|←||L&O, Episode 4.22||→|
|Production number: 69031|
First aired: 25 May 1994
| Teleplay By|
Joshua Stern & Robert Nathan
An accountant for a baby-food company is hit and killed by a truck. The detectives and the D.A.'s office suspect that it was not an accident, especially when evidence reveals a link connecting the victim, a prominent baby food manufacturer, and the Russian mafia.
Stone promises that no harm will befall an important witness -- a promise that he's unable to keep, as the witness gets killed. Stone blames himself, since he pressured her so much into testifying. Wracked with guilt, Stone resigns from his job.
- Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Chris Noth as Detective Mike Logan
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
- Michael Moriarty as Executive A.D.A. Benjamin Stone
- Jill Hennessy as A.D.A. Claire Kincaid
- Steven Hill as D.A. Adam Schiff
- Carolyn McCormick as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
- John Fiore as Detective Tony Profaci
- Leslie Hendrix as Medical Examiner Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
- Bob Dishy as Defense Attorney Larry Weaver
- Doris Belack as Judge Margaret Barry
- David Lipman as Judge Morris Torledsky
- Lenore Harris as Defense Attorney Marya Levinson
- Allison Janney as Ann Madsen
- Victor Slezak as Steven Green
- Geoff Pierson as OCCB Investigator
- Michael Harney as Aaron Packard
- Deborah Genninger as Joan Renkmeyer
- Brian Tarantina as Rudy
- Don Creech as Nikolai Rostov
- Debra Niewald as Inga Torvald
- Sarah Melici as Phyllis Schroder
- Michael Gaston as Wheeler
- Scott MacDonald as Brown
- Glynis Bell as Celia Gray
- Patrick Husted as Albert
- Marcia DeBonis as Jessica
- Clement Fowler as Jack Hansen
- Joyce R. Korbin as Lillian
- Antony Thomas as Michael Tully
- Elizabeth Rodriguez as Elvira Juarez
- Christopher McHale as Sam Keeley
- Helene Cara as Nadia
- Edouard DeSoto as Avila
- J.J. Clark as Truck Driver
- Kevin Davis as Newman
- Ken Larsen as Policeman #1
- Michael Boyle as Policeman #2
- Nora Elcar as Jury Forewoman
- Toni James as Court Clerk
- Vince Edgehill as Juror (uncredited)
- Judge Torledsky: Shoots a man, pushes him under a truck? I've heard of overkill, but this is ridiculous. Can we get a plea here?
- Rostov: Not guilty.
- Judge Torledsky: Bail application?
- Weaver: My client has strong ties to the community.
- Judge Torledsky: And another community 12,000 miles away.
- Weaver: Your honor, my client is a citizen.
- Judge Torledsky: "Give us your tired, your poor, your vicious." Miss Kincaid?
- Kincaid: Due to the risk of flight, your honor...
- Judge Torledsky: Thank you. That's all I need to hear. I'll give this citizen his rights. He's remanded without bail. Next. [bangs gavel]
- [Stone is leaving the DA's office]
- Schiff: I never thought I'd get a letter of resignation from you. Thought you'd be here long after I was gone.
- Stone: It's not entirely about you.
- Schiff: That's kind of you, thank you. Steven Green is filing an appeal.
- Stone: Based on what?
- Schiff: Coercion of a witness. Anne Madsen.
- Stone: Considering the witness is dead, the appeals court should be amused. I brought Claire up to speed on my open cases.
- Schiff: She'll be fine. And you?
- Stone: I'm clear as a bell.
- When Briscoe and Logan pick up Rudy he is singing "Politician", a 1968 song by the band Cream. In custody he then sings the opening of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" by Pete Seeger.
Background information and notes
- This episode marks Michael Moriarty's last appearance as Benjamin Stone. Stone would later die off-screen in season 19 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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