L&O, Episode 11.13
Production number: E1313
First aired: 14 February 2001
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Briscoe Phobia
Written By
Wendy Battles, Lynn Mamet & Kathy McCormick

Directed By
David Platt

Detectives Briscoe and Green investigate the beating death of a gay man and the kidnapping of his adopted son.


A couple walking by sees a deady body and they call the cops. Detectives Lennie Briscoe & Ed Green arrive discovering the victim was beaten to death, the victim was gay, & his adopted son was kidnapped. Briscoe & Green soon discover a ransom which they respond to but discover it was an idiot move by a seltzer delivery man trying to cash in.

They find out about the adopted kid's drug-addicted mother who they track down but not after going through a woman who smuggles abused wives out of town with the mother lying about being abused. They find the mother who gives up the killer as the baby's real dad Robert Kelley, who they arrest.

McCoy prosecutes the case trying to show Kelley did it as a hate crime yelling "faggot" during the beating something Kelley claims he didn't do. He just wanted his baby back saying the adoption agency never had his consent. With McCoy's only witness being the mother its tough but soon the jury comes with a "guilty" verdict finally convicting him of the murder as a hate crime.

It ends with the victim's husband/boyfriend being approached by the mother who tells him that she hopes her child knows about her and the victim's husband saying she might tell him herself.


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Anita Van Buren: Well, what kind of idiot arranges to pickup ransom money in a van with vanity plates?
Lennie Briscoe: An idiot whose vanity plate read "HOSE MONKEY".

Susan Powers: My dealings with the police have been a joke.
Anita van Buren: Well, you haven't dealt with me, Miss Powers.

We were like any couple with a kid. Early to bed, early to rise. The only restaurants we went to had paper placemats on the tables with crayons.

–Donald Albers

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Heron Motor Sports
143 Second Avenue
Monday, January 3

Department of
Children & Family Services
Tuesday, January 4

455 West 19th Street
Wednesday, January 5

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Office of
Jerry Vaylor
869 Broadway
Thursday, January 6

Supreme Court
Trial Part 38
Thursday, February 24

Supreme Court
Trial Part 38
Friday, February 25

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