Sell Me A Gun
"Sell me a gun" was inspired by another newspaper report on organized crime hijacking trucks around New York City. I wondered what was in those trucks and what they might have done with it. I recalled a semi trailer that was taken when I worked in Chicago that was full of color TV's and later found empty on the street. But what if it was a truck full of guns?
CAGNEY AND LACEY
"SELL ME A GUN"
John M. Riggle
Oct. 23, 1986
Nov. 12, 1986
"Sell me a gun"
CAGNEY AND LACEY
Cagney (Sharon Gless); Lacey (Tyne Daly); Harvey Lacey (John Karlen);
Victor Isbecki (Martin Kove); Marcus Petrie. (Carl Lumbly); Al Carassa (.Paul Mantee);
Bert Samuels (.Al Waxman)
Perp; Stephanie Brandon; Weliborn; Murgatroyd Potts; Clerk; Woman;
Pimp; 12th Precinct Desk Officer; Street uniformed officers l (2) Waitresses;
14th Det. Squad room ; Lacey bedroom; Samuels' office; Lacey living room;
City Engineer's Office; City Controller's Office; Lacey kitchen; 12th Pet. Booking Desk;
12th pct. Interrogation room; Detectives car
14th Pct. parking bay; Lacey home; City office building; Mills Park; New York streets (2); Restaurant Coffee shop
Scenes 1-2 (Day); Scenes 3-4 (Night); Scenes 5-7 (Day); Scenes 8-9 (Night); Scenes 10-15 (Day); Scenes 16-17 (night); Scenes 18 on (Day)
EXTERIOR - 14Th PRECINCT PARKING BAY - DAY - ESTABLISHING
INTERIOR - SQUAD ROOM - DAY
ON Cagney and Lacey at their desks. Cagney is writing and Lacey is reading a newspaper. Lacey puts down her paper.
I've been reading about the cost
overrun on that new freeway. I don't
see how they get away with it. If
Harvey bids on a contract, that's
how much he gets. He pays for
Why don't you ask Harvey ? He should
be able to explain it to you.
I was just thinking of that. I guess cost
overruns are the only thing we've never
It must be hard to find something new
for you to talk about after 17 years.
You say that like you think it's boring
for us. That's not the way it is at all. I
meant I don't like to take my work
]problems home and dump thorn on him,
and he doesn't like to dump his on me.
Now we have this we can talk about.
It might be both of us are interested in this.
I didn't mean I think you have a boring marriage.
Just that you must know each other as well as
you know yourselves.
It must be comfortable for you. No surprises.
There are plenty of surprises. All nice ones.
How did we get started on this ?
I read this story about cost overruns.....
STOP! I don't want to do it again.
Isbecki and Petrie enter with a teenage perp in custody, about 13 years old. They sit him in the chair by Petrie's desk.
Hey Isbecki, what rock did you turn
over to find that ?
It's nothing. Just illegal possession of
a firearm. Me didn't even have any
ammo for it.
Somebody should tell him that's a good
way to get killed.
Cagney gets up and walks over to the perp.
They did you a favor by bringing you in.
What favor ? I just wanted it for a
paperweight. A conversation piece.
Sure, like "Hands up," and "Give me your
Come on, gimmie a break here.
You already got one. You got busted.
Cagney gives him a little pinch on the cheek and returns to her desk laughing. Petrie turns from his computer terminal
Victor. It's another one.
Is that three or four ?
Four what ?
A shipment of guns, whiskey, and cigarettes
was hi-jacked in Delaware last week. This
is the fourth gun recovered in this precinct,
and the fifteenth in New York city, according
to the computer.
You're telling us we have a city full of
drunken punks with guns In their pockets ?
it looks that way.
(throws her hands in the air)
The very thing we needed today.
They're selling the guns for $15, The
whiskey for $5 a fifth, and the cigarettes
for $5 a carton.
Any kid can get one.
We'll have a lot of dead kids if they
get wild with those guns.
Since when have kids been any other way?
EXTERIOR - LACEY HOME - NIGHT - ESTABLISHING
INTERIOR - LACEY BEDROOM - NIGHT
Harvey and Mary Beth are preparing for bed.
Harv, I saw something in the paper today
that puzzled me.
