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The Torrents of Greed: Part 2 

After crime boss Frank Masucci's murder case gets thrown out, Stone turns up the heat on the witnesses who played him in order to find charges against Masucci that will stick.


E.W. Swackhamer


Dick Wolf (created by), Michael S. Chernuchin (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Sergeant Max Greevey
Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Captain Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... E.A.D.A. Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... A.D.A. Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Bruce Altman ... Harv Beigal
Christine Baranski ... Katherine Masucci Beigel
Charles Cioffi ... Frank Masucci
Robert Fields Robert Fields ... Mario Zalta
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... George Zuckert
Stephen McHattie ... Joe Pilefsky
Lee Richardson ... Defense Attorney Michael Le Claire
Ronald Hunter ... Pilefsky's Defense Attorney
Phillip R. Allen ... Defense Attorney Davis (as Philip R. Allen)


Having been set up by mobster Frank Mansucci, Executive ADA Stone takes a different tack in pursuing him. Although Mansucci can no longer be tried for the murder of the trucking union official, they hope to convict him of kidnapping the man. They get a warrant to wiretap his conversations for a month hoping to get more information. They also arrest his brother-in-law Harv Beigal for bribing a city official and hope that the threat of a stretch in Attica may get him to testify. Beigal flatly refuses to testify but does tell Stone how his brother-in-law Mansucci gave the orders to have someone eliminated. When Beigal suddenly disappears, Stone and the police are quite certain he's been disposed of. Beigal's wife says she's never been involved in the family business and has no information for them. As everyone soon learns, some problems have a way of resolving themselves. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

19 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode, along with "Law & Order: Black Tie (1993)," are the only episodes that do not have the following statement appearing at the beginning of each episode: "In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime, and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories." See more »


After Detective Max and Mike play a recorded telephone conversion to Joe Pilefsky in prison, the guard that lets the Detectives out, pulls the door lock off of the door. See more »


Mike Logan: She spent a million bucks just to waste her brother?
Ben Stone: Not a waste of bail money, with Masucci dead she gets every penny back.
Mike Logan: Well, she did in 10 seconds what none of us could do in 10 years.
Ben Stone: What's that?
Mike Logan: Someone finally put Masucci out of business, permanently.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.34 (2009) See more »

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Tense greed
23 October 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 1 of 'Law and Order', the original show of the popular franchise and my personal favourite (despite it not feeling the same post-Briscoe) was a very solid one. Even the weakest episodes were pretty good. Outstanding, ones rewarded my highest rating, episodes were not many, with most of the episodes getting the very good to great ones. That is not to say though that Season 1 was exempt from outstanding episodes, far from it.

Both parts of the "The Torrents of Greed" two parter fit that distinction for exactly the same reasons to each other and among the best episodes of the season. Had a slight personal preference to this more tension-and-intrigue filled second part. Perfect examples of why the early seasons of 'Law and Order', so pre-Briscoe and the early Briscoe years, are worth watching and not deserving of being forgotten in favour of the more frequently aired Season 7-onwards episodes.

George Dzundza and Chris Noth have the usual hard-boiled edge as Greevey and Logan and Michael Moriarty squeezes out every bit of juice from Stone (a character that the writers always seemed to have fun with). Christina Baranski continues to make Katherine an increasingly interesting and strongly developed character. It is Charles Cioffi's truly sinister Masucci once again, one of the season's most formidable characters, that dominates. They are helped by a tautly structured and thoughtful script and well drawn characters, it doesn't get much more threatning than the Mob and mob bosses and Masucci proves that.

Furthermore, the story is ceaselessly compelling and piles on the tension and intrigue, with some interesting moral dilemmas and a conclusion that wraps things up satisfyingly. The production values are still stylish, the theme tune hard to forget and the music placement and tone never came over as questionable, not being melodramatic either.

Overall, outstanding. 10/10

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