Law & Order

Season 3 Episode 9

Point of View

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 25, 1992 on NBC
8.6
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Point of View
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Logan has trouble dealing with Briscoe, who has been brought in while Cerreta recovers from surgery during their investigation of the murder of Tommy Duff, a small-time hood. Their investigation leads them to a woman who claims Duff raped her, and when her attorney, an old friend of Stone's from law school, calls Olivet to the stand to testify in Mary Kostrinski's defense, Schiff forces Stone to use Olivet's recent rape to discredit her testimony. Logan is upset to learn that Cerreta has accepted another position within the department and won't be coming back.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Premier of Lennie Briscoe

    7.5
    This is the first episode for the appearance of Senior Detective Lennie Briscoe transferring to the 27th precinct from the 116th. It is quite apparent that there is friction between Briscoe and Junior Detective Mike Logan as there was when Logan first teamed up with Sergeant Phil Ceretta, however, Logan seems to warm up to Briscoe later on. This is a very good episode and I recommend its viewing. One of my favorite scenes is when Sergeant Ceretta tells Detective Logan that the chief of Detective's offered him a desk job at the 110th precinct and that he accepted it. It is an emotional moment between the two.moreless
  • She says she killed him because he was going to rape her, but is that really it? An emotional episode for both the lawyers and the cops, but with a good twist and an ending that made me smile. REALLY REALLY GOOD. (SPOILERS)moreless

    10
    I had a hard time picking a descriptor for my feelings on this episode because I enjoyed it so much.

    The plot was excellent- the detective portion of it was sufficiently complex, as was the legal portion, leading to a well-balanced episode. I found myself moved not only by the good-willed departure of Cerreta, but also by the (heh, literal) trial that Dr. Olivet had to face. I was blindsided by the killer's true motives, and up until then I think I would have believed her about the rape had I been on the jury, and certainly had I been Dr. Olivet.

    Good writing gave the characters characters a more complex appearance to the viewer- We know Dr. Olivet isn't balanced in terms of Mary Kostrinski's defense, but she doesn't deserve to be discredited on the stand; Stone doesn't want to bring up Dr. Olivet's rape but is forced to, and while Logan isn't fond of Briscoe it's because he misses his old partner. This mixture of sympathy and disapproval is rarely found so well used in television.

    The acting brought even more to an already good episode- Lisa Eichhorn(Kostrinski) was wonderful first as a 'victim' then as a cold-hearted killer. Elaine Stritch(Stieglitz) played probably the best defense lawyer they've ever had on the show. Chris Noth(Logan) and Jerry Orbach(Briscoe) worked the first-epi tension between their characters so well I'm sure it will continue to work in a friendly relationship in further episodes. Paul Sorvino gave as good a last performance as ever, and I'm sure I won't be the only one to miss him.

    Overall, I found this episode left me cheerful, and not just because it wasn't a bloodbath like the episode before it. I mean, happy ending- the defense lawyer has a conscience, they get the bad guy, Dr. Olivet forgives Stone, and Logan starts to like Briscoe. I can't help it, I like a non-cheesy happy ending. I have no qualms about giving 'point of view' a 10 because I enjoyed it (stretches arms out very far) THIIIIS much.moreless
  • \"prince of the city\" will do just fine...

    10
    that was the totality of acting notes that Dick Wolf gave jerry orbach during his 12 years on Law and order. What can you say more about Jerry that hasn\'t been said before? I truly admire his performances. from the beginning he was old cranky Briscoe \"put it back. exactly where you found it!\". those were his first words.

    since then we learnt about daughters, nephews ex wives and terrific one liners that ended 12 years later with \"it\'s nice to go out on a win\"! and wherever Jerry is, he can rest in peace knowing that this was the beginning of what would surely be a winning performance, followed by millions all over the world. Lennie/Jerry we hardly knew you RIPmoreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Don Cragen

Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks

ADA Paul Robinette

Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty

Exec. ADA Ben Stone

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch

Lanie Stieglitz

Guest Star

Lisa Eichhorn

Lisa Eichhorn

Mary Kostrinski

Guest Star

Gary Basaraba

Gary Basaraba

Kevin Reilly

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Lanie Stieglitz: Ben, either you give me parole or I give you the biggest headache since Susan B. Anthony asked to vote.

    • Lennie Briscoe (talking about the murder of Tommy Duff): It walks and quacks like a mob hit.

    • Lennie Briscoe: You've got the flaw of most basically honest people. You're a lousy liar.

    • (Briscoe and Logan burst into Scanlon's office.)
      Jimmy Scanlon: (On the phone.) Hey, hey, guys, come on now, I'm busy here.
      (Briscoe grabs the phone and speaks into the receiver.)
      Lennie Briscoe: He'll call you back in 25 years.

    • Jimmy Scanlon: If you can read, take a look at that wall. There's citations there from every office in this city. Now the only bags that are carried for me are for charities which I support.
      Mike Logan: Just like Santa.
      Jimmy Scanlon: Yeah. Yeah, just like Santa. And Tommy Duff wasn't one of my elves.

    • Lanie Stieglitz: I love a tall man with a halo.

    • Don Cragen: I mean, I'm thinking back to when Phil came on. It's not always love at first sight with you.
      Mike Logan: Look, I can handle it. I just wanna know for how long?
      Don Cragen: I wanna know how long is my mother-in-law gonna live with us. I don't know, but I'm learning to enjoy her pot roast.

    • Ben Stone: I'm doing you a favor, Lanie. I could have brought this out in court.
      Lanie Stieglitz: But then you wouldn't get the chance to squeeze me into God's little acre. East of the rock and west of the hard place.

    • Mike Logan: What am I supposed to do, stare at my linguine while you clip him for meals?
      Lennie Briscoe: Hey, he thinks I'm corrupt, so he trusts me, all right? Say hi to Phil.

    • Mary Kostrinski: John Kostrinski routinely took out the problems of the world on my face. Scanlon ran the docks with my father. When I told him the story, he took pity on me.
      Ben Stone: Your husband was killed in a work accident.
      Mary Kostrinski: You know the Church and divorce.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Bartender: When I called the cops, I had the evacuation of Saigon going on in here.

      A reference to the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975 near the end of the Vietnam War. A lot of Vietnamese people fled the city to seek safety with US Forces.

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