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Wiseguy (TV Series 1987–1990) - Plot Summary Poster

(1987–1990)

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  • Vinnie Terranova does time in a New Jersey penitentiary to set up his undercover role as an agent for the OCB (Organized Crime Bureau) of the United States. His roots in a traditional Italian city neighborhood form the underlying dramatic base throughout the series, bringing him into conflict with his conservative mother and other family members while acting undercover as syndicate enforcer. The segments, which ran several shows each, included in-depth and empathetic characterizations of the players on both sides of the law. Scenarios include the underbelly of the recording industry, protection rackets, international arms dealing, foiling white supremacist plotters, uncovering a government conspiracy to set up a compliant new head of state in a third-world country, and Vinnie's final reconciliation with his Italian mother and her new husband, the purely legendary Mafia figure Don Aiupo.

  • Vinnie Terranova works for a branch of the Justice Department called the Organized Crime Bureau or OCB, that targets Organized Crime. Vinnie assignment is to infiltrate Organized Crime, so he is sent to a prison for 18 months, and everyone thinks he is a criminal including his mother whioh ticks him off. His boss is Frank McPike and the Lifeguard is his link to him and his counsellor if he ever needs one. After three seasons, Ken Wahl left the show, so Mike Santana, the U.S. Attorney who helped send Vinnie to prison for his cover, was tapped to replace him. Not long after helping Vince, he made a mistake and would be disbarred. Three years later, vince was investigating something and called Mike for help, and later Vince disappeared, so Frank tried to find him and the last thing he did was talk to Mike, so Frank went off to see him. They would not find him and Frank asked Mike to join the OCB.


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