'm rather busy today. Have you worked for an erotic hot line before?
(the duo looks at one another and produce their detective badges)

[Detectives' Squad room]

ISBECKI: I don't get it. Why do they call it Pierre's Restaurant?
PETRIE: Credit cards.
ISBECKI: So?
CHRISTINE: You're single, Isbecki. If you were charged to call to the hot line you wouldn't have any problem. However, if you were married and you're wife decided to open up your mail...
PETRIE: She'd kill you.
CHRISTINE: That's right.
SAMUELS: Now what about this Mary Ellen Stewart?
MARY BETH: They didn't know her. Because they work around the clock we still have some checking to do.
CHRISTINE: Pierre's has a couple of branch offices. 'Affairs by Phone' and 'Shelia's Love Line'. We're looking into those now.
ISBECKI: What did you say about a caller?
CHRISTINE: Caller? What caller?
MARY BETH: We were about to call the paddy wagon and Vice told us the whole thing is legal.
CHRISTINE: Can you believe that?
SAMUELS: I don't care. What I care about is these three homicides. Let's take them in order.
ISBECKI: OK. Denise Callen, Riverdale housewife. From four to six o'clock on the day that she was killed she had a baby sitter. Turns out now she had the same baby sitter four times...
SAMUELS: Well, where'd she go?
MARY BETH: She must have given a number for the sitter.
ISBECKI: No. She told the sitter she wasn't reachable by phone. Sounds to me like she'd got something on the side.
CHRISTINE: Everything sounds that way to you, Isbecki.
SAMUELS: Well, find him, ...or her, ...or whoever.
SAMUELS: Now what about the college student, Patricia Molloy?
PETRIE: Well until last week she was taking fifteen credits in business administration at MRU. She lived with a roommate on St. Marks Place.
SAMUELS: The day she was murdered, you traced her movements?
PETRIE: Yes sir, from four to six she didn't show up for her exercise class. I checked further. She'd dropped out of that class six months ago.
SAMUELS: Did her roommate know that?
PETRIE: Her roommate said she'd show up every day at six-fifteen talking about how terrific her workout was.
SAMUELS: That's OK. That's good. Now we're getting some place. Two-hour block of unaccounted for time. ...Next! Where's the boyfriend?
MARY BETH: Florentino's Funeral Home up in Brooklyn.
SAMUELS: Well, you and Cagney take a ride out there. Question the boyfriend. See what he knows about Mary Ellen Stewart. And everybody let's get back here with some answers before the strangler takes another one.
(Samuels goes to his office)
MARY BETH: I don't want to go up to Brooklyn and bother those people.
CHRISTINE: I'll handle it.

[Samuels' office]

SAMUELS: You two got a problem?
CHRISTINE: It's just that we feel that going to the funeral home would not be useful.
MARY BETH: We already talked to the boyfriend, sir.
SAMUELS: You don't wanna snoop around the funeral home, is that it?
CHRISTINE: Well, that's part of it. It's just not right to invade these people's lives, Lieutenant.
SAMUELS: Yeah. May I remind you this is a murder investigation, that we've got a strangler on our hands.
CHRISTINE: OK, OK.
SAMUELS: Oh, I see, that's what this is all about. You don't think that there's a strangler out there.
CHRISTINE: Lieutenant, we know you're under a lot of pressure right now.
SAMUELS: It's got nothing to do with pressure! I'm doing my job and you two are not doing yours! Trail of a homicide investigation gets cold within forty-eight hours. Now, if you two haven't got what it takes to question...
CHRISTINE: You know we've got what it takes...
MARY BETH: We didn't say that, sir!
SAMUELS: Well I'm saying that. How about that! OK. Fine. You two go work with Petrie and Isbecki. I'll question the boy friend myself!
CHRISTINE: (quietly as Samuels goes out) Good.
MARY BETH: (to Chris) Nice work.

