Beat Me, Daddy by John M. Riggle
CAGNEY AND LACEY
"Beat me daddy"
John M. Riggle
First draft Oct. 12, 1986
Final draft, Oct. 24, 1986
CAGNEY AND LACEY
"Beat me Daddy"
Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly
Bert Samuels. (Al Waxman); Harvey Lacey (John Karlen); Marcus Petrie (Carl Lumbly); Victor Isbecki (.Martin Kove); Al Carassa (Paul Mantee); David Keeler (Steven Macht ); Officer Coleman (Harvey Atkin).
Guest Cast: Man (Mr. Simmons) ; Mrs. Simmons ; Mrs. Perry ; Mrs. Edlow ;
Neighbor (man) ; psychiatrist
CAGNEY AND LACEY
"Beat me Daddy"
Interiors: Squad room; Apartment building hall; Pery apartment living room; Edlow apartment living room; Psychiatrist's office; The Jane; Cagney's apartment; Lacey Living room; Hospital room; Detective's car; Subway station; Samuel's office; Morgue
Exteriors: 14th parking bay; New York Street (4); Hospital
CAGNEY AND LACEY
"Beat me Daddy"
Scs. 1 - 12 (Days); Scs. 13-14 (Night); Scs. 15- 29 (Days); Scs. 30-32 (Night);
Scs. 33 - 37 (Day)
CAGNEY AND LACEY
"Beat me daddy"
EXTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-ESTABLISHING-DAY
INTERIOR - SQUAD ROOM - DAY
ON Cagney at her desk.
Did you see that show on wife abuse
on TV last night "
WIDEN to show Lacey at her desk.
No. We wanted to, but we were so tired
we went to sleep.
They told all about how to tell when it's
going on, and told everybody to call the
police when they find out.
I guess that means we'll get about
a thousand calls in the next few days.
Probably. I've noticed that happening
before when TV showed something.
Cagney's phone rings.
Sgt. Cagney.....May I have your name
sir ?....And your address ?.....OK
sir, we'll be over in just a few
Cagney hangs up the phone.
He wants to report his neighbor beating
his wife right now.
At this hour in the morning ? What ever
happened to a man coming home drunk
after work and fighting with his wife ?
He works nights ?
Lacey stands up and picks up her purse.
I guess we better get going.
EXTERIOR-NEW YORK STREET-DAY
The detective's car comes down the street and parks at the curb, Cagney driving. As they get out of the car they hear the sounds of a struggle in progress coming from the first floor apartment of a typical brownstone. Glass breaking, etc. A muffled man's voice is heard in anger but the words are unintelligible. A woman is heard sobbing and screaming. Cagney and Lacey hear and rush into the building.
INTERIOR-APARTMENT BUILDING HALL-DAY
Cagney and Lacey locate the door with the noises and pound on it with their fists.
POLICE!! OPEN UP!!
OPEN UP IN THERE!!
POLICE!! OPEN UP!!
At last a man opens the door. He has a furious look on his face. A woman can be heard crying inside the apartment throughout this conversation.
Whadda you two want ?
You're making so much noise you're
disturbing your neighbors.
So what's it to ya ? You two broads
get away from my door.
They show their badges.
We're not a couple of broads! We're the
police. I'm Sgt. Cagney, and this is Det. Lacey.
Perhaps you'd like to cool off your temper
in jail for a few days.
Aright, we'll hold it down.
He slams the door in their faces. They look at each other in exasperation, then turn to leave. They meet the neighbor who called on the way out.
I'm the one who called. I don't know why
I bother. They never do anything when they
come out but tell them to be quiet.
What do you think should be done ?
Arrest him. The way he beats his wife all
the time, he must be guilty of SOMEthing.
It's the Dept.'s policy not to interfere more
than absolutely necessary in domestic quarrels.
That's no domestic quarrel. He's just plain
mean, and he beats her once a week or so just
because he enjoys it.
Why doesn't she just leave ?
I guess she's afraid to leave without help from
the police, and she's not getting any at all.
