Law & Order (1990–2010)
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The hunt for a racist serial killer is aided by personality profiling that the defense uses to their advantage in court.


E.W. Swackhamer


Dick Wolf (created by), Gordon Rayfield (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Joe Seneca ... Lionel Jackson
Cecilia Hart ... Mary Bradley
Bruce Katzman ... Allen Bradley
Brian Davies ... Dr. Rheinhold Bishop
William Carden William Carden ... Arthur Tunney
James Earl Jones ... Horace McCoy
Frances Chaney Frances Chaney ... Amelia Whitney
Jose Ynoa Jose Ynoa ... Jose Montoya


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate two shootings that occurred on the same day. Both victims were shot at close range from a sawed-off shotgun. The medical examiner is of the view that the shootings were from the same gun. There had been a similar shooting two weeks before and all three people had one thing in common: they were people of color. A fourth victim is severely injured but survived the attack and he can recall the shooter's voice. Dr. Olivet and an FBI profiler give the police a profile and they work down the list of subscribers to white supremacist magazines. It eventually leads them to Arthur Tunney whose mother died after being mugged by black youths just a few months before. After his arrest, Tunney hires a prominent black attorney, Horace McCoy, to defend him. McCoy manages to get him out on bail, which has a major impact on the case. Written by garykmcd

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13 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chris Noth (Mike Logan) & Mark Lotito (Policeman) also worked together on episode 7.2, The Good Wife: Innocents (2015), of The Good Wife (2009), as Peter Florrick & Marty Pintarello respectively. See more »


Lionel Jackson, the older African-American victim, explains to Logan and Briscoe in the hospital that he knew to duck and run for cover when he saw the shotgun due to his WWII service in the 761st Battalion at Omaha Beech on D-Day. The 761st Tank Battalion was a unit in World War II and was primarily manned by African-Americans (the U.S. Army did not desegregate until after the war) however it was not deployed for action until November 1944, five months after D-Day. See more »


Judge Lisa Pongracic: [after Claire saves Ben from being held in contempt] Give her a raise, Ben. Because you were about to walk out of here in cuffs.
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References The Crying Game (1992) See more »

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Exciting and Shocking; a Law & Order Epic
2 April 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This one is a thrilling watch. A racist spree killer puts a community on edge, making the "law" segment unusually tense as Briscoe and Logan pursue a variety of leads. There's a scene with a mother and her young son; the kid subscribes to a white power magazine, and he and his mom casually sling around the N-word like it's nothing.

Our lawfighters work a bit with the FBI on this episode, and the defense attorney later attempts to cast doubt on the accuracy of the FBI's profile, which is interesting. The judge also puts the public at risk by releasing the suspect during a pending hearing; Stone loses it with her, and she threatens to hold him in contempt before Kincaid steps in and defuses the situation. "Give her a raise, Ben," the judge says as he's leaving. "You were about to walk out of here in cuffs."

The icing on the cake is the great James Earl Jones as the unrepentant suspect's high-priced defense attorney - definitely a guest role to remember. He and Stone have a fascinating conversation about why a black man is defending a violent white racist. The ending is great too: no spoilers, but unlike many other episodes in this series, it does NOT end in a courtroom...

Check this one out.

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