What was it, Babe ?
A cost overrun on the new freeway.
How does that happen ?
Lots of ways, Babe. Bad weather, flaws
in the plans by the architect, faulty
material from a supplier, faulty work
by a sub-contractor, sickness of key
personnel, a surveyor can make a one
inch mistake so things don't fit and
have to be done over, problems with
utility companies, and so on.
That's a lot.
There's about a thousand more, but those
are the most common legit ones.
And the Illegitimate ones ?
Sometimes they hire too many men so
some just stand around. They charge $55
an hour and pay the men $48. They stock
all sizes of pipe so they can put in the
wrong size, then charge for it and for changing
it, and charge again for the new. Later they
sell it again to another project so they get
paid twice. They can use "creative
bookkeeping". If they really want to get dirty,
they can put voids in the concrete so it has to
be broken out and done over, and about
10,000 other ways.
Well, If they're dishonest, there should
be a way to prove It.
Sure, but if you do, they just blame some
flunkie. Nobody important ever gets touched.
So on a job, say $20 million, how much
can they set away with ?
Legally, maybe four million, tops.
Illegally, maybe twelve.
TWELVE MILLION ??? - ON A TWENTY
DOLLAR JOB ???
Yeah, Babe, but when you're dealin' with the
government, 20 million is a small Job,
and nobody looks too oboe. So many
bureaucrats are involved you can always
find one somewhere to approve anything.
But Harv, That's stealing from the
taxpayers, from us !!
Yeah, but that's the system. From time to
time it gets out of hand, so somebody cleans
it up a little. But it goes back to normal soon.
Don't worry about it. You'll just get gray hair,
and anyway, it's not your job.
If they're breaking the law, It's my job.
I want to check it out, and I want you to
OK. But I still think you should forget it.
Good night, Babe.
Good night, Harv.
CUT TO INTERIOR - SQUAD ROOM - DAY
Lacey has arrived early and is sitting at her desk studying yesterday's paper when Cagney arrives. Cagney sits down at her desk, puts her purse in a drawer, and looks over at Lacey.
So what' s new in the paper today ?
I don't know.
You don't know what you're reading ?
It's yesterday's paper.
What's so great about yesterday's paper ?
I wanted to read that story about the cost
overrun on the freeway, and I found another
one on a cost overrun on that new Hills park.
Did you talk to Harvey about the freeway ?
He said there are so many ways to cheat
that I should just forget it. But something
about this story bothers me so I can't. If I
could just put my finger on it. It's kind of
like a premonition.
Well I've got something you can put your
finger on. It's these hot guns appearing all over.
A uniformed female officer approaches.
Hi. remember me ?
They turn and look at her.
I seem to remember your face from
Wait a minute......I got it!!
Stephanie. From six years ago.
You were the runaway who got involved
Dom Lucero. You were setting yourself
up as an independent prostitute!!
Now look at you. In uniform.
I bet you never expected to see me like
No, I sure didn't. How did it happen ?
After you sent me to a halfway house. Then
got me declared an emancipated minor, things
changed for me. For the first time I was treated
like a real human being. They gave me a real
chance to be me. I learned a lot there.
But how did you get the uniform ?
I decided that I' d like to pass the favor
on to somebody else. Since juvenile records
don't count, I was able to enroll in the
police academy, and here I am, a member
of New York's finest.
When did you graduate from the Academy ?
Last Fri. I've been assigned to the 2nd Precinct.
I start there on next Monday. I have this week off.
Carassa approaches with a gun in his hand.
Here's another one of those guns from
that hi-jacked shipment.
Isbecki turns from his desk.
The word on the street is that guys are
selling them, the whiskey, and cigarettes
from cars and vans on the street.
What we need is a new face to make
some buys. They seem to know all of us
and close the store when we show up.
Will my face do ?
Oh, Stephanie, we couldn't send you
out on the street to do an undercover
job as dangerous as that. Not fresh out
of the Academy with no experience at all.
You're forgetting, I worked those streets
as a prostitute. I had nobody to back me
up at all, and I survived it. Besides, some
of the people out there still remember me.
I could walk right in. They still trust me.
Well, if she just gathered information,
and didn't try to make any arrests, I
guess it might work.
If Samuels buys it.
