WISEGUY (TV Series)
Season 4 Episodes
(non-arc episodes marked *)
Drug cartel arc, episodes 65-69. (new regular cast)
Episode 65. "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree." Saturday, 9 pm. 2 hours. 11/10/1990.
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 Vinnies memorial service, Frank reveals his status as an agent to redeem Vinnie in the eyes of his friends and relatives, at Carlottas request.
There is a great deal of super macho business for Frank in this episode, to attempt to compensate for Vinnies 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, hes great (see LINES.) The memorial service is very fine, as well.
"D.R.D. Ops? Its a janitors job. I got sixteen years in, Paul. Theres no way Im going to do my twenty ordering office supplies. Im a field man."
"You dont get it, I mean you really dont get it, you understand? He didnt walk, he was taken."
"Now you listen to me, sport shoes. Im standing here in a triple-G worsted. It is a hundred and fifty degrees on this tub and shes 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 Im 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."
"Im 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, Im not a politician, Im a bureaucrat. I am. Im a bureaucrat. Im 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."
"Youre 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 Im a federal agent. Im 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 dirtysome 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 dont 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.
The arrival of boat people in Miami interferes with Santana and McPike's investigation of Guzman.
"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 its time you started to re-evaluate what you know about women."
Episode 67. "The Gift." Saturday, 10 pm. 11/24/1990.
Dahlia is threatened to warn Santana to back off; Santana passes Guzman's loyalty test.
Tony Boland as Cruz
Frank has a shirtless scene.
"Oh, Im 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) "Hes your lifeline. Hes also a pretty good mother confessor. Some guys say hes 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 youre gonna go crazy I have to know. You tell me now."
Episode 68. "La Mina." Saturday, 10 pm. 12/1/1990.
Santana learns the workings of Guzman's illegal operations; Gacha is arrested, but Guzman takes refuge in the El Savador embassy.
Macho Frank slams the albino against car.
Another shirtless scene, this time with crumbs.
"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 theres any such thing as heroism, Id 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 youre in for big trouble."
"Its instant coffee. What, is that a sin with you Cubans?"
Episode 69. "Witness Protection for the Archangel Lucifer." Saturday, 10 pm. 12/8/1990.
Santana flies to El Salvador as part of an OCB/DEA plan to snatch Guzman.
"So thats it? Weve got a warrant on him for murder, for narcotics, terrorism, for money laundering, and hes 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)
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.
"I dont know, Michael. Im a cop, not a Jesuit."
*Episode 71. "Dead Right." (syndicated) (non arc episode)
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.
Good business when Frank sabotages Winnie's press conference, and his speech about coffee.
"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. Im Irish, you see. Well, I dont know, what can I say. Ive worked with Mr. Chambers for several weeks his fathers 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)
Santana's niece is shot after witnessing the murder of her high-school principal, and Santana investigates.
"Boy, sometimes if it wasnt for dumb luck we wouldnt have any luck at all."