"Star Struck"
L&O, Episode 2.12
Production number: 67406
First aired: 7 January 1992
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Robinette Stone Star Struck
Teleplay By
Robert Nathan & Sally Nemeth

Story By
David Black & Alan Gelb

Directed By
Edwin Sherin

An obsessed fan tries to blame the voices in his head for the brutal beating of a soap opera actress.




Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast




"He sounds crazier than ever."
"He's shrewder than ever; he wants to sound crazy!"

- Lucy Neven and Benjamin Stone

"This guy has got toys in the attic."

- Jack Gaffney

"We're not Gods. We're not even angels."

- Paul Robinette

"Thou shalt not steal, except when nobody gets hurt?"

- Mike Logan

"Ghost of John Hinckley, is that it? Shoots the President of the United States and gets off?"

- Jack Gaffney

"They say if this goes to trial, you'll be able to testify."
"Don't force yourself, honey."
"I'll testify, if I have to crawl into the courtroom."

- Benjamin Stone, Helen Neven and Lucy Neven

"I hope her mail is more interesting than mine."
"No contest, this should be postmarked 'Bellevue'."
"We have three solid cuckoos in town, one in Atlanta, two in St. Louis, three in L.A., and one in Denver."

- Donald Cragen, Mike Logan and Phil Cerreta

"It's his John Lennon theory."

- Mike Logan


The cast for this episode included three actors who previously appeared on WWII-themed programs. Michael Moriarty and Blanche Baker were in the miniseries "Holocaust." Moriarty played a Nazi officer, and Baker played a Jewish woman condemned to die at Auschwitz. Werner Klemperer played Colonel Klink in "Hogan's Heroes." [It is further interesting to note that Klemperer, as well as three other actors who were featured in prominent roles as Nazi officers in "Hogan's Heroes," was Jewish.] Moriarty, Baker, and Klemperer all won Emmy awards for their respective roles in these programs.

Background information and notes

  • This episode seems to be based on several different stalking victims, including the cases of Rebecca Schaeffer, Theresa Saldana, and Andrea Evans.
    • Rebecca Schaeffer was stalked and then murdered, prompting the passage of anti-stalking laws in California. Schaeffer was best known for her role in the sitcom My Sister Sam. Schaeffer's story is recounted in the true crime book True Stories of Law & Order by Kevin Dwyer and Juré Fiorillo. (Source: Rebecca Schaeffer at Wikipedia)
    • Theresa Saldana was the stalking victim of Arthur Richard Jackson, a 46 year old drifter from Aberdeen, Scotland. Jackson stabbed her in the torso 10 times, with a 5 1/2 inch knife, near the front of her home in broad daylight, almost killing her. Saldana recovered after 4 hours of surgery, and a 4-month hospital stay. (Source: Theresa Saldana at Wikipedia)
    • Andrea Evans dropped out of public view for nearly a decade. Years later she revealed that she had left to escape a persistent stalker who had gone as far as breaking into the ABC studios in New York City, intent on killing her. (Source: Andrea Evans at Wikipedia)
  • Jack Gaffney mentioned John Hinckley in this episode. Hinckley injured U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three others during an assassination attempt in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. The event was the culmination of an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster. After repeated viewings of the 1976 movie Taxi Driver, in which a disturbed protagonist, Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro, plots to assassinate a presidential candidate, Hinckley developed an obsession with Jodie Foster, who played a child prostitute in the film. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and remained under institutional psychiatric care until he was released on September 10, 2016. He now lives with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Source: John Hinckley, Jr. at Wikipedia)

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

St. Teresa's Hospital
408 West 74th Street
Wednesday, October 17

Office of
William Unger
457 5th Avenue
Tuesday, October 23

Chambers of
Judge Walter Schreiber
Thursday, January 24

4 5 6

Supreme Court
Trial Part 47
Monday, February 11

Supreme Court
Tuesday, March 5

Supreme Court
Wednesday, March 6

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