A BEAT while Cagney looks from one face to another.
How did I get elected to ask him ?
You're the one who took the most interest
in Stephanie. You got her into the
O.K., O.K., I get the message.
She gets up and heads for Samuels office.
CUT TO: INTERIOR - SAMUELS OFFICE - DAY
Cagney knocks on the door and without waiting for an answer she opens it and sticks her head in. Samuels is sitting at his desk.
You busy ?
Samuels waves his hand for her to come in.
What's on your mind ?
Cagney comes in and sits down.
I don't suppose you remember her. It's
been six years. I got a fifteen year old
prostitute off the street and into a
She did well in the halfway house. Her
juvenile record was expunged, and she
decided she wanted to become a cop,
so she entered the police Academy.
Good for her. How's she doing:?
She graduated last week.
What precinct was she assigned to ?
That's a good precinct for a new officer
to get some experience. Not too much
crime over there.
She doesn't report till next Monday. That
gives her a week off. She wants to help us
with a case where we need somebody
undercover to make a buy.
We can't use her yet. She's got to go through
a probationary period first.
She knows the street life, and some of the
people out there might still remember
her as a prostitute. I think she can handle it.
Can't we contact her superior and get an
exception made ?
It's never been done before, but I suppose
we could try. I'll call Lt. Ferguson at the
2nd and see if he'll approve. But I want
to make it clear she's not to try to arrest
She won't make any arrests at all.
Just make buys and gather information.
O.K. I'll see what I can do.
Cagney gets up to leave as Samuels picks up the phone.
END OF ACT ONE
SQUAD ROOM - DAY
ON Cagney and Lacey at their desks as a well dressed man in a suit and tie approaches.
I'm agent Wellborn, Federal Bureau of
Investigation. I understand you people have
been recovering some guns from a hijacked
That's right, we have five so far.
I see. Just where have you recovered them ?
Kids and punks on the street. Anybody
with fifteen dollars can get one.
Have you made any arrests ?
Just for possession of an illegal weapon
and possession of stolen property. Most
of them were juveniles so we had to
release them to their parents.
That's all right. Just give me your records
and we'll bring then into the Bureau for
You know we can't give you juvenile
records, sir, those are sealed.
We can give you something on the one
adult we have. But you won't get anything
out of him. He was drunk when he bought
it and doesn't have any idea where he got it.
Well, if that's all you have to show for this
case, then I'll have to settle for the
Sorry again. They've already been melted
down. That's the law in New York. As
soon as they're no longer needed in a case
we melt them down.
Wellborn looks at each one in turn with a look of angry frustration.
Then the bureau will just have to
take over this investigation.
He turns and leaves in obvious anger. After he's gone, things continue.
Those F.B.I. people have all the nerve
in the world.
Yeah, but we shut off his water this time.
I bet we won't see him again.
EXTERIOR - LACEY HOME - NIGHT - ESTABLISHING - STOCK
LACEY LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Mary Beth shows Harvey an item In the newspaper.
Look at this, Harv.
(reads item out loud)
Child dies in freak accident in Hills park.
Paula Evans, 7, was playing on the teeter-totter
in Mills Park with her friend, Jean Thomas,
also 7, when the teeter-totter board broke. The
child fell to the ground, landing on her back.
A sharp stick lying on the ground penetrated
her heart, killing her almost instantly.
Attorney Joseph Watson has filed a $50 million
suit against the city, claiming negligence in
the construction of the park.
She puts down the paper.
What a shame.
I checked, Harv. That's the new park
I was talking about yesterday. The one
with the cost overrun.
When did they finish it ?
Last month, and with a 23% overrun.
23%....Sounds like a lot on such a
I think something' s wrong. I want you
to help me check it out. I need your
experience in construction.
O.K. We'll start with all the information
from the city engineers office. I'll look it
over and we'll take it from there.
EXTERIOR - 14TH PRECINCT - ESTABLISHING - DAY
SQUAD ROOM - DAY
Cagney and Lacey are not there. A man enters. ON Petrie and Isbecki at their desks. The man approaches them.
Can we help you ?
My name is Murgatroyd Potts. I'm from
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and
Firearms. I understand you have recovered
some firearms from a hi-jacked Interstate
We did, but we already melted them down.
