Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A serial killer who targets the New York S&M crowd claims that television is responsible for his violent behavior.


Gloria Muzio


Dick Wolf (created by), David Black | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Carey Lowell ... Jamie Ross
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Neil Pressman
Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Eddie Chandler
John Benjamin Hickey ... Charles Thatcher
Jon DeVries Jon DeVries ... Doug Gaylin
Edmund Genest Edmund Genest ... Warren Stevenson
Jerry Mayer ... Defense Attorney Greenwald
Gene Saks ... Judge Carl Samuel
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Dennis Kelly ... Congressman Maxwell


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Jennifer Gaylin who was possibly the victim of a drive-by shooting. She was a social worker and quite popular at the community center where she worked. Her father Doug Gaylin is convinced the killing was racially motivated but the detectives learn she may have been using drugs to boost her sex drive. It turns out the victim was heavy into the S&M scene and had a partner, TV reporter Stu Steiner. When the police find him dead in his apartment they learn from the FBI that there have been 3 other very similar killings in other cities. From another participant in the S&M scene they learn that Eddie Chandler might be behind the killing. Chandler is arrested and charged with first degree murder. His lawyer, Al Archer, will argue that prolonged exposure to TV violence led to his sociopathic behavior. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

28 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dennis Boutsikaris has played three different characters throughout the course of the series: See more »


One of the kids Briscoe and Curtis interviewed said he saw the victim buying codeine from a street dealer, that it is used often as a party drug and a sex drug. However it makes no sense for codeine to be used to enhance a sexual experience. Codeine, like all opiates, actually dampens sexual desire in both men and women, but especially men because it greatly reduces testosterone levels. One of the most common side effects of opiates for both sexes is a decreased sex drive and in men opiates often cause erectile dysfunction. See more »


Detective Lennie Briscoe: [finds a man hiding in the closet with a golf club] You got a permit for that putter?
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References The Munsters (1964) See more »

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Lab experiment for the dead bang guilty
3 January 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In a case based on the Andrew Cunanan spree serial killings Mitchell Lichtenstein, an aging party boy is charged with the murder of five people, two in the New York County jurisdiction and investigated by Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt. I've run into a few like Lichtenstein who don't turn homicidal. But believe me there's nothing more pitiful than one who is showing his age as Lichtenstein and trying to act 21 again. There's always someone younger and prettier coming up, a universal constant like death and taxes.

But this particular case is turned into a lab experiment by his pro bono defense attorney, Alan Dershowitz like Dennis Boutsikaris. Since the man is dead bang guilty he wants to try a new and different kind of defense. Prolonged exposure to TV violence as a kid made him value human life less.

A defense like this abrogates personal responsibility, something that Sam Waterston just can't allow.

In real life Andrew Cunanan never lived for a trial preferring to take his own life as law enforcement closed in. God only knows had he taken his chances with the criminal justice system what might the outcome have been.

Hey, Twinkies worked for Dan White.

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