Episode #087 : Blood and Roses
Air Date: 1 Apr 1988 (NBC)
Director: George Mendeluk
Teleplay: Robert Palm
Story: Dick Wolf
Crockett and Tubbs are staking out an upscale residence, watching people coming and going from a party. Gina is already inside, undercover and mingling. Crockett is stunned to recognize one of the guests talking to her...one Frank Mosca, and wonders why he's out of prison and back in town. Gina's introduced to Frank as an interior designer by the party's host, Willie Cook, and Frank invites her to come take a look at his new house. Willie tells her that Mosca is a business associate, just involved with investments and shelters, but he's very nervous after having seen him.
Back at OCB, Gina briefs Castillo on Willie Cook, surmising that his real income is from drugs and not his pasta factory. She also mentions that Mosca is back in Miami and possibly laundering Cook's money for him. Crockett interrupts, saying he's got an angle to play to reel Mosca in, but Gina reminds them that she's already got a way in. Castillo tells her to play up to Mosca , and tells Sonny and Rico to lean on Willie.
At Willie's pasta factory, Mosca threatens Willie, wanting to know why he hasn't begun using him and cutting off Roth for laundering his money. Mosca insists that the expected cash show up by the end of the day, taking the keys to the factory as "collateral."
Sonny tells Gina why he doesn't want her dealing with Mosca, and she tells him that even though she knows what he'd done to Sonny's friend, she can handle him just fine. Gina contacts Mosca and arranges to see his new place, while Crockett and Tubbs shakedown Willie at his factory, threatening to turn his drug business over to the feds, and giving him the choice to go down alone or give them Mosca.
Gina and Mosca talk interior design over drinks at his place, and he eventually lets her know that he's interested in her, and wants to pursue a relationship. This development has her on edge back at OCB when Sonny cracks a joke about how her "date" with Mosca went. He's uneasy after she snaps at him about the joke, worried about what Mosca will do to her if her cover is blown.
Crockett and Tubbs go back to Willie's house to check up on him, but all they find is his body floating in a pool chair.
Federal agents meet with Castillo about combining efforts in trying to catch Mosca again, wanting to get someone inside. Castillo tells them they already have someone inside, but he doesn't want to worried about Federal efforts conflicting with their ongoing investigation. They assure him that his team can have point on the investigation as long as they remain informed.
Mosca's associate Billy tells him that Gina's background and credentials all check out. They all go to dinner, where he and Gina get very friendly. During the ride home, Mosca and Gina drink more, and he confides to her that he's a "freelance banker" with branches all over the East, and he's opened a new one in Miami. Once back at Mosca's house, they drink some more, and begin to dance [Sweetest Smile]. He tells her he wants to redecorate the bedroom first, but she resists going upstairs with him. But Mosca persists, and forces Gina into having sex with him.
Next day, two of the federal agents who met with Castillo confront Mosca while he's buying flowers, trying to press him about money laundering and Willie Cook's death. Mosca isn't intimidated.
At OCB, Rico questions how she was able to get so much information out of him, and Gina admits they were both very drunk. She surmises that Willie's death was the first strike in his move against Jimmy Roth, an established launderer. Castillo asks when Mosca told her all of this information, but she doesn't answer. Everyone else silently guess at what really happened, especially a disappointed Sonny. Gina ends up confiding in Trudy that she did sleep with Mosca, not completely unwillingly, and she's distraught about being attracted to him, despite what she knows about him.