Law and Order
"Formerly Famous"
L&O, Episode 12.06
Production number: E2201
First aired: 7 November 2001
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Written By
Wendy Battles & Marc Guggenheim

Directed By
Richard Dobbs


Briscoe and Green investigate the murder of the wife of a washed-up singer.


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Ed Green: I remember watching Vega's Christmas Special when I was a kid. What happened to him?
Lennie Briscoe: Ah, he took up with a guy named Jack Daniels.
Ed Green: Well, he's back in the limelight now.
Ed Green: You know, Vega ain't had a gig in close to ten years and he socked away ten million dollars. Maybe I outta get myself a manager.
Lennie Briscoe: Singing at a karaoke bar doesn't count.
Grand jury is just another audience.

–Tommy Vega

Background information and notes

  • This episode appears to have been based on the Bonny Lee Bakley case. On May 4, 2001, Bakley was found murdered outside a restaurant where she just had dinner with her husband, famed actor Robert Blake. Blake was arrested and tried for the crime and for soliciting it, but was found not guilty on March 16, 2005. Later that same year, he was found liable for Bakley's wrongful death in a civil trial. Coincidentally, actor Gary Busey, who portrays a Blake-like singer accused of murdering his wife in the show, was one of the celebrities Bakley pursued as part of her obsession with famous men. Also, Busey's character's name and the fact that he is a famous singer makes him similar to Frankie Valli, another celebrity pursued by Bakley.

Episode scene cards

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Noonan's Pub
503 Hudson Street
Monday, August 7

Cahill Management
102 Park Avenue
Tuesday, August 8

RJ's Place
16 East 35th Street
Thursday, August 10

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Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Wednesday, August 30

Grand Jury Room
Thursday, September 14

Rikleen & Cabot
Financial Services
228 West 30th Street
Tuesday, September 26


Grand Jury Room
Thursday, October 12

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