That's all right. I'm only interested
in tracing them to the hi-jackers.
No luck there, I'm afraid. Most of them
were recovered from juveniles We had to
release them to their parents. The one we
recovered from an adult was bought when
he was drunk, and he couldn't tell us anything.
How about using an undercover officer to
make a buy ?
They tried that in the twelfth. Whoever
is selling them seems to know us all.
How about an informant ?
We've come up dry there too. The only
idea anybody here has come up with is
Who's Stephanie ?
She's a new officer, just out of the
Police Academy. She has no experience at
all, and she's been assigned to another
What makes you think a green Officer could
When she was a teenager she tried working
the streets as a prostitute. Juvenile records
are expunged, so she decided to join the force.
So she's familiar with street life ?
Very much so. But she's not available to us.
Do you think she can do the job ?
I do. How about you, Marcus ?
She's got a better chance than anyone
Give me her name and precinct. I'll
get her for you.
EXTERIOR - CITY OFFICE BUILDING WHERE THE CITY ENGINEER'S OFFICE IS LOCATED - DAY - ESTABLISHING
INTERIOR - CITY ENGINEER'S OFFICE
ON Harvey and Mary Beth at the counter.
Can I help you ?
Mary Beth takes out her badge and shows it.
I'm Det. Lacey, 14th precinct. This is
my husband, Harvey. We want copies of
every bit of information you have on the
Mills Park project.
It'll take about half an hour to
make copies for you.
How about if we go for coffee ?
Sounds good to me. We'll be back.
INTERIOR - CITY ENGINEER'S OFFICE - HALF AN HOUR LATER
Harvey and Mary Beth enter to find a stack of papers on the counter.
There you arc. Everything we have.
Harvey looks through the papers.
Looks like it's all here. Plans, specifications,
surveyor's report, material list, inspection
reports. Everything but the costs.
We don't have that here. You have to go
to the Controller's Office for that.
Oh. Well, thank you very much for this.
You're welcome, I'm sure.
Harvey starts to pick up the papers.
INTERIOR - CITY CONTROLLER'S OFFICE - SAME DAY
Harvey and Mary Beth enter and approach a woman at a desk. Harvey has the papers from the City Engineer's Office.
'm Det. Lacey, 14th Precinct. We're
investigating the death of Paula Evans in
Mills park. We need all the information
you have on the costs involved in the
I can give you that only if you have a
Then we'll get one.
I never heard of any public records that
are secret. This must be where the crooks are.
There are NO crooks in this office.
I can see that. That's why the police have
to have a court order to investigate possible
cases of embezzlement and manslaughter.
Wait here. I'll speak to my supervisor.
The woman goes to a rear office. We can see her talking to a man through a glass window.
Looks like we got to her.
I hope so. We might not get a court
order, since this isn't an official investigation.
At least not yet. It's only official if someone
reports a crime, or we find a crime. Looking
for a possible crime isn't official.
The woman returns.
My supervisor says I can give you the information
you want, but you have to agree to keep it confidential.
If we find everything in order, we will. If we find
a crime took place, I'll make an arrest. That will
make it public.
Well....I suppose that will have to do.
EXTERIOR - LACEY HOME - NIGHT
INTERIOR - LACEY KITCHEN
The kitchen table and chairs are piled with papers as Harvey works on the Mills Park papers. ON Harvey as he works. WIDEN as Mary Beth steps up to him.
Can you make room so we can eat ?
I guess so. I can't find anything wrong.
The plans are good. The material all came
from reputable suppliers at reasonable
prices. All the inspections seem to be in
order. I guess I'm done here.
Harvey gathers up the papers and puts them on top of the refrigerator. Mary Beth starts setting the table and putting the food from the stove on it.
So what do we do now ?
I have to go to the park and inspect things
for myself. I have to try to get hold of that
broken board from the teeter-totter. According
to the plans that board should have supported
at least a thousand pounds. No way it should
have broken with just a couple of 7-year-olds.
Maybe there was more than just two girls on it.
Even if you lined them up from end to end,
it still wouldn't have been enough weight
to break a board like the plans call for.
Mary Beth calls out to the boys in the living room.
HARVEY. MICHAEL. SHUT OFF THE
TV AND WASH UP FOR SUPPER.
