Maxwell Gail directs the second of his five episodes
"The Accusation" marked the second of Maxwell Gail's five episodes as director, after "Wojo's Problem." The squad room learns that Barney has moved out of his apartment into a room at the Greenwich Hotel, reluctantly leaving behind his wife and children (Yemana: "getting your apartment repainted?" Barney: "no!" Yemana: "I don't need it! I've been over!"). Michael Tucci (second of four) plays a thief who couldn't resist the temptation to empty a liquor store's open cash drawer ("it was lying there, I'm only human!"). Eugene Elman (third of three) plays a rabbi who has unlawfully extended his 'Las Vegas Night' from one evening to four months ("it was going so beautifully, I didn't have the heart to stop it!"). A delighted Nick puts all the slot machines, cards, dice, and chips on his desk ("I'll try not to mix it with my stuff!"). Miriam Byrd Nethery (first of four) plays Doris Whittaker, a spinster who noticed some young hooligans breaking into a mailbox, who appreciates Dietrich's sense of humor, but questions a flummoxed Barney's breakfast of coffee and one donut (Dietrich: "nutritionally, he's still a child!"). Problems arise when Doris misinterprets Dietrich's kindness and comes on to him alone in her apartment; he leaves after politely declining, and finds himself accused of engaging in 'lewd and lascivious behavior.' This naturally brings out Lt. Ben Scanlon of Internal Affairs (George Murdock's third of 12 appearances in the role, fourth overall), hoping that this time his perceived victory won't be thwarted again. Harris greets Scanlon's arrival ("I never forget a twitch!").
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