[Detectives' Squad room]

(that evening the duo comes in)
MARY BETH: My feet are killing me.
CHRISTINE: I don't wanna type up all this stuff tonight. There's not very much to type up anyway. It's just one dead-end after another.
MARY BETH: Well, I just wanna give him the latest.
CHRISTINE: (gesturing towards Samuels' office and shouting) I'll tell ya what I'd like to give him!
(Samuels is in his office with his head in his hands)
MARY BETH: Come on.
(the duo goes to the door)

[Samuels' office]

SAMUELS: Rather late, aren't you?
MARY BETH: You too.
SAMUELS: Yeah. ...Don't you wanna know what happened at the funeral home? ...I made a jackass of myself. ...Boyfriend, the whole family, sick with grief, and I show up and I ...bully them.
CHRISTINE: It's a tough situation to walk into.
SAMUELS: They just stood there. They stared at me as if I was the scum of the Earth. ...When I was a kid I saw a friend of my father's get his face bloodied by a detective. I was old enough... That cop was a fat slob who wasn't fit to be a human being, let alone a detective.
(he turns to look at a photograph on the wall showing a senior uniformed officer with a young man in plain clothes. He takes it off the wall)
SAMUELS: That's me. That's me when I got my shield. ...I promised myself that, no matter what, I would never do anything like that.
MARY BETH: This thing with Inspector Marquette, it's bothering ya, huh?
SAMUELS: Well, when I was a Lieutenant he was a uniformed sergeant in Harlem. Now he's a ...Deputy Inspector and I'm still Lieutenant. Yeah, that's part of it.
CHRISTINE: Maybe you need a rest. Peace and quiet.
MARY BETH: Yeah, even if you couldn't get away anywhere, a week or two at home, do you a world of good.
SAMUELS: What would I do there? I'd be with Thelma. Not so good. ...Hey, hey, Don't worry, I'm not like that Captain on the one-six.
CHRISTINE: Captain Casenova Raznekov.
SAMUELS: Yeah.
SA/CR. Ha, ha, ha.
SAMUELS: That's the one, yeah. One day, he said 'I quit'. Left his wife and kids and ran off to Arizona with a manicurist. ...I hate the desert. ...You're not doing any manicurists. ...Now, go on home.
CHRISTINE: What about you?
SAMUELS: I'm fine. Go on home.
MARY BETH: Good night, sir.
SAMUELS: Night.
CHRISTINE: Night.

[Laceys' bedroom]

(the alarm buzzes. They wake up)
HARVEY: Morning.
MARY BETH: Morning.
(the phone goes. They complete a kiss)
HARVEY: (into phone) Hello. (passes the phone to Mary Beth) Chris.

[Chris's loft/Laceys' bedroom]

CHRISTINE: Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: Yeah, Chris.
CHRISTINE: I got a call at home from Isbecki this morning.
MARY BETH: Oh, how wonderful for you.
CHRISTINE: Yeah, he's got something about Roseanne Fiello and Samuels wants us all in early.
MARY BETH: What'd he get?
CHRISTINE: I don't know. He said he'd tell me when I got there.
MARY BETH: OK. All right. I'm on my way. Bye bye.
CHRISTINE: Bye.

[Laceys' bedroom]

MARY BETH: Oh, honey, they want me in early.
HARVEY: They're gonna have to wait.

[Detectives' Squad room]

(Samuels is checking documents with an assistant. Mary Beth comes in)
SAMUELS: Oh. Lacey, where've you been, I asked for everybody to be here early.
MARY BETH: I'm sorry sir.
CHRISTINE: (an aside to Mary Beth) Hope it was worth it.
LA GUARDIA: (on phone) Oh yeah, hold on just a moment. (to Samuels) It's Marquette's PIO guy, Daniels.
SAMUELS: Yeah. He wants to know what time you'll be available to draw up a Press statement saying that you changed your mind about the strangler.
SAMUELS: Tell him to go to hell!
LA GUARDIA: (into phone) Four o'clock'll be fine. We'll see you then. (La Guardia rings off) I had to tell him something, Bert. At four o'clock you could be out of the office on an emergency.
SAMUELS: Denise Callen's mother-in-law, she thought Denise was cheating on her son. Hired a private detective. If Petrie finds this guy, we're gonna get somewhere. Now Isbecki, here, has been doing some good work.
CHRISTINE: (through her teeth) You're kidding.
ISBECKI: Roseanne Fiello's engagement ring was worth over three grand. She bought it last month for cash.
CHRISTINE: That's a hunk o' change!
SAMUELS: That is why we decided to have her bank statements checked out.
ISBECKI: It turns out Roseanne Fiello was depositing Mary Ellen Stewart's cheques from Pierre's Restaurant in her account, every week, once a week, for nine months. A total of nine thousand dollars.

