Law and Order
"Undaunted Mettle"
CI, Episode 3.01
Production number: E4502
First aired: 28 September 2003
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Teleplay By
Stephanie Sengupta

Story By
Stephanie Sengupta & René Balcer

Directed By
Steve Shill

Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a promising young architecture student.


The murder of an architect, Noah Preston, working on a design to replace the World Trade Center leads Goren and Eames to investigate another, famous architect, Ben Laurette, whom the victim was studying. Once the unusual martial status of this person is discovered, the available evidence points to only one suspect. In addition, a previously unknown connection the two architects had is exposed.

The murdered architect turned out to be the illegitimate son of the famous architect. One of the famous architect's wives, the pregnant one, killed the illegitimate son because she thought he would ruin her husband. The famous architect mourns over the loss of his illegitimate son who had the same vision as he did.


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Alexandra Eames: It can't be everyday they have a giant nickel outside their bank.

Ben Laurette: I don't need pictures of Sarah to remind me I'm married.

Alexandra Eames: For a guy who likes chaos he's about to get it in spades.
Robert Goren: Well, buildings may crumble, but infamies are forever.

Alexandra Eames, to Robert Goren: Library card. Man after your own heart.

Ben Laurette: Whether you like it or not, my work has entered your subconscious.
Alexandra Eames: Mm. And I thought it was last night's potstickers.

Robert Goren: She was the tail wagging the dog.

Alexandra Eames: Well, I told him.
Robert Goren: What'd he say?
Alexandra Eames: He gave me a big hug. He said it was a great thing I was doing for my sister and he said when the time comes he'll hook you up with a temporary partner.
Robert Goren: Oh no! I didn't even think of that. What'd you say?
Alexandra Eames: I pity the fool.
James Deakins: How 'bout our gal, huh? Surrogate mom.

Meredith Breen: I guess strangers with badges aren't exactly strangers.

Alexandra Eames: If he wanted to get inside Laurette's head, he needed more blondes in his life.

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