END OF ACT TWO
EXTERIOR - 14TH PRECINCT - DAY - WSTABLOSHING - STOCK
INTERIOR - SQUAD ROOM - DAY
ON Cagney and Lacey at their desks as Officer Stephanie Brandon enters in uniform.
Somebody around here sure has clout.
Not us, They turned us down flat.
It was Mr. Potts, of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, and Firearms.
Well he sure got results. I've been ordered
to assist you in any way you want.
All right ! Do you still have some of the
clothes you wore when you worked the street?
No, my mother threw them all away, but I
can get more in about an hour, and make-up
too. But it'll be tomorrow before I can be
all ready, with the hair and all.
Just remember, you'll be out there on your own.
No back-up at all. If any of us come near you it
could blow your cover.
I can handle it. But of course you know
I won't be doing any prostitution, so I won't
be able to stay in any area for long.
We can have a uniform come by and collar
you to get you out of an area when you need
to move. If you go back there later, it'll
make it look good.
Sounds good to me. Do you want me to
make buys with marked money?
Yes, the Dept. will supply it.
Just get us the license numbers and descriptions.
We'll bust them later so nobody will get wise to you.
You'll have to carry your badge and ID concealed
somewhere on your person, but I think it would
be too hard to conceal your gun, and why would
you want to buy one if you already have one ?.
If anything goes wrong all you can do is get out
of there fast.
I've run for my life before. I haven't
I wish we had time to give you more training.
The streets have gotten meaner in the last six years.
If anyone finds out who you are you'll be a
target..... I guess you will be anyway..... Be
careful. I'd hate it if I found I tried so hard
for you and it came to.....
I can do it, and I promise, I'll be careful.
EXTERIOR - DAY - MILLS PARK
Harvey is standing by some of the park equipment which is made of painted wood. Mary Beth approaches.
What did you find, Harv ?
Some of this equipment is made of new
wood and some of used wood. Not the all
new wood they charged the city for.
So the construction Co. switched it.
They bought new and used old.
Could be. An employee could have ripped
off the company by switching it too. The
teeter-totter board was eaten us by termites.
That's why it broke.
Well, at least we know what happened.
Now we have to figure out who did it.
The contractor paid for all new material.
I saw the receipt. The supplier doesn't
deal in used material. The truck driver
has worked there for 11 years with no
trouble. That leaves the construction
crew. They work for a sub-contractor
I don't know anything about him.
I guess that's where we start.
EXTERIOR - NEW YORK STREET - DAY
Stephanie is walking about on the street in the manner of a prostitute. Wandering aimlessly describes it. She is keeping a sharp eye for the police as she scans the faces around her, watching for trouble, but hoping to spot someone she knows. She spots no one, but from time to time a man approaches her. She refuses them all. A pimp approaches her and tells her to get out of "his" territory.
Hey Mama. Wat choo think you're doin'
on my turf ? Ya wanna work for me ?
I don't work any more. I'm just looking
for some of the girls I used to know when
Well, if yer not gonna work for me, then
get lost. Go anywhere else.
Maybe some of the girls work for you now.
Do you know Adrian, or Sniffles, or Yolie,
or black Millie ?
NOTE: Yo-lee is a nickname for Yolanda.
I didn't know you knew Sniffles. She
works for me now. But she's not in
such good shape any more, an' I'm
about to cut her loose. Come on. I'll
take you to her.
The walk off down the street together.
EXTERIOR-ANOTHER NEW YORK STREET-DAY
Sniffles is a cocaine addict. Her arms are liberally adorned with needle tracks and she got her nickname from the long sniffing of cocaine. Her nose runs constantly and she "sniffs' constantly. She wipes her nose with her hand often. She is about twenty years old but looks in her late thirties. As usual, she has a head full of cocaine as Stephanie and the Pimp approach her.
Here she is.
Sniffles ? Is it really you ?
Sniffles turns and looks at her dully.
Yeah..... Steffie ? Is that you ?
It's me all right. But look at what you've
done to yourself. You look so much older.
I don't think I would've recognized you.
She barely makes enough money to pay for
her habit any more. If you want her you
can have her. She's no good to me.
O.K. I'll take care of her.
O.K. You two can get along without me.
