Wiseguy

The BEST episodes of Wiseguy

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Vinnie Terranova does time in a New Jersey penitentiary to set up his undercover role as an agent for the OCB (Organized Crime Bureau) of the United States. His roots in a traditional Italian city neighborhood form the underlying dramatic base throughout the series, bringing him into conflict with his conservative mother and other family members while acting undercover as syndicate enforcer.

Last Updated: 6/24/2022Network: CBS
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Fruit of the Poisonous Tree (2)
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12.50
2 votes

#1 - Fruit of the Poisonous Tree (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/10/1990

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Fruit of the Poisonous Tree (1)
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11.00
3 votes

#2 - Fruit of the Poisonous Tree (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/10/1990

While Frank is in Washington to talk to Paul about returning to work, Dan calls to say Vinnie missed his last check-in. Frank goes to Vinnie's house and finds evidence that he was kidnapped. Despite Paul's objections, Frank begins his own investigation, finding out from Carlotta that Vinnie was looking into the death of a priest in El Salvador. Frank follows the trail to Miami and Michael Santana, a disbarred Federal prosecutor, and the last person Vinnie contacted. Santana refuses to help Frank, saying he doesn't know anything about Vinnie's disappearance. Digging deeper, Frank stumbles upon a CIA investigation and is ordered to back off. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Jan Eliasberg
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Aria for Don Aiuppo
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9.63
8 votes

#3 - Aria for Don Aiuppo

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/7/1988

Vinnie is questioned about his connection to Don Aiuppo, thus learning his mother is dating the retired mobster. Checking into it, he finds Rudy and Carlotta were in love as teenagers, then is stunned when Rudy proposes and she accepts. Mark digs up information showing that Rudy is in the country illegally and sets him up to be deported, not knowing it means that Carlotta will leave, too. At the last minute, Rudy changes places with his brother, Tito, who wants to return to Italy. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Jan Eliasberg
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The Loose Cannon
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8.53
45 votes

#4 - The Loose Cannon

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/1/1987

While trying to regain control over the men running his ghetto drug operation, Sonny gets a call from Italy asking him to take in his nephew and teach him the business. After getting into a fight with Lorenzo, Vinnie has Frank do a check and it turns out the guy is really an insane mass murderer who killed the real Lorenzo before coming to the States. Frank and Pete both warn Vinnie to break off his budding romance with Gina, the widow of a crooked cop who killed himself. Vinnie and Lorenzo have a showdown after Lorenzo rapes Gina, ending with Vinnie killing him. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Larry Shaw
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Witness Protection for the Archangel Lucifer
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8.50
2 votes

#5 - Witness Protection for the Archangel Lucifer

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/8/1990

Arnado Guzman, hiding out in El Salvador, contacts his trusted "son," Michael Santana, to bring him funds, and Santana concocts a plan to bring him back to justice.

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Not For Nothing
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8.43
7 votes

#6 - Not For Nothing

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/1/1988

Hiding out in Vancouver after the fall of the Steelgrave empire, Aldo Baglia sees a photo of Vinnie in the paper and decides to even the score, sending Vinnie into a coma from two serious gunshot wounds. Roger, using his CIA contact, tracks down Aldo, but Aldo accidentally falls off the roof of a building before he can answer any questions. Upset about Vinnie being shot and his wife leaving him, Frank falls into the arms of a pretty CIA agent. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Bill Corcoran
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Blood Dance
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8.22
9 votes

#7 - Blood Dance

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/15/1988

With Herb becoming more insistent about their agenda, Roger schemes to get Mel to fund the military coup of Isle Pavot. Unfortunately, Mel is convinced that Cabra, the man Herb wants to put into power, has put a voodoo curse on him and orders Vinnie to find a woman who can remove the curse. Realizing that Mel is a major stumbling block to the mission, Roger sends him over the edge by smashing the crystal that contains Mel's soul. Despondent, Mel asks Susan to kill him, and she does. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Kim Manners
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7th Avenue Freeze Out
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8.14
7 votes

#8 - 7th Avenue Freeze Out

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/14/1988

When garment manufacturer Eli Sternberg cannot get a loan to bail out his business, he turns to mobster Ricky Pinzolo for the money. David goes to the OCB for help when he finds out Eli is in debt to the mob. Vinnie meets with David, then reluctantly agrees to take the case, running into opposition from Eli, who doesn't want a hood working for him. Pinzolo demands that Vinnie keep him apprised of everything going on. Vinnie wins Eli's trust when he gets a delayed shipment released from customs.

