A Simple Case
No matter how good any police department or police officer is, they cannot solve every case by putting someone in prison. "A simple case" is one of those. From the opening scene to the last line it is a simple case, but they don't find out till the end. I hope the audience doesn't either. This was a fun script to write.
CAGNEY AND LACEY
"A simple case.."
John M. Riggle
Nov. 15, 1986
Dec. 7, 1986
Starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, with :
Bert Samuels (Al Waxman ); Harvey Lacey ( John Karlen); Marcus Petrie (Carl Lumbly); Officer Coleman (Harvey Atkin); Harvey Lacey Jr. (Tony LaTorre);
Michael Lacey (Troy Slaten); David Keeler (Steven Macht) Al Carassa ( Paul Mantee);
Claudia Petrie (Vonetta McGee); Esposito (Robert Hegyes)
Guest Cast: Vanetti; Milano; Loretto; Belini; Carlotti; Alfaro; Thomasso;
TV Announcer; Man; 2nd Man; Amanda Kostopolous; Jamaican Officers (2);
Customs inspector; Bustamonte
Interiors: Lacey Bedroom; Squad room; Chris' living room; The Jane; Apartment Building hall; Apartment kitchen; Amanda's living room; Petrie kitchen; Lacey living room; Lacey bedroom; Miami airport phone booth; Jamaica airport corridor; Jamaica customs office; Bustamonte's living room; Samuels' office
Exteriors: 14th precinct parking bay; Bustamonte's garage; Chris' building; cemetery; Amanda's brownstone; Petrie home; Hotel swimming pool; Beach house; Mansion lawn; Lacey home
Scenes 1-2 (Day); Scenes 3-4 (Night); Scenes 5-8 (Day); Scenes 9-10 (Night); Scenes 14-19 (Day); Scenes 20-23 (Night); Scenes 24-25 (Day); Scene 26 (Night); Scenes 27-29 (Day); Scenes 30-32 (Night); Scenes 33-39 (Day)
EXTERIOR-A MANSION-DAY -LONG SHOT
An elderly man, walking slowly with the. aid of a cane, is just moving from the front wheel of a car to the driver's door. He gets in the car. He takes a long look around at everything, then puts a key in the ignition. He turns the key. BOOM!! A powerful bomb goes off, blowing the car and man to bits. Nothing is left but a pile of smoking wreckage. After a few moments, six men with drawn pistols burst from the front door of the house. They see the car in the driveway, then scatter, looking for any possible assailant.
EXTERIOR-SAME MANSION-SAME DAY
LONG SHOT. Cagney, Lacey, Isbecki, Petrie, Carassa, and Esposito are standing around in different places on the lawn. Each is talking to one of the six men from scene one.
Mr. Vanetti, where were you when the
bomb went off ?
We were all six watching TV in the
What program was on, Mr. Milano ?
That game show, "Dealers Choice".
Did Mr. Carlotti often go out alone,
Mr. Loretto ?
Mr. Carlotti never went out alone, and he
was an old man. He hadn't even driven a
car in years. And, He had some dangerous
enemies so he never even went out in the
yard alone. He always sent us out to check
for snipers first and we were with him at
all times when he went out.
So why do you think he went out alone
this time, Mr. Belini ?
I can't explain it. It was something
he never did.
Well, Mr. Thomasso, This time he did.
I guess so. But I swear, He never sent
for us this time.
Do you suppose he just decided to gamble
this one time, Mr. Loretto ?
He was an old man, over 75 years old. Old
men don't gamble on anything but a sure thing.
Maybe he didn't want to bother you with
your favorite game show on TV, Mr. Alfaro.
The only reason we watch TV is to fill the
time while we wait to be called, and that's
not our favorite show anyway.
How do you suppose the bomb got in the car ?
I can't explain that either. Nobody could get
out of here after planting a bomb because of
the wall around the place. Broken glass imbedded
in the top of a 20 foot high wall, and electrified
wires on top as well. Nobody could have gotten
over and left no sign in the short time they had.
