|←||L&O, Episode 14.02||→|
|Production number: E4304|
First aired: 1 October 2003
| Written By|
Michael S. Chernuchin
The detectives search for the killer of a bounty hunter who was investigating the sources used by a prize-winning, black newspaper reporter; the court case develops into a litmus test of the pros and cons of affirmative action.
- Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe
- 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
- Peter Jacobson as Defense Attorney Randy Dworkin
- Leslie Hendrix as M.E. Elizabeth Rodgers
- Andrea Navedo as Detective Ana Cordova
- Karen Shallo as Arraignment Judge Anna Shiro
- Mark Zimmerman as Judge Nathan Murphy
- Reuben Jackson as Brian Kellogg
- Richard Topol as Arnie Gleason
- Colleen Clinton as Cosette Alexander
- Mark La Mura as Wesley Schultz
- Dina Pearlman as Sybil
- Chris Clavelli as Carl
- Nadine Mozon as Melba
- Greg Stuhr as Douglas
- Emilio Del Pozo as Garcia
- Paul Doherty as Glen
- Hanh Tran as Lynne
- Rodney Gilbert as Lester
- Geoffrey Arend as Jeffrey
- Megan Papier as Carla
- Rich Duva as CSU Technician Grier
- Gregory Weinberg as Court Clerk
- Brother Eden Douglas as Juror #5 (uncredited)
- Affirmative Action
- Bobcat Rovelli
- Mitchell Maas
- New York Ledger
- New York Sentinel
- Monarch Hotel
- Oaktree Motel
- Atlantic States Telecom
- Clinton Hotel
- University of Michigan
- Greenwich, CT
- Dworkin: Lawyer-to-lawyer... you never talked to Denise, did you?
- McCoy: No.
- Dworkin: Then how did you know?
- McCoy: I didn't. But I do know that I'm barely white enough to live in Greenwich, Connecticut.
- Dworkin: Opportunity is not opportunity when it's accompanied by marginalization.
- McCoy: That's backwards! The DENIAL of opportunity created marginalization, and there's one word for that - RACISM!
- Dworkin: Oooo, the R" word...the most dangerous weapon in the leftist's arsenal!
Background information and notes
- Interestingly, this episode revealed many resemblances with the case of Jayson Blair, a staff reporter for the New York Times for nearly four years, who was forced to resign in May 2003 after he committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud.
Episode scene cards
Atlantic States Telecom
New York Ledger
New York Sentinel
Oak Tree Motel
Law & Order