Season 6 A solid season. This season really embraced odd cases, or ones with no final conclusion, as many episodes end without arrests. On the down side, this is also the season of Cagney's bad sweaters, let's just blame it on the alcohol. 22 Episodes
6x1 Schedule One September 29, 1986 A burglary suspect trades information bout a detective at the 14th "scooping" heroin, once they find out who they must decide if they should turn him in. Critique: One of my favorites and one of the best. Yes it's reminiscent of (2x6) when they help internal affairs investigate the squad but this is different enough to make it unique. A+ Bad Cop: Why can't they learn to not yell at a suspect from far away and then give chase? Walk up to the guy with the TV and arrest him. Don't yell from across the street.
6x2 Culture Clash October 6, 1986 Islamic siblings struggle to understand the rights of their new country verses the laws of their religion. Critique: Way ahead of it's time with barbaric honor killings. I like how they don't do the usual start with the murder but rather they end the episode with it. We finally get to see the Henesy case causing problems for Cagney. A- Bad Cop: You really should read the guy his Miranda rights BEFORE he confesses. Collar: Homicide
No rush on fixing that elevator, we're fine.
6x3 Sorry, Right Number September 9, 1986 Doctor offices are being burglarized and Cagney and Lacey struggle to find a connection until a chance encounter in a stuck elevator. Critique: The whole elevator thing was a little odd, I feel like this would have been a real comedic opportunity a few seasons ago, but it's a miss. C+ Collar: Burglary, Homicide The Brady Bunch also has an episode with the same title, it's the one where they get the pay phone. Check out the Brady Bunch Shrine here. I haven't updated it in over a decade so it's kind of a trip through web design of decades past.
6x4 Disenfranchised October 27, 1986 Cagney and Lacey won't let a child abuse case go even after the court dismisses it. Critique: It's a quality episode, I find these hard to watch but if people can watch a show as creepy as CSI Special Victims Unit every week, then they might enjoy this. B Collar: Rape Girly Sidebar: Tip for sweater shopping: If you are 40 (or any age over 10) avoid sweaters with whales on them.
6x5 Roll Call November 3, 1986 An actress on a popular cop show rides along with Cagney and Lacey but turns the precinct upside down. Critique: This one has some really good comedy, I particularly like Tyne Daly's work during the photo shoot. There are some good points about stereotyping women based on appearance, but DeeDee is a bit annoying. I've seen quite a few episodes of "Family Jewels" staring Shannon Tweed but I did not recognize her at all in this. Time is a real bitch. B- Collar: Theft
6x6 The Zealot November 10, 1986 An assistant D.A. is murdered and the investigation finds the victim is a man consumed by his work and Cagney is unable to accept the circumstances of his death. Critique: Interesting, I mean that in the best possible way. Poor 'B' story Michael has to look at porn with his mother, that is so horrible, I think he got the point of her lecture, there is no reason to scar him for life. B- Collar: Homicide
6x7 The Marathon November 24, 1986 The precinct is in the middle of protecting a runner who is receiving threats if she runs in a marathon.
Critique: I'm sure this was timely in 1986, maybe it wasn't as boring then. I don't think this show is at it's best when it tries to cover global issues. C- Collar: Kiddnaping Undercover: Runner
6x8 Rites of Passage December 1, 1986 A sorority pledge is found dead after a fall from the roof of the house. Cagney gets a new neighbor.
Critique: IsCagney really so irresistable to men even gay guys flirt with her? Because he totally was. Cagney and Lacey just working an investigation isn't as interesting as it once was, hmmm. C Collar: Criminal Negligent Homicide
6x9 Revenge December 8, 1986 Petrie recognizes his murdered sister's jewelry on a suspect brought in for domestic violence, the the suspect is murdered and Petrie becomes a suspect.
Critique: Investigating one of their own again, not as good as previous efforts. C Doesn't Add Up: Samuels announces he's going to be a grandfather. In the previous episode he already asked Lacey for baby gift advice, these episodes were run out of sequence.
6x10 To Thine Own Self Be True (aka The Rapist part 2) December 15, 1986 Sarah Jones is being tried for second degree murder, and tries to get Cagney to lie in court.
