Cross, double-cross, and triple-cross as Michael Hagarty and representatives of other governments try to elicit information and money from a Mafia family.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Baggetta ...
Antonio Carboni
Michael Hagarty / Monsignore O'Shaugnessy
Mario Carboni (as George Dicenzo)
Claudia Carboni / Jennifer Paige
Robert Miranda ...
Gino Carboni
Peter Baines
Chief Daniel Trent
Daniel Trent ...
Ralph Manza ...
Father Anselmo
Daniel Anderson ...
Korshack (as Daniel Douglas Anderson)
Ralph De Lia ...
Pilot (as Ralph DeLia)
Anthony De Fonte ...
Tailor (as Anthony DeFonte)
James Garrett ...


Jessica reads from a letter her British intelligence (MI-6) friend Michael Hagarty wrote of his adventure in Palermo, Sicily. He posed as Monsignor O'Shaugnessy, envoy of the Boston archdiocese, to attend the wedding of "gentleman" Peter Baines to young mob widow Claudia Carboni. (Peter looks remarkably like his brother Harold, a former MI-6 agent himself). After her Carboni in-laws stab to death a young man believed to be posing as relative Gino, the couple accepts an on-the-spot wedding by O'Shaughnessy, so that all three can fly to Geneva and empty Claudia's late first husband's numbered Swiss bank account. In Switzerland, Hagarty and the widow confront each other, recalling a deal: she can keep the money if London gets a certain black notebook. Hagarty and Baines, who had likewise guessed Hagarty was an imposter, also confront each other over poor Harold and other matters. (No "wedding night," boy-o, until business is done.) The Cabrinos and the C.I.A. show up, and everyone fights... Written by KGF Vissers (edited by GVP)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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20 May 1990 (USA)  »

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"He Feigns Identity, Across the Sea, to Sicily, and Melee"
15 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Season Six concludes with this "Book-end" episode, which closely trails Season Six's opener, each featuring British MI6 Agent Michael Hagarty (Len Cariou), this time around, however not starring Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury), who appears to introduce the episode via correspondence from Hagarty.

Debonair Ian Ogilvy accomplishes a rare feat of portraying two "non-recurring" characters during the same "MSW" season (as very few other performers also manage this achievement). Ian performs as a Hagarty associate in "An Appointment in Athens (#6.1)," as well as a different fortune-hunting character in "The Sicilian Encounter (#6.22)," an occurrence which the narrative explains.

Gracious Deidre Hall performs the leading lady role, or, perhaps the dual role of Claudia Carboni and Jennifer Paige, which leads to the suspense surrounding her espionage activities in Sicily and Switzerland, along her trail of "the little black book," which various agents intend to procure from her possession should this wealthy widow manage to retrieve this.

Hagarty, likewise, goes under cover, this time presenting himself as Monsignore O'Shaugnessy, a Roman Catholic clergyman of the Boston Diocese, of Massachusetts, as he infiltrates the Carboni syndicate family, which scrutinizes the every move of young widow Claudia Carboni, while Hagarty and Peter Baines each has plans of his own to pursue Claudia's trail.

Mario Carboni (George DiCenzo), Gino Carboni (Robert Miranda) and Antonio Carboni (Vincent Baggetta) comprise the core of the Carboni syndicate, which crosses tracks with Hagarty and company, who attempt to double-cross in turn. (Although this series displays kindness and understanding to various ethnic groups, a few, as Italian, Russian and Cambodian characters, seem rather exempt from its graces.)

Hagarty, or Monsignore O'Shaugnessy, associates with Father Anselmo (Ralph Manza) and Priest (Joseph Cali), while reporting to MI6 Chief Daniel Trent (John Standing), in charge of the international intelligence operation in play.

Barton (Daniel Trent), Korshack (Daniel Douglas Anderson) and Llewellyn (James Garrett) are stationed in various locations, as Peter and Claudia fly from Palermo, Sicily, Italy, into Geneva, Switzerland, on the trail of that "little black book."

But when a stabbing occurs, murder complicates the plot of international intrigue, and Hagarty is forced to confront a killer before it is two late to resolve "The Sicilian Encounter."

The cast is rounded out by Marianne Bergonzi as Woman, Gina Minervini as Maid, Ralph De Lia as Pilot, Anthony De Fonte as Tailor, Stephen Poletti as Bank Clerk, Jovin Montanaro as Bellman, and Steve Natole as Waiter.

This episode represents the first acting appearance each by Marianne Bergonzi, Daniel Douglas Anderson/Daniel Anderson and Stephen Poletti, and the most recent appearance to date each by Ralph De Lia and Steve Natole.

This also marks the the second of two "MSW" appearances for John Standing, the second of three for Joseph Cali, the third of three for Vincent Baggetta, the second of five for Ian Ogilvy, the fourth of six for George DiCenzo, and the fifth of seven "MSW's" for Len Cariou (each in his role as British MI6 Agent Michael Hagarty).

Ralph Manza, acting on television and in film since 1955, and Daniel Trent, acting since 1976, have unfortunately since passed.

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