Law & Order

Season 10 Episode 13

Panic

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 16, 2000 on NBC
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Briscoe and Green investigate the shooting of a best-selling mystery writer and the death of her accountant, with a love triangle as a possible motive for the crime.

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  • Very weak Law & Order

    4.5
    It is obvious who the killer is half way into the episode based on two things. The spent shells at the crime scene and the wildly off target shooting if it had been either of the two primary (and up to the very last minutes only suspects) suspects. The episode may have worked if not for the suspect's line of work.
  • Sloppily written

    6.0
    Every once in a while, _Law and Order_ presents an episode where the plot depends on the police and prosecutors being a lot slower on the uptake than the average viewer. This is one of those episodes. Famous mystery writer P.K. Todd is shot and her agent killed by a mysterious assailant. When the police settle on their prime suspect, his lawyer comes up with an unusual defense. Unfortunately, the identity of the character with whom P.K. Todd is having an affair is obvious to the viewer a long time before the police and D.A.'s figure it out, as is the identity of the killer. Note that they never quite explain how the killer got access to the murder weapon.moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

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

Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon

ADA Abbie Carmichael

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Tom Berenger

Tom Berenger

Dean Tyler

Guest Star

Linda Emond

Linda Emond

Carolyn Tyler

Guest Star

Leonardo Cimino

Leonardo Cimino

Tommy Valducci

Guest Star

Gerry Bamman

Gerry Bamman

Stan Gillum

Recurring Role

Jordan Charney

Jordan Charney

Judge Donald Karan

Recurring Role

Tom Bloom

Tom Bloom

Aaron James

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Green looks at a receipt found on the victim, Martin Hoss.)
      Ed Green: Mr. Hoss paid for a meal at Cafe Rouge, 8:16, tonight.
      Lennie Briscoe: Dinner for two?
      Ed Green: Looks like it.
      Lennie Briscoe: Hope he enjoyed it.

    • (Reading P.K. Todd's fan mail.)
      Anita Van Buren: Oh this is lovely: "You write worse than an uneducated trout."
      Lennie Briscoe: If I was the fish, I'd take offense.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • While discussing the gay panic defense, the Harvey Milk assassination is mentioned. In November, 1978, openly gay San Fransisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were gunned down in their offices by disgruntled former City Supervisor Dan White. White received a reduced sentence by claiming (among other things) that he was severely depressed as indicated by his having eaten a great deal of junk food before the shooting, known as the now infamous "Twinkie Defense".

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Eugene Bennett case. In 1996, Eugene Bennett kidnapped Reverend Edwin Clever at gunpoint and forced the minister to place a call to his estranged wife, Marguerite. A suspicious Marguerite took a gun to the event. When all was said and done, Bennett pointed the finger at the messy divorce he was in the middle of, and the allegations that, four years earlier, his wife had an affair with well-known novelist Patricia Cornwell.

    • Jack McCoy: The bigots who killed the gay man in Wyoming?
      In 1998, Matthew Shepard was robbed, beaten, and tied to a fence by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, who left the 21-year-old there to die. The two men claimed that Shepard had made sexual advances toward them (known as the gay panic defense), and they killed him in a panic. Both men were eventually sentenced to two consecutive life sentences apiece without the possibility of parole. Sam Waterston (Jack McCoy) also played Mathew Shepard's father in a movie based on the events.

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