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The Torrents of Greed: Part 1 

Stone makes a deal with a group of low-level mobsters when they offer to testify that a crime boss murdered a missing union leader. However, the prosecution's case unravels at trial, causing all parties involved to walk.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Cragen
Paul Robinette
Adam Schiff
Harv Beigal
Katherine Masucci Beigel
Frank Masucci
Robert Fields ...
Mario Zalta
Steven Keats ...
George Zuckert
Mike Le Claire
Phillip R. Allen ...
(as Philip R. Allen)


Sergeant Greevy and Detective Logan investigate the severe beating of a convenience store owner. A witness describes the attacker as a man wearing a suit and they soon have Joe Pilefski, a mob enforcer for the Mansucci crime family, in custody. They're not quite sure why a mob enforcer would be beating up an old man owning a small store but Logan realizes that the cigarettes he was selling don't have a tax stamp. Soon Pilefsky, Frank Mansucci's brother-in-law Harv Beigal and trucking company owner Mario Zalta charged with conspiracy. Executive ADA Stone see an opportunity to get Mansucci himself for the murder of a missing trucking union boss. He offers immunity to get testimony but it doesn't turn out as he had hoped. Written by garykmcd

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12 February 1991 (USA)  »

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The title of this 2-part episode is taken from Chapter 18, verse 251 of the Buddhist scripture The Dhammapada: "There is no fire like passion. There is no shark like hatred. There is no snare like folly. There is no torrent like greed." See more »


In the opening scene, when the patrol officer realizes that the store owner has been beaten, he uses his nightstick to break into the locked store. Viewed from the interior, the glass shatters just BEFORE the officer makes contact with it. See more »


Mike Logan: Hell of a welcome to America.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.34 (2009) See more »

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The fabled Masucci crime family
13 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

For the entire length of the run of Law And Order the Masucci crime family has figured into any number of episodes. This two part episode marks the first Masucci appearance. It even has a real live Godfather Masucci played by Charles Cioffi.

As played by Cioffi, Frank Masucci is a combination of John Gotti and Joey Gallo a couple of mob guys who did like the attention of the public, always dressed quite nattily and was always available to the media. The last part raised a lot of hackles with his peers.

It all starts with the bludgeoning of a store owner over his refusal to sell untaxed smuggled cigarettes leaving him in a coma. The trail leads up the food chain from hit-man Stephen McHattie, importer/exporter Robert Fields, and real estate magnate Bruce Altman who is Cioffi's brother-in-law.

This episode shows just how difficult it is to get a conviction on an organized crime case. These guys come well prepared into court and you can't ever assume that even the muscle in the crowd is stupid.

But this is only part 1 of a 2 part story.

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