When did she ever ask for it ?
Well,,,I don't know, but she must have
We'll check into it.
EXTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-ESTABLISHING-DAY
ON Lacey at her desk. The desk has a pile of reports on it in several stacks.
I've been checking these reports from
the uniforms. What that neighbor told
us is true. They've been out there
almost every week for months. Mrs.
Perry has been in the hospital for her
injuries twice in the last six months.
Did she ever ask for help ?
I've only checked back six months,
but I find nothing to show she did.
Then our hands are tied.
Something else bothers me about these
reports of family disturbances. There
How many ?
It looks like at least 15 to 20 right
here in our precinct.
Why didn't we find out about this earlier ?
The uniforms have been handling them.
I guess the uniforms were all busy this
time, so we got the call.
Are they still going on ?
Most of them. Some moved. But one ended
with the woman dead and the husband in
jail. He only got five years for beating
her to death.
A lousy five years for murder ???
Looks like it.
I wonder when these men work. I'd like
to talk to some of' these women without
I would too. Let's check into it.
INTERIOR-APARTMENT LIVING ROOM-DAY
Cagney and Lacey are sitting on the couch. Mrs. Perry is sitting on the edge of a chair.
ON Cagney as she starts to speak. WIDEN as she speaks.
Mrs. Perry, we came to talk to you about all
these calls the police have been getting here.
MRS. PERRY shows evident signs of a severe beating.
They didn't need to come. It's all right.
Have you looked in a mirror today ?
It's all right, I tell you. He's a passionate man.
Once in a while he gets a little excited and
They'll carry you away some day. Like the
paramedics did about six months ago, or worse.
Why don't you file a complaint on him, or
leave him and put him under a peace bond,
so we can do something to help you ?
I don't need any help, really. I can handle
him fine when I get him calmed down.
Cagney and Lacey see they are getting nowhere with her, so the get up to leave. Lacey goes to Mrs. Perry and places her hand on her back. Perry flinches in pain.
The law is made for your protection. But we
can't do a thing unless you let us.
It's all right.... It's all right.
Cagney and Lacey sitting on another couch, and a woman with healing marks of a beating sitting in an upholstered chair.
Why won't you let us help you, Mrs.
I really don't need any help. Everything
is just fine.
Mrs. Edlow, I have been married to my
husband for over 17 years. From time to
time we have our differences of opinion,
everybody does. But in all that time he
has never once raised his hand to me in
anger. Nor I to him. I really can't understand
how you can say everything is fine. You just
got out of the hospital two weeks ago. Your
husband beat you so bad you had to have
surgery for a ruptured spleen.
He didn't really mean to do it. He just got so
angry because I burned the dinner. You don't
know how hard he has to work to earn the
money for food. Then I burned it up. It was
my own fault.
I can't believe what I'm hearing. You
accidentally burned the dinner a little bit,
he put you in the hospital, and you
blame yourself 7
I should have been more careful and
more considerate of his feelings.
Cagney and Lacey just look at each other in total exasperation, then get up to leave.
Cagney and Lacey are sitting silently at their desks. Cagney is playing with a pencil as both of them sit with their chins propped up on their palms. They look very disconsolate as Carassa approaches.
What's with you two ?
It's these guys who beat their wives.
We spent the whole day interviewing
one after another and not one of them
will file a complaint.
I had a couple of those a while back.
But mine were wives beating their husbands.
Cagney looks up in disgust.
I know. You never heard of that before.
I hadn't either. But it does go both ways.
It would take a psychiatrist to figure
I never thought of that. Why don't
you try it ?
I suppose we could.
I'm not going to spend my money on
a psychiatrist to tell me to mind my
own business. And anyway, why should
I go to that trouble to try to help
people who don't want help ?
You don't have to spend your money. I
think the Dept. has a psychiatrist. He's to
help Officers get over the aftershock
when they do something by accident, like
shoot at a perp and hit a citizen by mistake.
Things like that. He's in the interdepartmental
I guess we could give him a call.
