Law & Order

Publish and Perish

Season 15, Ep 21, Aired 4/20/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Fontana and his temporary partner, Det. Nick Falco, must tread lightly when they discover links between a powerful police commissioner and the murders of an infamous porn actress and a maverick publisher.

  • Cast & Crew
  • S. Epatha Merkerson

    Lt. Anita Van Buren

  • Sam Waterston

    Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

  • Michael Imperioli

    Det. Nick Falco

  • Dennis Farina

    Det. Joe Fontana

  • Annie Parisse

    ADA Alexandra Borgia

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Alexandra Borgia: We have a witness who puts you at the scene. Defense Attorney: With more priors than I have grey hairs.

    • (McCoy discusses DeVries plea deal at the prison.)
      Helen DeVries: How many times do I have to say it? I didn't kill Samantha.
      Jack McCoy: If you're convicted of murder at trial, the alternative is 25 to life.
      Helen DeVries: To life, are you retarded, what did I just say?

    Notes (2)

    • Jesse L. Martin (Det. Ed Green) is no longer listed in the opening credits. He left the cast temporarily to fulfill a movie contract.

    • This is Michael Imperioli's first contract appearance as Nick Falco.

    Allusions (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Bernie Kerik scandal. Bernard Bailey Kerik was the police commissioner of the city of New York from 2000 to 2001, and in December 2004 was nominated by George W. Bush to become the Secretary of Homeland Security. Kerik initially accepted the invitation, but later declined after media scrutiny exposed his hiring of an illegal alien as his nanny/housekeeper as well as his failure to pay taxes required for her employment, and also his two extramarital affairs.

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