Cagney & Lacey: Together Again
Lacey has begun to settle more comfortably into the "temporary" job under her former partner at the District Attorney's office just as cut backs and potential layoffs appear on the horizon. Harvey's health issues continue to worry Mary Beth and Cagney's husband, an old classmate of Bill Clinton's, has taken a call and an appointment in Washington DC from the President creating a commuter marriage for the NY based Republican, Christine Cagney.
Some old bad habits (smoking/drinking) are revisited by the two women but the happiest "revisit" for this producer was the reappearance, in both this film and its predecessor, of David Paymer as Assistant District Attorney Feldberg.
In the years that had passed since his early Cagney & Lacey appearance (1982 as a hapless street character) and the "graduating" to his recurring role as out assistant district attorney, Paymer had become a star in his own right, working with the likes of Robert Redford and Billy Crystal in motion pictures and, eventually, having his own series. He has truly grown beyond this tiny (but always. . . thanks to him. . . memorable) part on our ability to afford the salary he could easily command elsewhere. He "showed up" anyway for old time's sake and for a lot less than his market price - demonstrating a class and a sense of gratitude for his early days not very often expressed in the film and television industry.
Reza Badiyi who has worked for me on more films than even I can remember directed this one and once again, Steve Brown and Terry Louise Fisher renewed their erstwhile partnership to create the teleplay. Besides Paymer and (of course) Sharon and Tyne, James Naughton (Cagney's husband) and John Karlen ( as Lacey's beloved Harvey) reprised their roles from The Return. Since we did not revisit the 14th Precinct in this film, none of the other series regulars made an appearance, although Martin Kove (as Isbecki) does make a cameo appearance along with a plethora of Rosenzweig regulars populating the cast list including Paul Lieber, Nicholas Pryor, Milton Seltzer, Soon-Tek Oh, Rose Marie, Ken Del Conte, daughter Erika, Terry Kingsley-Smith, Tom McFadden and Royce Reynolds.
Nan Miskin did the score and Jim Gross was the film editor. Once again, daughter Torrie Rosenzweig was the associate producer.
Earlier it was mentioned that these first two films were shot back-to-back and while that is (for the most part) true, the NY and Washington DC scenes were shot virtually simultaneously as on those locations, on any given afternoon, the women would go from a scenes in The Return to one from Together Again, shedding wardrobe and directors as they (seemingly) effortlessly bounced back and forth between the two projects. - Barney Rosenzweig (Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award Winning Television Producer)