Critique: Missed opportunity with Lacey getting upset over SGT. Cagney, should have been a bigger part. C+ Collar: Criminal Negligent Homicide
6x11 Cost of Living January 12, 1987 Mansfield goes to trial, and as a favor to an old professor, David is defending him. Critique: How can Lacey defend David? What he does is truly over the line. This episode does a great job setting up the beginning of Cagney's fall, and giving her the final word with Mansfield. B+ Undercover: Jogger and old lady
6x12 Waste Deep January 19, 1987 A toy company is accused of illegal dumping, while Cagney has trouble ditching her young ski weekend fling. Lacey awaits medical test results.
Critique: The ladies have been big drama free for awhile, this is a nice little role reversal. B Collar: Illegal Dumping
6x13 Favors January 12, 1987 A judge with Cagney family ties is caught up in the bust of a bookie. Christine struggles doing performance reviews for her fellow detectives.
Critique: It's alright. B- Collar: Bookmaking
6x14 Ahead of the Game February 2, 1987 An athlete dies from steroid use. The Lacey house gets burglarized.
Critique: Jesus I can't even remembered how this one ends and I just watched it yesterday. C- Collar: Robbery
6x15 Easy Does It February 9, 1987 A series of robberies at AA meetings puts Cagney and Lacey undercover as attendees where the topic hits close to home. Critique:What a great concept to get the underlying issues in the forefront.The subtlety in the performances of Gless and Daly is amazing, it's like an acting tennis match. All the underlying meaning is conveyed with looks and expressions and nuances in the delivery of unrelated dialog. A+ Collar: Robbery Undercover: AA attendees
6x16 To Sir, With Love February 16, 1987 Cagney brings in the rest of the precinct to help throw a dinner where Samuels gets an award.
Critique: The first episode to fully embrace full on comedy instead of just hinting at it. There were a few misses but overall very entertaining and fun. B+
How are both of these pics from the same episode?
6x17 Divine Couriers February 23, 1987 A con artist is promising to deliver messages from the bereaved to their lost loved ones, unfortunately it's not illegal.
Critique: This sounds like a great scam, is anyone doing this because they totally should, they could have a storefront next to psychics. B-
6x18 Right to Remain Silent March 9, 1987 A deaf girl is accused of murder, Lacey thinks she's innocent but Cagney is dubious.
Critique: The deaf girl is very believable as the victim, a nice twist. A rare miss for Lacey. B+ Bad Cop: Lacey pulling a Cagney, being blind to an obvious follow up. Collar: Homicide
Girley Sidebar-Time to retire this dress
6x19 Special Treatment March 16, 1987 Lacey gets arrested at an environmental protest, her insistence on fair treatment gets her the opposite as a reprisal for the embarrassment of Detective Dupnick.
Critique: Over the edge Lacey is fun even if it's an entirely silly premise. C Bad Cop: Lacey gets arrested
6x20 Happiness is a Warm Gun February 23, 1987 A stolen firearm is used in the murder of a police officer, Cagney and Lacey track the suspect to a rooftop where history repeats itself, only this time Lacey is the target.
Critique: That would have played better into the finale. It's a shame there are no scenes with the reactions of the Lacey house, there would finally be something a little more interesting there. Good stuff overall but Cagney already knows Lacey cares about her, the writers needed to be more direct in her confrontation as to have her ask why Cagney cares so little about herself. A-
6x21 Turn, Turn, Turn March 23, 1987 Lacey becomes a hero at an accident scene while Cagney faces a shocking loss.
Critique: Very moving, Gless is so real in this two-parter it's actually difficult to watch at times. How will they ever top this? A+
6x22 Turn, Turn, Turn part 2 March 30, 1987 Cagney hits rock bottom, while everything is better than ever for Lacey.
Critique: They topped it. During the entire series there is a tendency to hang on scenes a long time in the edit, on some occasions it's too long, my only criticism of this two-parter is that some scenes do go too long, it's trying too hard in an episode that doesn't need it. A+ Doesn't Add Up: Lacey takes drunken Cagney back to the station. Way to cover, you couldn't take her home or drive her around for awhile? Lacey does cover for Cagney when she doesn't show up for work but never bothers to check on her partner after she's missing for 2 days on her bender. Bad Cop: Showing up to work drunk Collar: Kidnapping
Season 7 The final season. A bit up and down on quality but overall good. 22 episodes
7x1 No Vacancy September 21, 1987 Cagney and Lacey try to help a schizophrenic man being pushed into society before he is ready.
Critique: A very interesting look at the time when mental hospitals had been shut down and how those people were first left to fend for themselves. C+ Doesn't Add Up/Girly Sidebar: Lacey gets a perm, yet in season four when she had the same look for one scene she said she knew it was awful and Harvey hated it, so then why now would she do it again, why Mary Beth, WHY!!???!