[Pierre's Restaurant]

(the duo has all the staff together showing them a photograph)
MARY BETH: Do you know this woman?
PAULA: Yeah.
MARY BETH: What is her name?
PAULA: Mary Ellen Stewart.
CHRISTINE: Are you sure?
PAULA: Positive.
CHRISTINE: Her real name is Roseanne Fiello.
GRACE: Listen, we don't use our real names here. It's not the kinda thing you need on your résumé.
MARY BETH: I am beginning to lose patience with you.
CHRISTINE: Roseanne Fiello was murdered.
PAULA: God! She was getting married a few weeks.
GRACE: I didn't know it was her. I don't ask the girl their real names. You can understand.
MARY BETH: Yeah, sure. What else don't you know about her? You got a file on her or something?
GRACE: Yeah.
MARY BETH: Well get it! All right, ladies, gather round.
(Chris gets on the phone)

[Detectives' Squad room/Pierre's Restaurant]

PETRIE: Fourteenth Squad, Detective Petrie.
CHRISTINE: Petrie, we're down here at the hot line place. Mary Ellen Stewart and Roseanne Fiello are one and the same person.
PETRIE: Ah, we got another one.
CHRISTINE: What do you mean, another one?
PETRIE: Well I found the detective who was investigating Denise Callen. She worked for 'Affairs by Phone'.
CHRISTINE: So, that's two of 'em?
PETRIE: Three of 'em. Isbecki made an appearance at Patricia Molloy's exercise class. Patricia Molloy told one of her friends there why she was leaving. She got a job that paid big bucks talking to pathetic guys on the telephone.
CHRISTINE: Tell Samuels we'll be back there as soon as we can.

[Pierre's Restaurant]

(Chris pulls Mary Beth aside from the staff gathering)
MARY BETH: (to the staff) Hang on a minute.
CHRISTINE: All three victims were involved working with the hot lines.
MARY BETH: Then Samuels had it right. We're looking for a strangler.
CHRISTINE: Yeah.

[Precinct front desk office]

(there is a large crowd of media people there for Samuels' Press statement)
TV INTERVIEWER: Inspector Marquette, the strangler, what sort of person are you looking for?
MARQUETTE: We're looking for an individual with deeply rooted sexual problems. A very insecure person.
TV INTERVIEWER: Did your opposing views in this case, early on, create any friction?
MARQUETTE: No, no, Lieutenant Samuels was right in his assessment, but what we're concerned about is here is apprehending the strangler, not who's right or wrong.
TV INTERVIEWER: Lieutenant Samuels, do you have any suspects at this time?
SAMUELS: No we don't.
MARQUETTE: But we will have soon.
PETRIE: You were right about one thing, Isbecki, the Lieutenant did call the shots.
ISBECKI: Instinct. Samuels got it. What a relief. All the really great detectives have it. I got it.
MARQUETTE: I'm sorry, gentlemen, that's all for today.
TV INTERVIEWER: Thank you.
MARQUETTE: You're very welcome. Lieutenant, come with me.
(Mary Beth is staring at her typewriter and punches one key)
CHRISTINE: What's the matter?
MARY BETH: Oh, I'm thinking about Roseanne Fiello.
CHRISTINE: She had a choice, Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: She paid a very high price.
(Marquette's PIO comes up to the duo's desks, pulls up a chair the wrong way round and sits astride it)
DANIELS: Detectives Cagney and Lacey, right? I know you're both very actively involved in this investigation. I'd like to ask you a favour. If something should break, I'd appreciate it if you could call me.
MARY BETH: Mr. er...
DANIELS: Daniels. Peter.
MARY BETH: Mr. Daniels, do you see that man in there? That man is our Lieutenant. If something happens, we contact him in the chain-of-command.
DANIELS: I know, but that chain may be broken.
CHRISTINE: I beg your pardon.
DANIELS: Frankly, Lieutenant Samuels is very close to becoming a memory in this department. If Inspector Marquette sees a chance, he's gonna bounce him out of here. Now you two are in a position to do yourselves some good.
CHRISTINE: Thank you.
DANIELS: Think about it.
(Daniels leaves)
CHRISTINE: Curious.
(Marquette leaves and Samuels comes over)
SAMUELS: All right, the circus is over. We get back to work.
(Petrie and Isbecki come over too)
SAMUELS: Vice detectives have confirmed all these hot lines are connected. They're under the control of one, Allen Brown. Lacey, I want you to see this man and get his client list.
MARY BETH: Right.
SAMUELS: The chances are one of his customers may be the strangler-weirdo we're looking for. Cagney, I want you to talk to the women who work for this hot line. See if they recall any customers that are especially weird.
CHRISTINE: OK.
(La Guardia comes up and hands a piece of paper to Samuels)
LA GUARDIA: Schoeman rang.
SAMUELS: Thank you. ...All right, Petrie and Isbecki, you got an appointment with the Department Psychologist, Schoeman. I want you to get more on the profile, so that we can find out exactly what kind of a wacko we're looking for. ...Anybody got anything to add?
CHRISTINE: No.
SAMUELS: All right. Let's get on with it.
(the meeting breaks up)
MARY BETH: What are we gonna do here, Chris?
CHRISTINE: About what?
MARY BETH: About Samuels. I think we've gotta tell him.
CHRISTINE: Look at him, Mary Beth. Another crisis is not what he needs right now. His marriage is in trouble. He knows he's not on Marquette's top-ten mailing list.

