Law & Order

Season 13 Episode 6

Hitman

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 13, 2002 on NBC
8.1
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The execution style shooting of a city contractor leads Briscoe and Green to suspect a professional hitman. They first focus upon possible enemies of the victim, but end up suspecting the victim's wife and her boyfriend of hiring the killer. However as they investigate every possibility, the evidence leads McCoy and Southerlyn to a conspirator that no one had suspected.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Clever plot that upends the standard L&O expectations

    9.1
    This is one of my favorite episodes of Law & Order. I've seen it at least 3 times. It starts just as you would expect, with the usual Lenny and Ed wisecracks and police work, but as the show segues into the D.A. end (Serena Southerland version), it becomes more and more puzzling. Finally, in a scene reminiscent of the classic Rockford Files episode "Irving the Explainer," someone unexpected is brought in to explain.



    The acting is at the usual top-notch Law and Order level. I especially liked the two women who played the victim's wives (the ex plus the grieving widow).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

Gretchen Egolf

Gretchen Egolf

Sherri Rosatti

Guest Star

Rocco Sisto

Rocco Sisto

James 'Jamie' Astangura

Guest Star

Tony Darrow

Tony Darrow

Bobby 'Bobby Vig' Vignerelli

Guest Star

Stuart Burney

Stuart Burney

Austin Foster

Recurring Role

Michael P. Moran

Michael P. Moran

Shannon Forsythe

Recurring Role

David Lipman

David Lipman

Judge Morris Torledsky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Sherri Rosatti offers to buy the detectives a drink at the restaurant, Briscoe declines, saying "I'm still working off one I finished six years ago." This refers to the season six episode "Aftershock" when he fell off the wagon and ADA Claire Kincaid was left in a coma.

    • Bobby Vignerelli's nickname is "Bobby Vig" which Briscoe says is "appropriate for a loan shark.". "Vig", short for "Vigorish", is the term used for the profit made by bookies, loan sharks and, in some uses, casinos.

    • The investigation of a prostitute's murder leads Rey Curtis and Lennie Briscoe to a suspect's convenience store. When Detective Curtis points to a security camera as possibly providing a clue, Briscoe shakes his head in disgust and says, "Again with the video." This is an allusion to this season's first episode "Bitter Fruit" where Rey Curtis debuts and, much to the frustration of Lennie Briscoe, uses an ATM security camera to identify a child's kidnapper.

    • It is revealed that Anita van Buren's son, Rick, is thirteen years old as of this episode.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (A hitman has just confessed he'd been hired to murder Mrs. Rosatti's husband)
      Jack McCoy: You believe him?
      Serena Southerlyn: Well, he's no reason to lie and has admitted to everything else.
      Jack McCoy: Mrs. Rosatti and her boyfriend obviously got tired of waiting and went somewhere else.
      Serena Southerlyn: How, by tip-toeing in the yellow pages under H?

    • Lennie Briscoe: Racketeering in the building trades? I'm shocked.

    • Lennie Briscoe: If I were your father, I would have lost your number the day you learned to talk.

    • Ed Green: Somebody better find out where the wife is and tell her that her husband just died.
      Lennie Briscoe: If she doesn't already know.
      Ed Green: Man, you are so cynical when it comes to love.
      Lennie Briscoe: Not love. Marriage.

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  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Bobby 'Bobby Vig' Vignerelli: His father and my father used to hijack trucks together, out of Idlewild.
      "Idlewild" was the name of John F. Kennedy International Airport before it was renamed for the assassinated president in 1963.

    • Elements of this episode appear to be ripped from the headlines surrounding the murder of multimillionaire New York businessman Ted Ammon, who was murdered in the middle of an acrimonious divorce from his estranged wife, Generosa Ammon; Generosa's lover (and subsequent husband), Daniel Pelosi, was convicted of the murder in 2004, after Generosa's 2003 death from breast cancer. Similar elements would be revisited in another Law & Order episode that followed Generosa's death, "Mammon."

    • Private Detective: It's like that old song, "You call it jogging..."
      This is a line from John D. Loudermilk's song "You Call it Jogging (I Call it Running Around)" which deals with a husband suspecting his wife of cheating, appropriately used by the private eye referring to Mrs. Rosati's infidelities. The song was first recorded by jazz singer Mose Allison in 1989 and popularized by Jimmy Buffett's single from the 1999 album Beach House on the Moon.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Of all the cell phones in all the gin joints in all the world.
      This an allusion to the famous line spoken by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, "Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine."

    • Lennie Briscoe: This guy owed the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker.
      Those are the three characters from a nursery rhyme called Rub-a-Dub-Dub.
      Rub-a-dub-dub,
      Three men in a tub,
      And how do you think they got there?
      The butcher, The baker,
      The candlestick-maker,
      They all jumped out of a rotten potato,
      'Twas enough to make a man stare.

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