Law & Order

Season 16 Episode 5

Life Line

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 19, 2005 on NBC
8.6
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Episode Summary

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When the body of undercover reporter Teresa Richter is discovered, police soon realise her death is connected to the story she was working on a Latin gang, L-12. Their investigation leads them to Kevin Drucker, a businessman who reported his car stolen but who was really paying off members of L-12 not to hurt his son Patterson, who was imprisoned on the same cell block with many of the gang members. McCoy and Borgia realise the only way they can get to L-12, who ordered the hit on Richter, is to get Drucker to testify. Drucker is reluctant to do so, however, unless his son's safety can be guaranteed.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Best episode yet

    9.8
    What a great episode. Someone did a lot of research into the gangs and the mentallity of what and how they believe and function. It really shows how locking some of these scum buckets really doesnt solve the problem and how they can be just as dangerous even in jail or prison.(Electric chair would be nice) Some of the scenes did seem a bit pushed or Hollywoodish. Like the one where the gangbangers are just sitting talking in the holding tank like nothing. In real life you probably wouldnt get a peep out of any one of them. To this point it is my favorite episode. Chilling.moreless
  • I've seen better

    7.5
    I love Law & Order, that is why I was dissapointed at how dull this episode really was.



    Without giving away anything - there is an 'exciting' moment but it does not happen until the end of the show & in comparison with some of the other things that have happened in other episodes it isn't all that 'exciting' after all - but it does make for a nice plot line if they want to branch it out in the future.



    There is one thing I would like to know..... who applied the overwhelmingly fake tattoo's to the support cast? Talk about uuuuuuuugly.moreless
Annie Parisse

Annie Parisse

ADA Alexandra Borgia

Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

Det. Joe Fontana

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Reed Diamond

Reed Diamond

Klein

Guest Star

Enid Graham

Enid Graham

Mrs. Drucker

Guest Star

William Sadler

William Sadler

Kevin Drucker

Guest Star

Jordan Charney

Jordan Charney

Judge Donald Karan

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

M.E. Rodgers

Recurring Role

John E. Cariani

John E. Cariani

Beck

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Referring to Jack's attempt to negotiate a testimony against the L-12 gang)
      Kevin Drucker: You can't protect me or my son in there and you know that but you don't really care, so you're negotiating in bad faith, Mr. McCoy.
      Jack McCoy: I'm not sure what else we can do here, please explain to your client that there isn't a better deal.
      Kevin Drucker: Your deal will kill my son.
      Jack McCoy: You understand what you're facing, Mr. Drucker, a life in prison.
      Kevin Drucker: Actually, I think I understand it better than you do, Mr. McCoy.

    • Defense Attorney: What are you offering?
      Jack McCoy: Man One, twenty years in exchange for his testimony against L-12. You allocute to your crime and you testify at the ensuing trial.
      Kevin Drucker: What makes you think I'll make it to that trial, Mr. McCoy?

    • (Referring to the victim's clothing and tattoos.)
      Ed Green: It's a West Coast gang.
      Joe Fontana: Weren't they all at one time?

    • L-12 Gang Member: (Touching Alexandra Borgia's shoulder.) Excuse me, miss. You tell your boss, we were this close.

    • M.E. Rodgers: If she was a hooker, she's the first one I met who wears better underwear than me.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Jack McCoy: Some people need to see the Sword of Damocles to see the light.

      Damocles was a court member of ancient Syracuse. According to legend, he was given a lesson of a ruler's life when the king had him attend a feast seated underneath a sword supported by a single hair. Today the phrase 'Sword of Damocles' is used to demonstrate any imminent danger.

    • Anita Van Buren: Human rights protest. Justice for the Women of Juarez.
      Ed Green: That's where all those Mexican girls disappeared near the border.

      In the past ten years, more than three hundred young women have vanished from Cuidad Juarez, Mexcico. Some of them have been found murdered but most of their fates are unknown. The Mexcican police are accused of not doing enough to solve the crimes, which is probably what the 'human rights protest' Van Buren mentioned was about.

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