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Season 1 (1982)
Five men, part of a Chinatown gang, rob a bank and get away, but not before Cagney and Lacey manage to shoot at the getaway car. Cagneys father, Charlie, a retired police officer, involves himself in the accident, as Chinatown was once his beat.
Through a series of leads and through Charlies former connections, the two detectives solve the case and catch the gang, although the driver of the getaway car dies as a result of the earlier shoot-out. (It was determined that he was killed by a shot fired by Lacey.)

An elderly man is accused of murdering a member of a street gang, and Cagney and Lacey eventually prove his innocence through the victims brother but not before Lacey faces her own prejudice against the Latino gang members.

Sparks fly when Cagney and Lacey are assigned to protect Helen Granger, an anti-feminist, Phyllis Schlafly-type who is being harassed by an obscene phone caller bent on killing her.

In rescuing a four-year-old girl from a seventhfloor window ledge, Cagney and Lacey discover shes a victim of parental abuse in a family whose older daughter has disappeared -- possibly raped and murdered by the father two years before.
Cagney and Lacey search for evidence pertaining to the missing daughters murder and are later able to arrest the father via the mothers confession of his abuse toward all the members of the family.

Cagney and Lacey help an illegal alien from Guatemala locate her sister who disappeared while being smuggled into New York by boat. When the sister turns up dead, the two detectives go undercover in the garment industry in order to track down her murderers.

A series of prostitute murders brings Cagney and Lacey to the rescue as undercover decoys. In stalking their prey, they hook up with Cleo, a real prostitute, who, they hope, will help them flush out their target.
Under Cleos lead they work the Times Square area, meeting all the relevant riff raff: a drunk, a priest, a cigar-chomping fat man, et al. When Cleo is killed by the maniac, the case gets a lot more personal.
Shortly thereafter the murderer appears at the window (theyre all staying at the local fleabag as an undercover set-up) and crashes through. Cagney bags him, along with lots of help from her chums, and all ends well.



Season 2 (1982-3)
The Internal Affairs Department suspects there is a leak in the 14th Precinct; Cagney and Lacey have been assigned to find out who it is. The suspicion causes stress on the whole department and places Isbecki in danger while he is on an undercover hijacking assignment.

An officer is shot in a restaurant and it turns out to be a wrong shoot. The hired gun was supposed to kill the accountant, who was doing books for a crook who is now under investigation by the FBI. The accountant had no idea he was working for crooks.
He hides out, but the assassin kidnaps his wife. She leads him to her husband, and Cagney and Lacey arrive in time to prevent a killing and arrest the gun-man.

Some guys posing as uniformed police invade very posh beauty shops, lock the doors, and rob the patrons. They are finally caught because one of the stolen items shows up at a jewelers and is purchased by the husband of the woman from whom it was stolen.

Cagney and Lacey investigate a marriage scam. A man poses as a preacher and marries his wife off to lonely men they find in the personal columns of magazines.
The wife then says shes got a serious illness, and the husband sends money to keep her in the hospital and pay her bills while shes in New York getting treatments. One husband comes to New York to find her and thats how the truth comes out.

When Cagney and Lacey investigate an apparent accident on a construction site, they uncover the builders scheme to use defective material.

Teleplay by Paul L. Erhmann and April Smith and Robert Crais & Jeffrey Lane and Frank Abatemarco
A Neighborhood Watch guy gets killed chasing a perp who robbed a neighborhood pharmacy. Did the cop (who was also chasing) kill him with a throwdown or was there another gun on the scene?
The Cop is suspended pending investigation, because he claimed he shot in self-defense. Cagney saw the gun and confirms the uniformed cops story; Lacey didnt see the gun and cannot confirm the rush to an official version.
They cant agree on a story. Turns out the guy did have a gun, which was against the Neighborhood Watch rules. His partner on the watch had secreted it before the cop got to the body.



Cagney and Lacey investigate a rash of stranglings of women. They learn that the women all worked for an erotic hotline to make money on the side and that the murderer is a wanted felon who is the hotlines messenger. Cagney and Lacey nab him just as hes about to murder his fifth victim.

Cagney, Lacey, and Anti-Crime Officer Stephens try to break an illegal handgun operation. Stephens has information that leads them to a potential collar. But when it turns out that Stephens posed for photos in a porno publication for gay men, he is suspended from the force.
Nevertheless, Cagney and Lacey insist he is vested in the case and successfully make the collar with him.

Its Christmas Eve, and everyone at the Precinct wants to leave early because each one has special plans. However, when the Santa Claus who has unsuccessfully conned Samuels out of five dollars and been arrested escapes from the holding tank, everyone pitches in to recapture him.

Cagney and Lacey, along with another detective, Cagney love-interest Dory McKenna,are investigating the deaths of some senior citizens. Turns out the buildings are all owned by the same guy, who is sabotaging his own property to try to get the old tenants out so he can raise the rents or raze the buildings.

Albert Grand, never convicted of all the hotel safe robberies the police are sure he committed, is now seventy years old, released from jail, and back into his old habits.
Cagney and Lacey are on his trail, having met him in a case of a father kidnapping his own kid. They realize who he is and go after him, but he eludes them again.

Cagney and Lacey bust a gang of thieves who rob the homes of people while they are at the funeral of a loved one. They take everything, dump the furniture, and hock the jewels. They pose as a relative of the mourner, show a key in order to gain entry.



A woman is found burned in an abandoned building. Turns out she was murdered so the killer could steal her baby and sell it to another woman.