[Allen Brown's office]

ALLEN BROWN: Detective Lacey, do want espresso or I can give you some cappuccino?
MARY BETH: No Thanks.
ALLEN BROWN: Listen, I wanna stress that I do nothing illegal. I pay my taxes, I even pay my parking tickets, but there's a lot of lonely guys out there who need somebody to talk to.
MARY BETH: What I want is a list of your clients in the New York area.
ALLEN BROWN: You and everybody else. Magazines want it, lonely-hearts organisations, swingers clubs. Let me tell ya, the SEALs Organisation wants our mailing lists. But... I keep my clients names strictly confidential.
MARY BETH: You know, Mr. Brown, if we were to look closely into your hot line services, we might find that these phone calls lead to prostitution.
ALLEN BROWN: Detective Lacey, you look like a smart woman. Use your head. For a phone conversation averaging four minutes, customers pay thirty-eight fifty and they charge it to their credit cards, and when they get the bill it doesn't look like carte blanche. It says Pierre's Restaurant or North East Marketing or Galaxy Communications. My point is, this operation is active in twenty-six states. Last year we averaged over two million dollars. I gotta get involved in prostitution, which is illegal, what for?
MARY BETH: If what you do is so innocent, why are three women dead?
ALLEN BROWN: Aha, ha, ha, I have no knowledge of what happened to them.
MARY BETH: I'm dealing with a murder investigation here, not some legal loophole which you make money from. Now this will take time, but I could get the court to subpoena your client's list.
ALLEN BROWN: Maybe, and maybe not.
MARY BETH: Mr. Brown, if you make me go to court, I will make sure you are harassed to the point that you'll regret the day you were born.

[Pierre's Restaurant]

(Chris has the staff gathered round)
CHRISTINE: Let me ask you this. Your customers, the men you talk to. Do you have any weird ones?
PAULA: How do you define 'Weird'?
HOT LINE OPERATIVE #1: What you think is weird somebody else might consider to be normal. You've no right to censor us!
CHRISTINE: No, honestly, I'm not. I'm not. It's just part of my job. I just need to know.
PAULA: We have thirty customers we talk to five , six times a week. We're like friends to some of these guys. We talk about a lot of things besides sex.
CHRISTINE: Like what?
PAULA: Family, their problems, whatever.
HOT LINE OPERATIVE #1: It's cheaper, maybe better, than going to an analyst.
CHRISTINE: All right. Thanks.

[Foyer of office building in Garment District]

MANNY: Hey baby. Did you get that job?
CHRISTINE: I'm not your baby and , no, I didn't get that job.
MANNY: Oh I understand, you just don't want people to know. That's cool.
(she holds up her detective's badge)
CHRISTINE: Understand this, I'm the heat!

