Law & Order

Season 4 Episode 17

Mayhem

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 09, 1994 on NBC
8.6
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Episode Summary

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During a 24-hour period, Briscoe and Logan have a heavy caseload that includes 5 unrelated murders and a domestic quarrel, which results in the maiming of the husband.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • See my reveiw.

    10
    One of the top five. I would subtitle this one "Five Homicides in One Night I" (there is a "Five Homicides in One Night II" much later in the series. This episode is one of the two which lead to Stone's departure as ADA, as his malfeasance is put on public display. The core of the episode is the investigation by Briscoe and Logan into a Sons of Sam-like serial killer. Along the way, four more murders take place. One of them has some funny moments, a Lorena Bobbitt case in which the defendant fights with her own lawyer in the courtroom. Clever, and nicely done. The other homicides are well handled and fit into the story seamlessly. In the main case, Stone confronts the Berkowitz-like suspect and is infuriated when the man refuses to take a plea offer. Stone decides that no little creep like this one will defy him, so despite the dearth of evidence, has him thrown into the slammer at Riker's. Stone's smug egotism will not allow him to be reasonable, and his pompous self-righteousness take over, leading to tragic results. You can see the disgust and remorse in Det. Briscoe's face in the last moments of the episode, and the viewer is left to imagine the family's grief, and the wrath of D.A. Adam Schiff when he learns of Stone's self-serving efforts and his pompous ineptitude. The beginning of the end for the incompetent Stone.moreless
  • A episode that digs deep into the early years of the show.

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    This episode is arguably one of the best episodes since the show first aired. There are many different plots and Briscoe and Logan run around, grasping for a clue to convict one of the suspects of the three storylines. The episode\'s action speaks for itself. This episode, however, is just one more episode is a continuous series of excellent TV.
Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

A.D.A. Claire Kincaid

Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty

Exec. A.D.A. Ben Stone

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

D.A. Adam Schiff

Tom Riis Farrell

Tom Riis Farrell

Scott Hexter

Guest Star

Katherine Narducci

Katherine Narducci

Louisa D'Angelo

Guest Star

Joyce Reehling

Joyce Reehling

Mildred Kaskel

Guest Star

John Fiore

John Fiore

Tony Profaci

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: One of the homicides involved the killing of a Korean bodega owner. When the detectives ask the owner's wife about the killing, they ask her son to translate for them. The son asks his mother the questions in Chinese.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Leaving Ken and Dory's apartment after questioning Dory.)
      Mike Logan: Hey, you remember that physical therapist I was seeing last month?
      Lennie Briscoe: Dr. Magic Fingers?
      Mike Logan: Yeah, well, after she heard a message on my machine from Tena I was lucky she wasn't packing a pistol. And I didn't drag her up from Texas.
      Lennie Briscoe: Give me her number. I'm into pain. (tosses Logan the keys)

    • (Briscoe had spent all episode talking about that night's basketball game.)
      Mike Logan: Gotta be the middle of the fourth quarter by now.
      Lennie Briscoe: There's always overtime.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • CSU Meyers: Either Dirty Harry moved east, or somebody was awful mad at your boy.
      Dirty Harry is a 1971 movie starring Clint Eastwood as maverick San Francisco police officer 'Dirty' Harry Callahan. Dirty Harry was a vigilante cop well known for exacting his own brutal form of revenge while adhering to his own strict code of personal ethics.

    • The homeless guy in the first scene claims to have seen St. Francis of Assissi the night before. St. Francis is one of the better-known Catholic saints. He is the patron saint of animals and he is credited with inventing the Nativity scene. He used real people and animals for it.

    • One of the cases in this episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Lorena Bobbitt case.

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