Lt. Samuels hands Cagney and Lacey are handed a seemingly open and shut case: a matter of a man being murdered in front of dozens of witnesses. But the more they probe, they realize that because of the long-standing feud between Turks and Armenians, their suspect is being railroaded.

A bag lady is murdered and everyone assumes that the murder has no significance. But Cagney is determined to find out who killed the woman and, more importantly, who the woman is. She doesnt think anyone should be buried with a number instead of a name.

Lacey is having a very difficult time juggling all her duties: mother, cop, wife. She knows she can hold it all together for just two more days until her much needed vacation, but when Samuels takes her vacation away to put her on yet another case, she falls apart.
She walks away from everything job and family as she rides the train to the end of the line, all but disappearing for a couple of days, and ultimately sort out her feelinqs at a not so lonely beach.

Isbecki is working undercover on a stolen cars-for-parts operation. A tactical error on Cagneys part puts him in danger of being killed. Trying to find him, Petrie is involved in a shooting of a youth. As the squad works overtime to find Isbecki, Petrie also tries to sort out his confused feelings about the shooting, and about his attitude in general toward the people who live in the ghetto.



Cagney and Lacey take on the case of a woman who was raped by a man she picked up in a bar. The men in the squad room think the case is a subject of some humor; it is more likely a case of a onenight stand who never called back.
Cagney, in her continuing effort to be thought of as one of the guys, begins to take on their attitude. She quickly changes her mind, however, when the woman is brutally beaten and raped again by the same man.

A wealthy, playboy Arab is involved in a hit-and-run accident which puts garment-industry-worker Sol Klein in the hospital. Cagney and Lacey are assigned the duty of arresting the Arab, Moqtadi,but Moqtadi claims extra-territorial sovereignty and wont come out of the Mission of Zamir. Cagney and Lacey find a clever way to trick Moqtadi into paying Kleins hospital bills and more.

Petrie has won a commendation and the members of the 14th go out to celebrate. While they are there, the bar is robbed. Everybody but Isbecki (whos out on a case) has their guns, their shields, their possessions, taken. They are humiliated and become the laughing stock of the police force. The men and women of the 14th put all their energies into finding the armed robbers.

Cagney and Lacey are having a difficult time cracking a PCP ring. They decide to use an informant, even though they both have qualms about that. Their informant burns them, leaving a high school kid in the hospital. They decide not to use the informant any more, but he ends up selling information to someone else, getting out of jail once again.

Cagney and Lacey are working with two detectives in the Fraud Squad to solve a real estate bunko case. One of the two men, an old classmate of Laceys is beating his wife.



Season 3 (Spring 1984)
Cagney and Lacey don their police uniforms when the Patrolmans Association goes on strike. While walking a beat, they attempt to solve the murder of twelve women. The solution hinges on using Cagney as bait. Subplot: Petries refusal to cross the picket line jeopardizes his job, while Cagney augments her income in a precinct poker game.

Cagney lands in the hospital after being shot by a fleeing liquor store hold-up suspect. Lacey must try to find him with the help of her new partner,-- a man whod rather be dining at fine restaurants than chasing crazed killers in deserted alleyways.

When Cagney and Lacey investigate a case of child abandonment; Lacey decides to offer temporary housing for the abandoned child. She finds herself unable to pursue the case without emotional attachment, however, as the baby becomes more and more a part of her life.

Three bored suburban housewives have found a way to put some excitement into their country club lives: They go into the city for matinees - and not just the kind that take place on stage. The sexual liaisons continue until one of them is murdered; Cagney and Lacey arrest her lover, a male stripper, using the name The Marquis de Sade, but cant make the charges stick. Re-examining the evidence, in a Columbo-like finish, Cagney and Lacey set a trap for the victims husband, who confesses to the murder of his wife.

On the trail of an armed robber, Cagney and Lacey encounter a bounty hunter named MacGruder. Hes rude, crude, macho, and charming in his own way. Always one step ahead of Cagney and Lacey, he especially gets under Cagneys skin. MacGruder gets to the perp just as hes about to board a bus to Atlantic City. Cagney chases them both through a bus terminal. As theyre about to get away, Lacey accosts them. MacGruder tries to bribe her with a percentage of his bounty money, but she refuses. The perp is arrested, and MacGruder heads home, to Cagneys delight and regret.



Lacey discovers there are actually many victims involved in the making of a pornographic movie, as she and Cagney try to bring some of the perpetrators to justice.

A false pregnancy forces Cagney to face her biological clock and to realize that her options in life, as to when to marry and when to have a family, have diminished.



Season 4 (1984-5)
Cagney and Lacey are called by a school principal who has reason to believe that a six-year-old girl has been sexually abused. The child accuses her twentytwoyear old babysitter, who denies the allegation. Later, the girl tells Cagney and Lacey (after coaching from her father) that she lied; they dont believe her.
When Cagney and Lacey confront the father, a noted defense attorney, and ask why he encouraged his daughter to lie, he declares he doesnt want his daughter to go through the trauma of testifying. Cagney and Lacey convince him that if the molester remains free, other children will become victims just like his daughter. He allows his daughter to decide for herself. She will testify.

While Cagney and Lacey investigate vandalism at a railroad yard, Lacey is abducted by a young armed thug who keeps her locked in a railroad car in order to get away from the authorities. Heat from the summer sun broils the pair in the boxcar. They move to a shack and eventually, with the help of helicopters, most of the 14th, and the Swat teams for cover, Cagney leads the assault on the shack that saves her partner.

