Wiseguy: Mel Profitt (2003) WISEGUY: Mel Profitt Ken Wahl, Kevin Spacey 10 hrs., 4 discs, 1988 (StudioWorks) This is the legendary 1988 story arc in which Ken Wahl's central…
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Wiseguy: Mel Profitt (2003)

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Details Release Date: Dec 30, 2003; DVD Release Date: Dec 30, 2003; With: Ken Wahl and Kevin Spacey

WISEGUY: Mel Profitt Ken Wahl, Kevin Spacey 10 hrs., 4 discs, 1988 (StudioWorks)

This is the legendary 1988 story arc in which Ken Wahl's central undercover agent graciously ceded screen time to allow a star to be born. Kevin Spacey's Mel Profitt was a cuckoo crime boss: paranoid and prone to quoting 18th-century economist Thomas Malthus and playing Russian roulette. He is soothed only by the incestuous caress of his sister, Susan (a willowy Joan Severance), who shoots drugs with a ''little extra surprise'' into bro's feet -- thus Mel's muzzily uttered motto, ''Only the toes knows.'' EXTRAS Good, blunt interviews with the stars and producers Stephen J. Cannell and David Burke -- for example, the latter casually refers to his previous boss Michael Mann as ''tyrannical,'' and Spacey reveals that folks still come up to him and repeat Mel's immortal, wacky mantra.

Originally posted Jan 09, 2004 Published in issue #745 Jan 09, 2004 Order article reprints