7x2 The City Is Burning September 28, 1987 Investigating a car theft ring leads toward a homicide case with suspected racial motives.
Critique: Words hurt. Petrie goes from mellow to atomic in fractions of a second, I like to imagine this episode as if it had been played with him just getting in her face and whispering that scene all menacing, a little less angry black man, oh crap I mean angry African American, or is it person of color? Geez, this episode has me scared to say anything. C+ Collar: Grand Theft, Homicide
7x3 Loves me not October 5, 1987 Lacey must face a citizen review board after her neighbors file a complaint when she has the husband arrested for domestic violence. Petrie makes sergeant.
Critique: Pretty good, nice Lacey story for a change. B- Bad Cop: Lacey gives instructions to her kid to put away frozen food after a neighbor tells her there is someone hurt. Collar: domestic battery
7x4 Different Drummer October 19, 1987 An eccentric woman is getting multiple complaints from her neighbors.
Critique: Cagney clearly seeing herself in twenty years takes pitty on the lady. At least that's why I'm thinking she did it. Lacey just seems along for the ride.No one would want that chick as a neighbor, let's be real. C+ Doesn't Add Up: Solomon returns and is worse than ever, this one passed over into super creepy, did he not hear about her case against Henesy? There is playing along and then there is "cut that crap out or I'm telling your boss"
7x5 You've Come a Long Way Baby October 26, 1987 A mugger is targeting mature hookers, conveniently Cagney and Lacey go undercover where they discover a mistake in a former case.
Critique: Why are C&L so much more elaborate in the undercover look than any hooker that appears on the show? That was at least funny, the rest was a snooze. D+ Bad Cop: Wow their mistake caused the wrong guy to go to jail where he was then killed! Undercover: Hookers Collar: Robbery
7x6 Video Verite November 9, 1987 Two former butchers who are now club owners are trying to get into the music business. Unfortunately their music video has been stolen. Critique: So bad. The only good part is the teaser, it's clever and well edited. Bridget's charming naivete has turned to blatant ignorance in this episode. I guessed the culprit almost imediately, the butchers are cliche non humerous stereotypes. And the bad sweaters are back, that's the last straw! F
7x7 Greed November 16, 1987 A game show may be rigged and the 14th goes undercover to investigate. Critique: While of course ridiculous in every possible way, it is entertaining and good for laughs, but is it really up to the standard this show has built? Tough One C? or maybe D-? Undercover: Game show contestants/ fruit
7x8 Secrets November 23, 1987 Cagney and Lacey must investigate two cops from Major Crimes division after Espisido inadvertently discovers a cover up. Meanwhile Harvey Jr. invites his grandfather to their home to the horror of Mary Beth. Critique: Real cop stuff finally, welcome back, hope you stay awhile. C+ Collar: Narcotics
7x9 Don't I Know You January 5, 1988 A case of date rape, now known as acquaintance rape, happens to the most unlikely of victims. Critique: The point of the episode is that this crime can happen to anyone and it can happen without a weapon. Point taken on all counts, but it's like having John Wayne get shot in a shootout, that doesn't happen, he's like a super hero. It just seems so unlikely this victim would have it play out this way. A- Collar: Rape
7x10 Old Flames January 12, 1988 A retirement home's missing patient may be a philandering thief. Harvey Jr. enlists in the Marines.
Critique: Really? Who thought of this one and why? D- Collar: Homicide
7x11 Trading Places January 19, 1988 Cagney clashes with Lt. Samuel's replacement. Harvey battles extortion by a vendor at his job site.
Critique: Season 7 is pretty blah but Gless and Daly are so good and in tune with their characters they bring way more than what's on the page and make the episode way more watchable. C- Collar: Robbery
7x12 Shadow of a Doubt January 26, 1988 Cagney fails a drug test while undercover. Isbecki gets engaged.
Critique: Even Cagney is pointing out that everything happens to her. Any actual person would have "swallowed their gun", as they say. B- Collar: Robbery Undercover: Factory workers, Rachel and Dot
7x13 Hello Goodbye February 9, 1988 Prank 911 calls are coming from a seedy building. David and Christine rekindle their romance.
Critique: Back to tried and true format of Lacey knows there is a real problem while Cagney blows it off. I still don't get why she throws up at the end of Camelot. Is it because she had the same reaction as everyone else just delayed, or because she realized that is how her relationships would end? Don't know, good episode though. B+ Collar: Blackmail? Sexual Assault?
