Law & Order

Season 9 Episode 23

Refuge Pt. 1

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 26, 1999 on NBC
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Refuge Pt. 1
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A shootout between a motorist and the police leads to the discovery of a gruesome Russian mob killing --- and a traumatized boy who was an eyewitness to the murder.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Law & Order's finest hour

    10
    Law & Order's finest pair of episodes starts and it's a bombshell of a first half. The usage of the Russian Mob fits perfectly, as does what they do in the episode (killing an ADA, and slitting a witness's throat). It's also nice to see top notch performances from the whole cast, especially in this episode Steven Hill, Angie Harmon.
  • the perfect episode

    10
    Refuge Parts 1 and 2 are the epitome of what was good about 90s Law & Order- It's unlikely they'll ever make one like this again. Despite its complex plot, both halves of the episode are clear, enthralling and have since been imitated again and again on prime time crime dramas, but never so well.



    Between the child witness, threatened jurors, hitmen- there was enough material for a stand alone film- and contrary to the other reviewers opinion, I applaud their choice to not to use cliche Italian mobsters. Perhaps, the most resonant aspect of Refuge is the senseless murder of Antonella Ricci- a character who appears in only one episode but was so well written, deep, and interesting, that her death fills us with as much outrage as Jack McCoy.moreless
  • Russian Mob characters just dont appeal to me

    1.0
    I didnt really find this episode enjoyable. I dont know why, but Russian, or russian Mob characters just arnt appealing to me. i would love to see more Italian mob characters than any other group, mainly because were so attatched to them, and we find that italian-american stereo-type so fascinating. well, thats just my view
  • Refuge

    6.0
    This was part one of a two hour special titled "Refuge." Maybe if Law and Order did something like this in its later seasons the show could have broken Gunsmoke's Record instead of tying it.



    Jerry Orbach's Lenny character was probably the best detective this show had, but I was not a fan of Benjamin Bratt's tenure on Law and Order (or any of his acting particularly.) Angie Harmon was alright, but Dick Wolf has struggled to find a good female ADA on this and SVU. I don't know why, but Law and Order just cannot write for female attorneys.



    The actual storyline was pretty generic here too. Evil Russians? I've never seen that before.moreless
Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon

A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

D.A. Adam Schiff

Jenna Stern

Jenna Stern

Asst. District Attorney Antonella Ricci

Guest Star

Terry L. Beaver

Terry L. Beaver

Mr. Manning

Guest Star

Amelia Campbell

Amelia Campbell

Mrs. Woodson

Guest Star

Michael Mulheren

Michael Mulheren

Judge Sheldon Taylor

Recurring Role

Ben Shenkman

Ben Shenkman

Nick Margolis

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

M.E. Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Georgy Maletkov: You think because we have an accent, we're stupid? When I was 14, at a state school in Moscow, I was reading Anderson, Faulker, Hemingway. I was studying John Caines, Milton Friedman...
      Jack McCoy: (impatiently) Mr. Maletkov, I...!
      Georgy Maletkov: Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah. I made a lot of money in Russia. You think that's easy? You try it. So, when I come here... [scoffs; snaps fingers] America's like a big baby. We're taking candy out of your hand. Out of your mouth. So... (speaks Russian) Save your deals for the pipe heads in Harlem. I have appointment to play chess. Okay?

    • Nick Margolis: My clients have the right to choose their counsel.
      Jack McCoy: They have the right to counsel, PERIOD. Anything beyond that is a privilege.

    • Anita Van Buren: Well, if he emigrated here, maybe INS has him. They can ID him off his right ear.
      Lennie Briscoe: You're kidding?
      Anita Van Buren: You didn't know? Every ear is unique. Like snowflakes.
      Rey Curtis: No wonder Evander was so upset.

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