|"Ain't No Love"|
|←||L&O, Episode 15.13||→|
|Production number: E5315|
First aired: 12 January 2005
| Written By|
Richard Sweren & Lois Johnson
When a rap producer is found shot to death in his studio, detectives focus on his protege, whose demos link him and a friend to a second murder. As the investigation unfolds, Southerlyn's opinions put her sharply at odds with both McCoy and Branch.
- Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana
- Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
- Sam Waterston as Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy
- Elisabeth Röhm as A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn
- Fred Dalton Thompson as D.A. Arthur Branch
- David Chandler as Defense Attorney Marvin Silverman
- Leslie Hendrix as M.E. Elizabeth Rodgers
- Marylou Mellace as Judge Antonia Mellon
- John Cariani as CSU Julian Beck
- Merwin Goldsmith as Judge Ian Feist
- Selenis Leyva as Detective Mariluz Rivera
- Richard Sheridan Willis as Neal Freedman
- Al Sapienza as Pete Andretti
- Jade Yorker as Anthony Harrison
- Daryl Edwards as Shawn Foreman
- Teagle F. Bougere as Defense Attorney Nelson
- Sean Nelson as Stephen Foreman
- Nan-Lynn Nelson as Janet Foreman
- JoAnna Rhinehart as Nicole Caldwell
- Funda Duval as Club Manager
- Carla Greene as Cece
- Esau Pritchett as P.O. Leon Mooney
- Carey Reilly as Detective Jenny Gant
- Tim Roselle as Gus
- Ron Domingo as Detective Gonzales
- Keith Powell as Mike
- Tom Day as Detective #1
- Jeff Woods Garlin as Detective #2
- Chris Fischer as Detective #3
- Sean Phillips as Uni #1
- Sam Kitchin as Uni #2
- Gregory Weinberg as Court Clerk
- Sheree Ladove-Kent as Jury Foreperson
- This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the shooting of Jason William Mizell. Jason, who was well-known to the music community as Jam Master Jay, groundbreaking DJ for the seminal hip hop group RUN-DMC, was shot inside a New York music studio on October 30, 2002.
- Ed Green: Most of his music was just about laying back and partying.
- Anita van Buren: Well, that party's over.
- Arthur Branch: You know, Serena, if you were right, you were right for the wrong reasons.
- Serena Southerlyn: Meaning?
- Arthur Branch: Emotions, not facts. What was it you said, everyone you talked to said he couldn't have killed that man?
- Serena Southerlyn: My emotional responses make me...
- Arthur Branch: ...an advocate. You're a superb attorney; you ought to be involved in cases that feed your passion.
- Serena Southerlyn: That would be wonderful.
- Arthur Branch: Serena, you must know, that will not happen in this office. It can't. Now, a prosecutor can be zealous, but not passionate. Advocacy is warm-blooded, enforcement's got to be cold-blooded, and blind, and even angry.
- Serena Southerlyn: Does Jack feel as strongly about this as you do?
- Arthur Branch: No, but it's my office and my decision, and he accepts it.
- Serena Southerlyn: Decision? You've already made a decision?
- Arthur Branch: I have. You're fired.
- Serena Southerlyn: (stunned) Is this because I'm a lesbian?
- Arthur Branch: No, of course not. No.
- Serena Southerlyn: Good. (long pause) Good.
Background information and notes
- This is Elisabeth Röhm's final contract appearance as A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn.
- Röhm's mid-season departure is only the second in the history of the series. The first was the departure of Paul Sorvino 12 years before.
Episode scene cards
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