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Woods and the Loan-Shark

8/10
Author: gordonl56 from Canada
2 November 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Private Eye – War Buddy – 1987 This is episode 3 of the 13 episode run of the series, Private Eye. Michael Woods headlines along with Josh Brolin and William Sadler.

P.I. Woods bumps into longtime friend and war buddy, Jamie Sheridan. The two have a few drinks and say goodnight. As they leave the bar, 3 no-neck types grab Sheridan and begin to curb-stomp him. Woods jumps in to even the odds. Woods and Sheridan break away and escape in Woods' car.

It seems Sheridan owes local mobster, loan-shark, Harry Laskawy, 10 grand. The no-neck types had been sent to "suggest" a speedy payment date.

As it so happens, Woods, knows the mobster. He pays the man a visit to arrange a reasonable time frame for Sheridan to pay off the debt. He arranges a meeting between Laskawy and Sheridan to settle the matter.

Sheridan, who has been somewhat of a loose cannon since his return from Korea, tells the mobster to shove it. He then decks one of Laskawy's men and leaves. Woods smooths the incident over and promises to get Sheridan to pay.

Sheridan is a big roller derby star. Roller derby drew big crowds back in the 50's.

Laskawy tells Sheridan he will rip up his debt and give him 5 grand cash, if he will tank the upcoming match. Laskawy plans on betting against Sheridan's heavily favored team. Sheridan agrees and pockets the 5 large.

The night of the game, Sheridan finds out that his team-mates have bet every dime they have, on them winning the championship.

Sheridan, needless to say, throws a monkey wrench into the mob's plans and wins the game.

This all leads to a gun battle with the body count including Sheridan, Lawskawy and several other gangster types.

An enjoyable series that I wish had stuck around.

The director was Rob Cohen. His films include, DRAGONHEART, DAYLIGHT, THE SKULLS and ALEX CROSS. The d of P was Jonathan West. (color)

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