Law & Order

Corruption

Season 7, Ep 5, Aired 10/30/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Curtis, angered by the attitude of an old colleague of Briscoe's, looks beyond the findings of an IAB investigation and turns up evidence of police corruption that puts the DA's office into competition with an ambitious judge and Briscoe under investigation for stealing evidence from a police lockup.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steven Hill

    DA Adam Schiff

  • Jerry Orbach

    Det. Lennie Briscoe

  • S. Epatha Merkerson

    Lt. Anita Van Buren

  • Sam Waterston

    Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

  • Benjamin Bratt

    Det. Reynaldo 'Rey' Curtis

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • The Thin Blue Line is crossed. Lennie Briscoe is placed between a rock and hard place by a fellow detective he used to work with, a man he thought was a good cop and a friend.

    By animaltalker1, May 21, 2006

  • Unusual episode with a couple of twists

    By Tguy, Sep 07, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Lennie Briscoe: (to Rey Curtis) You know, you're turning into one of these conspiracy nuts. You ought to meet my cousin, he still thinks NASA faked the Moon landing.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Give me another club soda. And put it in a dirty glass.

    • John Flynn: What we strive for in these situations is uniform recollection of events. The rat squad wants to hear the exact same words coming out of everybody's mouth.

    • Lennie Briscoe: If you don't take her out of there right now, I'll kick your ass from here to Hoboken.

    Notes (2)

    • The Law & Order: UK episode "Honour Bound" is based on this episode.

    • Rey Curtis' mother is Peruvian, as is Benjamin Bratt's mother.

    Trivia (2)

    • This is one of only a handful of episodes in which the district attorney (Adam Schiff) shares a scene with a cop (Lennie Briscoe).

    • Lennie Briscoe was originally from the 116th Precinct in Queens, where he worked for three years. This episode alludes to the theft of some drugs, which supposedly happened five years before this episode took place. Lennie Briscoe had been at the 27th Precinct for approximately five years, meaning he came directly from the 116 to the 27. There is no reference to AA, which Lennie was in at the time he originally came to the 27.

    Allusions (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the 1967 through 1972 thefts of heroin from the Department Property Clerk's office of the New York City Police Department. Over the course of five years, over $70 million in heroin and cocaine were stolen from evidence, with the thieves using a variant of ID's, all based off of Detective Joseph Nunziata's information. Nunziata was found dead before the investigation could be concluded, and it could never be ascertained whether or not he was connected to the thefts.

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