Cagney picks up the phone book.
Couldn't hurt anything.
INTERIOR-PSYCHIATRIST 'S OFFICE-DAY
Cagney and Lacey are sitting in chairs in front of the desk. The psychiatrist is seated behind it.
This is the first time any Officers have come
to me with this question. Have you ever
heard a rapist say his victim "wanted" him
to do it, and even enjoyed it ?
Sure, but that's a load of crap.
In a surprising number of cases, it's not.
Only the women who report it didn't
want it to happen.
I cannot believe any woman ever enjoyed
being raped, or asked to be raped.
You've heard the saying, it takes all
kinds ?It seems that some are so confused
or psychotic that they do. The way most
of them do it is to find a man willing to
rape them regularly, and marry him.
He will oblige their wishes by beating and
raping them on a regular basis. If they let
you "help" them, they would have to find
another man willing to do it. If they leave
them, the same result. Men willing to commit
rape on demand are not so easy to find.
Cagney and Lacey sit in stunned silence for a couple of beats.
So what do they do while they are looking
for one to marry ? Invite any rapist who
comes along ?
Yes. That's why only about 10% of all
rapes are ever reported to the police.
So what do we do about it ??
You're already doing all you can. You
respond to calls of disturbances, You get
whatever help you need from the paramedics,
you hospitalize them when they need it, and if
one kills the other then you put the survivor in jail.
That's all ??
That's all the law provides for you to do.
There is one other thing. If you can get an
immediate adult family member to go for it,
you can get a sanity hearing. Sometimes you
can get the court to send one or both to a
mental hospital, or get the court to order
psychiatric treatment for one or both.
If that fails, you're done.
It seems so brutal of society to allow
this to go on.
It is brutal, and it goes on generation after
generation. The children of abusive
parents become abusers. The children
of women who enjoy being raped grow
up to enjoy being raped or rapists. It's
an endless cycle.
They grow up seeing this relationship
between their parents, and they come to
believe this is the way things are supposed
to be between married people. It becomes
a tradition to them, and they make every
effort to live that way when they grow up.
History does indeed repeat itself. Many
of my colleges feel the only way to end
it is to reach the children. Others feel that
if we ended this repugnant situation, then
something we regard as normal today would
cone to be considered equally repugnant
tomorrow. I have no definitive answers for you.
It seems to be a personal decision as to where
to draw the line. Each of us draws it in a
different place, and the average of those
different views becomes the place society
as a whole draws it. When society wants to
change the line, they elect someone to change
it in the direction they want it moved. Till then,
you have little choice but to enforce the
line where it is.
END OF ACT ONE
EXTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-ESTABLISHING-DAY
Cagney and Lacey enter and sit down at their desks without saying a word. Carassa observes this and approaches.
What's going on with you two ?
It's O.K. She'll get over it.
Silence as Carassa looks back and forth between them for a couple of beats.
Get over what ?
She feels we should bend the law a little
bit and I feel we shouldn't. That's all.
Fire flies from Cagney's eyes, but she says nothing.
So how does she want to bend it ?
She thinks we should arrest the men who
beat their wives and charge them with
Assault and Battery, even if the woman
won't sign a complaint.
We can arrest anybody on any charge, but
we can't always make it stick in court.
If we do that too much, we have to look
for new jobs.
CAGNEY jumps up and heads for the Jane.
We've been arguing about this since
we left the psychiatrist's office.
LACEY gets up.
I guess we'll have to argue it out
or she won't get over it for a week.
Lacey heads for the Jane.
Cagney is pacing the floor as Lacey enters and sits down on the bench.
What can I say to get you over this ?
Damn it, Mary Beth! There has to be
some way we can protect those women,
even if they don't want us to !!
I would like very much to protect them.
You know perfectly well I feel just as
sorry for them as you do.
Of course you do. That's not what we're
arguing about. There are hundreds of
laws on the books. I just can't believe
we can't find something to charge
The system works the way it does because
there aren't any. We just have to do the best
we can with what we have.
