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Law & Order

Season 16 Episode 9

Criminal Law

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 23, 2005 on NBC
9.0
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The deaths of three women with the same name lead Fontana and Green to the nine-year-old conviction of Leland Barnes, who had shot and killed his wife in an office full of people. With two of the three witnesses against him dead and Jack McCoy on the hit list, the detectives struggle to determine how Barnes, who has been in prison the entire time, got someone on the outside to kill the only people who could keep him in jail. The investigation leads them to Leland's two sons, with surprising results.moreless

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  • Excellent

    9.0
    Great episode, and the finale makes you go hmm... ADA Borgia was killed, EADA McCoy almost was killed. what would have happened if both were killed. Season 16 was the closet we ever came to losing two main characters (death) in the same season. (and I'm not even Sam Waterston's contract was up!)
  • This season is off to a great start!

    9.8
    This was just another wonderful installment of the 16th season of Law & Order.



    This action had action, suspense, tension, and every other element that makes Law & Order the great show that it is today! Farina, Martin, and Waterson are are their bests!



    Without a doubt, one of the best episodes since this show debuted.
  • A taste of reality in the courtroom.

    10
    My favorite episode thus far this season, mainly because it was so McCoy-heavy. The courtroom scenes smacked of the real world as viewers were given a taste of the frustration prosecutors feel when what they know isn't the same as what they can prove. Daniel Hugh Kelly played his best bad guy yet on L&O...even making "Jack" sound like a dirty name the way he used it in the interview room scene with McCoy and Borgia.



    Annie Parisse is really shining in her role as evidenced by the scene where Alex shares her concern over Jack's and, ultimately her own safety because of his refusal to step down as prosecutor on the case. The writing here was superb.



    I have one complaint. When Green and Fontana find the hit list, it's Thursday, October 28. In the next scene, they're grabbing McCoy as he comes out of the restaurant/bar with, obviously, a date. Jack's dressed like viewers have never seen him before, so he's also obviously not working. It's still daylight outside. This seems to be totally out of character for McCoy, especially considering the next day's bail hearing for Barnes. Why on earth would Jack McCoy be out on a date in the daytime in the middle of the week? I do think the writers and director could have done better here. (Did like the hat and coat, though!)moreless
  • Did not see the ending coming.

    10
    The killer guy made me want to throw something at the tv he was so creepy. The son going around killing the three woman named Sylvia was a good storyline. You didn't know which one was the intended target. The scene right before the defendant was shot where he told McCoy his name should have been at the top of the list was so creepy.
  • Now that's a shocking twist!

    10
    This is one of the best Law & Order episodes ever! It was well writtin, and held your attention the whole way through! It was shocking because McCoy, a person we know well and love, was on the hit-list, and it was horrible to think that he might die! The best part of the episode was without a doubt the last scene. Now that's a shocking twist!
Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

Det. Joe Fontana

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Annie Parisse

Annie Parisse

ADA Alexandra Borgia

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Maddie Corman

Maddie Corman

Elaine Bowman

Guest Star

Thomas Sadoski

Thomas Sadoski

Robert Barnes

Guest Star

Johnathan Tchaikovsky

Johnathan Tchaikovsky

Harlan Barnes

Guest Star

Peter McRobbie

Peter McRobbie

Judge Walter Bradley

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Bruce Kirkpatrick

Bruce Kirkpatrick

Det. Jay Beattie

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