Law & Order

Season 2 Episode 21

Silence

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 28, 1992 on NBC
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A politician opposes the prosecution of his son's murderer because it might mean revealing that his late son was gay.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Paul Sorvino

    Paul Sorvino

    Det. Sgt. Phil Cerreta

    Chris Noth

    Chris Noth

    Det. Mike Logan

    Dann Florek

    Dann Florek

    Capt. Don Cragen

    Michael Moriarty

    Michael Moriarty

    Exec. A.D.A. Ben Stone

    Richard Brooks

    Richard Brooks

    ADA Paul Robinette

    Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    DA Adam Schiff

    George Martin (II)

    George Martin (II)

    Edward Vogel

    Guest Star

    James Sutorius

    James Sutorius

    Peter Colson

    Guest Star

    Joe Aufiery

    Joe Aufiery

    Harold Dwyer

    Guest Star

    Leslie Hendrix

    Leslie Hendrix

    Rodgers

    Recurring Role

    Fred J. Scollay

    Fred J. Scollay

    Judge Barsky

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Ben Stone: A real person's life is in jeopardy, Your Honor. Surely that outweighs any intangible benefits to a general public which is in no way affected by this case.
        Helen Murphy: So we re-write the First Amendment, freedom of the press, but only when it affects the majority?
        Ben Stone: Your Honor --
        Helen Murphy: We are not asking that the 11 o'clock news be allowed to wheel in a camera crew, Your Honor.
        Judge Barsky: Why the hell not? I empathize with your witness, Mr. Stone. But there's a heavy burden you must meet to deprive the voyeuristic public of their God-given right to peek in on the woes of others.

      • Edward Vogel: You know, I keep this picture of Jim on my desk, graduation day, Columbia, he's standing there with his arms around his mother. Damn it, Adam, he looks just like everybody else. I spent my life protecting him.
        Adam Schiff: From what? Your shame put the knife into Dwyer's hand, and there's no way I'm going to let that keep him out of jail. I've known you for 25 years, Ed, and I'm telling you now, you don't testify tomorrow, you're going to go to jail for contempt.

      • Ben Stone: Your client will be convicted of several counts of larceny by extortion, and it won't take a major leap of faith to construct a convincing argument for murder two.
        Ms. Bowman: You're dreaming.
        Ben Stone: Well, if you want something badly enough, dreams have a way of coming true.

      • Ben Stone: You knew all along. With your testimony, we could have gone to trial three weeks ago.
        Edward Vogel: Watch your tone, sir. I pick up the phone, and your license to be holier than everybody else on this planet can be used to wallpaper the sewer.

      • Ms. Bowman: 'Closed courtroom?' You gotta be kidding, Paul. I just got my hair done.

      • Peter Colson: Why the hell else would he pay me?
        Mike Logan: I don't know. Blackmail comes to mind.
        Peter Colson: You obviously don't have enough evidence to arrest me. Which means you don't have enough to insult me, either.

      • Ben Stone: My father wanted me to be a doctor. I went so far as to study organic chemistry.
        Adam Schiff: What happened?
        Ben Stone: I grew up.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Malcolm Barclay: If sources were fair game, Anita Hill'd still be some unknown professor from Oklahoma.

        Anita Hill is a professor of social policy, law and women's studies who accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of verbal sexual harassment while she worked as his assistant at the Department of Education.

      • Taxi Driver: You guys hear Howard this morning? He was really going off on some poor broad.
        He is referring to shock jock Howard Stern and his radio show. At the time of this episode, Stern wasn't on satellite radio and his movie Private Parts hadn't been released yet, but he was already notorious for his vulgar style of humor.

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