The only time that car has been off the estate was
last week when I took it for a tune-up. I picked it
up and drove it home, and it's been in the garage
till I took it out and washed it today. When I
finisher, I went in to watch TV. The show just
came on and just as the first commercial ended,
the bomb went off.
I guess you know that makes you our prime
I'm not worried about what you guys think.
I'm worried about what his business
associates will think.
Do you think Mr. Vanetti could have put
the bomb in the car ?
NO way. I was in the kitchen when he took the
key from the rack by the kitchen door. He took
the car out and washed it. Then he took it around
the front to park it in the sun to dry. I was in the
front room and saw him park it, get out, and come
in the house. He didn't have any bomb, and even
if he had had one, he had no chance to plant it
in the car.
How do you suppose the killer knew Mr. Carlotti
was going to use that car ? I saw other cars
in the garage.
Mr. Carlotti never used that car. That car was
only used by us to run errands for Mr. Carlotti.
Cagney approaches Lacey and Loretto.
If the target wasn't Mr. Carlotti, then it
must have been one of you. Who do you
think it might have been ?
I can't imagine. We aren't important at all.
We take care of the house and grounds.
We act as servants and bodyguards.
We run errands like grocery shopping,
and so on. That's all.
Looks like we have just about all we're
going to get here.
Who did the tune-up on the car ?
An old friend of Mr. Carlotti, Bustamonte's
Garage, on 126th Street. He's been doing all
the work for Mr. Carlotti for thirty years or more.
I guess so. Maybe the bomb squad can find
something when they examine the car.
Harvey and Mary Beth are in bed. The TV is on and the news is in progress. ON TV. The TV shows a long shot of the Detectives questioning the six men. The TV cameras couldn't get on the grounds so they had to use a "cherry picker" to look over the wall. Mary Beth is clearly visible, as all the Detectives, and the wrecked car, but nothing they are saying can be heard.
Gino "Boots" Carlotti, the reputed head of
the Mafia in the Northeast area, was killed
today by a powerful car bomb at his home.
It exploded when he tried to start the motor.
Parts of his body and parts of the car were
scattered over the lawn in front of his
residence. As usual in gangland style
executions, no one was talking, not even
The scene on the TV changes to the announcer.
Harvey and Mary Beth. Lower volume on TV.
And now for the weather, here's Andre.
The sound of the TV continues as Harvey and Mary Beth speak.
Congratulations, Babe. You're a big TV
Me and the whole precinct, I think.
It must have been a mess over there.
It was. I'm glad I didn't have to clean
Any idea who did it ?
Like the TV said. Nobody's talking.
Except to deny knowing anything about it.
So who do you think did it ?
Probably some rival gangster. If any of the
bodyguards were involved, it had to be all
of them. They all tell the same story.
Any chance of solving the case ?
Not much, I'm afraid. All those gangsters are
very close mouthed. Tomorrow we'll talk to
the mechanic who did the tune-up on the car
last week. Then we have to read the report
from the bomb squad. I don't think we'll get
Those Mafia people have a way of sorting it
all out. They settle things among themselves
That's a brutal way of saying it.
So what do you want from me ? I just
tell it like it is.
It's the way they do it that worries me.
So let 'em fight it out. Who cares if a bunch
of mobsters go after each other ? I don't. I
just want to stay out of the way, and I think
you should too.
It's not my job to stay out of the way, and
I don't want to anyway. I want to put
whoever did it in jail.
Then you better work fast, or you're likely
be burying him instead, along with a
bunch of others.
Mary Beth picks up the remote control and turns off the TV.
That's a terrible prediction, Harv.
Those guys live in a world of their own.
I don't think we'll ever understand it, and I
really don't want to. I think to understand it,
you have to be in it, and that's not for me,
or for you, or the boys, or anybody I know,
or anybody I want to know.
I suppose you're right.
Of course I'm right. Goodnight, Babe.
Harvey turns out the light.
EXTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-DAY-ESTABLISHING
ON Cagney and Lacey as they enter.
Well, I think Harvey is right. Nobody really
cares how many gangsters kill each other.
After all they've done that's crazy.
Thank you for calling me crazy.
I didn't mean you're crazy. It's the idea of
caring what happens to gangsters that's crazy.
Now I've got crazy ideas.
Mary Beth, those guys have no feelings at all
for anybody. For anybody to have any feelings
for them is a luxury nobody can afford.
I think it's our job to care.
It's our job to stop them, but we don't
have to get emotionally involved.
COLEMAN enters and drops a report on Cagney's desk.
Looks like they didn't even wait for the
funeral this time. Big Joe Mancuso was
gunned down on the street while you
two were out to lunch.
Already ? They sure didn't waste any
time. Anybody else hurt ?
Two bodyguards dead too. Nobody else.
I guess we better not waste any time
either. Let's go talk to Bustamonte.
Yeah. Maybe the report will be in from
the bomb squad when we get back.
EXTERIOR-BUSTAMONTE' S GARAGE-DAY
Cagney and Lacey peer through the glass in the front door. The place is empty and a closed sign is on the inside of the window. A man approaches with a "For Rent" sign in his hand and starts to unlock the door.
I'm Sgt. Cagney, 14th precinct, and this
is Det. Lacey. Are you Mr. Bustamonte ?
No. I own the building. Mr. Bustamonte
retired and moved to Jamaica.
Do you have his address ? We'd like
to drive out to see him.
Not Jamaica long Island. The country
Jamaica. You know. The Island off the
coast of Florida, or someplace.
He left in a hurry, didn't he ?
No, he' s been planning it for years.
Do you know anything about any of his
customers, like Mr. Carlotti ?
Bustamonte was never in the rackets, but
he did all the work on all those guys cars.
Carlotti was one of his closest friends.
That's why he was allowed to retire.
Cagney hands the man a notebook and pen.
Put your name and phone number here
so we can contact you if we need to.
The man takes the notebook and pen.
ON Cagney and Lacey at their desks as Isbecki steps up.
Everybody's made copies of their notes
from yesterday and passed 'em out to
everybody else except for you two.
Yours are right there on your desks.
O.K. Did the report come in from the
bomb squad yet ?
Coleman just put it in your in basket
about a minute before you came in.
I found it. It says the bomb was hooked up
to a wire going to a switch operated by a key.
That switch was concealed in the grill of
the car. From there another wire went to
the ignition. When the switch was off the
bomb was inactive. It was safe to drive the car.
I noticed that too. Anybody could have turned
that switch on in about a second or so.
So now we have the question of how did the
bomber know when Carlotti was going to
drive the car and not somebody else.
If he hasn't already thrown away the key
that might tell us who the bomber is.
Marcus is out at Carlotti's now checking on that.
He went alone because we figured we wouldn't
Cagney' a phone rings.
Sgt. Cagney, 14th. .... Hello, Marcus.
....O.K., I'll tell everybody....Bye.
She hangs up the photo.
We didn't expect to find it. real long shot.
I've had enough for today. Let's sleep on it
and maybe we come up with some new
Lacey gets up ad picks up her purse.
END OF ACT ONE
INTERIOR-CHRIS'S LIVING ROOM-NIGHT
ON Chris and David sitting on the couch with drinks.
Did you ever have to defend a mobster ?
No. They never call on a public defender.
They get a lawyer as crooked as they are.
So you admit lawyers are crooked ?
Not ALL of them. Just the ones
involved with the Mafia.
Won't any lawyer do it, if they offer
him enough money ?
No. I know a lot of lawyers that
wouldn't take that kind of money.
So why do some do it ?
I just told you. They're crooked.
Couldn't they make just as much money
honestly as they make dishonestly ?
Sure, but they'd have to work harder.
They'd have to build reputations, like
Melvin Belli for example, in order to
charge what they charge the hoodlums.