I just can't understand the madness that
makes those women marry men like that
in the first place, or to stay with them in
the second place. You can bet if I found
myself married to a guy like that I'd leave
in a New York second!!
This from a woman who's never been married.
That's not fair, Mary Beth. I could have
been married lots of times if I wanted to.
I wish I could tell you what it's like to
get married. People get married because
they want to have children and to protect
the legal rights of the children, or for love,
or whatever. But we all do it with a certain
amount of fear too. It takes courage to
wrap up all your tomorrows in a nice neat
little package, and give them to someone.
And it takes courage to accept it when
they give theirs to you. Somehow, we
overcome that fear and do it. When it
works out like it has for me and Harv,
And if it works out like theirs ??
Then I guess it becomes a hell of their
Exactly!! And if he beats her to death she
won't have any of those tomorrows to give.
So why don't they leave!!! If they screwed
up and picked the wrong guy, why don't
they try again ??
I guess some of them do. But they seem
to pick another guy just like the first.
Or maybe they somehow make him over to be
like the first.
I suppose I'll never really understand,
but I still want to help them.
I'm with you, partner.
ON Chris and David on the couch.
I've been here over an hour and you
haven't said ten words. What's the
Sometimes being a cop is just plain
It's a relief to know it's not my
You never depress me. Just the opposite.
So do you want to tell me about it ?
It's those men who abuse their wives.
They beat them with their fists, ashtrays,
whatever they can get their hands on.
I want to do something to help them,
but the women won't sign a complaint
and I can't do anything without one.
It's totally frustrating.
I've heard about cases like that, but I
never handled one. Civil rights is my field.
Families don't end up in civil rights
They do bear a sort of resemblance to sex
discrimination cases, but the law is
Chris perks up a bit at this.
Yeah?? Tell me about it.
Sex cases are generally divided into two
types. The type where a woman is denied
advancement in a company only because
she's a woman, and harassment cases where
she is subjected to unreasonable pressures
by the men where she works. In both cases
she is regarded as an object, or thing to be
used, rather than a human being. Wife
abusers seem to do pretty much the same
thing, but civil rights laws don't apply
Chris frowns in disgust.
I guess that's what I wanted to hear,
but it doesn't make me feel any better.
Most people find very little to enjoy in
other peoples troubles. Everybody would
like to help, too, but the question is how ?
You got that right. That's the problem.
You can't. Only a shrink can do that. All
you can do is close your eyes to it and don't
let it affect your personal life.
Sometimes that's easier said than done.
Being a cop isn't just another job. It's
something you do because you really
care about people. You can't look away.
It hurts too much inside you.
FADE OUT SLOWLY
LACEY LIVING ROOM-NIGHT
Harvey is reading the newspaper. Mary Beth brings a steaming cup of coffee and sits it on the table beside him. She then stands looking about the room sort of smiling. Over the top of the newspaper we see Harvey's eyes roll up as he looks at her. He folds the paper and puts it down in his lap.
Mary Beth! What's going on here ??
Don't give me that "what" stuff. From the
moment I walked in the door tonight you've
been acting peculiar. It's like you suddenly
can't do enough for me. It's not enough you
fix me a nice steak dinner, oh no, you have
to cut it for me too. I find the paper already
open to my favorite page. I no sooner sit
down till you have a cup of coffee here.
And now look at you. You're looking for
something else to do for me. What is it
with you tonight ??
I just want to please you.
O.K. You can please me by sittin' down.
She goes to a chair and sits down. Harvey scowls at her.
Not over there. Over here on the couch
She changes to the couch.
Now I want to know what's goin' on. I've
never seen you acting like this before,
and it worries me.
I just realized how much I love you,
And just what brought on this sudden
Not every woman is lucky enough to have a
husband as good as you. Some men seem to
take a lot of pleasure in beating their wives.
I don't think you ever even thought about
doing anything like that.
Oh, babe !! Certainly I never considered that !
No man worth anything at all would do that !
