Law & Order

Season 3 Episode 17

Conduct Unbecoming

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 10, 1993 on NBC
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Conduct Unbecoming
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Stone and the police battle the closed ranks of the Navy to investigate the death of a female Naval officer during a party in a Manhattan hotel.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Dann Florek

    Dann Florek

    Capt. Don Cragen

    Richard Brooks

    Richard Brooks

    ADA Paul Robinette

    Michael Moriarty

    Michael Moriarty

    Exec. ADA Ben Stone

    Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    DA Adam Schiff

    Jerry Orbach

    Jerry Orbach

    Det. Lennie Briscoe

    Chris Noth

    Chris Noth

    Det. Mike Logan

    Len Cariou

    Len Cariou

    Capt. Allard Bunker

    Guest Star

    Boyd Gaines

    Boyd Gaines

    Lt. St. Claire

    Guest Star

    George Coe

    George Coe

    Lee Hastings

    Guest Star

    Victor Truro

    Victor Truro

    Judge Douglas Spivack

    Recurring Role

    Barbara Spiegel

    Barbara Spiegel

    Judge Harriet Doremus

    Recurring Role

    Michael Noth

    Michael Noth

    Court Clerk

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Captain Bunker mentions NIS (Naval Investigative Service), but when this episode was shown in 1993, NIS had already been renamed NCIS.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Lennie Briscoe: Only losers bluff after the table's already seen their hand.

      • Don Cragen: The Marines land in Somalia, they got cameras covering every square inch of sand. A sailor gets whacked in Manhattan, it might as well have happened on the moon.

      • Lennie Briscoe: The whole [hotel] floor was charged to the Officers' Mess Fund.
        Mike Logan: Nice to know my tax dollars aren't being wasted on school books.

      • (Examining Lt. Hagen's body at the crime scene)
        Policeman: Possible blunt force concussion.
        Mike Logan: She didn't get that playing Spin the Bottle.

      • Adam Schiff: He probably didn't get past the Declaration of Independence -- 'All men are created equal.'

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Judge Harriet Doremus: (referring to Captain Bunker) The few, the proud, the indicted.

        This is a play on the phrase, "The few, the proud, the Marines," which is frequently used in recruitment ads for the United States Marines. Captain Bunker's lawyer corrects the judge by pointing out that his client is a Naval officer, not a Marine.

      • Lennie Briscoe: Praise the Lord and pass the martinis.

        This is a play on the phrase, "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition," which was spoken by Navy Chaplain Howell Forgy during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. The phrase was also used as the title of a patriotic song written by Frank Loesser in 1942.

      • Don Cragen: See which one of his guys likes to play Allen Funt.
        Allen Funt was the host of Candid Camera, an early hidden camera show.

      • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Tailhook '91 case. In September 1991, the 35th annual symposium in Las Vegas featured a two-day debrief on Navy and Marine Corps aviation in Operation Desert Storm. It was the largest such meeting yet held, with some 4,000 attendees: active, reserve, and retired personnel. According to a Department of Defense report, 83 women and 7 men stated that they had been victims of assault and sexual harassment during the meeting. A series of official investigations was conducted, but all were widely criticized, involving official cover-ups by senior Navy and civilian officials and denial of due process to hundreds of individuals, most of whom were not accused of any wrongdoing.

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