[Laceys' kitchen]

(Harvey is making a sauce. Mary Beth takes a taste)
HARVEY: It's my best, I swear it.
MARY BETH: Oh, it's perfect. It should be against the law.
(they chink wine glasses)
HARVEY: Salut!
MARY BETH: Cheers.
(Mary Beth opens the deep freeze)
MARY BETH: Sweetheart, we got two things of this in the freezer already.
HARVEY: Michael's birthday party, vintage stuff.
MARY BETH: Do you know we should label this, like wine bottles. So if we already got some, why all this.
HARVEY: It was your idea.
MARY BETH: It was?
HARVEY: Don't you remember? You cut out the coupons. There was an offer on chopping pork shoulders. Me and the kids are gonna lay in a big store, huh?
MARY BETH: Oh yeah. ...I forgot all about it.
HARVEY: Samuels still putting on you and Chris for this strangler business, huh?
MARY BETH: Yes. It's a bad time for him, it's not just work either.
HARVEY: Mm, hm.
MARY BETH: I think there's things between him and Thelma that don't sound so good.
HARVEY: Now, every marriage has its ups and downs, eh?
MARY BETH: I don't know. It bothers me.
HARVEY: What bothers you, babe? ...What?
MARY BETH: He looks so tired, ...and old. You turn around. The kids are grown up.
HARVEY: Come on. ...Mary Beth, huh. Nothing like that's gonna happen to us. There's too much at stake. We're sitting on a fortune of spaghetti sauce here.
MARY BETH: Ha, ha, ha. Shall we have sauce...
(they begin to kiss)

[Detectives' Squad room]

CHRISTINE: It's about time you got here.
MARY BETH: You don't take the subway.
CHRISTINE: Your list from Brown did it.
MARY BETH: The computer guys spent all night working with it.
MARY BETH: Since when did they work so fast?
CHRISTINE: It's Samuel's influence with them. They matched the customers who had any contact with any of the victims.
MARY BETH: Well, that sounds like the computer had a busy night.
CHRISTINE: The computer came up with the one guy who talked to the three victims a lot. ...Mary Beth, I think we got him.
(they shake hands across the desks. Isbecki comes up)
ISBECKI: Samuels told me to give this to you. It's more on that psychological profile. 'Suspect shows attitude towards mother'
MARY BETH: Oh why is it always the mother?
ISBECKI: 'No tolerance for anxiety or rejection'.
ISBECKI: (taking the report back from Chris) Hey, listen, I was thinking, why don't I go and collar the guy? I mean the shrink gave me the psychological profile.
CHRISTINE: So?
ISBECKI: You know, I know what to expect. I handle 'em!
CHRISTINE: (ripping the report back from Isbecki) What are we, mentally incompetent? We can read.

[Office reception]

(the duo comes into a luxuriously furnished area)
MARY BETH: You sure we got the right place. Maybe we got the wrong Wyler..
CHRISTINE: Mr. Colton Wyler?
RECEPTIONIST: Who shall I say is here to see him?
MARY BETH: Detectives Cagney and Lacey, NYPD. ...Why don't you just take us down to his office?
RECEPTIONIST: Of course.
(the secretary takes them to an office door)
CHRISTINE: Would you ask him to step outside?
(the secretary knocks)
COLTON WYLER [OC]: Yes.
RECEPTIONIST: Mr. Wyler, could you come out for a moment, please.
COLTON WYLER: Yeah, what is it?
CHRISTINE: Mr. Colton Wyler?
COLTON WYLER: Yes.
CHRISTINE: Do you live at four-six-six West End Avenue?
COLTON WYLER: Yes, that's right.
MARY BETH: I'm Detective Lacey. This is Detective Lacey. Can we speak to you in private?
COLTON WYLER: Oh, sure. Come on in.

[Colton Wyler's office]

CHRISTINE: Mr. Wyler, do you know these women?
(she lays out photos of the three strangled women in front of him)
COLTON WYLER: No. I've never seen them before.
CHRISTINE: Well according the hot lines, 'Sheila's Love Line' and 'Affairs by Phone', you talked to them a lot.
COLTON WYLER: That's not true.
MARY BETH: Mr. Wyler, we have your credit card receipts.
COLTON WYLER: That was private. You have no right to be here!
CHRISTINE: We have every right. Mr. Wyler, these three women were murdered.
COLTON WYLER: Oh, ...no. You think I killed them.
MARY BETH: Did you, Mr. Wyler?

[Interview room]

(Colton Wyler is attached to a lie detector. The duo watches through the one-way mirror)
SAMUELS: Between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one did you ever take anything of value that didn't belong to you?
COLTON WYLER: No.
SAMUELS: Are we both in New York City at this time?
COLTON WYLER: Yes.
SAMUELS: Did you ever meet any of the victims...