I got business to tend to.
The pimp leaves.
You look like you could use a cup of coffee.
NOTE: Drug addicts crave candy for the sugar to provide them with energy.
They never brush their teeth, and the sugar rots their teeth so they end up needing more dope to kill the pain.
You wouldn't happen to have a candy
bar, would you?
No, but I'll buy you half a dozen if you like.
Stephanie leads Sniffles into a restaurant.
INTERIOR - RESTAURANT - DAY
OUT ! YOU TWO GET OUT RIGHT NOW !
We don't allow hookers in here.
Just sell me a half dozen of those candy
bars and we'll be on our way.
She pays the waitress and they leave.
EXTERIOR-NEW YORK STREET-DAY
Stephanie gives her a candy bar. Sniffles opens it and starts eating it as they wander off down the sidewalk.
Here. Tell me about the others. Start
Adrien O.D'd three or four years ago.
How about Yollie ?
She quit the street, like you did. Like
I should have done. Went home to her Mama.
And black Millie ?
A "John" killed her.
At least you're still alive.
Yeah....But not for long, I hope. I'm so
tired of livin'. If I can get the money I'm
gonna O.D. I Just can't handle it any more.
All those beds, and alleys, and wherever.
All those men. I just wanna die.
NOTE: I considered using a statement once made to me by a prostitute, "If I have to look at one more hard penis I think I'll scream", but I rejected it as being too radical for a C and L show.
I don't know what to say to you, my
Loan me a couple hundred so I can do it.
You know I couldn't do that, even if I had
No....I guess not.
Have you tried detoxing ?
Four times. But I love coke so much I
just go right back to it. I know you
never did any. Take my advice. Don't.
You'll love it to death....Your death.
Sniffles hugs Stephanie and cries uncontrollably as Stephanie tries to comfort her. A blue and white patrol car pulls to the curb and two officers get out. Stephanie and Sniffles don't notice them as they approach. The officers grab them by the arm and hustle them into the back seat of the police car. They don't resist.
INTERIOR - 12TH PRECINCT BOOKING DESK - DAY
The officers bring in Stephanie and Sniffles. The officer at the desk turns to Stephanie first.
Stephanie shows her badge and I.D.
Officer Brandon, 14th Precinct.
You're workin' undercover ?
I was. Till those two came along and blew
my cover. I thought they were sent for me
because I was in a bad situation, but now I
see they were Just looking for a couple of
sitting ducks so they could make an easy collar.
You're a cop now ? I'd a never believed
that of you.
We didn't know. We would've left you
alone if we had.
And what were you going to charge us with?
We've both seen your kind before, just
hit the street and clean up your act.
Stephanie turns to the Desk Officer.
Where's your interrogation room ?
That's it, right there.
They go into the indicated room.
I couldn't tell you out there on the street.
You've always been my friend. I want to
do something to stop other girls like us from
getting to be like you are now, so miserable,
feeling like their lives are over at 22, or 25,
or whatever. It hurts me so much to see you
like this. That's why I became a cop.
I guess I understand.
Do you remember what it was like before
we hit the street ? Life was sort of miserable,
but nothing like as bad as the street.
If only we had known.
Our parents tried to tell us.
Yeah....They tried....But we knew everything
I was luckier than you. I met a woman cop
who was tougher than I was. She put it together
for me. I'd give anything to be able to do that for you.
It's too late.., just too late.
I can't believe that. You're still breathing.
I'm going to call her.
END OF ACT THREE
EXTERIOR-14TH PRECINCT PARKING BAY-DAY-ESTABLISHING-STOCK
ON Cagney and Lacey at their desks as Harvey enters.
Hi, Babe, Hi Chris. I got it all
Got what checked out ?
The Mills Park thing. What did you
find out ?
The truck driver delivered the new material
to the job site on Wed. The construction crew
started the job on Fri. They used some of the
new material then. They were off on Sat, and Sun.
They continued the job on Mon. Some of the
material on the job on Mon. was used material.
Somebody switched it over the weekend. There's
no way to find out who did it.
Isbecki and Petrie approach.
So it's a dead end ? The guilty person
will never be found ?
Looks like it. Sorry Babe.
I wouldn't say NOTHING came of it. At
least we found out who was innocent.
