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Everybody's Favorite Bagman 

The assault of a city councilman uncovers a scandal involving organized crime, elected city officials, and a deputy police commissioner.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Schiff (credit only)
Eddie Cosmatos
Anthony Scalisi
Michael Wikes ...
Alice Halsey
Alicia Heslin
Ron Foster ...
William Jefferson
Assistant U.S. Attorney John McCormack (as W.H. Macy)


Sergeant Greevy and Detective Logan investigate a knife attack on city councilor Chuck Halsey, the apparent victim of a mugging and they eventually arrest two black teenagers. They deny stabbing the man admitting only to robbing him while he lay there. Greevy had heard rumors that Halsey was once a bag man collecting the take at the criminal courts but the man's reputation in recent years has been clean. An eye witness leads them to a mob hit man, Tony Scalisi, who agrees to wear a wire in return for a lesser charge. Halsey had been called as a witness in a federal investigation into parking contracts and it appears that police Deputy Commander William Jefferson, one of ADA Robinette's childhood heroes, may be implicated in the crooked scheme. Stone seeks the assistance of the FBI but their sting doesn't quite go down as planned. Written by garykmcd

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30 October 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Loosely based on the 1986 New York Parking Violations Bureau corruption scandal. It was alleged that Queens borough president, Donald Manes (who had served from 1971 until 1986), had used political appointments and favors as the source of large kickback schemes involving personal bureaucratic fiefdoms such as the NYC Parking Violations Bureau, Zoning franchises and cable TV franchises were being investigated, and some of Manes' appointees and associates were indicted or forced to resign. Manes committed suicide inside his residence, days away from being indicted when his crimes came to light and Stanley Friedman, Michael Lazar and Lester Shafran received convictions for racketeering. See more »


In a scene where Stone and Robinette are talking in Stone's office, Stone puts on a raincoat during the conversation. In the shot where Stone faces the camera, the collar of the raincoat is down. In the shot where Stone has his back to the camera, the collar of the raincoat is up. See more »


[In a run-down Harlem apartment building]
Little Girl: Are you The Man?
Det. Sgt. Maxwell "Max" Greevey: We sure are, honey.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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How it all started, even if it is the sixth episode aired
31 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The series pilot, "Everybody's Favorite Bagman" was actually the sixth episode aired that year. If you wonder why this episode of Law and Order looks as though it was shot in a different decade - different film quality, George Dzundza (Max Greevey) has magically lost 20 pounds, and a completely different actor (Roy Thinnes) is playing a completely different DA (Alfred Wentworth)- it is because this episode was shot as a pilot for CBS in 1988, and rejected by that network. Thus when you hear comments made that seem to be introducing the characters after you have been watching them work together for six episodes, that is actually what is going on.

There are really nothing really remarkable about the plot, so I'll let you watch and see what happens. In this actually first show, it is the structure of the episode - all police first half, all prosecution second half, that is actually on display.

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