I guess not, but some men do it, and their
wives just go on letting them. Even when
they get hurt so bad they get put in the
hospital they won't sign the papers so
we can help them.
I've heard of things like that. So
why won't they let you help them ?
They say they don't need any help.
Of course they need help. Doesn't the
law provides some way to help them anyway ?
No. Nothing at all.
Then the law is wrong.
But we can't enforce laws that don't exist,
even if we know it would be the right thing
to do. Only if he kills her, then we can do
something. Even then he can get a good
lawyer and claim it was an accident, and
the time because he doesn't have an
Harvey just puts his arm around her and kisses her on the cheek. She just sits there sort of woodenly with a very sad expression on her face.
A woman is in the bed. She has a black eye and other cuts and abrasions. Her right arm is in a cast. Cagney is standing on one side of the bed and Lacey on the other.
Mrs. Simmons, we got the whole story
from your friends and neighbors.
This is the third time your husband has
injured you so badly you had to be hospitalized.
They got it all wrong. I just fell down.
Is that a cigarette burn on your cheek ?
No. I was cooking and some hot grease
got on me.
A BEAT while Cagney and Lacey glance at each other. Cagney puts some papers in front of the woman.
If you'll just sign these papers we'll
see to it he doesn't do this again.
No...No...He just gets a little carried
away when he drinks too much.
That must be all the time.
No. The rest of the time he's the finest
man alive. I'm lucky to have a man who
loves me so much.
LACEY looks at her face and cast.
Yes, mam. I can see that.
So you won't press charges ??
Cagney snatches up the papers and Cagney and Lacey head for the door.
END OF ACT TWO
EXTERIOR-NEW YORK STREET-DAY
The detective's car is parked. Chris is behind the wheel and Mary Beth beside her.
What are we doing here ?
I want to see what a wife beater looks like,
and I hope he's up to something else we
can jail him for.
So we're going to keep him under
surveillance for a while ?
Right you are.
Why did you pick today to start this
Today's the day Mrs. Simmons gets
out of the hospital. He's picking her up
now and they will be here any minute.
Aha !!..... That comes very close to
Close, but not over the line. I checked.
As long as we don't approach him, or his
employer, or his neighbors, or his family,
we can watch all we want.
How much do you expect to learn by
just watching ?
I don't know! But we can't just stand by
and wait till they take her away in the
dead wagon !!
True. But we'll have to keep a very
There's a taxi stopping at their building
now. Maybe it's them.
EXTERIOR-NEW YORK STREET-DAY
A taxi pulls to the curb on the other side of the street from Cagney and Lacey. Mrs. Simmons and her husband get out. He gives money to the driver. The taxi leaves as they enter the building.
So that's what a big brave woman beater
Just lookin' at him you'd never know.
Well he certainly wasn't carrying a sign.
I guess there's nothing to do but wait.
INTERIOR-DETECTIVES CAR-HOURS LATER
Hey, Mary Beth. He just came out with
a brown bag. Looks like lunch.
I heard this one works nights, but I
didn't hear where.
I guess we'll just have to follow him
and find out.
EXTERIOR-NEW YORK STREET-LATE AFTERNOON
CAMERA follows the man as he walks to the corner and enters the subway.
You want to follow him ?
I guess so.
Got your walkie-talkie ?
Lacey opens the car door.
Yeah. Use channel two.
CAMERA follows as she starts toward the subway.
A train pulls in and the man gets on.
ON Lacey by the train. She is getting on the next car of the train. She speaks into her radio while the station is still quiet.
He took the uptown B train.
The train doors close and the train starts to move.
EXTERIOR-NEW YORK STREET
Cagney starts the car and pulls away from the curb.
EXTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-DAY
INTERIOR-SQUAD ROOM -DAY
CAGNEY AND LACEY are at their desks as Samuels approaches. Samuels waves his hand in front of the face of one, then the other. They look at him with a questioning look.
Well, I see you two are awake this morning.
I haven't seen any paperwork from either
of you in the last week, and every time I
look at you, you seem to be about half asleep.