So they take the easy way to the
That's it. They specialize in finding loopholes
so people they know are guilty can stay out of Jail.
Selling your integrity. A hell of
a way to make a living.
I've got a better way.
Doesn't everybody ?
EXTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-DAY
ON Cagney and Lacey as they are just sitting down at their desks.
That was a great lunch, Why didn't
we ever eat there before ?
I don't know, but I think I should have
passed on that second piece of lemon
meringue pie. I'm too full.
Coleman approaches with papers in his hand.
They found another one over in Brooklyn
this morning. Sam Generro. It was a nice
bloody job. They cut his throat.
Two in two days ? If they keep this
up they won't have any pallbearers.
That's one thing they'll never run
Even I'll volunteer for that duty.
You would, Coleman.
Why not ? The world would be a better
place with them all planted.
I don't want to hear any more of this.
Lacey heads for the Jane. After a few moments, Cagney follows and Coleman
Lacey is in one of the booths and not visible as Cagney enters. Cagney looks all around.
Come on, Mary Beth. We're talking about
the garbage of the world here. They belong
in some kind of sanitary land fill.
MARY BETH, YOU'VE GOT TO STOP CARING
ABOUT THEM !!
A booth door bursts open and Mary Beth pops out.
Somebody's got to care. Why not me ?
We're talking about extortionists, usurers,
drug smugglers, kiddie porn peddlers and
racketeers, People who profit from selling
ruined lives and death. How can you, or
anybody else care about them ?
They're still part of the human race.
What race are their victims part of ?
Mary Beth paces back and forth a couple of times, shrugs and they both walk out.
INTERIOR-AN APARTMENT BUILDING HALL-DAY
ON Isbecki as he approaches a door. He stops and knocks. A man opens it.
Det. Isbecki, 14th precinct. You
reported a burglary ?
sure did. Come on in.
Somebody came in through that window.
They cooked up a bunch of food, ate it,
and left through the window. Nothing
else was taken. And they left this note.
It says, "Just hungry. Thanks".
All he took was food ?
Yeah, I guess so. But look at the
mess he left for me to clean up.
He ate the food, right ?
I guess so.
Then how can we catch him ? He's not
gonna sell it, or take it to a pawnshop.
He's not gonna wear it, share it with anybody.
It's your job to catch him, not mine
to tell you how. Just do it.
I'm sorry. It's just impossible. It's a waste
of time to even fill out a report. Take my
advice. Just put in burglar bars and forget it.
Be glad he didn't take anything but food.
EXTERIOR- 14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-DAY-ESTABLISHING
All the detectives are present. Samuels is in the middle of the room. ON Samuels as he speaks. WIDE SHOT.
Give me your attention here.
CLOSE on Samuels.
Tomorrow is Carlotti's funeral. I want
pictures of everybody who attends, and I
want a positive I.D. on every one of them.
I'm assigning Aspromonte, Wilson, Markham,
and Davidson to take pictures of them. The
rest of you are responsible for identifying them.
I want every one of them tagged, and I won't
accept any excuses. Knellman is breathing
down my neck on this and I'm going to breath
down yours, only hotter !l Do I make
myself clear ??
He looks around and gets no response. He retires to his office.
I'm glad we didn't draw that assignment.
Half of them are likely to be dead before
we get an I.D. on them.
I suppose you're right, but I still feel
bad about it.
I guess it doesn't matter much how we feel.
We can't take them into protective custody.
We can't guard them night and day. All we
can do is watch till one emerges to take
over, then go after him. If we get lucky,
we might get something on him.
know. But it makes me feel so helpless.
We all feel that way. So what else is
Try this. I just came from investigating
a burglary. Somebody broke in and cooked
a bunch of the guy's food, ate it , and
left. Nothing else was touched. And he
left a thank you note.
You made that up, Victor.
No I didn't. But I did talk the guy out of
making me file a report. Catching the guy
that did it is impossible.
I suppose so, but I'd like to meet him
anyway. He's got some sense of humor.
You shoulda made a report. That's one
for the record.
