Law & Order

Season 13 Episode 7

Open Season

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 20, 2002 on NBC
8.3
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Open Season
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A controversial defense attorney, who had just won acquittal of a cop killer who also injured another officer, is gunned down the same evening outside a Manhattan restaurant during a party celebrating the verdict. The detectives first focus their investigation on the police officers in the precinct of the injured officer and then on the crippled officer's brother. They are finally led to investigate a white supremacist who is part of a national network of white supremacists and violent racists and fascists. As the case develops Jack McCoy is faced with the unlikely prospect that the murder defendant's attorney and McCoy's friend of 20 years, Danielle Melnick, was involved in an earlier murder of a Florida district attorney following the defendant's arrest. McCoy is able to make a deal that preserves the integrity of his adversary, but not without a significant cost.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Three lawyers shot, truly an open season.

    10
    One of the very good episodes that keeps you watching and guessing till the very end.

    This could be called a Jack's episode, especially when his close friend, Danielle Melnick, is revealed to be involved in a conspiracy with her defendant. The perpetrator is locked and prevented from communicating with the world outside since he feels his mission to be to cleanse the States from bad lawyers. Melnick is convinced these measures are inadequate and violates them, which leads to another murder. Jack has a hard time accepting his friend could do something like that and pays her a visit to offer her a surrender to the police. Melnick cooperates with the prosecution and gets a walk. Her former defendant's associate shoots her waiting for an elevator.

    A strong story and formidable acting - I appreciated mostly Danielle Melnick - the horror in her eyes when she realized what she'd done. I loved this one.moreless
  • A lawyer's murder unravels into a conspiracy from a white supremacist group.

    9.9
    What a great episode. Everyone has to watch their back. Lennie breaks it down in the last scene, "Be careful Jack. Looks like its open season on lawyers." Hence the title. Serena goes undercover to the American Patriot Union office to get inside information. In addition to Tovah Feldush returning as Danielle Melnick, special guest star Garret Dillahunt as the head of the organization. I'm a fan of his from Deadwood. This time, its Jack's friend who is in trouble. The scene in the bar where he goes from Melnick to Serena trying to please any women in his life. In order to really hit home, a familiar face, Danielle Melnick, multiple guest star, is shot in the last scene...prognosis unknown.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

Graham Winton

Graham Winton

Kevin Wilson

Guest Star

Garret Dillahunt

Garret Dillahunt

Julian Preuss

Guest Star

James Flaherty

James Flaherty

Court Clerk

Guest Star

Michael Mulheren

Michael Mulheren

Judge Harrison Taylor

Recurring Role

Tovah Feldshuh

Tovah Feldshuh

Danielle Melnick

Recurring Role

Iris Little-Thomas

Iris Little-Thomas

Judge Barbara Lusky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Police Officer: Homicide? Damn, and I just ran out of cigars.
      Ed Green: That ain't funny, man.
      Police Officer: (To Lennie) Your partner needs to loosen up.
      Lennie Briscoe: This is loose.

    • Jack McCoy: You know why I'm here.
      Danielle Melnick: No, your Golden Retriever threw you out?

    • Serena Southerlyn: What, you think they'll talk to me?
      Ed Green: Blonde hair, blue eyes ... Hell, if you're lucky they'll put you in a poster.
      Serena Southerlyn (sarcastically): Gee, thanks.

    • Serena Southerlyn (about the American Patriot Union): They're a cross between the Christian right and some of the nationalist militias you see out west.
      Lennie Briscoe: God and guns.
      Ed Green: Bad chemistry.

    • Lennie Briscoe (to Darnell Marbury): Your get-out-of-jail-free ticket took five in the chest.

    • Lennie Briscoe: You know where the money from all that sauce goes?
      Suspect: We have a lot of expenses!
      Ed Green: Yeah, guns, explosives . . .
      Lennie Briscoe: All those copies of Mein Kampf...

    • Lennie Briscoe: Better be careful, Jack. Looks like it's open season on lawyers.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Lennie Briscoe: This isn't the Wild West.
      Ed Green: Tell that to Amadou Diallo's family.

      African immigrant Amadou Diallo was shot 19 times by four white NYPD officers who had mistaken him for a wanted rapist and thought he was armed (they thought Diallo's wallet was a gun). The officers were acquitted of any criminal charges in his death, which was widely blamed on racial profiling.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Lynne Stewart case, which also involved a lawyer violating "Special Administrative Measures."

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