[Outside the interview room]

CHRISTINE: I've gotta hand it to Samuels. With all his problems, he's really cooking. Look at him.

[Interview room]

SAMUELS: Are you afraid I'm gonna make a mistake on this test?
COLTON WYLER: Yes.
SAMUELS: Did you commit the murder of Patricia Molloy or Denise Callen?

[Outside the interview room]

MARY BETH: I've been thinking, Chris. We've gotta tell Samuels.
CHRISTINE: What do you think about Wyler?
MARY BETH: I think we're comparing the man to a basket-case

[Interview room]

SAMUELS: Did you ever meet any of the victims in this homicide investigation?
COLTON WYLER: No.
SAMUELS: No good, Mr. Wyler. I want you to see for yourself.
(the lie detector operative hands Samuels the printout)
SAMUELS: Let's start with the question when I asked you if you'd ever met any of the victims. See how the needle jumped? ...Why?!
COLTON WYLER: I wasn't lying. I never met any of 'em! Someone offered to arrange a meeting but that wasn't my thing.
SAMUELS: Who?
COLTON WYLER: I don't know his name. He's an office messenger. I refused!
(the phone goes)
SAMUELS: (into phone) Samuels. ...Yeah. ...Right.

[Outside the interview room]

(Samuels comes out)
MARY BETH: Lieutenant, can we talk to you, sir?
SAMUELS: No, not now. That was La Guardia on the phone. They just found another hot line employee strangled, killed within the last couple of hours.
CHRISTINE: Then it couldn't have been Wyler!
SAMUELS: That's right. I want you two to get over to the hot line offices. The latest victim's name is Deborah Alfal. See what you can find out about her and see what you can find out about that messenger he mentioned.

[Precinct House yard]

MARY BETH: This is wrong, Christine. I can't stand it. We gotta warn him.
CHRISTINE: You heard what he said. He doesn't want to listen.
MARY BETH: Well, we make him listen.
CHRISTINE: Good. So you go talk to him. OK? He likes you a lot better than he does me, pal.
MARY BETH: He does not! Where did you get an idea like that?
CHRISTINE: He tells you he likes your instincts, he tells me he likes my scarfs.
MARY BETH: Your scarfs?
CHRISTINE: You know, the one with blue and green elves on it. I didn't wear it in a while.
(Chris seems to be in deep thought)
MARY BETH: Chris!
CHRISTINE: So go tell him! I'll keep the motor running.

[Samuels' office]

SAMUELS: What are you doing back here?
MARY BETH: I've gotta talk to you, sir.
SAMUELS: This is not the time!
MARY BETH: No sir, I'm sorry, it can't wait. The Inspector's public information aide, Mr. Daniels? The other day he asked Cagney and myself if we would let him know immediately if anything happened with the case, which we refused. Then he told us that the Inspector was looking for an excuse to get rid of you.
SAMUELS: I doesn't surprise me. He would have pulled me already except it might make him look bad. You haven't been around here long enough, Lacey, to see this kind of thing. I have. What it's about is ...humiliation. It's not gonna stop yet.
MARY BETH: You can't let that happen, sir.
SAMUELS: Been thinking about pulling the plug myself. I've got about twenty years in. What am I doing this for?
MARY BETH: If I can help, sir. I'd like to.
SAMUELS: Well, find the strangler, that's all I got going!
MARY BETH: Yes sir.
SAMUELS: Lacey.
MARY BETH: Sir.
SAMUELS: You know, you've played this all wrong. It would have been easy for you to play ball with Daniels. Find yourself a nice cushy situation someplace.
MARY BETH: Yes. Well, like you said, Lieutenant, I haven't been around here long enough.

[Pierre's Restaurant]

(the staff are gathered around the duo)
ALLEN BROWN: What's going on?
MARY BETH: What's going on , Mr. Brown, is that you lied to me.
ALLEN BROWN: When?!
MARY BETH: We just finished questioning on of your clients. He claims that he received an invitation to meet with one of the victims.
ALLEN BROWN: If I knew about it I would have fired him on the spot!
CHRISTINE: He said the offer came from a messenger.
ALLEN BROWN: We don't have a messenger, do we?
GRACE: No, we use a messenger service. It's pretty much the same guy all the time, Manny.
CHRISTINE: The guy in the building.
MARY BETH: What? With roller skates?
GRACE: Yes.
MARY BETH: Would he have access to the names and addresses of your employees.
GRACE: He collects credit card receipts from all the offices and delivers cheques to the girls who work at home.
CHRISTINE: So, he has access to all of 'em.
GRACE: Yes.
CHRISTINE: What is the name of the messenger service?

