"You call this plain clothes…?" (Re)watching Cagney & Lacey

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    Yes, I picked up on that, too, but I'm not sure how many casual viewers would actually have remembered a brief conversation a week later.

    That I don't remember.

    Dory is now sans moustache. I found it odd that that was important enough to be a plot point. My own theory is that he looked too much like John Karlen. ;)

    And now I can't NOT see Barney in the credits. Now that I know where he is he sticks out like a sore thumb. :lol:
     
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    This reminded me of the twist at the end of Around the World in 80 Days when Fogg realises that he has miscalculated how much time has passed in London and he has another 24 hours to win his bet. Presumably the law in New York allows the time to be rounded up since it's unlikely that the perp's visit would have lasted precisely that long.

    Meaningless to new viewer but a nice reward for those who were fans back then and maybe wrote the letters that revived the show.

    I'm willing to believe that the incident happened on the Saturday, was filmed, and aired on the Monday. ;)
    It's worth noting that although Chris quickly takes control of the case, it was Victor who recognised the picture. Victor is often portrayed as the fool but Samuels wouldn't keep him around if he didn't earn his place on the squad.
     
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    All well spotted. I didn't notice the change in font but the post-titles credits and postcard from LaGuardia all got my attention.

    Nothing much to add to your review except that Mary Beth's line to Christine that "You're hooked on Dory McKenna the same as he is on drugs!" reminded me of Val's similar admission regarding Gary and alcohol on Knots Landing and also nicely underlined the double meaning of the episode title.
     
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    Yet another case of a duplicate name but here it's not only acknowledged but plays an important part in the scene.

    As an aside, there was a seventies sitcom called Angie starring Donna Pescow in which a whole group of her friends were named Mary. One of them had no middle name to differentiate her so she was called "Mary Mary".

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angie_(TV_series)
     
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    I can't say I noticed the music but I couldn't help thinking how the two boys were being developed into such strikingly different personalities. They could have just gone with two generic kids.

    Quite a different role. I almost wasn't sure it was him
    Nice to see an opportunity for Mary Beth and Samuels to bond that way after all his tete-a-tetes with Chris.
     
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    Continuing with my names obsession ... an arson suspect named Ashland? Really?
     
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    I was somewhat surprised by Mary Beth's enthusiasm. It seems her enthusiasm for marriage in general overrides any reservations about Dory in particular. Charlie and Harve seemed more realistic about it or was it just male reserve?
    This reminded me of Richard Pryor's scheme in Superman III. The store manager didn't seem to understand it, saying that they would have to pass the cost on to customers when it was the customers who were being directly ripped off.

    And more names...

    The running gag about revealing Coleman's first name. And, more subtly, the names of the two companies - Rosenzweig & Sons, and Neufeld's Department Store. The latter no doubt named for Mace and/or Stanley Neufeld who have production credits.
     
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    Unfortunately the preview scenes spoilt the tension, making obvious what should have been more ambiguous. I wonder who puts those clips together.

    Harvey Atkins was there just about from the beginning as the initially unnamed desk sergeant but I'm thinking that they're gradually building up his role as La Guardia fades away.
     

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