Law & Order

Season 13 Episode 3

True Crime

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 16, 2002 on NBC
7.6
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Investigating the death of a rock band singer who had large amounts of cocaine and heroin in her system, the detectives question a former boyfriend who was a disgruntled band mate of her late husband. The prosecutors are hampered by the actions of a retired detective-turned-writer, who worked a case with Briscoe several years back and whose unconventional research tactics make him a suspect as well.moreless

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  • It can never be Nirvana, when ex-colleague friends dabble in matters they shouldn't

    8.5
    A story that promises a tragedy and a story of hate, but morph into one of intrigue and betrayal combined with the tragic story of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. A further dynamic is added by introducing an excop who worked a case with Briscoe's, who is now working as a crime writer. The plot is solid and interesting enough to provide an excellent platform for what is one of the better episodes of L&O. The initial crime fosters a good number of concrete and believeable suspects, which kept me guessing.... Until Briscoe's friend comes onto the screen. This key character does an excellent job of initially seeming like a helpful source to Briscoe and Green, but carries an air of doubt about his true intentions. The usually breadcrumb trail of leads, more than adequately takes the intrigue through a series of logical dead ends, until Briscoe extracts himself from his delusion. This good source of conflict between our two cops continues throughout the middle act, as Briscoe doesnt want to believe what Green knows to be true.



    What I liked most about this episode is the relationship between Briscoe, Green and Foster. With old skool Briscoe wanting to believe in the brotherhood of cops even after retirement and Green playing devil's advocate, the emotional drama builds well to the climax it deserves. Essentially, the actual crime provides a springboard for this dynamic to flourish, providing a decent ending to this caper.



    Dialogue is above average, moreso in the exchanges between Briscoe and Foster. Locations are a combination of interiors and a few exteriors, but provide a great visual aid to both streams of this story. My particular favourite locations are the victim's husbands ex-band mates uncliche studio and Foster's cosy writing den.



    The ending is subdued as you may expect when the crime has already happened and there is no real chase element to the story. But that doesnt detract from the satisfaction of the culprit being nailed, especially as Briscoe had gone out on a limb.



    So even though the story isnt one of high stakes, Briscoe's personal stake in the resolution of this story provides enough adhesive to keep one watching, at least it did for me. Perhaps if you are a fan of Nirvana, you will prefer the actual main story.



    Undoubtably this is one of the better episodes, if you prefer personmal intrigue and emotion, to the chase or investigation type episodes, or if you are a fan of Lennie.moreless
  • True Crime

    8.5
    A rock singers body is found in a dumpster or garbage can with large amounts of heroine and cocaine in her system. Believed that the woman killed her boyfriend, shane a long time ago. Patty broke up with her first boyfriend to get w/ Shane to "up" her career. Both of them were on drugs pretty badly. The rock singer, Shane, was believed to have been killed by the rock singer. Some say she only dated him to go "up" in her carrer. and the ex boyfriend believed that she still loved him because she kept staying in contact w/ him.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

Tony Lo Bianco

Tony Lo Bianco

Mike Foster

Guest Star

David Thornton

David Thornton

Jeremy Cook

Guest Star

Stivi Paskoski

Stivi Paskoski

Travis Jones

Guest Star

Josh Pais

Josh Pais

Borak

Recurring Role

Susan Blommaert

Susan Blommaert

Judge Rebecca Steinman

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