[Messenger service post room]

MARY BETH: He's scheduled to come in at four o'clock. Does he ever come in earlier?
SANCHEZ: You gotta be kidding. If he shows up at four It's a miracle.
(Chris comes off the phone)
CHRISTINE: The address Manny gave on 123rd Street doesn't exist. The call number is out of service and there's no listing for a Manny Silverone.
SANCHEZ: What do you expect from a guy who comes to work on roller skates?
MARY BETH: Does he keep any personal effects here?
SANCHEZ: Yes, back here.
MARY BETH: All right.
(Sanchez, who is in a wheelchair, backs up to a small bookcase)
MARY BETH: That belong to him?
SANCHEZ: Oh, I don't know. That's his. I don't know why he collects that junk?
MARY BETH: You don't mind if I take it, do ya?
(she bags up the item)
CHRISTINE: We're gonna be sending somebody over here to wait for him. We'd appreciate it if you didn't say anything.
SANCHEZ: Oh, no, nothing.
MARY BETH: Chris.
(Mary Beth hands Chris the bag)
CHRISTINE: (to Sanchez) Thank you very much.
MARY BETH: (to Sanchez) Take care.

[Forensics laboratory]

(Samuels arrives with the bag containing the item belonging to Manny)
SAMUELS: Stan .
STAN: Hey, Bert, how ya doing? What brings you here to the Police Building.
SAMUELS: Can you help me out, Stan ? I need lifts on this right away.
STAN: You've caught me at a bad time. I've got six priorities from Major Case Squad. ...Tell ya what? Can you get Marquette's office to phone in a requisition?
SAMUELS: Can't do that.
STAN: Then I'm not covered.
SAMUELS: My back's to the wall, Stan . I'm on a jackpot here.
STAN: Marquette out to whack you on this?
SAMUELS: Something like that.
STAN: Well, let me see what I can do. Er, you go back to your office and I'll give you a call as soon as I get something.
SAMUELS: Thanks.

[Detectives' Squad room]

LA GUARDIA: Taubman on three.
CHRISTINE: (into phone) Yeah. ...What time was that? ...We'll you stay there in case he shows. ...All right.
(she rings off)
CHRISTINE: (to Mary Beth) Manny called in. He's said he's going straight from his house to the hot line.
(Samuels gestures to Chris with his phone from the office. Chris picks her phone up)

[Samuels' office/Forensics laboratory]

SAMUELS: Yes, Stan .
STAN: Well, you were lucky. It lifted a full five prints.
SAMUELS: You got an ID?
STAN: Oh yeah. Marvin Woodhouse, graduate on a manslaughter conviction. Outstanding warrant for a felony assault in Albany.
SAMUELS: I've heard enough. Thanks, Stan , I owe ya.

[Detectives' Squad room]

SAMUELS: Let's get to the messenger service and make it snappy.
CHRISTINE: He's skipping the messenger service and going straight to the hot line.

[Pierre's Restaurant/Detectives' Squad room]

JOY: (answering the phone) Hello.
MARY BETH: Is Grace Lipton there? This is Detective Lacey.
JOY: Just a minute.
MARY BETH: Grace, it's Detective Lacey on three-five.
GRACE: Oh, swell. Hello, Detective Lacey.

[Detectives' Squad room]

MARY BETH: (to Chris) Oh geeze, what am I doing here? This woman is not going to give me the right time of day. Do it for me, Chris, on four. ...Please.
CHRISTINE: You're too emotional. (into phone) Yeah, Miss. Lipton, This is Detective Cagney. Has the messenger boy been there yet?

[Pierre's Restaurant]

GRACE: Joy. Did Manny make his pick up?
JOY: He just left.
GRACE: (into phone) He just left.

