"The Pursuit of Happiness"
L&O, Episode 4.10
Production number: 69005
First aired: 1 December 1993
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Written By
Robert Nathan & Morgan Gendel

Directed By
Dann Florek

Detectives Briscoe and Logan suspect a Russian "mail order bride" in the murder of the owner of a successful meat company.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of a nerdy business owner whose wife turns out to be a Russian mail-order bride and may have conspired with an adulterous lover to kill him. EADA Stone and ADA Kincaid must then prove the suspects guilty with a recalcitrant witness.

Cast[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"Quick, lock the doors. Someone might walk in with a case we could win."

- D.A. Adam Schiff to his staff

"I wouldn't count your chickens. Your omelette just hit the fan."

- D.A. Adam Schiff to his staff

"They look at me, they see a greedy spic. They look at you, they see a whore.

- Alex Nunez to Irina Cooper

Background information and notes[edit | edit source]

  • The title of this episode, The Pursuit of Happiness, is a reference to the Declaration of Independence and its statement that Americans have the inalienable right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Episode scene cards[edit | edit source]

1 2 3

Apartment of
Phil Guardino
520 East 51st Street
Thursday, September 24

Friendship League
623 West 14th Street
Friday, September 25

Hudson Diagnostic
375 East 21st Street
Monday, September 28

4 5 6

62nd & 3rd Avenue
Wednesday, September 30

Westside Women's Clinic
Dr. Isaac Kerwin
86 West 72nd Street
Friday, October 2

Forensic Laboratory
Monday, October 26

7 8 9

Supreme Court
Trial Part 51
Thursday, December 10

Supreme Court
Trial Part
Monday, December 14

Rikers Island
Correctional Facility
Tuesday, December 15

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