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.
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Season 1Hulu | ConTV | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Sep 17, 1987
Wiseguy (1) Sep 17, 1987 Vinnie (Ken Wahl) is released from prison where he has been for two years to establish his cover. He meets his boss, Frank McPike (Jonathan Banks) and gets to see his coach and mentor, Jerry Greco (Robert Miranda).Greco is killed and Vinnie demands to be put in to finish the investigation. He uses his ingenuity to get a foothold in the Steelgrave crime family, but it will take a while to finish this job.
S01 E02Sep 17, 1987
Wiseguy (2) Sep 17, 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).
S01 E03Sep 25, 1987
New Blood Sep 25, 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)
S01 E04Oct 2, 1987
The Loose Cannon Oct 2, 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)
S01 E05Oct 9, 1987
The Birthday Surprise Oct 9, 1987 Vinnie nearly blows his cover when he becomes obsessed with finding out who killed his cousin, causing Frank to threaten him with dismissal. Frank desperately wants Vinnie to concentrate on nailing the Zaratzos, who are trying to arrange a drug smuggling deal with Sonny, because they killed one of Frank's agents.
S01 E06Oct 16, 1987
One on One Oct 16, 1987 After several deals go sour, Sonny starts suspecting Vinnie may be a plant. Frank orders Vinnie to drop the case when he finds out the local police have an informer in Sonny's operations. Sid has Frank picked up and tortured, but Vinnie and undercover cop Karen Malloy rescue him. Karen's disappearance points the finger at Sid as the leak.
S01 E07Oct 23, 1987
Prodigal Son Oct 23, 1987 Vinnie decides he must tell his mother the truth about his work when she is hospitalized after being mugged. Frank has Lifeguard bug Carlotta's hospital room, then has a change of heart when Carlotta charms Sonny by telling him how much Vinnie loves him. Vinnie's admiration for Sonny lessens when his own informal investigation into his mother's mugging leads directly back to Sonny's empire. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)
Season 2Hulu | ConTV | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Oct 27, 1988
Going Home Oct 27, 1988 After resigning, Vinnie returns to his old neighborhood to try and get some peace after his life undercover, but is distressed to find white supremists are stirring up trouble. Daryl Elias is promoted to OCB director and orders Frank to either bring Vinnie back to work, or in for debriefing. After a synagogue is trashed, Pete speaks out against the white supremists and is then murdered in a hit and run accident, making Vinnie rejoin the OCB to find his killer.
S02 E02Nov 3, 1988
School of Hard Knox Nov 3, 1988 Vinnie hesitantly goes back to work for the OCB under the promise they will help find Pete's killer, but Daryl is more interested in getting his star agent to work on a ""real"" assignment. Ritchie digs himself in deeper with the Pilgrims of Promise when he uses Vinnie's car to help rob an armored car. Depressed over Pete's death, Vinnie turns to Angie for consolation, but they both agree they don't want to risk their special friendship by becoming lovers. Vinnie talks Daryl into giving him weapons to sell to the Pilgrims, then he throws the bust when he sees they have Ritchie with them. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)
S02 E03Nov 10, 1988
Revenge of the Mud People Nov 10, 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)
S02 E04Nov 17, 1988
Last of the True Believers Nov 17, 1988 Knox Pooley realizes Calvin is insane and kicks him out, causing Calvin to go off the deep end and take a famous black leader hostage. Richie becomes disenchanted when he realizes Pooley was only in it for the money. Paul Beckstead takes over as director of OCB when Daryl cracks under the pressure and is dismissed for making obscene phone calls. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)
S02 E05Dec 8, 1988
Aria for Don Aiuppo Dec 8, 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)
S02 E06Dec 15, 1988
7th Avenue Freeze Out Dec 15, 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.
S02 E07Dec 22, 1988
Next of Kin Dec 22, 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)
Season 3Hulu | ConTV | Rent or Buy
S03 E01Sep 21, 1989
A Rightful Place Sep 21, 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)
S03 E02Sep 28, 1989
Battle of the Barge Sep 28, 1989 The tension mounts between Cerrico and Grosset over control of the garbage collection business. Grosset forms an uneasy alliance with Chinatown mobster Chin. Carlotta urges Rudy to get better and get Vinnie out of the middle of the impending mob war. The OCB closes down the explosives factory in Chinatown. Gina Grosset kills Chin. After an assassination attempt at the opera, Amber tells Vinnie to move out. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)
S03 E03Oct 5, 1989
Sins of the Father Oct 5, 1989 Frank wants to pull Vinnie off the case when he finds out that D.A. Peter Alatorre plans to expose Vinnie as the head of the Commission in a news conference. Albert is distraught when his son is expelled from school because of his recent press coverage. Rudy calls Alatorre to his hospital room to show that he is back in the country, taking the heat off Vinnie. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)
S03 E04Oct 12, 1989
Heir to the Throne Oct 12, 1989 Rudy discovers Joey's plan to kill him, Albert and Vinnie, so sets his own plan into operation by convincing Albert he must kill Grosset. Albert and Joey have a showdown that ends with Joey dead and Albert in jail for his murder. Wanting her due, Gina sets up a meet with the Commission to offer them Albert's heroin deal. When Frank easily affects the arrest of the Commission, Vinnie begins to suspect that Rudy set everything up for them. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)
S03 E05Oct 26, 1989
Sleepwalk Oct 26, 1989 Frank and Dan urge Vinnie to try and reconcile with Amber. At their urging, he goes to her, they make love, then she demands that they see a counselor. Following their therapist's advice, they go away for the weekend, where they both realize they're too involved in their careers to be able to maintain a relationship with each other. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)
S03 E05Oct 24, 1989
Sleepwalk (Audio Commentary with Ken Wahl) Oct 24, 1989 McPike and the Lifeguard confer and decide that it's time for Vinnie to stop doing field work....
S03 E06Nov 2, 1989
How Will They Remember Me? Nov 2, 1989 When a local priest finds a box that belonged to Pete, he takes it to Vinnie, who finds a diary of his father's inside. As he reads it, he finds out about a dark episode involving his father and the local mob. The episode uses black and white film and familiar faces to bring John's diary to life. (source: http://www.plasticcow.com/wiseguy)
Season 4Hulu | ConTV | Rent or Buy
S04 E01Nov 11, 1990
Fruit of the Poisonous Tree (1) Nov 11, 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)
S04 E02Nov 11, 1990
Fruit of the Poisonous Tree (2) Nov 11, 1990 When Vinnie disappears, McPike fears he has been kidnapped by a Salvadoran death squad, and his investigation locks him into a with Michael Santana, a disbarred Cuban-American Federal prosecutor contracted by Vinnie shortly before he disappeared
S04 E04Nov 25, 1990
The Gift Nov 25, 1990 Santana impresses Guzman with his trustworthiness and finds himself getting deeper into Guzman's operations, a move that endangers his father and Dahlia
S04 E05Dec 2, 1990
La Mina Dec 2, 1990 Santana learns the details of Guzman's money laundering operation and comes face to face with the drug lord who cost him his job as a Federal prosecutor
S04 E06Dec 9, 1990
Witness Protection for the Archangel Lucifer Dec 9, 1990 Convinced of Santana's loyalty, Guzman tells him to deliver $85 million in bearer bonds to El Salvador. After Santana is captured by Salvadoran soldiers, a team of agents arrest Guzman as he tries to save himself with info about Terranova's killers