"Conduct Unbecoming"
L&O, Episode 3.17
Production number: 68023
First aired: 10 March 1993
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Ruth Mendoza
Teleplay By
René Balcer & Michael S. Chernuchin

Story By
Walon Green & Peter S. Greenberg

Directed By
Arthur W. Forney


A female Naval officer is found dead during a party, but the ensign who was last seen with her was drunk and can't remember what took place.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Police Officer: Possible blunt force concussion.
Mike Logan: She didn't get that playing Spin the Bottle.

Great. So the Marines land in Somalia, they got cameras covering every square inch of sand. A sailor gets whacked in Manhattan, it might as well have happened on the moon.

–Donald Cragen

Only losers bluff after the table's already seen their hand.

–Lennie Briscoe

Praise the Lord and pass the martinis.

–Lennie Briscoe

He probably didn't get past the Declaration of Independence...'All men are created equal'.

–Adam Schiff

Lennie Briscoe: The whole floor was charged to the Officers' Mess Fund.
Mike Logan: Nice to know my tax dollars aren't being wasted on school books.

Benjamin Stone: Isn't it because of Lieutenant Hagen? Isn't it because of her you will never rise higher than the level of a C.O. of a sub-hunter and there is absolutely nothing that you can do about it? And how do you deal with that sense of impotence? With rage? With the same rage you directed at Tammy White? The prostitute at that hotel?
Captain Allard Bunker: That bitch deserved it!
Benjamin Stone: Which bitch is it, sir, Lieutenant Hagen or Tammy White?No further questions.

Background information and notes

  • Actor Michael Noth appears for the first time as a recurring court clerk. Michael is the older brother of Chris Noth.
  • This episode seems to be based on the Tailhook Association scandal. (Tailhook Association at Wikipedia)
  • The episode title "Conducting Unbecoming" is a phrase used to refer to behavior considered dishonorable.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

U.S.S. McKinley
Captain Allard Bunker
Saturday, January 16

Home of James Hagen
700 Warren Street
Monday, January 18

U.S.S. McKinley
Conference Room
Friday, January 22

4 5 6

Office of
Vice Admiral Coty
New York
Naval Headquarters
Thursday, February 25

Supreme Court
Trial Part 60
Monday, April 5

Supreme Court
Trial Part 60
Wednesday, April 7

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