Law & Order

Season 15 Episode 5

Gunplay

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 20, 2004 on NBC
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After Green goes undercover to gather evidence on the gun dealers who murdered two detectives during a buy-and-bust, McCoy is able to connect the hit men to the attorney who paid them to avenge the death of his gun-running stepson at the hands of the same detectives during a similar buy-and-bust several years earlier.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • This was a great episode. Full of character development and a clever plot--everything a good cop drama needs.

    8.5
    This was one of my favorite episodes from this season, partly because it was a great episode for Jesse L. Martin that showcased his acting ability. As soon as they found the murdered detectives and Ed said, "He's my friend," I knew to expect a lot of character development.



    Two undercover detectives are murdered in a gun bust gone bad, which becomes complicated when the man who set up the meeting is murdered. A mugging victim identifies one of the shooters from an incident a few months ago. Fontana and Green both get angry with a suspect, and a little emotional at the detectives' funerals. There is a touching scene where Green comforts the widow of his friend and her young daughters. At the funeral, Van Buren convinces the captain of the murdered men to lend her an undercover, Louisa, who confronts the suspects, who just barely let on that they committed the murder.



    Green volunteers to go undercover with Louisa, and Van Buren reluctantly lets him. Things don't go according to plan when the suspects insist that he comes with them--alone--to get the guns. He agrees, which turns out to be a stupid move; about five minutes later, after he's wormed a confession out of them ("They never saw it coming. Bang, bang, just like that"), a suspect puts a gun to his temple and they drive into a bunch of cop cars. Green wrestles the gun away from the guy, and grimly quotes them about the murder.



    Green: "You never saw it coming, did you?"



    The detectives find that all of the guns were in the car all along, and Green gets a sort of disgusted, tired look on his face. Nice touch.



    The mandatory plot twist occurs when McCoy and Serna find out that a lawyer, Samuels, posted pictures of undercover detectives on a website. They dig deeper and find out that the man's stepson had been shot during a gun bust when he reached into his pocket to surrender another weapon. Over half of the guns the stepson bought were stil missing, and they find them in possession of Samuels and the two men who did the shooting.



    Samuels, of course, represents himself, and there's another slightly overbearing plot twist when he insists that Louisa appears in court without a screen to protect her. Samuels challenges the very legality of undercover units, and gets very emotional about his stepson. It's all useless and the jury finds him guilty in record time. Louisa is nearly shot in another undercover gig, but she's fine and the guys who shot her end up dead. Branch isn't very sympathetic to them.



    For me, the emotions behind Jesse L. Martin's performance were the highlights of the episode. The plot was exciting, the guest characters were good, and there was a great amount of character development that isn't usually found in plot-driven shows. Ed looked positively terrifying for 95% of the episode, except of course when he was nearly crying. It was a great effect, and the perfect plot to match.moreless
Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

ADA Serena Southerlyn

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

Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

Det. Joe Fontana

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Suzette Gunn

Suzette Gunn

Luisa Valenzuela

Guest Star

Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Roger Porter

Guest Star

Mustafa Shakir

Mustafa Shakir

Preston Hubbard

Guest Star

Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Gordon Samuels

Recurring Role

Tom Mardirosian

Tom Mardirosian

Judge Fischer

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ed Green: How 'bout I go?
      Anita Van Buren: Undercover? I don't think so, Ed.
      Ed Green: Look, Louise has already established she's got a boyfriend, all she has to do is say "My man wants a gun to go with that ammo"--better yet, more than one gun.
      Anita Van Buren: I can't ask you to do that.
      Ed Green: You ain't asking me. I'm volunteering.

    • Ed Green: Pam, you need anything, anything at all, you or the babies, let me know, okay?
      Pamela May: I'm glad you're on this, Ed. Catch these guys.
      Ed Green: Don't you worry about that. (to daughters) Bye, babies.
      Young Girl: Bye.

    • Anita Van Buren: (About one of the victims) You knew this guy?
      Ed Green: He was my friend.

    • Guard: I used one of them cell phones with a camera in it, but I got nothing to do with no web site. I could barely figure out how to work the damn thing.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the murders of James J. Nemorin and Rodney Andrews, NYPD officers who were shot while working undercover to catch gun dealers.

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