L&O, Episode 3.21
Production number: 68025
First aired: 12 May 1993
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Schiff Stone Robinette Manhood
Teleplay By
Robert Nathan

Story By
Robert Nathan & Walon Green

Directed By
Ed Sherin


After a policeman is killed, it is revealed that he was gay and that homophobia prevented some fellow officers from providing backup.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Lennie Briscoe: Next time you wanna get some bones broken, try falling down a flight of stairs.
Mike Logan: Next time I want advice, I'll write Dear Abby.

You're under arrest. You have the right to remain silent. And if you move funny, I'll blow your head off.

–Mike Logan

Lennie Briscoe: You worried about the time, we'll dock ourselves a day.
Donald Cragen: I'm worried about you losin' your house and eatin' macaroni the next 20 years.
Lennie Briscoe: I lost two houses already and I like macaroni.

Lennie Briscoe: You remember foot patrol?
Mike Logan: What I remember most is I never thought I'd get shot.

Background information and notes

  • This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Drama Series. Robert Nathan was responsible for the teleplay & story, and Walon Green for the story.
  • This episode was later adapted into the Law & Order: UK episode "Samaritan".

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

31st Precinct
Captain Tom O'Hara
Tuesday, February 23

Amsterdam Apartments
206 West 107th Street
Friday, February 26

Apartment Of
Officer Rick Newhouse
201 West 73rd Street
Monday, March 8

4 5 6

Lovlien's Pub
2502 Broadway
Friday, March 12

District Attorney's
Conference Room
Thursday, March 18

District Attorney's
Conference Room
Wednesday, March 24

7 8 9

Supreme Court
Trial Part 57
Monday, May 10

Supreme Court
Trial Part 57
Thursday, May 13

Supreme Court
Trial Part 57
Tuesday, May 18

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