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Subterranean Homeboy Blues 

A woman claims she shot two punks on a subway car in self-defense, but investigators and prosecutors are not sure that they believe her.

Director:

E.W. Swackhamer

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Robert Palm
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Max Greevey
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Cynthia Nixon ... Laura Di Biasi
Sam Gray Sam Gray ... Judge Manuel Leon
Akili Prince Akili Prince ... Darnell 'Chenault'
Lorraine Toussaint ... Shambala Green
Phyllis Somerville ... Ms.Maltese
Alexandra Gersten Alexandra Gersten ... Abby Diamond
Tonya Pinkins ... Woman
Barbara Caruso Barbara Caruso ... Mrs. Hastings
Dwayne McClary ... Michael Jones
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Storyline

Detectives Max Greevy and Mike Logan investigate the shooting of two young African-Americans on a crowded subway train. There are several witnesses to the shooting leading them to hospital technician Laura Di Biasi, a one-time dancer who had to give up her career as a dancer after a violent assault some years before. She doesn't deny the shooting but is claiming self-defense as she was afraid of being raped by the two men. The police conclude that she may have been out to deliberately avenge her earlier attack against anyone and Executive ADA Stone agrees to charge her with murder. He realizes however that should he lose the case, it will be sending New Yorkers a message that it's okay to shoot and ask questions later. Written by garykmcd

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Subterranean Homeboy Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title of this episode, Subterranean Homeboy Blues, is a play on words from a well-known Bob Dylan song, "Subterranean Homesick Blues". See more »

Goofs

The train announcement states that the next stop is 23rd street. The A train is express and bypasses 23rd street except during late night service. See more »

Quotes

Detective Mike Logan: Trust and lawyer, that's a pair of words that don't match.
Shambala Green: How about cop and I.Q. over 90.
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The Bernhard Goetz case
12 June 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Bernhard Goetz became in some eyes an urban folk hero when some punks picked on him during a desultory subway ride in the Eighties and he shot four of them. In this episode from the first season of Law And Order the number of victims became only two and the perpetrator became a former dancer played by Cynthia Nixon. A dancer I might add who lost her former profession because of an encounter on a subway when she was not armed.

Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks have one hard road in trying to convict a very appealing perpetrator. As in the Goetz case you could have argued it from many aspects on both sides. Unlike in the Goetz case, Nixon did not try to exploit the notoriety.

Making her first appearance in a Law And Order episode in what was the second episode of the series was Lorraine Toussaint as Shambala Greene who became one of the regular floating defense attorneys who left the show when Moriarty did. Toussaint did make one appearance with a client when Sam Waterston took over. She was tough and passionate in her client's behalf, definitely a woman I want defending me if I'm really innocent. She's worth watching the show for herself.


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