Directors: Robert Iscove
Dirty Little Wars
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8.11
9 votes

#9 - Dirty Little Wars

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/14/1988

With Mel and Susan out of the picture, Frank considers the case closed. However, Vinnie wants to find out where Roger fits into it all and goes to Vancouver to find him, but instead, he witnesses Preet's murder and links it to Herb. Frank and Vinnie go to Stockton, where Roger is training mercenaries for the coup. Roger kidnaps Frank and tells Vinnie he'll be released after the operation, then Vinnie tells Roger that Herb is using him. Roger overhears Lelond assuring a major corporation that they can get all the cheap labor they need once he takes over Isle Pavot and realizes the coup is just an excuse for Herb to regain acceptance in Washington. Roger works with Frank and Vinnie to set up Herb and sabotage the coup. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Robert Iscove
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Pilot (2)
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8.05
22 votes

#10 - Pilot (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/16/1987

Vinnie and Sonny's right hand man, Tony Grecco, have a run-in with the cops for which Vinnie is arrested. The Steelgraves find that guns are being exported illegally using their pier and decide to take possession of the guns and sell them back to the owner. The meeting goes down bad and ends with Dave Steelgrave's death. Vinnie gets rid of Tony by setting him up and having him arrested. To prove his loyalty, Vinnie shoots a federal agent for Sonny (The fed was warned and wore a bullet proof vest and was then moved out of state).

Directors: Rod Holcomb
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The Merchant of Death
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8.00
8 votes

#11 - The Merchant of Death

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/25/1988

When some of his munitions contacts begin drying up, Mel decides to blackmail a French Deputy Minister of Defense into supplying him with the weapons he needs. After setting Vinnie up to be arrested for espionage, Susan makes it up to him by letting him go to bed with her. When Vinnie mysteriously comes up with the documents Mel needs, he arouses Roger's suspicions. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

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Date With an Angel
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8.00
5 votes

#12 - Date With an Angel

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/21/1988

Vinnie and Roger are subpoenaed to testify at a Senate hearing concerning Ketcher and the failed overthrow of Isle Pavot, but Vinnie balks at McPike's orders that he testify as a hood and not as an OCB agent. Roger testifies, then demands to be released from protective custody after an attempt on his life. When Roger is killed in a mysterious boat explosion, Vinnie testifies anonymously and substantiates Roger's testimony that Herb was responsible for everything. Abandoned by everyone in Washington, Herb is approached by the Soviet Union to defect, but he kills himself instead. Tired of all the lies, Vinnie resigns from the OCB. Roger ""reappears"" to let Vinnie know he faked his own death to escape the CIA. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Les Sheldon
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Revenge of the Mud People
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8.00
8 votes

#13 - Revenge of the Mud People

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/9/1988

Unbeknownst to Vinnie, his car was used in the robbery where an off-duty cop was killed, leading to his arrest and brutalization at the hands of the NYPD. Frank bails him out, then reluctantly lets Vinnie continue his pursuit of Knox Pooley. Vinnie tells Ritchie he's a cop and asks him to help him gather evidence against the Pilgrims. Vinnie goes to a Pilgrim rally and stumbles across the truck that was used to kill Pete, then agrees to a meet with Stan in the hopes of tying Pooley to it, leading to Stan and Ritchie's arrests. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Bill Corcoran
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White Noise
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8.00
3 votes

#14 - White Noise

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/15/1989

Concerned that Vinnie is addicted to the pain pills he's been taking for his leg, Frank calls in Paul Beckstead, who orders Vinnie to undergo a routine physical exam. At the hospital, Daryl Elias is undergoing therapy and, holding Vinnie responsible for his downfall, he accesses Vinnie's file and orders that he be held for psychiatric evaluation. When Vinnie resists, he is sedated and locked up against his will. While in his drug-induced twilight zone, Vinnie's worst nightmare comes to life in the form of Sonny Steelgrave, who blames Vinnie for his death. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

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Changing Houses
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8.00
2 votes

#15 - Changing Houses

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/8/1990

Santana goes after a group of high school drug dealers who shot his niece after she witnessed the murder of her high school principal.

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Player to be Named Now
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7.89
9 votes

#16 - Player to be Named Now

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/8/1988

Mel's desire to buy a baseball franchise is two-fold: he wants to play on it, and he wants to take it away from an old business associate who cheated him in a Mexican drug deal. Vinnie is fighting his growing feelings for Susan while trying to discourage Jacqueline from getting reinvolved with all the debauchery on the Hotei. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Ron Rapiel
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A Rightful Place
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7.89
9 votes

#17 - A Rightful Place

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/20/1989

While keeping vigil over Rudy, Vinnie learns that Grosset's father-in-law was also hit, setting up a power struggle within the mob. Albert courts Vinnie's alliance by letting him in on his plan to smuggle millions of dollars worth of heroin into the country. Vinnie goes to the Commission and demands Rudy's seat at the table. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Robert Iscove
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Postcard From Morocco
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7.83
6 votes