Looks to me like you have a worse problem
now than you did before.
How's that ?
If you tell what you found out, the girl's
family will get nothing.
And if you don't tell, the city loses.
Well....It wasn't an official investigation.
Thanks a lot. That just means I can't
ask Samuels what to do.
Looks like this one is strictly up to
you and Harv.
Whatever you decide, it won't do any good
for the little girl who died.
I suppose not. Whatever you decide,
I'll support it, Mary Beth.
Whatever I decide ?
It was your idea to investigate it.
Cagney's phone rings.
Sgt. Cagney, 14th.....Hi Stephanie......
O.K......We'll be right there. Bye.
She hangs up the phone.
Stephanie's at the 12th and she needs us
Mary Beth kisses Harvey quickly on the cheek and she and Chris hurry out.
INTERIOR-12TH PRECINCT BOOKING DESK-DAY
Cagney and Lacey enter and go to the desk officer.
I'm Sgt. Cagney and this is Det. Lacey.
We're looking for officer Brandon.
They head for the indicated room.
Stephanie and Sniffles are still there as Cagney and Lacey enter.
What do you have.
This is my old friend, Sniffles. She knows
everything you need to know about the
guns and stuff.
Yeah, but I need to go. I gotta make
some money so I can get some Coke.
My lord. How old are you, Sniffles ?
22, I think.
You look so much older. I guess that's
what dope does to you.
We can't offer you any Coke, but we do
pay for information. How much do you need ?
A couple hundred would be nice.
We don't have that much. How about $50 ?
O.K. What do you want to know ?
People are selling guns, whiskey, and
cigarettes on the street from a hi-jacked
truck. We need to know where they pick
up their supply. Where's the warehouse ?
O.K. The stuff is stored.......
Chris and Mary Beth are parked on the street and are watching a warehouse about a block away through binoculars. Chris reads off a license plate while Mary Beth writes it down.
New York, DGS-571.
Lets go ahead with a raid. That's 19 vehicles
in the last hour. The stuff will all be sold
before we do it if we don't act soon.
OK. Get on the radio. There's obviously
too many of them for just the two of us.
Several police cars converge on the warehouse at once. The police jump out and rush into the warehouse. In a few moments they start bringing out men and women they have arrested inside. Chris and Mary Beth help load them into a police van as they are brought out.
Step right along, ladies and gentlemen.
Lots of room on the inside.
Looks like this is the last one. Close
An officer closes the back doors of the van and prepares to drive them to jail.
Lets set up a sting for the rest.
Arrest them as they arrive.
. And get a truck down here to
bring in the rest of this merchandise.
CAGNEY looks at her watch.
We've been here for about three hours.
Time we got back to Stephanie and
Yeah. They're probably wondering
what happened to us.
Stephanie is sitting alone in a booth. She has obviously been crying and her mascara is streaked down her cheeks. Chris and Mary Beth approach.
Well, we got 'em all. Where's Sniffled ?
They just took her away.
Why didn't you stop them.
She wasn't arrested. After we left you, I
went with her to score. After she got her
coke we came here. She went into the toilet
to shoot up. I waited here. She was gone
for a while and I wondered what was taking
her so long. I went into the toilet and found
a message on the mirror in lipstick. It said,
"Steffie, take care of me." I looked for her
and found her with her face in the toilet bowl.
She drowned herself.
SEVERAL BEATS while Stephanie cries some more and Chris tries to comfort her by hugging her.
14TH SQUAD ROOM-DAY
ON Cagney and Lacey at their desks.
I've decided to keep quiet about Mills Park.
The family has lost enough already when their
daughter died. No reason for them to lose
again in court. The people of New York have
a big heart. We can do that much for them.
I suppose so...I hated to lose Sniffles
I feel sorrier for Stephanie. That's
a terrible way to lose a friend.
You win some and you lose some. No telling
how many kids might have gotten killed with
those guns if Sniffles hadn't helped us.
It was like she was waiting to do one
good thing before she killed herself.
And maybe a friend to take care of
sending her body home.
Sometimes I can't decide if I love this
job or hate it, if I should be happy to put
criminals in jail or sad to see poor kids
like Sniffles go, after wasting their lives,
You know what they say. Onward through
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