Law & Order

Season 9 Episode 5


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 04, 1998 on NBC

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  • A brilliantly freaky episode with one of the worst villains in L & O history! Spoilers attached.

    Agony starts with the discovery of a murdered mailman, but takes a turn for the worse when a badly tortured young woman is found in her apartment, and it appears the mailman killing was the result of a panicked escape attempt and the real target was the woman, who is now in hospital.

    Detective Briscoe and Curtis began to investigate her abusive ex-husband, but when he is alibied, they discover a lead to a computer programmer in Seattle who frequents New York. When he is arrested, various methods of s & m are found, but he denies any involvement in sadomasochism and the crime. The police are able to get a women who was attacked to press charges, but they discover he may be a serial killer with many bodies in his name. They make a deal in order for them to be able to find their remains, but realize they have been played.

    This is definitely one of the most freaky episodes. The way that the main suspect coldly acts during interrogation and his sheer repulsiveness is a brilliant acting job, based off the sensational Ted Bundy case. And Angie Harmon is great as A.D.A Carmichael, whose hatred for the suspected serial killer makes her go to lengths to get him convicted for the crimes that he cannot be tried for because of the plea bargain. And the final scene where he reacts in a violent outburst truly signifies the deep terror of his psyche.
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