You gotta be kidding. This is Victor,
the guy who always messes up a great story.
O.K. Let's see you catch him.
We didn't say we could catch him. Only
that you should have made a report.
Speaking of reports, are you ready for the
big funeral this afternoon ?
Sure. Are you ready to do the ID's.
You bet we are. Just get us the pictures.
Aspromonte, Wilson, Markham, and Davidson have taken up positions in four different directions from the gravesite. They have cameras with telephoto lenses. They take pictures of everyone at the funeral. The CAMERA switches from one to another as the take pictures. CAMERA uses long shots to show the funeral in progress. The casket is a child's size and four of the bodyguards of Carlotti carry their boss to his final rest. The Priest does his thing and the casket is lowered.
TIME CUT TO:
ON Cagney and Lacey at Cagney's desk. They have an ident-i-kit and are matching the facial parts to the photos from the funeral. This produces a code of numbers. They enter the code in the computer and the computer reads out an identification of the person. Lacey has a picture in her hand and is looking at it.
Look at this. There was so little left of
him after that bomb and fire that they're
burying him in a child's coffin.
Yeah. Is that the last one ?
Yeah. We got a positive I.D. on all
but these four from the third row.
Lacey hands Cagney a picture.
From their position in the third row, I'd
say they aren't too important, but on the
hand, nobody unimportant would go
to this funeral.
I wonder if they could be from out
Here's a photo of the car they came in.
Maybe we can get something from the
Cagney enters the license number in the computer. The computer prints up the owner.
Consolidated Auto Leasing. They are
from out of town.
Maybe they're trying to muscle in.
Could be, but where did they come from ?
Cagney picks up the phone book.
Maybe we can get a name......Here it is.
Consolidated Auto Leasing, 739-6868.
Lacey dials the phone as Cagney gives her the number. After a few moments,
This is Det. Lacey, 14th Precinct. We
need the name of the person who rented
a car from you today.....New York license
number PVH 223......Thank you.
She hangs up the phone.
Alfredo Alaniz, Bogota, Columbia.
I guess he's not as unimportant as he
EXTERIOR-AMANDA' S BROWNSTONE-NIGHT-ESTABLISHING
INTERIOR-AMANDA'S LIVING ROOM
(Amanda Kostopolous is Isbecki's deaf girlfriend from "SILENT SCREAM". Both of them speak and sign everything they say.)
ON Amanda and Victor sitting on the couch facing each other. There is a coffee table in front of them with cups. From time to time they sip coffee as they speak.
My mother thinks I'm making a mistake
wanting to marry a policeman.
I guess I can understand that. It's not the
most pleasant job in the world, and I guess
you could find yourself a widow pretty
But I checked the figures. It doesn't happen
to policemen any more often than to anybody else.
We can go visit her when my vacation
I was hoping you would say that. I was thinking
that would be a nice time to get married, too.
I know my mother will like you when she meets
you, and I want her there when we get married.
So you want to be a June bride.
Yes. It's always been one of my dreams
since I was a little girl.
June's not so far off. I guess we can
wait that long.
They kiss as FADE OUT
EXTERIOR-PETRIE HOME-NIGHT -ESTABLISHING
Supper is on the table and Marcus and Claudia are just finishing.
Another fine meal, as usual. My mother
wrong when she told me I'd never get
anything good to eat after we got married.
She just wanted to keep you home with her
Lots. of mothers are like that. It's natural.
I guess so. But I was thinking about
it because of that Guy Carlotti.
How does my cooking make you think of
a mobster ?
It made me wonder what his mother told him.
He never married, and had no children.
I can't believe she raised him to be a mobster.
I can't imagine any mother raising her son
to be a mobster. Some fathers, maybe, but
I don't suppose we'll ever know what she
wanted him to be. He turned out to be just
a petty tyrant. Just like the petty tyrants that
sometimes get control of some government
of some little country. They all make as
many people miserable as they can and
make themselves rich. In the end they all
come to a bad end, just like he did.
