"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

Guest cast




[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 be based on the 1997 murder of Bill Cosby's son Ennis in Los Angeles.

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