Desi Ortega and his Latin group have a single climbing the charts until Max Daniels wants to own the group. When Daniels' assistant turns up dead, has someone in the group struck back?


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Episode cast overview:
Jason Bernard ...
Wilson Sloane
Max Daniels
Alex Lebron (as Nick Corri)
Iza Decalde (as Rosana Desoto)
Sam Desoto (as Ramon Franco)
Tomas Aguilar
Patricia Decalde
Lt. Abbe Esposito
Desi Ortega
Luiz Decalde
Amy Ortega (as Amy Stock-Poynton)
Ray Young ...
Dee McCafferty ...


Jessica's blind friend Desi Ortega and some of her NYU students have a promising Latin band. Unfortunately a person from his Brooklyn past, from before his happy marriage turns up: mob producer Max Daniels. He resorts to business and physical threats of violence to make sure they sign with him only. Max's lieutenant, Tomas Aguilar, lets them off the hook for his ex Patricia Decalde's sake, but is murdered himself. Jessica looks into everyone's connections. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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7 January 1996 (USA)  »

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"Oh, the Ice Pick Needs a Scarf, Babe ~ Hit and Run Car Zooms from Sight ~ Just a Jackknife Has the Hit-man ~ And the Screams Pour Through the Night"
29 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode marks the last television appearance by Ray Young, who had been acting in film and on television since 1951.

When Iza Decalde (Rosanna DeSoto) invites the New York City-based Latin band "Ortega" to perform at her dinner club, her reasoning must be something along the lines of...well, let's see.... Iza's late husband had pioneered the popularity of NYC Latin orchestras, and now that her son has joined the band, and her daughter has been seeing the music producer, what could possibly go wrong?

Desi Ortega (Tony Plana) leads the group bearing his name, to release a hit single entitled "Philamena," and now plans to record an entire album of songs for a potential compact disc release. A sight-impaired Desi has been married for six years to Amy Ortega (Amy Stock-Poynton), and now they expect their first child very soon.

Luiz Decalde (Marco Sanchez), the son of the widowed Iza, performs guitar and background vocals for Ortega, while he studies English as Manhattan University, under the tutor-age of Amy and Desi's dear old friend Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), who personally delivers Luiz' homework assignments to his mother's club because he's busy rehearsing, and trying to keep the premises clear of thugs who want to control the band and his sister.

Sam Desoto (Ramón Franco) also serves as a band member and song mix technician, while admiring from afar Iza's lovely daughter, Patricia Decalde (Jacqueline Obradors). When Sam proposes to Patricia, she laughs it off, not for one moment taking him seriously.

Alex Lebron (Jsu Garcia) serves as a producer for Moontide Records, which has released the "Philamena" recording, and Alex stands by Desi and company to ward off thugs if only for the sake of Patricia, who has captured his heart although at times he expresses the notion to Jessica that he doesn't deserve her affection, while Patricia confides that she is not good enough for Alex to Jessica, who disagrees with them both.

Tomas Aguilar (David Labiosa), on the other hand, schemes for ways to regain Patricia's favor. Now that he has mob ties, Tomas considers ways to overcome his negatives in Patricia's eyes, to take him back into her loving arms after she has dumped him a year ago.

Max Daniels (Robert Clohessy) hires Tomas as his right-hand man, using Tomas' past with Patricia to influence her to tighten the grip on Desi Ortega, for Ortega to sign a shady deal with Max's record label, using whatever measures that may require if the thugs and hit man do not work out well enough.

Culligan (Ray Young) approaches Desi at Decalde's club one evening in the presence of a frightened Amy and a curious Jessica, to cart Desi in a limousine to meet with Daniels and Aguilar, but Desi holds his ground and refuses to compromise.

Updike the Hit-man (Dee McCafferty) calls Alex to meet him in a secret location to discuss Daniel's "deal," when Tomas sneaks into Patricia's to inform her that unless she succumbs to his charms, then Updike the Hit-man will stab Alex. Fearing that she'll lose Alex either way, she agrees with Tomas, to spare Alex's life, and so Tomas telephones Updike the Hit-man to close his penknife instead of stabbing Alex when he walks by.

Jessica invites her dear old friend Wilson Sloane (Jason Bernard), owner of Paragram Records, to listen to Ortega's performance, to consider signing the group for a potential recording contract.

But when Wilson arrives at Decalde's club, for practice sessions as well as for the night of the concert, Jessica must continuously apologize for every interruption, as altercations begin to erupt once everyone gathers to perform, to serve, or to listen.

NYPD Lieutenant Abbe Esposito (Maria O'Brien), a friend of Jessica's, who addresses her Manhattan University classes on occasion, arrives at Decalde's after very loud screams are heard to interrupt the concert, once Ortega performs "San Juan Nights." After the lighting is restored, a body is discovered, having been stabbed by an ice pick.

Well, Abbe Esposito certainly proves tireless, as she investigates all of the feuds and lovers' quarrels, as she awakens a judge at 2:00 AM to obtain search warrants, and as she has the police laboratory to identify fingerprints immediately even though suspects aren't fingerprinted, but she is also very arrest-happy and apprehends one suspect after another into custody before Jessica experiences her sudden realization.

So, families begin to fight among themselves and with one another, accusing one another as they question whodunit, especially after the unseen driver of an automobile aims a speeding car at two potential victims, and so Jessica has plenty of young love to champion in the process, as couples question the feelings of their counterparts once "Death Goes Double Platinum."

This represents the second of two "MSW" appearances for Jsu Garcia, and the third of three for Rosanna DeSoto, the only two members of its guest cast to perform in other "MSW" episodes.

In addition to Ray Young, Jason Bernard, acting since 1969, has also unfortunately passed, soon after the original broadcast of this episode.

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