Law & Order

Season 11 Episode 7


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 29, 2000 on NBC

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  • The detectives reopen a 20-year-old cold case, only to find that the murderer's powerful father and a corrupt police detective let him get away. They manage to convict when a retired detective who helped cover up the crime makes amends by testifying.

    This episode deviates from the usual format at both beginning and end. Instead of opening with the discovery of a body, it begins when Lt. Van Buren's superiors tell her to raise her murder clearance rate--or else. As a result, Briscoe and Green reopen the 20-year-old murder of a teenage girl; part of the fun of the episode is watching them try to piece together a case so long after the fact and nail a murderer who's evaded the law for decades. At the end, instead of closing with the ADAs' reflections on the case, the episode closes with Lenny--out of uniform--visiting his old friend, the one who's finally made amends for letting the murderer off the hook in exchange for a promotion. These could have made the episode sentimental and overly dramatic, but in my opinion, they gave a nice view of the complexities behind the case and the characters.

    The heart of the episode, meanwhile, is vintage "Law & Order"--tight scripting, a few twists and turns, and a killer brought to justice. Guest actors give standout performances here in the roles of the retired detective and the murderer's over-the-top ambassador father. In short, this is an excellently written and memorable episode with a satisfying conclusion.
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