Law and Order
"The Pardoner's Tale"
CI, Episode 1.08
Production number: E2112
First aired: 18 November 2001
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Written By
Theresa Rebeck

Directed By
Steve Shill

A reporter who has a history of uncovering police corruption is gunned down in the street and the case leads to the buying and selling of pardons.




Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Robert Goren: I know people. People in the Fed. People that owe me favors. I can get someone in so deep even I couldn't find them.

Robert Goren: I'm not arresting her.
Alexandra Eames: Count me out too. Detectives.
Ron Carver: We're supposed to be better than the people we're prosecuting.

Robert Goren: I've got to see a buddy about a '71 Malibu. Want to come?
Alexandra Eames: Sure, I love meeting your buddies.

Alexandra Eames: Declared a fugitive in 1997. I guess that qualifies as travelling.

Nawrocki's Secretary: Here, let me highlight it for you.
Robert Goren: That's okay. The search warrant doesn't stipulate highlighting.

Robert Goren: Boo! Made you look.

Alexandra Eames: 351 four-barrel. Who are you trying to outrun?
Lewis: Whoa. I think I'm in love.

Alexandra Eames: Give it up, garbage boy!

Alexandra Eames: There they go, down the rabbit hole.

Robert Goren: That's not going along, Larry, that's stickin' it to ya!

Background information and notes

  • Actor John Heard also appeared in Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
  • This episode revealed many resemblances to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Pardoner's Tale, which, like this episode, is a story with characters motivated by greed. The "pardoner" is very much like some of the characters in this episode who are themselves in positions of power, but corrupt.
  • Goren's car expert friend Lewis makes his first appearance. He makes another appearance in the later episode "Cherry Red".

Episode scene cards

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Saint Justin's Church

209 Avenue B Tuesday, February 6

Home Of Morris Abernathy

411 East 145th Street Thursday, February 8

Office Of The Treasurer

Saint Justin's Church Friday, February 9

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Office Of The Rector

Saint Justin's Church Tuesday, February 13

Saint Justin's Church

Friday, February 23

Riker's Island

Correctional Facility Tuesday, February 27

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