"Empire"
L&O, Episode 9.20
Production number: E0217
First aired: 5 May 1999
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Teleplay By
Robert Palm

Story By
René Balcer & Robert Palm

Directed By
Matthew Penn

Plot

The death of a corporate mogul caused by an overdose of a sexual performance-enhancing drug leads to a case with a witness that puts Curtis in a compromising position.

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

References

Quotes

The line between charming someone out of one million dollars and being perceived as a charity whore sometimes gets blurred.

–Katrina Ludlow


You don't get it, Curtis. A hundred years from now, no one will remember who slept with whom, and who was naughty and who was nice. They'll look at that incredible piece of steel and concrete, and know that I was a part of it.

–Katrina Ludlow


Katrina Ludlow: What are you afraid of? That I'll take advantage of you?
Rey Curtis: Easy...
Katrina Ludlow: Afraid you'll say yes?
Rey Curtis: (angrily) That's enough!


Rey Curtis: Pro Bono Publico?
Katrina Ludlow: Relax, Detective. The Empire's not gonna fall overnight. Go home to your wife.


Mr. Mosbeck: (to Curtis) Detective! Didn't you tell Miss Ludlow that you hoped your wife would go in peace? Yes or no, Detective?
Rey Curtis: My wife has multiple sclerosis! She's in a lot of pain and it's getting worse. What I told Miss Ludlow, what I meant was that if the condition got worse, I just didn't want it to... no, she's suffered enough already.
Mr. Mosbeck: Is that a yes, Detective?
Rey Curtis: I love my wife! More than my own life. And I betrayed her trust once. Just once, but with her love and with God's help...
Mr. Mosbeck: Your Honor, would you direct the witness to answer the question?
Rey Curtis: I haven't been unfaithful to her since! I know better! My mistake was trusting Katrina Ludlow. So yes, I've made mistakes as a man. But as a cop? No, sir. I did not tamper with that evidence.


Background information and notes

  • In the scene with Benjamin Bratt and Julia Roberts in the hotel room, Julia Roberts' black undershirt shifts around occasionally when she is talking with Bratt.
  • Julia Roberts was Benjamin Bratt's girlfriend at the time of this episode.

Episode scene cards

1 2

Office of
Gilbert Sanderson
130 Albany Street
Thursday, March 12

Office of
Katrina Ludlow
316 72nd Street
Friday, March 13

3 4 5

Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Tuesday, April 14

Supreme Court
Trial Part 32
Tuesday, June 9

Supreme Court
Trial Part 32
Thursday, June 11


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