Whatta you two been up to nights to cause this ?
I've been studying for the test for Lt.
My kids have kept me up.
If anybody believes that, I've got a
bridge to Brooklyn I'd like to sell cheap!!
I'll be in my office when somebody
decides to let me in on what's goin' on.
He goes to his office and turns back to look at them, then makes it a point to leave the door open as he goes behind his desk and sits down.
I guess we might as well tell him.
Might as well.
They go into Samuels's office and close the door.
SAMUELS OFFICE -DAY
WIDE VIEW as they sit in front of his desk.
It's this guy Simmons.
Simmons...Simmons....I don't seem to
recall that name. What did he do ?
He beats his wife.
Beats her at what ? Some kinda game ?
If it's a game, I think it's a deadly one.
He put her in the hospital three times.
Physical abuse ?
Yes sir. And we're afraid he'll kill
her the next time.
So get his wife to sign a complaint and
lock him up. We've got other cases to
work on, you know.
She won't sign.
Then our hands are tied. Drop it and go
on to something else.
Aren't we supposed to be peace officers ?
Isn't peace involved in saving someone's
Sure it is and we are, but we can't save
people's lives if they don't want us to.
We're just keeping him under surveillance
so we can be there when he tries. We can
arrest him if we see it happening with
our own eyes.
And he can have the both of you up on
charges if he finds out what you're up to.
The law is on his side in this. It's too
dangerous for you, and I can't afford to
lose good Officers like you. This is for
the record. Drop it!! Is that understood ?
Yes sir, if that's your order sir.
It is. Now, off the record, do you
really think he might kill her ?
Yes, sir. We really do.
Then do what you can to protect her, and
if he does it, lock him up. It would be pretty
positive evidence in court if you caught
him in the act. Now get out of here and
get some work done.
Chris puts on her coat, yawns, rubs her eyes, and goes out the door.
TIME CUT TO:
The car is parked at the curb with the motor stopped. Cagney is at the wheel, Lacey opens the door and gets in. She has a paper bag.
This working night and day is getting
to me. I don't know how much longer
I can take it.
Tell me about it. I can hardly keep my
eyes open, day or night.
I wish there was some way we could
know when he'll do it so we could
get some sleep.
That's what makes life exciting, haven't
you heard ?
If this is what exciting is all about, I think
I'll pass. I had a hangnail last month that
was more exciting than this.
She hands Cagney a paper cup.
Here's your coffee.
Our hourly fix. It's a good thing that all
night restaurant is right on the corner.
Morning is just dawning but it is sort of like dusk, only dim light. Cagney and Lacey are still in the car but are sound asleep. They waken to the sound of sirens approaching. The paramedic ambulance and a uniformed officer's car stop across the street. (Do they
call them a black and white in Cal.? In Houston they call them a blue and white, because they are.) Cagney and Lacey come alive with the wail of the sirens dying out almost next to their car.
Christine, did we both go to sleep ?
Looks like it. Lets go see what's
They struggle to get out of the car, but finally make it. They cross the street slowly and just as they get to the other side the paramedics bring Mrs. Simmons out on a collapsible Gurney and put her in the ambulance. She is alive but unconscious.
Oh my God Christine, He did it right
under our noses.
DAMN !! Why did we go to sleep !!!
Cagney and Lacey watch in stunned
silence as a Uniformed Officer brings
a drunk Mr. Simmons out and puts
him in the back seat of his blue and white.
He gets in and drives him off to jail, leaving
Cagney and Lacey standing on the sidewalk.
They stare off down the street with a look
of sad frustration on their faces, as they watch
the fading police car and ambulance.
END OF ACT THREE.
Cagney and Lacey enter as Coleman is going out.
Shove it, Coleman.
They go to their desks as Coleman stops in his tracks, turns, and looks at them in complete puzzlement. At their desks, they throw themselves down in their chairs. Isbecki approaches.
My, how testy we are this morning.
You can shove it too, Isbecki.
If I do, it'll be up yours.
