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Drug cartel arc, episodes 65-69. (new regular cast)

ARC CAST

Maximilian Schell as Amado Guzman
Martika as Dahlia Mendez
Manolo Villaverde as Rafael Santana
Carlos Gomez as Dag Machado

Episode 65. "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree." Saturday, 9 pm. 2 hours. 11/10/1990.

Writer: Peter Lance.
Director: John Eliasberg.

PLOT

Vinnie disappears while Beckstead is trying to convince Frank to take a desk job after his recent brush with death. Frank follows leads to Miami and begins to work with Michael Santana, a disbarred federal prosecutor, to conduct an unauthorized investigation into Vinnie's disappearance. The OCB believes the evidence shows that Vinnie is dead, and closes the case. At Vinnie’s memorial service, Frank reveals his status as an agent to redeem Vinnie in the eyes of his friends and relatives, at Carlotta’s request.

CAST

James Rebhorn as White
Elsa Raven as Carlotta Terranova Auippo
George O. Petrie as Don Auippo
Stephen Markle

COMMENTS

There is a great deal of super macho business for Frank in this episode, to attempt to compensate for Vinnie’s absence. Frank threatens Santana with a knife, almost electrocutes a suspect in a hot tub, and after being bagged by the CIA, escapes from a taxiing plane. Facing down Mr. White, he’s great (see LINES.) The memorial service is very fine, as well.

LINES

"D.R.D. Ops? It’s a janitor’s job. I got sixteen years in, Paul. There’s no way I’m going to do my twenty ordering office supplies. I’m a field man."

"You don’t get it, I mean you really don’t get it, you understand? He didn’t walk, he was taken."

"Now you listen to me, sport shoes. I’m standing here in a triple-G worsted. It is a hundred and fifty degrees on this tub and she’s frying eggs. Now I have been up for seventeen hours trying to find out what happened to my friend. A man who incidentally used to be your friend. Now you better start talking to me or I’m going to put you down in federal stir so fast your huevos will turn over."

"It is possible, Mr. White, that you misunderstood my name. My name is McPike. Francis Xavier McPike. 173rd Airborne, two tours. Bronze star with a purple. And they just pulled an AR15 slug out of my back. So, I tell you what, pal, you want to measure testosterone levels with me, I think maybe you've got the wrong guy."

"I have been shut down. I am a fugitive."

(about his messed up clothes) "Oh, Frank. Frank, get a life."

"I’m sorry. You see, I went to a low-rent Catholic high school. We had to choose between Latin and biology."

"So the holes in their foreheads are birthmarks?"

"You know, White, I’m not a politician, I’m a bureaucrat. I am. I’m a bureaucrat. I’m up to my hips in the bureaucracy. But there is something wrong when an FBI agent tries to help an old friend and ends up kidnapped with two coffins and a crucifix. End of story."

"If I don't find out what happened to Vince, they're gonna find me with a gun in my hand and a bullet in my brain. This is not over, man."

"You’re right, Mikey. The lamp was by the hot tub. We tried to effect an arrest. The lamp fell and the bulb broke."

"Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Frank McPike and I’m a federal agent. I’m also one of the reasons that this church is empty today, because it should be full. Vince Terranova deserved better. Most of you people think that Vince was a criminal, that he was some kind of a wiseguy, including all his old friends in Brooklyn. And one by one they abandoned him. They thought he was tainted. They thought he was dirty—some kind of a made guy. But his mother knew the truth and the truth is that Vincenzo Michael Terranova was an undercover agent for the FBI. Vince Terranova was a hero. He spent eighteen months of his life incarcerated in a federal penitentiary just to secure his cover. He hated organized crime and he hated the taint that it put on his people. And he dedicated his life to destroying it. I don’t know where my friend is right now but, please God, that his work and his life were not in vain. The man responsible for his abduction is in federal custody and I can promise you, if I do nothing else in my life, that man will be brought to justice."


Episode 66. "Black Gold." Saturday, 10 pm. 11/17/1990.

Writer: Bill Bludworth.
Director: Jorge Montesi.

PLOT

The arrival of boat people in Miami interferes with Santana and McPike's investigation of Guzman.

CAST

Badja Djola as Etoile De Joi

LINES

"You know, Uncle and I had a pact. If he died first, I was supposed to take his ashes and scatter them around first base at Yankee Stadium and let Mattingly rub ’em into the infield."

"He was supposed to take my boy Drake fishing every year on the anniversary of my death. Sort of the Frank McPike memorial run for the bass."

