Law & Order

Season 7 Episode 20

We Like Mike

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 30, 1997 on NBC
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We Like Mike
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A young man who claims to have helped a murdered young man change a flat tire is first the cops' primary suspect, then the prosecutors' chief witness.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The DA and the cops realize that the suspect that they have been treating like crap is the eyewitness to a murder. Then, after some legal screw ups, the ex-suspect is the only one who can put the killer in jail.moreless

    8.5
    A fine episode! My favorite episodes of the Law and Order series are the ones that don't use a touchy political issue as a major plot device, and this is one of the better such episodes.



    The plotting, writing, and most else of this episode are above the law and order standards, which I wouldn't call low.



    An interesting aspect of the episode is that it doesn't focus of the efforts of police and the DA as much as it focuses on Mike Bodack, a poor fellow who becomes the prime suspect then main witness in a carjacking-murder.



    I suppose the theme of this episode can be summed up with Schiff's observation at the end "It is nice to know that the entire legal system rises and falls with a Mike Bodack"moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

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

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Rey Curtis

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell

ADA Jamie Ross

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Mike tells Ross about the damage in his apartment; his bed has been slashed.)
      Mike Bodack: The guy called and said he did it to prove he could get to me, and that if I testify, he's gonna do to my face what he did to the bed!
      Jamie Ross: You should've called us.
      Mike Bodack: Look, I think the best thing I can do is just keep my mouth shut, so can you just please go?
      Jamie Ross: Hiding out in your apartment isn't the answer.
      Mike Bodack: Well, I'll take it over gettin' cut up.
      Jamie Ross: We can protect you! Put you up in a hotel, around-the-clock guards.
      Mike Bodack: What, for the rest of my life?!
      Jamie Ross: Look, we know Garcia killed Sherman, but we can't prove it without you!
      Mike Bodack: All I did was see a guy walkin' down the street.
      Jamie Ross: You're a material witness. That means we can arrest you.
      Mike Bodack: You do that.
      (He shows Ross out of his apartment and locks the door.)

    • Mike Bodack: Okay, there was another guy. About halfway down the block from where I left the car. A Puerto Rican guy.
      Rey Curtis: Yeah, that's how we solve homicides too. Nearest Puerto Rican did it.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Did he mention his name or say where he was coming from or going to?
      Doughnut Shop Owner: Nothing except gimme a coffee ... and how if he wasn't gettin' married next week, he'd be puttin' the moves on the girl -- which I thought that was outta line -- but I didn't say anything, because it's not my business. My business is sellin' doughnuts.
      Lennie Briscoe: Thanks for clearin' that up.

    • Doughnut Shop Owner: How perfect is this? Cops talkin' to a doughnut guy!

    • (Examining gunshot victim.)
      Rey Curtis: He's got scraped-up knuckles. Maybe he put up a fight.
      Lennie Briscoe: ...and lost.

    • Ricky Garcia: Can I say how I didn't mean to ... do it?
      Lennie Briscoe: You mean how you only shot him 'cause he wouldn't give you his watch? Yeah, yeah. The DA'll like that.

    • Adam Schiff: It's nice to know that the entire criminal justice system rests on the shoulders of a Mike Bodack.

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