Law & Order

Season 14 Episode 20

Everybody Loves Raimondo's

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 14, 2004 on NBC
7.9
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Everybody Loves Raimondo's
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Greed, treachery and disrespect shape the motives for murder when two men are gunned down at an exclusive restaurant.

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  • Unmissable

    9.7
    Great setting in an exclusive dodgy Italian restaurant. Famous, powerful clientele including the chief of detectives are regulars there, which places a burden on Briscoe and Green to find the culprit. However simple story of a argument gone bad takes a great twist when after apprehending the culprit, its clear that he was not responsible for the 2nd crime. This looks to be a professional hit and promises much in the excitement states, especially with the loose connection with possible Mob interests. The build up of excitement happens throughout as the team runs down the sequence of clues which are varied, across numerous locations and lead to a real piece of work. The overall sense of pace keeps the viewer peeled until the court case begins.



    Here the episode takes a jump in stakes as a mob boss is indicted and McCoy risks personal safety to get to the real truth of the crime. This is revealed in a final set of scenes worry of a top score.



    Excellent episode with just the right amount of pace, action, investigation, misdirection and revelation to make this a classic.moreless
  • After Briscoe and Green arrest a man for a restaurant shooting, they find out that there was more than one shooter that night at Raimondo's.

    8.8
    A peaceful dinner at Raimondo's, a high-class Italian restaurant for gangsters and celebrities alike, is disrupted by a shooting that kills two men. They figure that the first man was shot on purpose, while the second was an accident. With a restaurant full of wintesses, Briscoe and Green think that this case will be over in a second, but of course that's not going to happen! It turns out that there were two shooters that night. Now the detectives have to start all over again, and discover that the second victim was not killed by a stray bullet after all, but was killed purposely by another man. I thought that this was another great episode of a great show. Not the best one I've seen, but it is worth watching.moreless
  • McCoy Vs. the Mafia.

    8.9
    Just when you thought it was safe to eat in a fine Italian restaurant, somebody gets killed. A woman is in the midst of an aria when two people get popped from the bar. One of them was killed because he wouldn't shut up and stop moaning about the singing. It takes the police several days before they realize that the second man was shot with a different weapon, leading them to numerous mafia suspects and ultimately the crime boss book author that ordered the hit because he was mad about pinched royalties.



    This isn't one of my favorite episodes, maybe because the mafia has never held that much interest for me, and it doesn't allow for a lot of dynamics in the courtroom because it never gets that far. But it does have a humdinger of a twist toward the end, in which we learn that what the mafia values the most is respect. You disrespect, you lose a body part, and sometimes your life.



    That's life, at Ramando's!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

George Loros

George Loros

Alphonse

Guest Star

Lenny Venito

Lenny Venito

Sonny King

Guest Star

Bill Camp

Bill Camp

Denny Rogis

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Jim Bracchitta

Jim Bracchitta

Jason Goidell

Recurring Role

Lauren Klein

Lauren Klein

Judge Carla Solomon

Recurring Role

Ed Wheeler

Ed Wheeler

Matt Sturges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Bo Dietl, who played Carmine "Bumpy" Bustale, is a former New York City police detective who made more than 1,500 arrests and received over 80 awards and commendations for bravery in his 16 years on the force.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode is appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Louis Barone-Albert Circelli Jr. murder case.

    • Title: "Everybody Loves Raimondo's"
      The title of this episode is a play on title of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond ("Raimondo" is the Italian translation of "Raymond"), and a sly reference to Rao's Restaurant in East Harlem, the likely model for the restaurant in this episode, legendary for its fine food, devoted clientele, years-long wait for a reservation, and 2003 homicide over a woman's singing.

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