Law and Order
L&O, Episode 5.08
Production number: 69412
First aired: 23 November 1994
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Written By
Jeremy R. Littman & Mark B. Perry

Directed By
Martha Mitchell


McCoy uses a charge of "larceny by extortion" against a council accused of demanding sex for a law-firm partnership.


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Recurring cast

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McCoy: [his closing summation] Give me the keys to your house, or I'll charge you with murder. I'm the D.A. I can do it. Give me $10,000, or I'll tell the Feds about that shipment of heroin I saw you pick up at J.F.K. I'm the D.A. They'll listen. What would you do? I can tell you what I'll be doing for the next 10 years or so. I'll be in Attica, because what I just did is called extortion, and it's a felony. Sleep with me. Or I'll tell your boss that you're under indictment for fraud. It's not true, but do you really think you'll be working next week? Sarah Maslin worked for 8 years. She was the best, most productive associate in her firm. She had clearly earned a partnership, but the only way that she could get it was to have sex with the man who had the power to make or break her career. Sarah Maslin laid down on that couch for Mr. Talbert. But can any of us say that she really had a choice?

Background information and notes

  • Regina Taylor and Sam Waterston both starred in the short-lived NBC TV series I'll Fly Away.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Investigation Squad
Tuesday, September 16

Campaign Headquarters of
Councilman Talbert
Wednesday, September 17

Office of
Councilman Talbert
Monday, September 22

4 5 6

Sarah Maslin
Adderly, Perkins Law Firm
11700 Wall Street
Thursday, September 25

Office of
District Attorney
Adam Schiff
Wednesday, October 1

Office of
Dr. Sandra Means
9846 East 67th Street
Friday, October 17

7 8 9 10

Supreme Court
Arraignment Hearing
Tuesday, November 4

Danelli's Cafe
657 East 46th Street
Monday, November 17

Supreme Court
Part 57
Thursday, November 27

Supreme Court
Part 57
Friday, December 5

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