Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Detectives believe that a murder victim may have been mistaken for another target. But when the actual target is also killed, they discover that a loan shark had taken out a life insurance policy on her.

Director:

Dan Karlok (as Dan 'Sparky' Karlok)

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Carey Lowell ... Jamie Ross
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
George DiCenzo ... Sam 'Bunny' Russo
Scott Bryce ... Steven Tashjian
Victor Argo ... Enrique Flores
Greer Goodman ... Flores' Defense Attorney Tucker
Dana Reeve ... Susan Tashjian
Scotty Bloch Scotty Bloch ... Mrs. Ganz
Meg Mundy ... Harriet Keenan
Tom Brennan Tom Brennan ... Mr. Art Ganz
Cynthia Darlow ... Kay Jensen
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Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Shelley Ganz who is found in her coop's parking garage shot in the back. Ganz was a financial analyst and apparently well-liked by everyone. She did work as the treasurer for her coop building but the police are unable to find any resident - or prospective resident - who might have an ax to grind. The do note that one of her neighbors, Susan Tashjian, bears a striking resemblance to the dead woman and wonder if she might have been the intended target. When she's gunned downed a few days later, it's obvious they were right. They quickly find the shooter and a pattern that leads them to unsolved murders. The common thread among all the victims is that they owed money to the Beechwood Loan Company owned by Sam "Bunny" Russo - who also had insurance policies on all of the victims. Written by garykmcd

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When the detectives are interviewing the victim's husband in the interrogation room, a bald man with a beard holding a boom microphone is reflected in the interrogation room mirror. See more »

Quotes

A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Who would you ask if you needed a hitman?
Detective Rey Curtis: [jokingly referring to Briscoe] I'd find an old cop, preferably one with a lot of alimony.
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Securing collateral
13 October 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

George DiCenzo dominates this Law And Order episode as a Shylock without conscience who has found an almost full proof method of securing his loans. Even loan sharks occasionally take a loss with a bad investment. But DiCenzo has found a way to secure his collateral.

It's very simple he has the clients take out an insurance policy making his company with the innocent sounding name of Beechwood Loan Corporation the beneficiary. You don't pay you get killed and he makes back a lot of money on his investment. And the kicker is that if you are delinquent in your payments you can get a payment or three or a rise in interest forgotten.

It all starts to unravel for DiCenzo when Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt get a case of a woman killed with a shotgun blast to the back in the parking garage of her Co-op. A chance notice that she bears a resemblance to Dana Reeve who is later killed herself starts the whole investigation.

Big kudos should also go to Victor Argo as a man caught up in this insidious racket who did a couple of killings to get money shaved off his loan on his auto repair shop in the Bronx. He's both frightening and pitiful at the same time.

But you will not forget George DiCenzo as 'Bunny' Russo the loan shark with a twist.


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