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Everybody's Favorite Bagman 

The assault of a city councilman uncovers a scandal involving organized crime, elected city officials, and a deputy police commissioner.


John Patterson


Dick Wolf (created by), Dick Wolf

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Max Greevey
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff (credit only)
Roy Thinnes ... D.A. Alfred Wentworth
Trey Wilson ... Eddie Cosmatos
Paul Guilfoyle ... Anthony Scalisi
Dick Latessa ... Conti
Michael Wikes Michael Wikes ... Lasco
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Alice Halsey
Debra Stricklin Debra Stricklin ... Alicia Heslin
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... William Jefferson
William H. Macy ... Assistant U.S. Attorney John McCormack (as W.H. Macy)


Sergeant Greevy and Detective Logan investigate a knife attack on city councilor Chuck Halsey, the apparent victim of a mugging and they eventually arrest two black teenagers. They deny stabbing the man admitting only to robbing him while he lay there. Greevy had heard rumors that Halsey was once a bag man collecting the take at the criminal courts but the man's reputation in recent years has been clean. An eye witness leads them to a mob hit man, Tony Scalisi, who agrees to wear a wire in return for a lesser charge. Halsey had been called as a witness in a federal investigation into parking contracts and it appears that police Deputy Commander William Jefferson, one of ADA Robinette's childhood heroes, may be implicated in the crooked scheme. Stone seeks the assistance of the FBI but their sting doesn't quite go down as planned. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

30 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Trey Wilson, who played Eddie Cosmatos, died in January 1989, nearly two years before this episode aired. See more »


In a scene where Stone and Robinette are talking in Stone's office, Stone puts on a raincoat during the conversation. In the shot where Stone faces the camera, the collar of the raincoat is down. In the shot where Stone has his back to the camera, the collar of the raincoat is up. See more »


[In a run-down Harlem apartment building]
Little Girl: Are you The Man?
Det. Sgt. Maxwell "Max" Greevey: We sure are, honey.
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Featured in Law & Order: The First 3 Years (2004) See more »

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How it all started, even if it is the sixth episode aired
31 July 2015 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

The series pilot, "Everybody's Favorite Bagman" was actually the sixth episode aired that year. If you wonder why this episode of Law and Order looks as though it was shot in a different decade - different film quality, George Dzundza (Max Greevey) has magically lost 20 pounds, and a completely different actor (Roy Thinnes) is playing a completely different DA (Alfred Wentworth)- it is because this episode was shot as a pilot for CBS in 1988, and rejected by that network. Thus when you hear comments made that seem to be introducing the characters after you have been watching them work together for six episodes, that is actually what is going on.

There are really nothing really remarkable about the plot, so I'll let you watch and see what happens. In this actually first show, it is the structure of the episode - all police first half, all prosecution second half, that is actually on display.

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