"Heart of Darkness"
L&O, Episode 16.13
Production number: 16013
First aired: 18 January 2006
  th of 456 produced in L&O  
th of 456 released in L&O
  th of 1229 released in all  
Don Balderston
Written By
Carter Harris

Directed By
Richard Dobbs


McCoy pursues murder charges against a woman in an assisted suicide case, but he finds out during the trial that a third party may have also been involved, after spotting the shadow of a third person in the video of the death. On the stand, McCoy forces the victim's girlfriend Angela to admit that the shadow in the video was the victim's brother, Gerald. Angela explains that it was actually Gerald who did most of the work, and McCoy offers her a ten year sentence in exchange for testifying against Gerald. They discover that the victim, Tadhg Ruane, ruined Gerald's life by his constant demands, resulting in the failure of his marriage and a chance to start a new life, and that their mother spent her savings to pay Tadhg's drug debts. McCoy suggests in court that this caused heavy resentment in Gerald and was the real reason he killed his brother, something Gerald is unable to respond to. Later, in a private meeting with McCoy and Borgia, Gerald states that he did love his brother and he did have the best intentions when he started to help him kill himself; however, the resentment got to him in the end. McCoy offers him 15 years in prison for Tadhg's death, but Gerald offers to take more if Angela's sentence is reduced, as all she did was love Tadhg and try to help him. McCoy agrees and Angela's sentence is reduced to 3 years while it is not stated what Gerald ultimately gets.


Main cast

Guest cast





Background information and notes

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Ruane Residence
Elmhurst, Queens
Thursday, December 9

Yamuna Studio
132 Perry Street
Saturday, December 11

Healthline Pharmacy
109 West 14th Street
Saturday, December 11

4 5 6

Supreme Court
Trial Part 30
Tuesday, January 18

Supreme Court
Trial Part 30
Wednesday, January 19

Supreme Court
Trial Part 68
Monday, February 8

Previous episode:
"Family Friend"
"Heart of Darkness"
Law & Order
Season 16
Next episode:
Seasons 1234567891011121314151617181920
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.