Law & Order (1990–2010)

Refuge: Part 1 

A brutal murder of a Russian man has ties to the Russian mob. However, the only witness who isn't compromised is a traumatized 10-year-old boy who is reluctant to testify.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Detective Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Jenna Stern ... A.D.A. Toni Ricci
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Defense Attorney Manning (as Terry L. Beaver)
Amelia Campbell ... Mrs. Woodson
Cameron Bowen ... Billy Woodson
Michael Mulheren Michael Mulheren ... Judge Harrison Taylor
Slava Schoot ... Russian
Bernie Sheredy ... Georgy Maletkov
Olek Krupa ... Constantin Volsky
Ben Shenkman ... Nick Margolis


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of a man found in the trunk of a car. The driver was pulled over because the plates clearly did not belong to the car to which they were attached. Finding a body in the trunk led to the death of the driver, following a shootout with the police. The medical examiner determines that the man in the trunk was shot but the bullets were removed from his body. The dead driver had Russian prison tattoos on his body. The man in the trunk is identified as a Russian, Vasily Chuikov, who immigrated over 10 years ago and had a watch booth on 47th St. He had gone to a lunchtime meeting with potential clients and wasn't seen again. They find a potential witness in 10 year-old Billy Woodson who has clearly been traumatized by what he saw. The shooter is eventually identified as Andre Rogatin a Russian hood who was last seen in Moscow just a couple weeks ago. The evidence leads them to a physiotherapy clinic in Brooklyn and the Russian mafia. For ... Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

26 May 1999 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Nikita Khrushchev was a Soviet statesman who led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. Khrushchev was responsible for the de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, for backing the progress of the early Soviet space program, and for several relatively liberal reforms in areas of domestic policy. Stalin's death in 1953 triggered a power struggle, from which Khrushchev ultimately emerged victorious. On 25 February 1956, at the 20th Party Congress, he delivered the "Secret Speech", which denounced Stalin's purges and ushered in a less repressive era in the Soviet Union. His domestic policies, aimed at bettering the lives of ordinary citizens, were often ineffective, especially in agriculture. Hoping eventually to rely on missiles for national defense, Khrushchev ordered major cuts in conventional forces. Despite the cuts, Khrushchev's rule saw the most tense years of the Cold War, culminating in the Cuban Missile Crisis. See more »


Detective Curtis totally ignores crime scene procedure while at the scene of the shooting at the construction site. He picks up potential evidence off the floor and touches surfaces, all without wearing gloves. He even picks up a magazine that is covered with urine without gloves, not only is this unsanitary and something a detective would never do, it could also potentially contaminate any DNA that might be on the magazine. See more »


Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: The hands were cut to the bone, then snapped off at the wrist.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: That must've hurt.
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Well, it was postmortem.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Still...
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Flaw (2014) See more »

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