7x14 School Daze February 16, 1988 Four of the 14th's detectives are sent back to the academy for a refresher course where Lacey is reunited with Detective Dupnik.
Critique: I didn't care for Daly's take on Lacey with Dupnik, playing her like a comedic 1930's movie character rather than something more realistic, if she's playing it that way for comedy it's not working. C Collar: Robbery
7x15 Land of the Free February 23, 1988 A refugee from El Salvador may be the victim of a hit squad from his former homeland.
Critique: A topical subject for the late eighties I'm sure but I felt a bit lost without knowing the background.C-
7x16 A Class Act March 15, 1988 A high profile painting is stolen and Cagney and Lacey go undercover in art galleries. Cagney begins dating a plumber.
Critique: Cagney should be paired with someone so blue collar, more like her father, seems like they would be a little more compatible. B- Undercover: Art buyers
My phone has about 10x the computing power of that thing.
7x17 Button Button March 22, 1988 At the urging of the girlfriend of an apparent suicide victim, Cagney and Lacey pursue it as a homicide. A child at Alice Christine's daycare has aids. Critique: With some extra reworking of the script and good directing the ending of this could have been very good. Could have been. C Girley Sidebar: Looks like the thinner Lacey now has a new wardrobe, thank God. Collar: Homicide Body Count: Even though they shot the same person, it's indiscernible as to who delivered the kill shot so they both get credit. Cagney:1 Total: 3 Lacey:1 Total:2
7x18 Amends March 29, 1988 Cagney and Lacey must work on a task force with Cagney's nemesis Lt. Thornton. Critique: Good effort on this one, good twists.B+ Bad Cop: Shockingly Lacey has to drag Cagney to the right direction to solve the case....again. Is she just stubborn or incompetent. Collar: Drug trafficking I think
7x19 Friendly Fire April 5, 1988 Cagney's rape trial goes to court while Harvey Jr. is missing during a training exercise.
Critique: Am I horrible if I think Tyne Daly over did it? She's totally excellent but still, what do I know, she won the Emmy for this one. The harassment trial episode kind of stole the thunder of most of the trial scenes in this one, or any scenes they might have done.A-
7x20 Yup May 2, 1988 A high profile robbery victim creates added unwanted involvement from both the victim and pressure from the brass. Critique: A bit of a yawn, a real shame as this was the last traditional episode of the series.C- Collar: Burglary and Grand Larceny although the charges get dropped.
7x21 A Fair Shake May 16, 1988 Missing cash from a bank leads to Cagney and Lacey working with the FBI to transport a suspect from rural New York.
Critique: Part one of the series ending two parter, starts out fairly routine. The departure begins when Mr. Wright tells his tale of where the money leads. Lacey's weird crushing is active again on Mr. Wright but the attraction was better between her and Dupnik, there is no chemistry between these two to help the strangeness. It begs the question why this story line was even necessary. C+
7x22 A Fair Shake II May 16, 1988 While transporting a witness from upper New York Cagney and Lacey are pursued by a hit squad which eventually catches up with them at a farm.
Critique: The shootout is good, even if it's not the style the show usually goes, they do it well. Most series finales try to tie everything up too perfectly, this series does an excellent job of allowing the viewer to choose their own path on how the story might have continued. A Body Count: Even though they shot the same person, it's indiscernible as to who delivered the kill shot so they both get credit. Cagney:1 Total: 4 Lacey:1 Total:3 Doesn't add up: Lt. says Lacey has worked for him for 9 years, it's only been 7?
Movies Four reunion movies that were aired six and a half years after the last episode. They start out great but by the last movie the gradual deterioration of quality makes for a disapointing end.
The Return November 6, 1994 Six and a half years have passed and Cagney is now a Lieutenant working for the D.A.'s office and investigating a case of stolen firearms and the murder of a police officer. Lt. Cagney-Burton (now married) brings in retired Lacey to help with the case while Harvey recooperates from a heart attack.
Critique: I was expecting the worst but this was really good! I'm only disapointed that Lacey never made Seargant. The dircting is poor but the story is good, and all chemistry is intact. I wanted more Samuels. A Undercover: Lacey as a battered wife/gun buyer Girley Sidebar: The ladies are at a tough age for women but look pretty good, I loved Lacey's gray hair highlights. Doesn't add up: That's not Michael! Collar: Homicide, Theft
Together Again May 2, 1995
The View Through the Glass CIeling October 25, 1995