Monday, March 14, 2011


I picked up a DVD of 25 episodes of 'N.Y.P.D.' and - like its successor at the 27th Precinct, 'Law & Order' - the show is more concerned with the cases worked by the cops rather than tehir personal lives. So far all I know about Detective Johnny Corso is that he can speak Italian and he has a younger sister; Detective Jeff Ward is married to a school teacher named Ethel; and Lt. Mike Haines has a daughter and a wife named Rosemary.

But what if Mike and Rosemary Haines had more than one child? What if he had a couple of sons as well, one of whom was named after him?

At the time 'N.Y.P.D.' aired on ABC, the character I have in mind to be Michael Haines, Jr. would have been about eleven years old. And Mike Jr. would have been a redhead, just like his old man - a "ginger", as they call them on 'Doctor Who'.

Lt. Mike Haines was a tough, hard-nosed guy, and he may have been as tough on his kids as he was on the detectives who worked for him. ("The people upstairs aren't happy. And when they're not happy, I'm not happy. And I don't think any of you want me to be unhappy.") If so, maybe Mike Jr. - and another brother - stood firm against their father, butting heads with him in family squabbles, proving to be just as stubborn as he was. Things may have come to a head finally, to such a point where Mike Jr. rebelled and changed his name to make a full break from his father.

As for the name change, I think he'd keep it simple, as close to the original as pozz'ble. I'm thinking he legally changed his name to Michael Hayes upon reaching adulthood.

And I think the brother - let's call him Danny, mainly because the character I have in mind has a brother named Danny - also changed his last name to Hayes. But there may have been more to his reasoning. Danny got into trouble with the law and to spare his Dad any grief from the connection, he changed his name. But he may have still wanted to keep close ties to his brother, so he also changed his name to "Hayes".

Here's the plot summary for the TV show 'Michael Hayes' from IMDb:

"Michael Hayes is a tough but sensitive ex-cop who goes to work in the U.S. Attorney's office in New York City. When his boss is seriously injured in a bombing, Hayes becomes Acting U.S. Attorney, and butts heads with a number of enemies, both inside and outside the law. He also cares for his nephew Daniel and his brother's wife Caitlin, while waiting for his brother Danny to settle into society following a jail stint."

As you can see, if Michael Hayes was the son of Mike Haines, the acorn didn't fall far from the tree as far as their career paths were concerned.

I realize this theory of relateeveety is a tough sell, made even more difficult by the addition of other members of the Hayes family in the latter series. But the idea of Mike Haines and Michael Hayes being father and son - especially with Jack Warden and David Caruso being such redheads! - was too tempting to resist.


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