When Cagney and Lacey are assigned to a cocaine dealing case they discover that their commanding officer is Dory McKenna, once Cagneys boyfriend and a one-time cocaine addict. Cagney must deal with her ambivalent feelings toward Dorys reentry into her life.

Cagney and Lacey are assigned to guard a cop killer on parole, at a hotel until he can get new identity and be moved out of the area. Not for long, Cagney & Laceys charge is killed by a bomb concealed in a telephone that explodes while they have him under guard.
Although they are besieged with congratulations from the entire department (except for Internal Affairs) Cagney and Lacey are determined to find the killer.

Cagney and Lacey investigate an apparent suicide. While questioning the victims wife, she confesses to murder, without a motive. The daughter, Jane, also confesses to the murder, without motive. Cagney and Lacey confront Jane in the hopes that she will retract her confession.
Instead, they find out she has been sexually abused by her father and that he was going to leave his wife. Now they have two confessions and two motives. Finally, Cagney and Lacey track down the family maid, who had disappeared the night of the murder.
With her statement, we finally learn the truth: Jane had confronted her father about the years of abuse and its effect on her life; Her mother had overheard and, after Jane left, had killed her husband. Jane had confessed only to protect her mother and expurgate her feelings of guilt.



Cagney and Lacey, undercover driving cabs, are in search of a murderer who has been killing taxi cab drivers with a mountain-climbing pick. They locate a prime suspect, and during the interrogation an undercover cop finds the murderer in the act.

Returning from a meeting in Spanish Harlem, Cagney and Lacey stop at a grocery. While Cagney waits for her partner in the car, she hears glass breaking. In the alley, she finds a young, wild-eyed Puerto Rican boy swinging a baseball bat. He ignores her commands to stop and keeps coming at her.
She shoots, critically wounding him. Auturo Perez, a Geraldo Riveratype reporter, takes up the cause ... an innocent young Latin, brutally shot by an overzealous, bigoted, female cop. Because of the structure of the law, Perez is free to attack Cagney, but the people of the 14th are unable to get the records and test results needed to clear her.
Even the boys death is just more news for Perez, but now Cagney can get the info she needs to clear herself. Lacey informs Perez, demanding he clear Cagney on TV, but for him, its no longer news. Case closed. Cagney, trying to come to terms with her feelings about the killing, goes to face the boys mother.

The detectives are looking forward to the weekend, when Samuels informs them that they will have to work to get their files organized by Monday. When two pieces of paperwork are compared it is learned that the Statute of Limitations on a particularly heinous felony ends at midnight.
The closer they get to the perp, the farther away they get from their weekend plans. Despite all the obstacles, they eventually get their man within minutes of the midnight deadline.

When the man who sponsored Dory McKenna through the drug rehab program is arrested for cocaine possession sale, Dory tells Cagney its a case of mistaken identity. But later, when it is learned that the evidence in the case has been tampered with, Cagney struggles with the possibility that Dory may have been responsible.

Lacey thwarts a womans suicide attempt, but then feels a sense of responsibility for her life. When the woman, a compulsive gambler, is threatened by loan sharks, Lacey again tries to save her life, and when the woman is found murdered, Cagney and Lacey go after the loan sharks with a vengeance.



A man is shot to death during an attempted cat burglary. Upon further investigation Cagney and Lacey learn he was accidentally shot with the gun which he and his wife had purchased illegally in order to protect themselves from intruders.
Cagney has an inauspicious first meeting with Dorys children. When one of them becomes ill, Cagney meets his ex-wife at the hospital and realizes that she is a good mother and decent woman.

The owner of a trucking company is trying to take over the delivery business for the whole garment industry. Cagney and Lacey suspect him of arson after a series of garment businesses are destroyed. They put him under surveillance and, with the aid of his latest victim, catch his accomplice in the act of fire-bombing yet another warehouse.
It means they cant afford the house but, although Mary Beth is broken hearted, she insists they couldnt really afford the house in the first place. Harvey gives her the engagement ring she always wanted and they could never afford.
Coleman makes book on who will pass the Sergeants exam.

A stray bullet leads Cagney and Lacey to the solution of 32,000 petty thefts committed by a computer whiz, an accountant for a department store, who has pilfered pennies from thousands of customer accounts in order to afford expensive gifts for his rich girlfriend.
Isbecki and Petrie try to figure out Sergeant Colemans first name - from Reginald to Rumpelstiltskin till Lacey, fondly remembering the movie, A Tale of Two Cities, hits on it:... Ronald Coleman.

Cagney and Lacey are assigned to a special task force investigating the murder of a Hungarian diplomat. Captain Hennessey (Edward Winter) the attractive officer in command, retains Cagney as his investigative partner while relegating Lacey to desk duty.
Hennesseys interest in Cagney becomes obviously more personal than professional, and when she refuses to trade sexual favors for professional ones, he threatens her with a poor job evaluation.
Lacey breaks the case; she and Cagney solve the murder while Cagney agonizes over the consequences of bringing a sexual harassment suit against a fellow officer. With Laceys encouragement, she decides to press charges.

Cagney witnesses a stabbing and successfully apprehends the vicious perp, who then threatens her life. He has a long list of arrests but no convictions because he intimidates witnesses. Eight witnesses saw nothing. Only Cagney and the victim will testify.
When the victim is found murdered and the perp begins to stalk Cagney, she maintains a brave posture until she begins to crack under the pressure.




