L&O, Episode 10.13
Production number: E1117
First aired: 16 February 2000
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McCoy Stan Gillum Panic
Teleplay By
William N. Fordes & Lynn Mamet

Story By
Kathy McCormick & Matt Witten

Directed By
Constantine Makris


Briscoe and Green investigate the shooting of a best-selling mystery writer and the death of her accountant, with a love triangle as a possible motive for the crime.


Main cast

Guest cast



  • Jack McCoy: The bigots who killed the gay man in Wyoming?

In 1998, Matthew Shepard was robbed, beaten, and tied to a fence by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, who left the 21-year-old there to die. The two men claimed that Shepard had made sexual advances toward them (known as the gay panic defense), and they killed him in a panic. Both men were eventually sentence to two consecutive life sentences apiece without the possibility of parole. Sam Waterston (Jack McCoy) also played Mathew Shepard's father in a movie based on the events.

This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Eugene Bennett case. In 1996, Eugene Bennett kidnapped Reverend Edwin Clever at gunpoint and forced the minister to place a call to his estranged wife, Marguerite. A suspicious Marguerite took a gun to the event. When all was said and done, Bennett pointed the finger at the messy divorce he was in the middle of, and the allegations that, four years earlier, his wife had an affair with well-known novelist Patricia Cornwell.

While discussing the gay panic defense, the Harvey Milk assassination is mentioned. In November, 1978, openly gay San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were gunned down in their offices by a disgruntled former City Supervisor Dan White. White received a reduced sentence by claiming (among other things) that he was disoriented by eating a great deal of junk food before the shooting, known as the now infamous "Twinkie Defense".


Quotes (Green looks at a receipt found on the victim, Martin Hoss.)

  • Ed Green: Mr. Hoss paid for a meal at Cafe Rouge, 8:16, tonight.
  • Lennie Briscoe: Dinner for two?
  • Ed Green: Looks like it.
  • Lennie Briscoe: Hope he enjoyed it.

(Reading P.K. Todd's fan mail.)

  • Anita Van Buren: Oh this is lovely: "You write worse than an uneducated trout."
  • Lennie Briscoe: If I was the fish, I'd take offense.

Background information and notes

  • The author who is shot in this episode is named P.K. Todd, which is the name the real life writer of the episode Standoff.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

White & Crisp Agency
237 West 56th Street
Monday, October 12

Randolph Hotel
39 Stacey Street
Monday, October 19

Federal Bureau of
26 Federal Plaza
Tuesday, October 20

4 5

Supreme Court
Trial Part 67
Tuesday, February 22

Chambers of
Judge Donald Karan
Wednesday, February 23

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