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Faccia a Faccia 

A mafia hit man who was in the witness protection program turns up dead in Central Park. A mafia boss is implicated, but his defense wants him declared mentally incompetent to stand trial.


Martha Mitchell


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


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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
Philip Bosco ... Mr. Dobbs
Michael Rispoli ... Johnny DeMayo (as Michael Rispolt)
Kathrine Narducci ... Vicky Grant (as Katherine Narducci)
David Wohl ... Ward Salsman
Rochelle Oliver ... Judge Grace Larkin
Rocco Sisto ... Brendan Hall
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda
Barton Tinapp Barton Tinapp ... Adam Campos
Ken Marks ... Agent Ruggiero


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Tony Legrasso, a former mafia hit man who is found dead in Central Park with six bullets in the chest. It takes the police some time before they identify him however as he had been living in another state under the federal witness protection program. He was continuing to cooperate and was scheduled to give evidence against top mob boss Alberto Napoli who ordered one of his men, Johnny DeMayo, to eliminate him. DeMayo is cooperating with the DAs office but Napoli's lawyer claims his client is mentally incompetent as a result of a recent stroke. McCoy thinks Napoli's illness is all an act. He then concludes that DeMayo isn't the shooter so they go back to square one. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

25 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Son of Sam law" Ross refers to is a law that was created to make it illegal for a person to benefit financially from the publicity of their criminal act. The law was created after David Berkowitz (aka Son of Sam) was convicted, the case received world-wide media attention and there was wide speculation that he would sell his story to a writer or filmmaker. While Berkowitz claimed he never had any interest in doing so the government realized for the first time the inherent dangers that could come from a person believing they could become famous and rich from committing heinous crimes and legislature was quickly passed to outlaw it. See more »


Detective Lennie Briscoe: [carrying a suspect's book, JFK Jr., to Rey] Don't worry, I just bought it for the picture.
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References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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Died with his boots on
30 May 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A Mafia hit-man who is supposed to be in Montana in the witness protection program is found shot to death in Central Park. Obviously he grew up on westerns because he requests to die with his Montana cowboy boots on.

Turns out that this guy has shaken his FBI handlers and that's appropriate since his street name was 'Nicky Shakes' and he's in town to discuss a book deal. But a whole lot of people are keeping tabs on him even if the FBI has fallen down on the job. It's why he winds up dead.

The guy who has the most to gain with the deceased's demise is Frank Savino who is a Mafia Don putting on a crazy act. See how Dr. Skoda gets under his skin.

Who actually does the deed is a bit of a surprise, but the motive is completely understandable.

A great Law And Order story.

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