[Detectives' Squad room]

CHRISTINE: (into phone) Do you know where he's going?
GRACE: (on phone) Delivering cheques to the girls' homes.
CHRISTINE: (into phone) Can you give me those addresses? (to Mary Beth) What would you do without me?
SAMUELS: Isbecki, give this to Central. Have this put on the line for Marvin Woodhouse. Ladies?
MARY BETH: We got the messenger delivery list. We're calling 'em right now.
(Chris and Mary Beth are telling the girls not to let the messenger in and that a uniformed officer will be there as soon as possible)

[Apartment building]

(Manny rings an entry bell)

[Paula's apartment]

PAULA: Who is it?
MANNY: (outside door) It's me, Manny.
(she looks through the spy hole)
PAULA: Come on in.
MANNY: Popular lady.
(she looks at the cheque in the envelope)
PAULA: Damn!
MANNY: It's your own fault you know. Every call you make, they charge thirty-eight fifty. You make what? Ten?
PAULA: Nine.
MANNY: You're being a fool. You should come and work for me. I'll get you all the calls you want, and then some. I'll split fifty-fifty with you. I'll take good care of you.
(the phone rings)
PAULA: (into phone) Hello. ...Hi, Michael, we're out to dinner tonight. ...Yeah. ..Forget it. ...Right. ...Right. ...Can't wait. ...Mm, hm. ...Me too. ...Could you hold on one second, please.
MANNY: What about my offer.
PAULA: I don't think so, Manny. (into phone) Michael. ...Right.
(Manny goes and puts the chain on the door)

[Detectives' Squad room]

CHRISTINE: You finished.
MARY BETH: Except for Paula Martin, she's busy. (into phone) Operator, this is a police emergency. I'm Detective Lacey, shield number three-four-oh. Now I want you to cut in on five-five-five, eight-one-three-five and I'll follow with a forty-nine form.

[Paula's apartment]

PAULA: (into phone) ...Do you want to or not?
(Manny grabs her from behind)
MANNY: You or me.
(he throws her across the room)

[Detectives' Squad room]

MARY BETH: (into phone) Thank you, operator.
(she rings off)
MARY BETH: Well, it seems we gotta problem on the line or we got worse.
SAMUELS: Why don't you two get over there? We'll have some radio cars meet you.

[Paula's apartment]

(Manny has Paula on the bed trying to throttle her. Outside Paula's apartment block the duo's car and two patrol cars arrive at speed. Manny hears the police cars arrive and pulls Paula to her feet)

[Paula's apartment]

CHRISTINE: (outside door) Police! Open up!
(Manny has a knife to Paula's throat)
MANNY: Don't come in here, I'll kill her!
MARY BETH: (outside the door) Now come on, Manny, take it easy now. We gotta a search warrant. It's no big deal. Open up! Come on!
MANNY: Keep back!
(Chris and a uniformed officer go off)
MARY BETH: Open up!
MANNY: Get outta here! I'm gonna cut her!
(outside the apartment block)
CHRISTINE: (to the uniformed officer) Oh, come on. Can you get that down?
(he climbs on a rubbish bin and pulls down the fire escape. He follow Chris up)

[Paula's apartment]

MANNY: You come in here, I'm gonna kill her! I'm gonna kill her! ...Stay back! Stay back!
(at separate windows Chris and the uniformed officer can see Manny still holding the knife to Paula's throat. As they break the windows and take aim, the door is broken open and Mary Beth takes aim)
MARY BETH: Drop it down! ...Drop it down! ...Drop it down!
(Manny drops the knife and releases Paula)

[Detectives' Squad room]

(Daniels leads in Marquette and the Press and TV)

[Samuels' office]

CHRISTINE: They're waiting for you, sir.
SAMUELS: Good. Let 'em wait.
CHRISTINE: The Inspector seemed cordial enough. Go on.
SAMUELS: This'll keep Marquette off my back for just a little while.
CHRISTINE: What are you talking about? This was an important collar.
SAMUELS: (looking at his shield presentation photograph) I was hoping that it would have helped me make up for some wasted years.
MARY BETH: You're a good cop, Lieutenant.
SAMUELS: Yeah. I wish you'd tell that to my wife. She wanted me to be with her at group therapy. (pointing to Daniels who is hurrying him up) Cute, isn't he?
(he goes out to the Press conference)

<Back to the episode listing

Cagney & Lacey ® and related marks are trademarks of Metro Goldwyn Meyer. Copyright © 1981, Present. The Cagney & Lacey web pages on this site are for educational and entertainment purposes only. All other copyrights property of their respective holders.