"Mikey, I think it’s time you started to re-evaluate what you know about women."


Episode 67. "The Gift." Saturday, 10 pm. 11/24/1990.

Writer: Stephen J. Cannell.
Director: Jorge Montesi.

PLOT

Dahlia is threatened to warn Santana to back off; Santana passes Guzman's loyalty test.

CAST

Tony Boland as Cruz

COMMENTS

Frank has a shirtless scene.

LINES

"Oh, I’m dead serious, Mikey. Guys die doing this all the time. Sometimes they disappear and never come back.."

"Vinnie's missing in action. I'm still rooting for Vinnie."

(About Lifeguard) "He’s your lifeline. He’s also a pretty good mother confessor. Some guys say he’s their best friend and they never even met him."

"…but you lay off, because, believe me, I am carrying more guilt than I need."

"Now you have to stay in control. If you’re gonna go crazy I have to know. You tell me now."


Episode 68. "La Mina." Saturday, 10 pm. 12/1/1990.

Writer: Peter Lance.
Director: Colin Bucksey.

PLOT

Santana learns the workings of Guzman's illegal operations; Gacha is arrested, but Guzman takes refuge in the El Savador embassy.

CAST

James Rebhorn as White
Marc Macauley as Jake Schine
Rene Rokk as Mendoza

COMMENTS

Macho Frank slams the albino against car.

COSTUME

Another shirtless scene, this time with crumbs.

LINES

"All right, what was so important I had to leave the wonderful vibrator bed at the motel?"

"You know, Mikey, when we started this, as I remember, I was in charge."

"Now if there’s any such thing as heroism, I’d say you qualify, but you are not a professional agent. Now I have learned the hard way that if you let your heart drive your work you’re in for big trouble."

"It’s instant coffee. What, is that a sin with you Cubans?"


Episode 69. "Witness Protection for the Archangel Lucifer." Saturday, 10 pm. 12/8/1990.

Writers: Peter Lance, Rafael Lima.
Director: Jorge Montesi.

PLOT

Santana flies to El Salvador as part of an OCB/DEA plan to snatch Guzman.

CAST

Fredric Lehne as Winston Chambers III
Marc Macauley as Jake Schine

LINES

"So that’s it? We’ve got a warrant on him for murder, for narcotics, terrorism, for money laundering, and he’s just gonna sit there and laugh at us?"

"I want the name… Who gave the order on Vince?"

*Episode 70. "Point of No Return." (syndicated) (non arc episode)

Writer: Brock Choy.
Director: Colin Bucksey.

PLOT

Santana visits his sister, and ends up trying to clear his brother-in-law of wrongdoing; Santana then accepts Frank's offer to join the OCB.

CAST

Jim Youngs as Richie Burns
Ada Maris as Celia Burns
Michael Learned as Rachel
Art LaFleur as Gaines

LINES

"I don’t know, Michael. I’m a cop, not a Jesuit."


*Episode 71. "Dead Right." (syndicated) (non arc episode)

Writer: James Kearns.
Director: Tucker Gates.

PLOT

The OCB is disbanded, and McPike and Santana are assigned to Justice in New York, where Santana assists Hillary to expose a manufacturer of sub-standard parts for military helicopters.

CAST

Stephen Root as Bishop
Fredric Lehne as Winston Chambers III
Michael Learned as Rachel

COMMENTS

Good business when Frank sabotages Winnie's press conference, and his speech about coffee.

LINES

"I've got 14 years in, Paul. That's almost a third of my life. My marriage broke up, my son doesn't know who I... I've given everything to this job."

"So much for my future in undercover work."

(to the press) "Um, I was never really very much with words. I’m Irish, you see. Well, I don’t know, what can I say. I’ve worked with Mr. Chambers for several weeks… his father’s one of the best senators money can buy…"

"That I think was called a dog and pony show. You see, you were the pony and I was the dog."

"And lose Special Agent Frank McPike and the wonder dog, Santana? Now what would your friends on Eyewitness News say?"

Episode 72. "Changing Houses." (syndicated) (meant to be first of next arc)

Writer: Stephen J. Cannell.
Director: Gus Trikonis.

PLOT

Santana's niece is shot after witnessing the murder of her high-school principal, and Santana investigates.

CAST

Billy Dee Williams as Jesse Hanes
Beverly Todd as Dora
Wayne Tippit as Flanagan

LINES

"Boy, sometimes if it wasn’t for dumb luck we wouldn’t have any luck at all."