#18 - Postcard From Morocco

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/25/1989

Raglin pursues a lead that David left him about Pinzolo's murderous past, but they can't find the body. Eli offers Raglin money to kill Pinzolo. Raglin urges Frank to get Carole to testify against Pinzolo, but she has been killed. Revealing that the reason he quit undercover work is because he was tortured into giving up two fellow agents, Raglin vows to bring this case to a successful conclusion. Deciding things are getting too hot for him in the States, Pinzolo plots an escape to Morocco. Raglin confronts Pinzolo at the airport, and when Pinzolo figures out Vinnie is a cop, Raglin kills him. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

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No One Gets Out of Here Alive
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7.83
12 votes

#19 - No One Gets Out of Here Alive

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/5/1987

While Vinnie tries to reassure Sonny of his loyalty, Aldo calls to warn Sonny the cops are on the way, causing Sonny to flee, with Vinnie right behind him. They end up locked in a closed theater where they fight, drink and try to justify their lives. Meanwhile, Frank is distraught over Vinnie's disappearance as he tries to get information from the other mob bosses. After he finds out Vinnie's location, he arranges a rescue, which culminates in Sonny committing suicide and Vinnie being arrested to protect his cover. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Robert Iscove
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Independent Operator
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7.83
12 votes

#20 - Independent Operator

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/9/1987

Frank wants to get Vinnie back on the job, so he assigns him to a routine case investigating hit man Roger Lococco, unknowingly dropping Vinnie into the middle of a case that has international repercussions. After winning Roger's confidence, Vinnie is asked to work for Mel and Susan Profitt, a brother and sister team who run a worldwide drugs and munitions organization. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
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New Blood
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7.82
56 votes

#21 - New Blood

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/24/1987

After ""making his bones"", Vinnie moves up in the Steelgrave family when Sonny gives him Tony's old waterfront action. The pressure is on Sonny when ""Pat the Cat"" Patrice insists on installing accountant Sid Royce in the office to keep an eye on his interests, and to balance the power, Philly's ""No Money"" Mahoney insists Sonny find a place for his man, Harry ""the Hunch"". And, as if he doesn't have enough to worry about, there's a new district attorney who plans to make a name for himself by bringing Sonny down. Sonny and Vinnie are arrested for attempted murder when someone shoots at the DA and throws the gun to Sonny. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Lyndon Chubbuck
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Squeeze
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7.80
10 votes

#22 - Squeeze

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/8/1988

After his munitions operation starts falling apart, Mel orders Vinnie to set up a meet with the mob to use his immense cocaine trade to regain financial power. Still suspicious of Vinnie, Roger has Herb check him out and learns that Vinnie is working for the OCB. Vinnie takes Mel to Don Aiuppo, who arranges for the drug trafficking to be overseen by two ""third generation"" gangsters who will stop at nothing, including threatening Carlotta, to insure the deal doesn't fall through. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Bill Corcoran
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Stairway to Heaven
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7.80
5 votes

#23 - Stairway to Heaven

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/1/1989

Frank shows up at Vinnie's house in the middle of the night and states than his wife is dying and he can't afford the liver transplant she needs to save her life. Vinnie leaves a box containing a million dollars on the front seat of Frank's car. Frank confronts Vinnie about the money and Vinnie confesses it's money Roger gave him as a ""parachute"" in case he ever needed to bail out of undercover work. After arguing with Vinnie about the ethics of using the money, Frank finally decides he'd rather save Jenny's life, so he pays for the operation. Frank and Vinnie turn themselves into Paul for using the money, but Paul dismisses it when he can't find any record of Roger or the money in his files. After Jenny recovers, she tells Frank that their stale marriage is what almost caused her to die, so she insists he move out before she gets home from the hospital. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: James A. Contner
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Next of Kin
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7.75
8 votes

#24 - Next of Kin

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/21/1988

Eli impatiently awaits news from Sri Lanka, where a terrorist's bomb exploded at David's hotel. Vinnie is hit by a taxi, and Frank talks John Henry Raglin into taking over the case when he learns that Vinnie can't return to work for awhile. Eli speaks out against Pinzolo at a fund raising dinner. Pinzolo visits Vinnie in the hospital and Vinnie suggests his partner can take over for him, opening the door for Raglin. (source; http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Bill Corcoran
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Hip Hop on the Gravy Train
star
7.75
8 votes

#25 - Hip Hop on the Gravy Train

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/12/1989

Amber talks Winston into letting her and Isaac run Shakala at Radiance. Feeling like he's at a dead end, Vinnie urges Bobby to make his own way inside Radiance while he starts turning up the heat under Winston. Isaac agrees to dig up information for Frank. Vinnie urges Claudia to take a more active part in Radiance. Eddie is furious when the check he uses to buy his mother a house bounces. Claudia begins an affair with Eddie, and both are killed when they fall through a skylight (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)

Directors: Helaine Head