Law & Order

Season 5 Episode 23

Pride

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 24, 1995 on NBC
8.3
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Episode Summary

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A gay city councilman is murdered and the trail leads to a bigoted rival politician and a male prostitute.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Worst Cast Member Exit on TV Ever!

    3.0
    They must have decided 2 days before this episode aired to write Detective Logan out of the show. There is no reference to him leaving until the trial is over and then he gets angry to hit a Councilman? And that warrants a decent detective being busted down to beat cop? Wrong and not at all up to the standards of this show.
  • Local politics and homophobia mingle as an openly gay city councilor is killed and the prime suspects include his boyfriend and a rival, bigoted, city politician. Detective Logan's temper final gets the best of him and this becomes his final episode.moreless

    8.5
    Previous Law and Order episodes had featured gay people, both as victims and as defendants, but these episodes tended to focus on other issues, i.e. AIDS, assisted suicide, etc. Here, gay rights, the cities politically diverse gay community and homophobia are all the major components of the story, along with some pretty realistic depictions of internal New York City politics.



    While the police do, initially, suspect the victim's new boyfriend, they eventually realize that the killer is a rival city politician who opposed gay rights and openly pandered to voter's homophobia.



    The defendant still panders to homophobia during his trial.



    On the stand, Detective Logan admits that homophobia is a problem in the police department and that that he has used some anti-gay slurs (i.e. "homo-cide") while investigating cases where the victim was gay lesbian, bisexual or transgender.



    Furious at how the defendant uses homophobia to get away with murder, Logan hits the city councilman hard. The man deserved to get hit, but hitting an elected official [in public no less] is not a great career move and Detective Logan is "exiled" to handling domestic dispute cases Staten Island.



    In fact, their was a great television movie special called, "Exiled" (1998) that focused on Detective Logan and his efforts to get reinstated as a homicide detective.moreless
  • A gay councilman is murdered. His new lover and a rival straight councilman turn out to be the prime suspects.

    8.0
    In the first real homosexual storyline of the series turns out to be the last dance for Detective Logan. Finally Logan's temper got the best of him when he landed a heck of a slobberknocker on that city councilman at the end. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy by the way. So now we say so long Detective Logan and hello Detective Curtis. Your no Mike Logan but who really is? I can't wait for the season 6 DVD due out around Christmas time until then I will just reflect back on the Chris Noth/Mike Logan era on Law & Order.moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

D.A. Adam Schiff

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

A.D.A. Claire Kincaid

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This is one of only a handful of episodes in which the district attorney (Adam Schiff) shares a scene with a cop (Anita Van Buren).

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jack McCoy: Two in five Americans think homosexuality is a sin.
      Adam Schiff: Forget two in five, worry about one in twelve.

    • (Powell cross-examines Logan)
      Charles Powell: Detective, are you familiar with a term police use to describe a murder in the gay community even before they know all the facts of the case?
      (Logan says nothing)
      Charles Powell: Come now, don't cause me the embarrassment of having to call up witnesses who've heard you say it.
      (Logan is silent for a long time.)
      Mike Logan: (quietly)...It's called 'homo-cide'.

    • Lennie Briscoe: My respect for Durban is growing by the hour.
      Mike Logan: Yeah, he's so smart he's dead.

    • Kevin Crossley: The establishment politicians don't care about convicting me -- they just need to show they're politically correct by indicting me.
      Jack McCoy: Mr. Crossley, you are not on trial because you didn't buy the black Barbie.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Dan White case. In 1978, Dan White shot and killed both mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, reportedly due to his fury at what he saw as the rising trend in gay activism -- Milk was the first openly gay elected official in San Francisco history. White's lawyers argued that he had been suffering from severe depression which had inhibited his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Over the years, an urban legend has cropped up claiming that White's lawyers used the "Twinkie Defense" (in other words, eating junk food made him do it), but it was never claimed in court that eating junk food was, in any way, responsible for White's activities -- his excessive consumption of junk food was used to show just how depressed he had gotten, but was never blamed.

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