My mother always told me that a bad
life is a one-way road to a bad end.
ON Isbecki and Petrie at their desks. Coleman approaches.
I've got another report for you. The six
bodyguards Carlotti had were just found at
Carlotti's mansion. All dead.
I guess we can cross them off of our list of
suspects in Carlotti's death.
The list of suspects gets shorter,
but the list of victims gets longer.
END OF ACT TWO
ON Cagney and Lacey at their desks as Coleman approaches.
This is for you.
What is it and where did it come from ?
Cagney takes the large envelope Coleman is holding out to her.
The Coroner sent it over. It's Carlotti's
things from his pockets and the crime scene.
He had no next of kin so the coroner wants
you to find who to give it to.
Why me ?
It's your case.
Coleman leaves as Cagney stares at the large brown envelope.
So what are you going to do with that ?
Cagney pulls out a drawer of her desk, drops in the envelope, and shuts the drawer.
File it till I figure out what else to do. We've
got more important things to do than worry
about that. So far we've got nine dead. One
with a bomb, one with a knife, and seven
with seven different guns. No telling when
this blood bath will end, or how many
more will go down.
Looks like a hell of a gang war all right.
Maybe as many as ten gangs all fighting
each other. As fast as we pick a suspect,
somebody eliminates him.
Isbecki and Petrie enter.
Who's keepin' score ?
Keepin score ?
You know, countin' dead hoods ?
Mary Beth is doing that.
Then put down two more. Angelino and
Poncelli. They blew 'em away up in
Spanish Harlem about an hour ago.
Oh boy. When is this gonna end.?
When the survivors agree which one will
take over as the new top man, I guess.
Till then we bury 'em and file reports.
Unless you've got a better idea.
Well.....I don't have one yet, but maybe
I can come up with something... In a couple
of days or so.
At that rate, we'll know who won first.
LACEY LIVING ROOM-EVENING
Harvey Jr. and Michael have brought home their report cards today. They are sitting on the couch with Mary Beth as she looks at them.
This is the best you can do ?
Mom, we got all A's.
A minuses. Minuses. That's almost B's.
Don't worry, Mom. Alice will get
What are you talking here ?
Our teachers always grade the boys
lower than the girls.
They say the girls need higher grades so
they can get into college easier.
I don't believe that. Shame on you for
saying such a thing.
Mom, remember that report I had to make
on "Romeo and Juliet"?
I had to make one the next week on "Macbeth".
Patti and I exchanged reports on "Macbeth".
Then we copied them over in our own handwriting.
I got B plus on both and she got A's.
Maybe you did better on "Macbeth".
No Mom. There was no difference. She
got A's because she's a girl.
It's the same at my school, Mom.
I can't believe what you're tellin' me.
It wasn't this way at our old schools. But
that's the way it is here, so you might as
well accept it. We have.
I'll talk with your father when he gets home.
Maybe we can do something about it.
Don't do anything, Mom. You'll just make
Yeah, Mom. Just leave it the way it is.
We'll still graduate.
EXTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-DAY-ESTABLISHING
ON Cagney and Lacey as they enter.
...so they say leave it alone.
Don't do anything.
They should know.
But how can they learn about honesty
if their teachers aren't?
I don't think it's dishonesty. More
Well I don't care if it's prejudice
or dishonesty. They look the same to me.
Well.... I guess they are pretty much
the same, at that.
CARASSA approaches as they sit down at their desks.
Another one bit the dust last night.
I can't believe how you people are acting.
Like you're happy to see people die,
I thought we settled this before, Mary Beth.
You've got to stop caring about that trash.
The world is a better place without them.
Christine, that sounds a lot like
prejudice to me.
It's not the same, prejudice is without good
reason. These people give everybody plenty
of reason. The only respect they get or want
is based on fear.
They're still people.
That's debatable. Anyway, they're not
afraid of us at all. The worst we're likely
to do to them is put 'em in jail for a few days
And for very good reason. Jail is where
they belong. Not the cemetery.
