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The Working Stiff 

The murder of a "corporate raider" appears to be connected to a Brooklyn factory he took over and then shut down. But the DA's office uncovers a connection to a banking scandal that leads all the way to a former governor.

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Phil Cerreta
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Mike Logan
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Donald Cragen
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Ben Stone
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Adam Schiff
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Eddie Palmieri
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Dwight Corcoran
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Hamilton Burns Jr.
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Doctor Bergman
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Joey Palmieri
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Elliot Reynolds
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Detectives Cerreta and Logan investigate the shooting death of Marshall McFadden, a merger and acquisitions expert worth hundreds of million. He was found sitting at his desk at his office and the gun was left at the scene. He may have had many enemies given that he often bought companies only to break them up for resale and closing unprofitable units. Their first suspect is Simon Vilanis who, after working for 40 years, lost his pension, health care and even his place to live after McFadden bought out the company he worked for. Simon's gun was used in the shooting but it's quickly apparent that someone had taken his gun to commit the crime. They then learn that just as McFadden was to be indicted, the Justice Department unit investigating was shut down. There were ties between McFadden and a major bank, one that was run by DA Adam Schiff's good friend Dwight Corcoran. Adam wants Corcoran to pay the full price for what he's done. Written by garykmcd

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12 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Paul Robinette: So what's the story? What's with this pro se nonsense?
Simon Vilanis: [loftily] I want my day in court, to show what that bastard did to us.
Paul Robinette: But you didn't kill McFadden.
Simon Vilanis: Nope. But I'd make a hell of a scapegoat. Me and my big mouth.
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Lunch Pail Radical
24 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

A Gordon Gekko like Wall Street lizard gets murdered one morning and this is a guy who a few thousand people might have had good reason to take out. But Chris Noth and Paul Sorvino are almost sorry that the trail leads to Eli Wallach who is an old lunch pail radical who with many others lost his job and union benefits when the factory the deceased bought, closed down.

In all the years Law And Order has been on the air, I've never seen an episode where the police so identify with the individual they are arresting. Wallach gives a mesmerizing performance and it's hard not to sympathize with the guy. When he's questioned Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks feel almost obligated to investigate the motive and see if there's a bigger picture.

The DA's investigation plays a lot like Oliver Stone's Wall Street and it reaches to an old friend of Stephen Hill's, pillar of the establishment William Prince.

Prince's character is based on a combination of Averill Harriman and Clark Clifford. That he could be involved in anything as sordid as what comes out here is just not registering at first. But the facts do speak for themselves.

Wallach and Prince offer an incredible juxtaposition of the American story in this very moving Law And Order episode.


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