Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Everybody's Favorite Bagman 

The assault of a city councilman uncovers a scandal involving organized crime, elected city officials, and a deputy police commissioner.

Director:

John Patterson

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Dick Wolf
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Sergeant Max Greevey
Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Captain Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... E.A.D.A. Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... A.D.A. Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff (credit only)
Roy Thinnes ... D.A. Alfred Wentworth
Trey Wilson ... Defense Attorney Eddie Cosmatos
Paul Guilfoyle ... Anthony Scalisi
Dick Latessa ... Conti
Michael Wikes Michael Wikes ... Lasco
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Alice Halsey
Debra Stricklin Debra Stricklin ... Alicia Heslin
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... William Jefferson
William H. Macy ... Assistant U.S. Attorney John McCormack (as W.H. Macy)
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Storyline

Sergeant Greevy and Detective Logan investigate a knife attack on city councilor Chuck Halsey, the apparent victim of a mugging and they eventually arrest two black teenagers. They deny stabbing the man admitting only to robbing him while he lay there. Greevy had heard rumors that Halsey was once a bag man collecting the take at the criminal courts but the man's reputation in recent years has been clean. An eye witness leads them to a mob hit man, Tony Scalisi, who agrees to wear a wire in return for a lesser charge. Halsey had been called as a witness in a federal investigation into parking contracts and it appears that police Deputy Commander William Jefferson, one of ADA Robinette's childhood heroes, may be implicated in the crooked scheme. Stone seeks the assistance of the FBI but their sting doesn't quite go down as planned. Written by garykmcd

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As this episode was originally shot for CBS in 1988, several of the main actors look noticeably different than in the rest of the episodes for season 1, which began filming in 1990. Both Chris Noth (Mike Logan) and George Dzundza (Greevy) look younger and thinner, while Dann Florek has more hair and less gray. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where Stone and Robinette are talking in Stone's office, Stone puts on a raincoat during the conversation. In the shot where Stone faces the camera, the collar of the raincoat is down. In the shot where Stone has his back to the camera, the collar of the raincoat is up. See more »

Quotes

Mike Logan: Lots of noise.
Sgt. Max Greevey: Plenty of warning.
[goes into the building to smoke out a perp, Logan runs around to the back]
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Featured in 'Law & Order': The Beginning (2002) See more »

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The (actual) beginning of 'Law and Order'
4 August 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Despite the Briscoe (generally the later ones, post-Claire Kincaid when talking about main female attorneys, so we're talking about Jamie Ross and Abbie Carmichael) and post-Briscoe episodes being aired much more often than the very early seasons, it is very interesting to see 'Law and Order' in its early years and before it properly hit its stride. People really should see more of this particular period, even if it didn't see 'Law and Order' at its period.

As has been said, "Everybody's Favourite Bagman" may have been the sixth episode of 'Law and Order' aired but it was actually the pilot, or intended to be at least. So that is an interest point. "Everybody's Favourite Bagman" is a pretty good episode but to me it did have the understandable feel of a pilot episode and was slightly on the bland side compared to what came later, the first episode to air "Prescription For Death" actually felt much more found-its-feet.

Do prefer 'Law and Order' episodes where there is more of characters having conflicts and moral dilemmas. Also ones that tackle difficult themes, subjects and social issues and the "taking influence from a real life case" ones, those kinds of episodes provoked more thought and connected with me more emotionally.

The case here is compelling enough, if more the legal element than the police procedural but only marginally, but fairly standard. If you've seen the later 'Law and Order' before seeing "Everybody's Favourite Bagman" it may feel a little like familiar ground.

However, there is a nice balance of the law and order rather than one featuring more than the other, which was great. More so than a couple of the other five episodes that had been aired so far at this point of the show. It was interesting seeing how the detectives work and solve their cases and what work goes into preparing defence and especially prosecution. The script is thoughtful enough, did like the heresy/hearsay exchange between Greevey and Simonize. As somebody who has been known to accidentally say the wrong word and it means something else entirely, especially when annoyed about something, oddly found myself relating to that.

Production values are suitably slick and gritty and the music is a good fit tonally and in placement. The acting is good, though it did get much better later when everybody became more comfortable. Nice to see William H Macy, and Michael Moriaty makes a lot of out of Stone. George Dzundza and Chris Noth and their chemistry gelled better later but they have the right amount of edge.

Concluding, pretty good but much better was to follow. 7/10


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