Give up, Al. I couldn't convince her either. So
what are we going to do about Carlotti's killer ?
He's the one who triggered all this orgy of murders.
Somehow, I get the feeling that mechanic
Bustamonte is the key. But we can't extradite
him from Jamaica on just a feeling. We need
some kind of evidence.
The one thing we have none of.
If we can't get him here, maybe we can
go there ?
That's an idea. Now all we have to
do is sell the idea to Samuels.
ON Samuels at his desk.
You two want to go to Jamaica ???
Yes sir. We think the solution to the
Carlotti case is somehow connected with
that retired mechanic, Bustamonte.
So why do you need to go to Jamaica ?
Can't you solve the case here ?
He's the last one of Carlotti's
associates still alive.
All the ones at his funeral in the
first two rows are gone. There's
nobody else to talk to, or suspect
of killing him.
Even the third row is going fast. Its a
race against time to see who gets to
the killer first, us or them.
If there's nobody else left to question,
I guess Jamaica it is. But I can only give
you the plane fare now. You'll have to
bring back receipts and get reimbursed.
Samuels gives them a chit for two plane tickets.
Harvey Jr. and Michael are sitting on the bed watching Mary Beth pack a suitcase.
HARVEY enters. He starts taking off his coat.
What's goin' on, Babe ?
Mom's goin' to Jamaica.
So how come you need a suitcase to
drive over there ? You got some kind
of undercover assignment ?
Not Jamaica Long Island, Jamaica the
country. It's down by Cuba somewhere.
How come you gotta go way down there ?
Christine and I have to interview a man
named Bustamonte. He' s the last one of
Carlotti's friends still alive. I already
talked to Mrs. Davidson, next door. She'll
help you with Alice. We'll only be gone
a couple of days.
Harvey goes to the bureau and returns with her swimsuit.
Don't forget to take this, and don't worry
about a thing. We can take care of things
for a few days just fine. I understand it's
summer down there the year round.
MARY BETH sits down on the bed.
I wish we didn't have to go, but this may be
the last chance we have to solve this case.
I'll be worried about all of you till I get back.
Don't tell me not to.
Well, maybe you can give us a call
from there, if it'll make you feel better.
Oh, Harvey, we can't afford a long distance
call like that.
What route does your flight take ?
We leave LaGuardia about midnight, and
change planes in Miami. We come back
the same way.
So call going and coming from Miami.
I guess I can do that all right. Christine's
picking me up around 10:30. We'll arrive
in Jamaica around 7 in the morning so
we'll have a layover in Miami and I can
call. Let's have supper.
Chris and Mary Beth are at a phone booth. Mary Beth is on the phone.
Hello Harv....Yeah, we got to Miami OK....
She's right here.
O.K...Harv says Hi...It was a nice flight. ....
Yeah, nice and smooth....Everything all
right there ?....Good....Good....This is
expensive....O.K. Harv.... On the way
back ....O.K. Bye Harv.
She hangs up the phone.
END OF ACT THREE
INTERIOR-KINGSTON JAMAICA AIRPORT-VERY EARLY MORNING
Cagney and Lacey are walking down a corridor from the plane to the customs area.
We left New York on time, we arrived in
Miami on time, we left Miami on time,
and we arrived here on time. What do
you think the odds are of that happening?
Pretty high, I guess, and it probably won't
happen on the way home. No way our luck
could be that good.
They turn a corner and come to customs. They find a long line ahead of them, 25 to 30 people.
Oh, would you look at this.
There's a cop. I'm going to try
Cagney walks up to the Jamaican Officer and shows her badge and I.D.
Excuse me. I'm Det. Sgt. Cagney and
that's Det. Lacey, New York police Dept.
We're here on official police business.
Isn't there some way we can get through
this customs inspection a little faster ?
Oh yes, of course. Come this way.
They follow him to an office. Inside is a man behind a desk.
Inspector, these are the police officers from
New York City, here on official business.
