"The Violence of Summer"
L&O, Episode 1.14
Production number: 66219
First aired: 5 February 1991
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Louis Taggert
Written By
Michael Duggan

Directed By
Don Scardino

Max Greevey and Mike Logan reopen an investigation to help Benjamin Stone and Paul Robinette build a stronger case against three boys accused of gang-raping a TV reporter.


A television news reporter is gang-raped. The defendants begin accusing each other. Stone and Robinette try to persuade the victim to testify even though she doesn't remember the details of the attack. Meanwhile, Logan and Greevey discover evidence that reveals a fourth suspect.


Main cast

Guest cast




"One drug arrest five years ago? That's like another lifetime. But now, because it's on Page Six, I can be raped without penalty."

- Monica DeVries

"She's what, a reporter?"
"Reporter? She does exploitive crap. All sizzle and no steak."

- Adam Schiff and Benjamin Stone

"I can't prosecute on instinct."

- Benjamin Stone

Background information and notes

  • At the time of the filming of this episode, Samuel L. Jackson was a relatively unknown actor. In the years following he would become a major Hollywood star, with nominations for several awards. Jackson's been nominated for an Academy Award, and a number of Golden Globes. The same applies to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman won an Academy Award for his role in Capote.
  • This episode breaks with the shows normal format. The police investigation is shown after the prosecution. Normally it's the other way around.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Dr. Kornfield's Office
103 West 111th Street
Tuesday, November 6

33rd Precinct
Interrogation Room
Wednesday, January 16

Cutrona's Apartment
15 West 40th Street
Tuesday, January 22

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