Law & Order

Season 4 Episode 8

American Dream

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 09, 1993 on NBC
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American Dream
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A dig at a building site uncovers the body of Sid Cohen, who had gone missing and been presumed murdered years earlier. The identification of the body proves troublesome for Stone, who had initially prosecuted Phillip Swann fourteen years earlier and had obtained a conviction. Swann uses inconsistencies between the original trial and the location of the body to seek an appeal.moreless

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  • Pitch-perfect

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    One of the best episodes of the Ben Stone years. Zeljko Ivanek is great as the smarmy yet cunning Swan, who -- as jailhouse lawyer -- manages to outmaneuver Ben Stone and secure a retrial based on old evidence, with a little help from his prison buddies. While we didn't get as much Briscoe and Logan as we usually do, the parts that we did get were mint. I especially liked the scene with the forensic geologist, who seemed so excited about her findings that she didn't really explain what they meant.



    By far the best part of the episode though was watching Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) take Swan to the mat and knock him out during overtime, all without dropping his polite, gently sardonic demeanor. A first-class episode.moreless
Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

A.D.A. Claire Kincaid

Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty

Exec. A.D.A. Ben Stone

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

D.A. Adam Schiff

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Phillip Swann

Guest Star

Scott Sowers

Scott Sowers

Billy Doyle

Guest Star

Mark Tymchyshyn

Mark Tymchyshyn

Chip Rafferty

Guest Star

Bernie McInerney

Bernie McInerney

Judge Michael Callahan

Recurring Role

Josh Pais

Josh Pais

Assistant M.E. Borak

Recurring Role

Norma Fire

Norma Fire

Judge Jensen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Phillip Swann: You give up so easy? It doesn't make any sense, Ben; you're being totally impractical… and it's not like you.
      Ben Stone: Obviously you don't know me … you never did.

    • Ben Stone: I guess you just weren't clever enough.
      Phillip Swann: (pauses) I got this far, Ben.
      Ben Stone: A lot of effort to wind up right back where you started. And in polite society, sir, you don't call people by their first name unless they ask you to. I didn't do that. You're not a friend, and you're certainly not a colleague.
      Phillip Swann: I spent eight years earning the right to call you whatever the hell I want.

    • Ben Stone: Mr. Swann, do you routinely list killing people as part of your daily calendar?
      Phillip Swann: Mr. Stone, do you routinely lack a sense of humor?
      Ben Stone: About murder, I have none, sir.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Ron Levin case, which was also the subject of a 1980s telemovie, The Billionaire Boys' Club. The plot even includes a scene of Swann making a note in his planner to commit the murder, just as Joe Hunt penned "Kill Ron Levin" in his daily agenda.

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