NOTE: Multiple Emmy Award winner: Tyne Daly for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series,  Patricia Green for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series and Jim Gross for Outstanding Film Editing for a Series

Cagney and Lacey respond to a call from a worried mother, who fears her young son is missing. Happily, the boy turns out to be late. When the mother, a young black woman (Lynn Whitfield) struggling to stay off welfare, reports her son missing again, Cagney is judgmental about what she perceives as evidence of neglect in the home.
After discovering money in the childs locker, Cagney and Lacey suspect drug involvement. They eventually find the child trapped in a partially demolished house where he had been en route as a drug runner and Cagney makes a dramatic rescue.
Juvenile authorities, acting on Cagneys initial report, remove the child from his mothers custody. When the boy, with his mothers encouragement, helps them to arrest the pusher, Cagney changes her mind and proves instrumental in reuniting mother and child.
Mary Beth, terrified, must confront her own mortality with Harvey and the kids. Again at Cagneys urging, Lacey is persuaded to go for a second opinion. She discovers that with the malignancy, a lumpectomy will probably be sufficient. The operation is a success.
The 14th Precinct is psyching up for the Sergeants exam, and Lacey is forced to miss it because of her operation.


Cagneys beloved yellow Corvette convertible is stolen, and the only clue is a graffiti signature. Obsessed with recovering her car, Cagney learns about street graffiti, which leads her to El Vengador, the gang member who stole her car. She then intimidates him into helping her bust the car theft operation.
The video portion of the Sergeants exam occupies Isbeckis thoughts of how hell look. Petre thinks about the academic considerations.
Cagneys fear of the potential loss of her partner almost overshadows the exam, until when facing the video tape she is relieved to learn she is to discuss Grand Theft Auto, a subject on which, thanks to the recent experience with her own Corvette, she has recently become exceptionally knowledgeable.

Albert Grand, jewel thief extraordinaire and past nemesis of Christine Cagney, reappears on the scene when the clues from a major jewel theft lead to members of the 14th Precinct.
Cagney is confronted with a series of Grands wild goose chases, coupled with his persistent charm and complicated by a major diamond heist. She discovers the real reason for his crime: a gesture of both triumph and generosity because he is dying. He surrenders to Christine Cagney, the best police officer hes known on seven continents.

Cagney, despite pressure from the department and even her father, is going through with her complaint against Captain Hennessey (from Rules of the Game) for sexual harassment.
Paula Eastman, the last of Cagneys possible witnesses against Hennessey, admits he offered her a promotion in return for sex, but because hes following through on his promise, she refuses to testify for Cagney.
As the hearing goes on, Cagney becomes angrier and more frustrated Hennesseys lawyer is doing a good job of making her look like a slut. On the last day of trial, Paula changes her mind, and appears at the trial, ready and willing to testify.

Cagney and Lacey search for a missing teenager who disappeared the night of his prom. Investigation shows he was last seen at a liquor store. When the store owner refused to sell him a bottle based on his fake ID, he tried to steal a bottle.
Because of the age on his phony ID, he is booked into the adult prison at Rikers Island where he is viciously raped by several of the inmates.
Faced with not only bureaucratic reluctance by the NYPD, but also a multi-million dollar lawsuit against New York City, Cagney and Lacey are finally successful at identifying the rapist but only after they pressure a successful businessman who had been arrested as a john and was a witness to the rape.

When Cagney and Lacey investigate a poorbox robbery, they find a murdered nun and an offer of help from an unexpected source, Quinones, an organized crime boss who, incensed by the killing of a holy woman, offers Cagney and Lacey mob cooperation in their investigation.
Exerting pressure, Quinones offers to sweeten Cagney and Laceys professional careers and at the same time offers Harvey a construction job he cant refuse. Morality versus practicality creates conflict between the detectives and Laceys. Meanwhile, the killer turns himself in rather than face mob retribution.



Season 5 (1985-6)
Cagney and Lacey investigate the beating of a teenage hooker and learn that her pimp had been suspected previously of the bludgeon killing of another young prostitute. When the detectives try to question the young girl she is totally uncooperative.
After a change of mind (more to spite her parents than anything else),she accuses her pimp of beating her and states that she saw him kill the other hooker. Thats enough for Cagney and Lacey until their star witness runs away allowing the pimp to get out on bail. Now Cagney and Lacey have to find the girl before he does and that is made easier for the duo when the girl is promptly picked up for hustling.
The parents, giving up on the girl, decide to have her put away in an institution. Cagney, unwilling to give up on the girl, works out a legal way to keep her out of the institution and out of the custody of her parents. All she has to do is get the girl not to give up on herself.

Cagney and Lacey, working a sting on the street, witness Eduardo Carrera heroically bring down a mugger whos just robbed an old lady. At Laceys urging, Eduardo is awarded a medal for bravery by the Mayor, but is spotted by the Immigration Department as being an illegal alien and picked up for deportation to Chile.
Cagney and Lacey persuade the I.N.S. to let Eddie stay in the U.S. long enough to testify in the muggers trial while they try to find a way for him to permanently stay in the U.S. Carrera is so effective as a witness that the case is wrapped up almost immediately and long before Cagney and Lacey can do anything about his status as an illegal alien.
He escapes while being taken back into the custody of the I.N.S., and he and his family disappear from an illegal refugee safe house. Cagney and Lacey go along with the I.N.S. and F.B.I. to check out an address where the Carrera family might be hidden. While checking out the attic, Cagney spots Eddie and his family crouched in an attic crawlspace. After a tense moment, Cagney yells to the F.B.I. nothing here and moves on, sparing the Carrera family for at least another day.

