Law and Order
"Cherry Red"
CI, Episode 2.19
Production number: E3221
First aired: 27 April 2003
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Goren Eames Cherry Red .jpg
Teleplay By
Jim Sterling

Story By
Jim Sterling & Rene Balcer

Directed By
Frank Prinzi

Detectives Goren and Eames investigate a deadly mystery after an elderly woman dies in a fire.


Goren and Eames try to unravel a deadly mystery after an elderly woman dies in a fire and bequeaths some of her inheritance to a young woman who is subsequently killed. Soon their investigation turns to a shady state public administrator who has re-invented the concept of "grave-robbing". They discover the administrator grew up with a tremendous unexpressed resentment and hatred for his father; along with an obsessive hobby of collecting vintage cars, so he murdered the elderly victim to obtain a rare Ferrari. When the young woman tried to obtain more inheritance to afford a private hospice room for her ill mother, his father, needing his son to care of him due to his poor health, murdered the young woman in fear she would report his son to the authorities.


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Robert Goren: It's a homeopathic remedy for cat allergies. Microscopic cat dander you put on your tongue. I had a girlfriend named Lola, she had cats.
Alexandra Eames: You ate furballs for her?

James Deakins: Bonds are a little like potato chips, people don't usually buy just one.

Stan Coffman: You know, you're awfully snoopy.
Alexandra Eames: A lot of people point that out.

Robert Goren: The reason why I keep harping on the bearer bond – do you have a medical condition?

Alexandra Eames: Maybe she thought she'd inherit some cash to go with the cats.

Background information and notes

  • This is the third time that actors Paul Dooley and Dennis Christopher have played father and son roles, appearing as Stan and Roger Coffman, respectively. They appeared previously in the films A Wedding (1978), as Liam and Hughie Brenner, and in Breaking Away (1979), as Raymond and Dave Stoller.

1962 Ferrari GTO

  • Cars amassed by Roger Coffman:
    • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
    • 1962 Ferrari GTO
    • 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
    • 1965 Jaguar XKE Roadster
    • 1966 Corvette Stingray
    • 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500
    • 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
  • Detective Robert Goren says that there are only 32 Ferrari GTO made, but it is believed that there were 36 produced.
  • Goren's car expert friend Lewis makes his second appearance. He made an earlier appearance in the episode "The Pardoner's Tale".
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