"We Like Mike"
L&O, Episode 7.20
Production number: K1125
First aired: 30 April 1997
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Written By
Gardner Stern & I.C. Rapoport

Directed By
David Platt

A Good Samaritan's life is thrown into turmoil when he is accused of murder.


A good Samaritan's life is thrown into turmoil when he is accused of murder. And when Jack asks him to testify against the real killer, things only get worse for him.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


  • People v. Diaz
  • Frazier v. Cupp


[Briscoe and Curtis talk to the owner of the donut shop while investigating Matthew Sherman's murder]
Donut shop owner: How perfect is this? Cops talkin' to a donut guy.
Curtis: Yeah. Tell us about the customer who came in just before the girl. The one who cleaned his hands?
Donut shop owner: Barely a customer. He takes about 50 napkins, and then he starts to leave. Well, after I call him on it, he orders a coffee, then thinks he's a big shot, because he tips me a quarter. [hands Briscoe his wastebasket] What I lost on napkins, I barely broke even!
[Briscoe extracts the dirty napkins Mike threw out from the wastebasket and hands them to another cop]
Briscoe: Take these down to the lab.
Cop: Right.
Briscoe: [to the shop owner] Did he mention his name or say where he was comin' from or goin' to?
Donut shop owner: Nothin', except "gimme a coffee", and how if he wasn't gettin' married next week, he'd be puttin' the moves on the girl, which I thought that was outta line. But I didn't say anything, because it's not my business. My business is sellin' donuts.
Briscoe: Thanks for clearin' that up.

Mike: There was another guy. I passed a guy halfway down the block from where I left the car. A Puerto Rican guy.
Curtis: Yeah. That's how we solve homicides too. Nearest Puerto Rican did it.

(Examining gunshot victim.)
  • Curtis: He's got scraped-up knuckles. Maybe he put up a fight.
  • Briscoe: ...and lost.
  • Ricky: Can I say how I didn't mean to do it?
  • Briscoe: You mean how you only shot him 'cause he wouldn't give you his watch? Yeah, yeah. The DA'll like that.

  • Schiff: It's nice to know that the entire criminal justice system rises and falls on the decency of a Mike Bodack.

Background information and notes

  • This episode appears to have been based on the murder of Ennis Cosby, Bill Cosby's son, in Los Angeles. Both cases involved the shooting of a well-respected man while he was changing a tire, with robbery as a motive, and reluctance on the part of the witnesses to incriminate the shooter, fearing they would expose themselves in relation to another felony. Also, Ricardo "Ricky" Garcia, the defendant, bears a striking resemblance, both in appearance and his anglicized name, to Mikhail "Michael" Markhasev, Ennis' killer.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

St. Theodore's
62 East 84th Street
Sunday, March 11

The Doral
152 West 57th Street
Saturday, March 23

Apartment 48
4326 Fordham Road
Bronx Bureau
Monday, March 25

4 5 6

Bellevue Pharmacy
496 First Avenue
Wednesday, March 27

Apartment of
Tony Garcia
338 East 117th Street
Monday, April 1

Chambers of
Judge Aldo Iannello
Tuesday, April 9

7 8 9 10

Housing Authority
514 East 159th Street
Friday, April 12

Supreme Court
Trial Part 80
Wednesday, May 15

Supreme Court
Trial Part 80
Wednesday, May 15

Supreme Court
Trial Part 80
Tuesday, May 21

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