Cagney and Lacey are investigating a womans disappearance while the womans husband and mother, not willing to rely on the police, have hired a wellknown psychic, to find her. All clues point to Nora being a runaway wife, but then the case becomes a homicide when the womans body is found, seemingly from causes predicted by the psychic.
The psychics reading, combined with their own detective work, lead Cagney and Lacey to the murderer, the womans husband, who had tried to throw suspicion off himself by making the psychics prediction come true.

Almost a year after a lottery drawing, one two million dollar prize remains unclaimed. Then two people suddenly show up with winning tickets. Cagney and Lacey are assigned to investigate and, after some dispute over another suspect (a disreputable bartender once arrested as a con man) they finally discover that one of the tickets had been forged by a retired master engraver for the Post Office.
Case is closed, right? Wrong. Yet another winning ticket is brought in. Although the computer data on the lottery had been accidentally dumped, one of the original tickets was verified, but the other winner happens to own a cocker spaniel not unlike one owned by the arrested engraver.
This guy happens to be a computer expert. After a chase through the Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, Cagney and Lacey bring in the culprit behind it all.

Having earned kudos for the undercover arrest of an illegal drug pusher, Cagney and Lacey go after the pushers supplier, Bruce Mansfield, a slippery big-time dealer. During the set-up, Cagney, out of sight of the surveillance equipment, illegally entraps Mansfield.
The dealer is arrested, and the Narcotics Lieutenant in charge of the bust urges Cagney and Lacey to get their story straight over the weekend. Lacey is reluctant to lie and Cagney issues her an ultimatum: either back her up - thus committing perjury or the partnership is over.
Lacey agonizes over the moral dilemma, then finally agrees to back up her partner. When Lacey is unexpectedly called upon to corroborate Cagneys testimony in the hearing, Cagney herself admits the attempted perjury. Mansfield is free but Cagney and Lacey plan to go after him again, and do it right the next time.




Cagney and Lacey are called in to police a demonstration against abortion outside a womans clinic. When a young woman is intimidated by the abuse of the crowd, Lacey sympathizes with the womans confusion about her decision to have an abortion.
Cagneys ambivalence (Catholic upbringing verses a womans right to choose)quickly develops into a sore spot between the two women, made more poignant by the revelation that the now happily pregnant Lacey once had a(then illegal)abortion when she was nineteen.
The clinic is bombed, destroying it, and severely injuring a vagrant sheltering near the clinic. When the vagrant dies, the leader of the protest group reluctantly gives Cagney and Lacey a list of the members of the organization. A cross check of files zeroes the investigation in on one of the protesters. When Cagney and Lacey question the suspect, she cracks and threatens to set off another bomb only -- being deterred by the thought of killing Laceys five-month fetus.

A young man on trial for assault and mugging, is set free when his mother provides him with a very believable false alibi. Cagney and Lacey are then assigned to another case but when the boys father comes forward and volunteers that his son is guilty and his ex-wife perpetually lies to protect him, Cagney and Lacey return to question the woman but cannot persuade her to change her story.
Cagney and Lacey reopen the investigation on an old crime robbery and assault on an elderly Korean man. When the father gives the detectives a gold watch, that his son had left behind with the old mans name engraved on it, they have the evidence they need to get him off the streets.
Harvey is rather proud of him for defending himself, but Mary Beth feels money isnt worth fighting over.

Cagney and Lacey investigate the robbery/murder of an old woman living with her daughter, son-in-law Frank, and their twelveyearold son. The murder is blamed on a cat burglar, but further investigation (and Cagneys stubbornness) leads Cagney and Lacey reluctantly to believe a family member was responsible.
Suspicion centers first on the son-in-law, but further questioning leads Cagney and Lacey to the chilling conclusion that the murder was actually committed by the womans 12 year old grandchild. The pregnant Lacey is so upset by the case that she decides its time to go on clerical duty.

Cagney chases and fires on a kid who attempts to rob a grocery in which she is a customer. The owner of the grocery, files a complaint against Cagney, charging her with nonfeasance (cowardice). No bullet can be found in the alley to support her story, and Cagney is suspended.
Lacey, temporarily off clerical duty, investigates, with Cagneys unofficial help, and they uncover the store owners record as a chronic complainer and his animus for the NYPD.Eventually they track down the teenager, with the bullet wound from Cagneys shot in his arm. Cagney is reinstated.


When Cagney temporarily takes over control of the squad, she is thrilled until she encounters resistance and hostility from the other detectives. The problems mount, when Knelman forces her to send Lacey home on maternity leave and Cagney must endure this time at the top alone. In a blaze of media glory and departmental kudos, Petrie and Isbecki arrest a notoriously slippery hitman for the murder of a mobconnected businessman.
Cagney takes the case away from Isbecki when he resists her authority. She doesnt believe the hit man is guilty and continues the investigation with Newman and Corassa, even in the face of Knelmans opposition. Cagney tracks down the real murderer, then comes to Lacey for reassurance and validation, and ends up calling Isbecki, so he can make the collar.



With Lacey at home, Cagney and Newman investigate the flake case of the month; the disappearance of some streetcorner musicians. They uncover the kidnapper, an oldtime jazz great. The musicians had recognized him while he was setting up his revenge on the man who built a recording empire on songs he stole from the jazz great, then married the woman he loved as well.


