Law & Order

Season 14 Episode 24

C.O.D.

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 19, 2004 on NBC
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Briscoe bids farewell to the 27 as the prosecution of two women for killing each other's husbands comes to a successful conclusion.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • RIP Jerry Orbach/Lennie Briscoe

    9.0
    Very Good epsiode, and it does all the right things as we say goodbye to Lennie.
  • Lennie solves an unusual crime in his final case.

    9.2
    Following closely a formula Hitchcock made successful in his film "Strangers on a Train," two seemingly random murders are connected only through the coffee shop the widows have in common. One husband was a philandering delivery man, the other a financial tycoon putting the squeeze on his wife's spending habits. In attempting to match the slugs from the first crime, Briscoe and Green stumble across a link to the second, and determine that two complete strangers entered into an agreement to kill one another's husbands.



    It's a case McCoy finds nearly impossible to prove when the judges rules the defendants must be tried separately. Serena at least has a weapon. McCoy only has circumstantial evidence, but has the last laugh when after losing at trial, he flips the coin and convicts her for a second murder. But it's not his conclusing sarcasm or even his triumph in getting a conviction that the audience remembers.



    The true poignancy of the episode belongs to Lennie. His sweet early moments with Anita, entering into gentle banter, and the scene where Ed learns of his intent to leave has the audience swallowing a little lump in their throat. The last glimpse of him packing up his desk, and taking one final look into the precinct before making a sober exit is one that will be imprinted in the minds of fans for years to come. It may be the most significant departure in the history of the series.



    It was a long and wonderful relationship with his fans. Twelve years of sarcastic quips and raised eyebrows, of that winning smile and natural chemistry with his costars, accumulating in that final moment when he turns, smiles faintly in the direction of the camera, and walks away.



    Maybe out of Law & Order, but never our hearts.moreless
  • Great episode, but sad to see Lennie saying goodbye.

    8.9
    Law and Order is basically my very favorite show, I have seen many of the episodes on rerun, and I am watching the new season (starts TONIGHT!!) There have been many cast changes, but this one has, by far, been the most painful. Lennie is definitely my favorite character with his funny comments. This episode involved a two different murders of two men. Although they seemed unrelated at the time, it seems that two women who knew each other only from a cafe, conspired to kill the other\\\'s husbands. Jack McCoy takes one of the cases and Serena Southerlyn takes the other. I won\\\'t say what happens, so you can just watch the episode for yourself, I highly suggest it.moreless
Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

ADA Serena Southerlyn

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Elizabeth Hanly Rice

Elizabeth Hanly Rice

Adele Byrne

Guest Star

Victoria Dillard

Victoria Dillard

Belinda Gardner

Guest Star

David Brummel

David Brummel

Judge Gus Stamos

Guest Star

Glynnis O'Connor

Glynnis O'Connor

Anne Paulsen

Recurring Role

John Benjamin Hickey

John Benjamin Hickey

Aaron Solomon

Recurring Role

Robert Turano

Robert Turano

Det. Ed Pachuco

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Briscoe told Green he was retiring and Green asked what his plans are, he said that he might consider becoming an investigator for the D.A. He would later appear on the spin-off series Trial by Jury as a D.A.'s office investigator.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Ed Green: We're gettin' BlackBerries next year.
      Lennie Briscoe: Yeah. Next year
      Ed Green: What is up with you?
      Lennie Briscoe: (sighs) I'm puttin' in my papers, Ed.
      Ed Green: What?
      Lennie Briscoe: It's time.
      Ed Green: Really? What are you gonna do?
      Lennie Briscoe: I don't know. Play golf, shoot pool, lay around in the sun. If I get bored, maybe I'll try the DA's office. Pick up an investigation here and there.
      Ed Green: Aw. Damn, Lennie!

    • Jack McCoy: Two women who don't know each other meet in a cafe and agree to kill each others husbands.
      Arthur Branch: Something out of Alfred Hitchcock.

    • Lennie Briscoe (to Adele Byrne): Your husband suffered from sexual narcolepsy. He kept falling into bed.

    • Serena Southerlyn: How about asking for a continuance to give us time to prove Belinda Gardner planted the gun?
      Arthur Branch: They don't grant continuances just because you're getting your butt kicked.

    • Jack McCoy: When all else fails, blame the other woman.

    • Lennie Briscoe: When you absolutely, positively have to kill someone overnight.

    • Lennie Briscoe: So what's it been for you and me ... 11 years?
      Anita Van Buren: Something like that.
      Lennie Briscoe: It's the longest I was ever with any woman.
      Anita Van Buren: Now that's pitiful.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode marks Jerry Orbach's final appearance on the series as Det. Lennie Briscoe. He reprised his role in the spin-off series Law & Order: Trial By Jury for the series' first two episodes before he passed away on December 28, 2004. He has appeared in a total of 273 episodes as Lennie Briscoe on this show (plus one episode of Criminal Intent, three of SVU , three on Homicide: Life on the Street and the Law and Order TV movie, "Exiled") This is a total of 283 appearances in six different shows/movies in the Law & Order franchise.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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