Come in, come in. You would be Cagney
I'm Cagney, this is Lacey.
I'm very pleased to meet you. Please
sit down and tell me how we can help you.
They enter, shake hands, and sit down.
EXTERIOR -HOTEL SWIMMING POOL-DAY
Cagney and Lacey have their swimsuits on and are sitting on the edge of the pool, splashing their feet in the water.
If we had come here on a vacation I
could have enjoyed the last three
days a lot more.
I wish Harvey and the boys were here.
I wonder how they're doing taking care
of Alice, and I wonder how long it'll
take me to get the house clean when I
get back. I'm not really enjoying being
here at all. I wish we could go
home right now.
I miss David, too, and I'm wondering
how many more of those guys have been
killed back home.
I hate to even consider that.
A police officer approaches.
Ladies, we have found Mr. Bustamonte.
If you will get dressed, we can go to see
We'll be ready in five minutes.
They get up and start for their rooms.
EXTERIOR-A MODEST BEACH HOUSE-DAY
A police car pulls up and parks. Cagney, Lacey, and a Jamaica police officer get out and go to the door of the house. CLOSE. After knocking, an old man opens the door.
Mr. Bustamonte ?
These are police officers from New York
City. They have some questions they would
like to ask you.
I was wondering when someone would
come to see me. Come in, come in.
They follow him into the house.
INTERIOR-BUSTAMONTE'S LIVING ROOM-DAY
Couch, end tables, chair, etc.
Sit down, sit down. I'll get you a drink
if you like.
Nothing far me, thank you.
O.K. I guess you want to know about
Yes, that's what we came to ask you.
O.K. I tell you everything. Gino and I been
friends for years. He told me to come here
and tell everything when somebody come to ask.
He wanted everything known ?
Yes. He say when you come to ask me that
would mean everything would be over.
About a month, or six weeks ago, he went to
the Dr. because he don't feel so good. The
Dr. say he have cancer. A bad kind. No cure.
He had only a couple of months to live. He
don't want to die in pain, so he come to me.
How did he expect you to help him ?
He give me $100,000 to put a bomb in
his car. He want me to put in a secret
switch and give him the key. Switch is
off, O.K. to drive car. Switch on, when
you try to start car, BOOM.
So Carlotti had the only key to that
Sure, sure. so tell me what happened.
He used it, and blew himself up.
Yes, yes, go on.
If he wanted to commit suicide, why
did he use a bomb ? Why didn't he
just get some dope and give himself
an overdose ? Or he could have used
a gun. He certainly had enough of
them in the house.
He wanted it to look like murder so the
strongest man would take over.
So he wanted to set off a gang war ?
Sure. How else the strongest man gonna
take over ?
We've been having a gang war. Almost
all the men at his funeral have been killed,
including his six bodyguards, who were
pallbearers at his funeral.
Even Angelino and Poncelli ?
He thought Angelino and Poncelli would
get together and share leadership, since
they were half-brothers.
They were together when somebody killed
Bustamonte's face clouds.
I give you my address. When you get back
to New York, please write me a letter and
tell me who won, but don't tell it to anybody
else. I may have to disappear to stay alive.
We can do that.
TIME CUT TO:
EXTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-DAY-ESTABLISHING
ON Cagney at her desk. Lacey is at her desk. Cagney has the envelope sent over by the coroner opened and the contents dumped out on her desk. She is holding up Carlotti's key ring by the key to the secret switch.
WIDEN as Cagney speaks.
Here it is. It was here all along.
A simple case of suicide.
Yeah. I gotta write a letter to Mr.
Bustamonte. I gotta tell him the
Columbian took over.
Looks like we're in for a cocaine
snow storm.....So tell me, do you
still care what happens to those people.?
All the way back on the plane I thought
about Carlotti. The viciousness, the
brutality, the heartlessness, the cruelty
of that man sends chills up and down
my back. I guess I don't care any more,
or at least not as much as I did. I hate
him for that. I feel like I lost a part of
my humanity, and it's his fault.
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