With Lacey out on maternity leave, Sara Jones, a charming, bright, eager uniform cop, persuades Cagney that shes just the person to help with Cagneys mountain of paperwork. Once the papers are out of the way, they start tracking down a brutal repeat rapist.
Sara, with brilliance, intuition, and hard work comes up with the name of the rapist, but no real proof. She starts to spend her evenings following her suspect and harassing him. Cagney begins to worry about Sara, as she is overstepping the bounds of reason and law in her pursuit of this man.
Checking Saras file, Cagney learns she was raped, which explains her determination to get at least one rapist off the streets, even if it costs her career. When shes ordered off the case, Sara sets herself up as bait for the rapist, and kills him. 

The entire 14th Squad is furious when Patrick Lowell, a Serpicotype character who blew the whistle on some crooked cops, is assigned to the Precinct. Cagney is the most displeased, as with Lacey home on maternity leave, he becomes her temporarily partner.
They investigate a series of teller machine muggings, identifying the driver of the getaway car. Cagney tries to persuade the kid to turn in his buddies in crime, but Lowell hinders the process as he points out that-- if Billy turns informer, it should be his own choice, with full knowledge of the possible consequences and not as a result of outside influences (Cagney included).
Cagney, with a nudge from Lacey, is forced to change her opinion of Lowell and come to terms with the similarities in motivation between Lowells actions and her own charges of sexual harassment against Captain Hennessey (from RULES OF THE GAME and CON GAMES).
One mans righteous indignation is another mans tattletale. Eventually, when the youths wife is attacked, he turns, and the other muggers are rounded up. 

The son of one of Laceys neighbors is badly hurt by a drunk driver, and Lacey, on maternity leave, refuses to let the case rest. She pursuades Cagney (who is on night duty) and Harvey (temporarily out of work) to investigate for her. They locate a witness who could prove the drivers guilt, and it is Lacey who finally persuades the witness to testify.

While investigating a mugger who preys on the handicapped, Cagney finds herself romantically attracted to Ted Peters, who is assisting the police. Hes charming, magnetic, intelligent and in a wheelchair.



When Harvey Jr. goes off on a ski trip, Michael Lacey is off to Washington, D.C. with his grandmother, and Harvey is called to Saratoga to make his bid on a construction job, Laceys labor pains start. She and Cagney make a frenetic dash in Cagneys Corvette for the hospital. The baby girl is named Alice Christine Lacey.

Laceys estranged father, Martin Zzbiske tracks her down despite his abandonment of the family when she was a child. Lacey, still bitter and angry, at first refuses to see him. She relents enough to see him before he leaves, but not enough to forgive him.

Cagney goes after Mansfield (the drug dealer first seen in ENTRAPMENT) determined to arrest him and have it stick. Its become a personal grudge with her, and shes willing to do whatever it takes to bring him in. That includes using Hector Estevez (the car thief first seen in LOST AND FOUND) as an informant again and pushing him too far.
Lacey clashes with Cagney over her use of Hector, and, although they do get Mansfield (acting on Hectors information) it is a Pyrrhic victory when Hector is murdered as a result of his being an informer.

Noreen Dixon, star of stage and screen (and one of Laceys idols) is dead. Cagney and Lacey have to determine if it was suicide or murder and if the latter, then by whom: the jealous understudy, the thwarted lovers, the threatened exhusband, or the greedy producer?
The final conclusion: Accidental death, by overacting.

A Cambodian immigration lawyer, is murdered. Suspicion centers on other Cambodian immigrants who he was exploiting, but it turns out his American business partner, who taught him English, murdered him when she learned he was planning to end their partnership.



Cagney and Lacey travel to Los Angeles to extradite a perp in an old case of Laceys. Unfortunately, the perp is released prematurely by computer error, and promptly goes into hiding. Cagney and Lacey track him down. In the airport, he escapes again, and gives himself up when Lacey appeals to his fatherly instincts.
It is clear their perp is not a typical criminal. He has rehabilitated himself, and now has a wife, a child and a good job. What would a term in prison serve? When Lacey learns that the complainant has died, she arranges for her charges release.

Cagney and Lacey investigate a plutonium theft: two yuppie thieves steal a car containing a small vial of the metal. When the FBI agent assigned to the investigation pulls jurisdiction on Cagney and Lacey and takes the case away from them, concerns are raised about nuclear responsibility and the governments handling of the problem.


When an exemplary labor leader is killed execution style, Cagney and Lacey search for a connection with the mob. The connection turns out to be that he was mistakenly killed in his drug-dealing sons place.

The 14th Precinct is shattered when Newman is shot outside the court house. While the murder investigation becomes top priority, each detective deals with the death in his or her own way. It turns out the shooter had no reason for killing Newman. He just wanted to see if he could commit a murder and get away with it.
Cagney, who is masking her grief with humor, is shattered by the revelation that the killing was random. At last, she tries to deal with her true sadness about Newmans untimely death.



Season 6
Cagney and Lacey are told by a junkie that one of their own is scooping heroin; the informer points out Isbecki. Cagney, Lacey and Samuels decide to investigate, keeping it to themselves. They plan to set Isbecki up.
When they catch him red-handed, he tells them it is for his mother (his only family) who is dying of cancer and in terrible pain. She is allergic to anything the doctors can prescribe. She begged Victor to kill her; what else could he do? Cagney, Lacey and Samuels must decide among themselves how to handle the situation.
They unanimously agree to cover for Isbecki, even though they might be risking their own careers. The morning they are to tell Isbecki his fate, he is two hours late. Samuels begins to explode when Isbecki tells them his mother just died.

