Law & Order

Season 13 Episode 4

Tragedy on Rye

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 30, 2002 on NBC
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Tragedy on Rye
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A struggling actress is murdered in an apparent robbery-homicide where a video tape, made by a couple touring the city and sold to a local news station, shows three suspects loading the stolen property into an SUV. They are charged with felony murder, a capital crime, and this causes unrest with Southerlyn surrounding the death penalty.moreless

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  • The capital punishment issue.

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    This episode made a good point in showing the complexity of the death penalty issue. It is not that easy to decide to put someone on death row There are several instances, though, participating in the final decision, you are being one of them, with the possibility you are not absolutely sure you're doing the right thing, with the chance you needn't be completely convinced the offender deserves such a punishment.

    There's no death sentence where I live, and I am happy for that, although there are a lot of those who might deserve it. But the possible abuse or mistake in the capital case are irreversible. So I wish I never were on a wrong place, in a wrong time and in a wrong state.moreless
  • Tradgedy on Rye

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    An actor got 3 single 50 round to chest. No sign of forced entry so victim had to have let the killer in. 50 grand worth of sterio was missing. Suspects that victim was a hooker because she wore trashy clothes. The suspect works at a strip club. Couple suspectedly has in possession of a video shot of woman killed but sold it to WEXP news. Worried that they may air the video and the people/ person who commited this crim will flee. they find out 3 black men sold her plasma T.V. One resisted arrest. Beat one man up because he said the thought he was reaching for a gun, but he was reaching for his phone.moreless
Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

ADA Serena Southerlyn

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

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Tim Ransom

Tim Ransom

Andrew Maynard

Guest Star

Beth Dixon

Beth Dixon

Mrs. Dolan

Guest Star

Malcolm Barrett

Malcolm Barrett

Harry Johnson

Guest Star

Jerry Grayson

Jerry Grayson

Comedy Club Owner

Recurring Role

John E. Cariani

John E. Cariani

Julian Beck

Recurring Role

Charlotte Colavin

Charlotte Colavin

Judge Lisa Pongracic

Recurring Role

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 (Arthur Branch) shares a scene with a cop (Anita Van Buren).

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Having heard of Green's actions against Otum, Van Buren calls him and Briscoe into her office.)
      Anita Van Buren: You're on desk.
      (Green sighs)
      Lennie Briscoe: Hey, a week or so tops. It'll all be straightened out.
      Anita Van Buren: Excuse me. Both of you. (to Briscoe) You were the only witness. (to Green) Otum names the city, the department, and you individually in his suit. He claims you profiled him.
      Ed Green: Right. He's a drug dealer and a murderer!
      Anita Van Buren: And he's black!
      Ed Green: Have you looked at me recently?!
      Anita Van Buren: (lifts a finger) He also claims that you never identified yourselves as cops!
      Lennie Briscoe: Come on! I said police!
      Anita Van Buren: And the icing on the cake is the pounding he took with snapshots to prove it!
      (She shows her detectives the snapshots.)

    • (Andrew Maynard enters the interrogation room)
      Matt Carton: You can send in the cavalry, I still ain't killed anybody.
      Anita van Buren: This is your lawyer, Einstein.

    • (Discussing uncooperative witnesses from out of town)
      Anita van Buren: The next plane's in four hours? Cut 'em loose in three and a half.

    • Arthur Branch: Seems to me we have enough evidence for two cases. The only thing we don't have is a busload of nuns as eyewitnesses.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Her neighbor says this used to be the home for one of those plasma TVs.
      Ed Green: Those things go for about six grand.
      Lennie Briscoe: For six grand it oughta make coffee and do the dishes.

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  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Judge Morris Torledsky: Lead on, MacDuff.
      This is a popular misquote from Shakespeare's play Macbeth, spoken by Macbeth right before he and MacDuff have a sword fight. Macbeth ends up getting decapitated. The actual line is "Lay on, MacDuff".

    • Lennie Briscoe: Larry, Moe and Curly makes three.
      The videotape of the trio of perpetrators inspires a quick "Three Stooges" reference.

    • Lennie Briscoe: (about a bass guitar brand) Is that good?
      Ed Green: Good enough for Elvis.
      Lennie Briscoe: Now you're in my neck of the woods.
      Ed Green: Elvis Costello.
      Lennie Briscoe: Who's on first?
      Several allusions in one! The reference to King of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley is obvious. Elvis Costello's hit songs include "Alison" and "(What's So Funny About) Peace Love And Understanding." The surname Costello reminds Lennie of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello (no relation) and their timeless comedy routine known as "Who's On First." The routine is about a baseball team of players with nicknames like Who, What and I Don't Know; their nicknames cause a lot of confusion.

    • Judge Morris Torledsky: Who says consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds?
      In his work, "Self-Reliance" from Essays: First Series, Ralph Waldo Emerson states that, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines", which is often misquoted to omit the word "foolish".

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Carnegie Deli murders.

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