Law & Order

Season 10 Episode 22

High & Low

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 17, 2000 on NBC
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Detectives Briscoe and Green probe the strangulation of a college coed who moonlighted as a stripper, and while they believe a pair of drug-dealing skinheads committed the murder, they struggle to determine the motive of the strip club owner who paid them for the hit. However, as they work their way up the ladder of complicity, the cops learn that the slaying is keyed to an insider trading scam that forces McCoy to connect a former porn star with a businessman.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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

    Angie Harmon

    Angie Harmon

    ADA Abbie Carmichael

    Jesse L. Martin

    Jesse L. Martin

    Det. Ed Green

    Peter Van Wagner

    Peter Van Wagner

    Jim Harris

    Guest Star

    Stephen Spinella

    Stephen Spinella

    Andy Polone

    Guest Star

    Adrienne Shelly

    Adrienne Shelly

    Wendy Alston

    Guest Star

    Bob Dishy

    Bob Dishy

    Larry Weaver

    Recurring Role

    Helmar Augustus Cooper

    Helmar Augustus Cooper

    Judge Lawrence McNeil

    Recurring Role

    Leslie Hendrix

    Leslie Hendrix

    Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • The role of Wendy Alston is played by actress/director/screenwriter Adrienne Shelly; details of her 2006 murder served as the inspiration for the 2007 Law & Order episode "Melting Pot."

      • Goof: Regarding double jeopardy: ordinarily, the declaration of a mistrial, especially at the defendant's request and when there is no prosecutorial misconduct involved, will not cause double jeopardy to attach and prevent the state from re-trying the defendant as occurs at the end of this episode.

      • Goof: Long Beach is a city, and therefore has its own police department. It does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Nassau County Police.

    • QUOTES (2)

    • NOTES (3)

      • Coincidentally, this episode was re-run on the Canadian television channel Bravo in November 2006, the same month that actress Adrienne Shelly was murdered in New York City.

      • Bare Necessities was a real strip club when this episode aired. It was in Island Park, New York (about 3 miles from Long Beach where the episode takes place). Part of it burned down in mid-2002, and was reopened in 2003 and it was known only as The Bear. The actual club was never used in the filming of this episode.

      • Elisabeth Waterston (Penny Rollins) is the real life daughter of Sam Waterston (Jack McCoy).

    • ALLUSIONS (5)

      • Elements of this episode are ripped from the headlines of the 1999 case involving banker/inside trader James McDermott and his involvement with his adult film actress girlfriend Kathryn Gannon, a/k/a Marylin Star.

      • College Girl: (referring to her friend's Latino date) At least he looked like Andy Garcia.
        Andy Garcia is a Cuban-American actor who has appeared in several Hollywood films, such as The Untouchables and The Godfather Part III.

      • Adam Schiff: It's a John le Carré novel.

        John le Carré is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell, a British writer of espionage novels. A number of his books have been made into movies. He is known for turning down a number of awards for his work. When Schiff comments that 'business student, bigots, bar owner, banker, bimbo' is like a John Le Carré novel, he's presumably thinking of Le Carré's novel (with a similarly alliterative title) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

      • The title of the porn movie American Booty is a parody of the 1999 film American Beauty starring Annette Benning and Kevin Spacey. Also mentioned is Forest Hump, a parody of 1994's Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks.

      • Briscoe characterizes the drug-dealing skinhead suspects (who live in a Long Island beach neighborhood) as "Surf Nazis on ecstasy." He is referring to the 1987 shot-on-video movie Surf Nazis Must Die, which has made at least one list of the worst 100 films of all time (ranked at #87).

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