Cagney and Lacey respond to a series of calls from an Afghani immigrant, about his younger sister. First a poisoning, then a rape, finally a kidnapping. During their various interviews it becomes apparent that the young immigrant and his older sister are not adjusting to life in their new country the way the younger sister has.
The younger sibling has become thoroughly Americanized while they cling to the old ways. They fear for her soul and want the American police to teach her respect for her heritage. It becomes clear that the young girl has run away, but then is found brutally murdered. Her brother confesses to the crime, abiding by the laws of his new country. He had to kill her because, according to their religion and tradition, she had lost her soul.

A thirteen-year-old child claims her five-year-old sister is being molested by their father but due to insufficient evidence the case is dismissed. Cagney and Lacey are deeply involved, feeling that children can get no justice as they pull out all the stops to go after the father. The mother reveals, to their disgust, that she knew what the father was doing all along.
The children are taken to a shelter where Cagney learns that when the older girl, Jenny, was young, he did it to her. This opens the case back up, and Cagney and Lacey approach one of Jennys teachers who refuses to help even though she knows there was a problem in Jennys past.
In court, Jenny accuses her father of raping her and he falsely accuses her of being sexually active with several boys. Finally the teacher comes forward to offer testimony and as a result of the trial, the two children are separated and sent to different foster homes.
Cagney and Lacey plead with the judge to keep the children together but the judge tells them her hands are tied by laws that are unjust to children.

Its hot and the city seems on the verge of a blackout. Cagney and Lacey are investigating a series of burglaries, all uptown Fifth Avenue, all doctors or therapists of some sort. Meanwhile, Petrie and Isbecki are investigating a homicide in the same building as one of Cagney and Laceys burglaries.
Lacey and Isbecki are trapped in an elevator on their way to their respective crime investigations. Isbecki is claustrophobic. They talk about his mother, western movies and finally, their cases. Lacey realizes another common factor: all the burglaries and the homicide used the same answering service.
Lacey and Isbecki are saved from the elevator and Lacey tells all that Victor has solved the cases.

Cagney and Lacey differ on how to deal with a sexy TV star who rides along with them for research. Cagney feels she is making fun of police work in her television show and of women in general, while Lacey is delighted to find she is very real, a working single parent.
In the end, Cagney realizes that she isnt that different from herself. They are both women who have struggled to gain respect in their different fields.



Cagney and Lacey are working closely with a charismatic D.A. on a big kiddie porn case. Cagney feels a special bond with him because they both share a passion for their work.
When he is murdered after a dinner date with Cagney, she and Lacey enter the gray world with which he was obsessed in order to find his killer. Cagney has a hard time coming to grips with the fact that he may have become too deeply enmeshed in this world especially after they learn that he had been seeing a prostitute on a regular basis.
Eventually they find the murderer, the prostitutes ex-pimp, and discuss how difficult but necessary it is to leave your work at the office and not take it home. Cagney has a tougher time with this and struggles at the end with whether or not she should bring her work home.

Petrie recognizes a crucifix around the neck of a perp as one his sister used to wear before she was raped and murdered fourteen years earlier. He is convinced he is the one who was her killer and begins harassing him to get a confession.
When the perp turns up dead, Petrie becomes a suspect, leaving Cagney and Lacey to try and prove his innocence. Eventually he is cleared and everyone breathes a sigh of relief.

Assigned to protect a white South African marathon runner, Cagney and Lacey are confronted by the womans obsession to remain apolitical despite her becoming the focal point of the struggle against apartheid during a corporate sponsored marathon.
Cagney and Lacey have differing opinions on the matter. Cagney believes not everything, especially sporting events, has to be political, while Lacey, a la Harvey, believes that not only action, but lack of action is a political statement.

Cagney and Lacey investigate the apparent suicide of a college girl discovering the real cause to be sorority hazing. Between Cagney and Lacey this brings up issues of ambition and the urge to belong at any cost.

The Fourteenth Squad puts together a major sting operation to catch a loan shark and lands a judge up for reelection in the process.  A major problem develops for Cagney when it comes to light that this same judge-on-the-take is an old pal of her father.  Their dispute about all of this pulls Charlie off the wagon and puts an inordinate amount of pressure on her partnership with Lacey.  None of this is at a good time, as David Keeler keeps trying to get back in touch and Cagney - as the senior officer under Lt Samuels - is given the assignment of putting together the annual performance evaluations for the entire Squad.



When Cagney and Lacey investigate the untimely and seemingly drug-related death of a young basketball star, they discover the involvement of steroid usage in high school athletics. Subplot: The Lacey house is burglarized and Lacey loses her only heirloom, a gold candlestick.
When it is finally located, Lacey is faced with owing some future favor to a crooked gambler or standing on principle and losing it forever.

Cagney and Lacey go undercover, investigating robberies at AA meetings. The more Cagney hears and sees the stronger her denials become about her own problems with alcohol.
Making things worse, Charlies girlfriend, Donna LaMarr, has broken off with him, prompting a binge of drinking on his part. Cagney, in a pivotal scene in The Jane with Lacey, finally accepts that her father is a drunk and there is nothing she can do about it.

