Law & Order

Season 17 Episode 16

Murder Book

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 23, 2007 on NBC
8.6
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After publisher Serena Darby is found murdered in her apartment, suspicion turns to J.P. Lange, a former professional baseball player acquitted of his wife's murder who had written a book hypothesising how he would have committed the murder. Green and Cassady follow the trail of evidence from Lange to Gerald Stockwell, a former ghostwriter on the book, but Stockwell tries to clear himself by offering McCoy and Rubirosa proof that one of the jurors in Lange's trial was paid off to force an acquittal.moreless

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  • Too much of an O.J. knockoff, and the results were predictable. Not sure if the "rule of law" was followed throughout this episode.

    8.0
    Even though the episode had the usual plot twists that L&O is so good at, it lacked originality. It was so obviously an O.J. knockoff that most everything was expected. I'm not that practiced at law, but it seems if there was jury tampering, in this case a bribe to one of the original jurors and it could be proven (which was admitted to), then the original acquittal would have been thrown out and the defendant not only retried for his wife's original murder, but the new murder as well.



    Regardless of this, it was a decent episode even if you knew what the outcome was going to be. They made the defendant to unlikeable not to be found guilty. I am still a big L&O fan.moreless
Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

D.A. Arthur Branch

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Milena Govich

Milena Govich

Det. Nina Cassady

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

Dennis Cockrum

Dennis Cockrum

Don Lampard

Guest Star

Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale

J.P. Lange

Guest Star

Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles

Attorney Carsley

Guest Star

Brian Hyman

Brian Hyman

Computer Tech Stubbs

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Last lines.)
      Arthur Branch: It seems like you're taking this victory a tad personally.
      Jack McCoy: Damn right I am!
      Connie Rubirosa: So what do you think? Did the jury convict Lange for the right murder?
      Jack McCoy: That we'll probably never know.
      Arthur Branch: Until one of them writes a book about it.

    • Arthur Branch: Bribery, blackmail and a patsy. This guy Lange is a tabloid's dream.

    • Arthur Branch: It doesn't take tampering to get the wrong verdict out of a jury.

    • J.P. Lange: I didn't kill her.
      Ed Green: You've been using that line for four years, since you murdered your wife.

    • (J.P. Lange is rumored to have bribed a juror in his murder trial.)
      Arthur Branch: Could there be anything to this bribery claim?
      Jack McCoy: I'd like to think I didn't lose the trial completely on my own.

    • Gerald Stockwell: I didn't do anything!
      Ed Green: (mocking) 'I didn't do anything!' They always say that when they run.

    • Nina Cassady: This isn't hypothetical like your book, J.P. I saw you working that heavy bag. Tell me, how'd Serena like your right hook?

    • Don Lampard: That book was blood money. My daughter's blood.

    • J.P. Lange: What do you think, I went looking for this aggravation?
      Nina Cassady: I think you went looking for cash.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the O.J. Simpson trial. Simpson was arrested and charged with the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and a friend of hers, Ronald Goldman. Although the criminal court found him not guilty in 1995, a civil trial found him liable for the wrongful deaths of both Goldman and Brown in 1998. Simpson attempted to release the book If I Did It, a fictionalized first-person account of the murders had he actually done them, in 2006, but it was recalled before ever being published. Even the full name of the primary antagonist (James Paul Lange) hearkens back to O.J. Simpson (O.J. stands for Orenthal James). In 2007, Goldman's family purchased the rights to rename and publish the book after a bankruptcy court ruled that Simpson's daughter perpetrated a fraud when she created her shell corporation.

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