They gaze at each other for a beat, Cagney frowning and Isbecki grinning.
That's in very bad taste, Victor.
No worse than you two.
I've had it with the snide remarks.
So what's snide about good morning ?
You're absolutely right, Victor. We
Just because they're trying to be friendly
doesn't give us license to be rude.
I guess I was a little rude.
You were a lot rude, Christine.
Is this a private argument, or can
anybody get in on it ?
Just pick a place and jump right in.
Don't be bashful. Nobody else is.
Good. If somebody will just tell me
what it's all about, I will.
We've been watching that guy Simmons, Sir.
We were sure he would beat his wife
again so we went without sleep for the
last two weeks. When he finally did it we
were asleep in our car.
We just blew it.
The worst you could have arrested him for
is disturbing the peace, if she wouldn't sign.
Still, if he was arrested and fined enough
times, he might stop because it's too expensive.
That doesn't help her now. She's in the
So, what'll you do now ?
I guess we'll have to try some of the
other women. If we can get one to sign,
maybe we can get others.
Now I know what it's like for a fish
trying to swim upstream.
Or a drunk trying to pick up a nickel
off of a wet bar.
The apartment is furnished in an average way for a working couple. Nothing fancy. Cagney and Lacey are sitting on the couch. Mrs. Perry is in another chair.
I shouldn't be talking to you. My husband
would be very angry if he found out, so
please make it fast and go.
Mrs. Perry, the last time we were here your
husband was beating you. We want to
protect you, because it's our job. But we can
only do that with your approval.
I really don't need any protection. All I have
to do is be nice to him, like a wife should,
and everything will be O.K. Really.
Mrs. Simmons told us the same thing. She's
in the hospital now. She's been unconscious
in intensive care for the last two days.
We're not trying to make trouble between you
and your husband. We just want to protect you,
and keep peace in your family.
That won't happen to me again. We've
reached an understanding.
Cagney and Lacey look at each other, then get up to go.
Here's my card. If you change your
mind, or have a problem, just call.
Cagney and Lacey leave. Mrs. Perry shuts the door, then drops Chris's card in the wastebasket.
(picks up microphone)
14-24, we just heard from the hospital.
Mrs. Simmons just died.
INTERIOR-SQUAD ROOM- DAY
CAGNEY AND LACEY sit disconsolately at their desks. Isbecki, Petrie, Carassa, and Samuels are standing beside them.
You have to stop blaming yourselves. You
did all you could do, and even took a chance
in bending the law to keep him under surveillance.
Nobody could have done more than you did.
We all feel the same way you do about
the law, and the way it ties our hands.
Just put it behind you and go on.
I wish you guys would stop being so
damn solicitous. We failed, and a woman
is dead because of it !
We went to sleep on the job and it cost
her life. How do we put that behind us ??
You didn't kill her. Stop blaming
We have to blame ourselves. We don't have
anybody else to blame.
Try blaming her husband. It was his hands
that did it.
You don't understand. He was like a bomb,
just waiting to go off. We knew it. We were
like the bomb disposal squad. The bomb went
off, just as we knew it would. Who do you
blame, the bomb, or the bomb disposal squad ??
In this case, I blame the bomb, and the victim.
She knew what was going to happen. You told
her everything. She was as much to blame as
her husband. So now they both get buried. Her
in the cemetery, and him in prison. They both
lose. The question is, what are you going to
do about the others ?
What the hell good are marriages like that ?
They're already over, if they ever started
in the first place.
They have standing, legally.
But what about morally? Doesn't that
count for something ?
In church, yes. In court, no. By the way,
they want you two to go over to the
morgue to identify Mrs. Simmons body.
Cagney and Lacey stare at the body on the table. The cast is still on her arm and her face shows evidence of a fatal beating.
Rosemary Alice Luett Simmons. Battered
by her father and brothers. Forced into
incest with all of them. Married to a man
who battered her to death. Her life, over
at age 29. Just another name to be carved
on a tombstone. I still say she should have
I guess she did, Christine. In the only
way she knew how.
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