Lacey narrowly avoids shooting a teenage female perp, whos suspected of killing a drug dealer. Laceys guilt is heightened when it is revealed the girl is deaf. Cagney attempts to keep Lacey objective about her guilt and the evidence against the girl, but each step in the investigation only fuels Laceys misplaced emotions.
Laceys relieved when the deaf perp is released for lack of evidence, but her mistaken judgment is quickly confirmed when the girl kills again. Lacey recognizes her mistakes and in an emotional scene, interrogates the girl like the criminal she is.

Sara Jones (THE RAPIST) goes to trial. Cagney is torn between the departments order that she be a witness for the prosecution and her own feelings of guilt and obligation to Sara. But when Sara asks Cagney to commit perjury on the stand to get her off, Cagney comes to grips with just how much she owes her former temporary partner and refuses.
While dealing with her own responsibility in missing cues regarding Jones, Cagney overcompensates for her loss of control, pulling rank on Lacey. Together they confront the issue of rank in their partnership.

Cagney and Lacey bust a young woman whos vandalizing a factory as a publicity stunt for her cause.



Tension between Cagney and Keeler reaches a damaging pitch when he joins the defense team for her old nemesis, Mansfield. The result of the trial sets Mansfield free in the Federal Protection Program after he reveals the name of a bigger fish. Cagney and Keeler are left at seeming irreparable odds.

Samuels has been challenged to the annual contest for the precinct with the highest clearance rate. Inspector Knelman blackmails Cagney into being chairperson for the annual division dinner by telling her Samuels will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Between the clearance rate and the dinner, Cagney nearly loses her mind, not to mention all her friends.
At the last minute Knelman says they need entertainment. The 14th decides to put on a show. In their spare time Cagney and Lacey are working on the case of a couple who are breaking up. He has her ring, she has his fivespeed food processor, etc.
By the time Cagney and Lacey finish the fives on all the misplaced property, the 14th is in contention for the clearance trophy. Samuels is happy and surprised with the Distinguished Service Award and the show goes on.

A con woman, appropriately named Faith Dewey, sends messages to the dead by hiring terminal patients to memorize and carry the messages across. Although Cagney and Lacey take turns being outraged by this scam and the womans behavior, they cant seem to pin a crime on her nor find any dissatisfied customers.
The messengers have been given hope and a purpose in dying, along with $50.00 per message. Their main concerns are how to locate the addressees.
When a man comes in to complain that he has given all his money to Faith Dewey sending messages to his dead wife, Cagney and Lacey resolve to put an end to her activities but they are stumped until Isbecki comes forward to say he has paid Dewey to send a message to his mother.

Lacey is arrested during a peaceful antinuclear demonstration. She winds up in the precinct of her old nemesis, Detective Dupnik who would like her to walk away quietly. Lacey, however, wants no special treatment and demands her ticket. Dupnik decides to teach her a lesson by locking her up which he goes through a painfully slow ID and booking process.
Meanwhile, Cagney is preparing to be the spokesperson for the 14th Precinct at a hostile Community Board meeting when Peter Gates, of Heavenly Gates Mortuary and President of the Community Board, has his favorite hearse stolen. Through a series of mishaps, the hearse becomes lost forever and the Community Board meeting is a debacle.

A gun collectors museum piece handgun is stolen by two street punks. One of them uses the gun in a robbery, shooting the cashier. Cagney and Lacey go after the kid. When they find him, Lacey is wearing her bullet-proof vest but Cagney has left hers at Charlies. Lacey gets shot but thanks to her vest, only suffers a cracked rib.
The shooting triggers an emotional examination of her partnership with Cagney and they are forced to reveal, feelings about their jobs, themselves and each other.

Lacey saves a baby from a burning car seconds before it explodes. The father dies in the explosion, the mother is not around. The media goes wild naming Lacey, Hero of the Month, complete with newspaper and TV coverage, ceremonies, citations, medals and commendations, but no promotionyet. Cagney and Lacey begin the tedious process of trying to track down the mother with only an Iowa license plate to work from. They hope the media coverage will bring out the mother but it only brings false leads. They get a name but still can find no trace of the missing mother.
The babys mother finally appears but Lacey questions her until she admits she and her husband kidnapped the baby. Samuels announces that Laceys promotion has come through, Detective Second Grade Mary Beth Lacey. Lacey throws the traditional bash at Flannerys, the only dark spot being the absence of Cagney. At the party the babys real mother shows up to thank Lacey.
Meanwhile, Charlies alcoholism is progressing, he is being forgetful and cantankerous, preying on Cagneys time and energy. She tries to talk to him about his drinking but it does no good. Charlie, alone in his apartment, falls and hits his head. Too drunk to get up, he bleeds to death.
Cagney is devastated. She begins to drink more heavily than ever, trying to deny her feelings but always on the verge of breaking. She makes it through the funeral and barely through the wake where she gives Charlie a moving, drunken farewell toast.
Cagney shows up at the precinct drunk after a celebration lunch with Lacey and has a fight with Samuels and then with Lacey. She leaves on the verge of cracking. When she comes back the next day she has another fight with Samuels and Lacey, not remembering the fights of the day before, and she is gone.
Cagney goes on a final binge, insulting Tony, abusing Keeler and reaching the lowest point of her life. Lacey finally intervenes and convinces her that she is loved but that she needs help and takes her to an AA meeting where Detective Cagney finally stands and says,My name is Christine, and Im an alcoholic.



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