|"The Third Horseman"|
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|Production number: E2115|
First aired: 6 January 2002
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Goren and Eames try to track down the sniper responsible for killing an abortion doctor who was shot in his own apartment.
- Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Robert Goren
- Kathryn Erbe as Detective Alexandra Eames
- Jamey Sheridan as Captain James Deakins
- Courtney B. Vance as A.D.A. Ron Carver
- Robert Stanton as Dennis Griscom
- Marsha Dietlein as Laura Carlson
- Leo Burmester as Lorne Cutler
- Nesbitt Blaisdell as Mr. McLeish
- Michael Countryman as Dr. Leo Cavella
- Phyllis Somerville as Mrs. McLeish
- Tracy Sallows as Marie Cavella
- Christine Jones as Mrs. Griscom
- A.D. Miles as Zach
- Richard Topol as Cutler's Attorney
- Earl Hindman as Sheriff
- Linda Halaska as Susan Ward
- Joan Rosenfels as Nesmith
- Maggie Lacey as Judy
- Eric Wippo as Copy Clerk
- Ken Forman as Metal Worker
- Peter James Kelsch as 1st Homeless Guy
- Taylor Patterson as Ruthie
- Ernest Mingione as Sergeant
- Paulina Gerzon as Josie
- Larry Gregory as CSU Technician
- Ronald Lew Harris as Doorman
- Bernie Friedman as Homeless Guy
- Robert Goren: Kill one, scare a thousand
- Lorne Cutter: You take orders from that lady?
- Robert Goren: She's got seniority. You know these women on the force, they come with an extra set of brass ones.
- E-mail by Lorne Cutler.: Helen, We will prevail in our most holy mission. Sure, the politicians and the law makers may be working against goodness now. But you must remember that we have the Lord on our side. All it takes is for one state to threaten sedition over abortion and this thing'll turn around. There's reason to hope. There's friends in surprising places, even in the New York City police. I met a detective who thinks picking up the sword as the only option left to stop the abortion factories.
- Alexandra Eames: What do you really think?
- Robert Goren: I'll tell you what I think when I get pregnant.
- Alexandra Eames: You're going to have to do a lot better than that, Bobby.
- Robert Goren: Okay. Life is full of uncertainty. People need to have options. Abortion has got to be one of those options. That's what I think.
- Alexandra Eames.: Promise me a margarita when this is all over.
- Griscom's Attorney: He's invoking his right to be silent.
- Alexandra Eames: Well, he doesn't have the right to be deaf, so he's going to have to listen to what we have to say.
- James Deakins: This guy has a death wish and he's going to take someone down with him.
- Alexandra Eames: We can always hope he gets the order mixed up and shoots himself first.
Background information and notes
- The episode is based on the murder of abortion doctor Barnett Slepian by anti-abortion activist James Charles Kopp
- The episode title could be considered a reference to the Third Horseman of the Apocalypse. The third horseman, riding the black horse, is called Famine. The black color of the third horse could be a symbol of the death.
- The script from "The Third Horseman" was used for the Paris Enquêtes Criminelles first season episode "Le justicier de l'ombre".
- In 2002, this episode received a Maggie Award from Planned Parenthood.
- Another episode in the Law & Order franchise that deals with the murder of an abortion doctor is the Law & Order episode "Dignity".
Episode scene cards
Bethel Women's Clinic
Home Of Mr. & Mrs. McLeish
Home Of Mrs. Griscom
Home Of Lorne Cutler
Levy & Brown Investments
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