Law & Order

Season 7 Episode 19

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 1997 on NBC
8.5
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The cops' best hope of finding a kidnapped hired car driver alive is one of the armed robbers who grabbed him after a job, but the immunity deal he demands in return would effectively preclude his prosecution for the shooting death of an off-duty cop, placing McCoy in a difficult position as he seeks to placate the cops, who want the guy prosecuted, and the kidnapped man's wife, who wants every avenue of saving her husband explored.moreless

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    6.5
    Many of the first 10 seasons of Law and Order produced some true classic episodes, but this was not one of them. Jack McCoy scheming is classic McCoy, but at the expense of Lenny and Ray? That is not how one of the best attorneys in history would behave.



    I never really liked Benjamin Bratt on the show. In my opinion Jerry Orbach and Jesse L. Martin were the best detective duo on the show, and those led to the best episodes. This was an okay installment, but they tried to do too much (robbery, cop killing, killing cop killer, bending the law) in one show.moreless
  • When a hold-up goes bad, an armed robber takes a hostage while escaping. McCoy has no choice but to cut a deal with robber to get the hostage back, but when the hostage is found dead, McCoy must find a way to prosecute the robber.moreless

    9.5
    A fine installment to the series and my favorite episode. Fine writing, fine detective work, fine legal work, good twists, and very clever plotting. Particularly nice aspects inlude the conflict between the cops, who wanted the cop killer sent to the electric chair, and McCoy, who wanted to find the hostage even if it means letting a cop killer get a slap on the wrist. Also, having the cops trying to find a hostage stashed within 10 minutes of the killer's house was a touch on the part of the scriptwriter. It would have been good as a movie, but twice as much so when it is squeezed into an hour episode.moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

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

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Rey Curtis

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell

ADA Jamie Ross

Luke Reilly

Luke Reilly

Henry H. Harp

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Edie Falco

Edie Falco

Sally Bell

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Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott

Judge Dominic Santos

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John Fiore

John Fiore

Tony Profaci

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David Lipman

David Lipman

Judge Morris Torledsky

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