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"Law & Order" Atonement (1996)

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Original Air Date:
10 April 1996 (Season 6, Episode 18)
A model is murdered and the evidence points to her driver. He claims he acted under extreme emotional disturbance because he was infatuated with her. However, McCoy later uncovers a connection between the driver and a drug dealer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe

Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy

Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid

Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff

Michael Imperioli ... Johnny Stivers (as Michael Imperiola)

Joanna Merlin ... Deirdre Powell

Josh Hopkins ... Ken Soames
Mark Zimmerman ... Frederick Scannel
Patty Freedman ... Carol (as Patty Dworkin)
Karen Williams ... Monica Wickles

Margo Martindale ... Ms. Best

John Woodson ... Det. Henry Jones
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Patti Allison ... Mrs. Lasko
Michaline Babich ... Joan

Caprice Benedetti ... Amber
Joan Bodgen ... Mrs. Dubinsky
Phil Coccioletti ... Rick Kasteler

John Elsen ... Crain

Angelina Fiordellisi ... Zoe Stivers

Rick Gomez ... Ticket Taker
David Haugen ... Jenner

Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Lisa Kron ... Warren

Mark Lotito ... Nance
John Nacco ... Mr. Libby

Mick O'Rourke ... Gaffers

Andrew Pang ... Mr. Nakiyama
William Paulson ... Sampson

Lionel Pina ... Off. Ortega
Hal Robinson ... Mr. Lasko
William Severs ... Judge Henry Fillmore

Joseph Lyle Taylor ... Brown
Chris Walker ... CSU Tech Cummings

Steven Zirnkilton ... Narrator (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Martha Mitchell 
Writing credits
Dick Wolf (created by)

Morgan Gendel (teleplay by)

Ed Zuckerman (story by) &
Morgan Gendel (story by)

Produced by
Rene Balcer .... co-executive producer
Michael S. Chernuchin .... executive producer
Arthur W. Forney .... supervising producer
Billy Fox .... co-producer
Morgan Gendel .... co-producer
Lewis Gould .... producer (as Lewis H. Gould)
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... producer (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Edwin Sherin .... executive producer (as Ed Sherin)
Dick Wolf .... executive producer
Ed Zuckerman .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Constantine Makris 
Film Editing by
Monty DeGraff 
Casting by
Suzanne Ryan 
Production Design by
Richard Bianchi 
Art Direction by
Fred Kolo 
Set Decoration by
Betsy Klompus 
Costume Design by
Jennifer von Mayrhauser 
Makeup Department
Victor DeNicola .... key hair stylist (as Victor DeNicola Jr.)
Craig Lyman .... makeup department head
Production Management
Lewis Gould .... unit production manager (as Lewis H. Gould)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gina Randazzo .... first assistant director
Mary Rae Thewlis .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kenneth Albanese .... construction coordinator
Fred Chalfy .... property master
Tom Conway .... set dresser (as Eoghan Conway)
T.J. Horan .... set dresser
Robin McAllister .... assistant property master
Thomas Hudson Reeve .... set dresser
Linda Skipper .... scenic charge
John W. Farraday .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeffrey Kaplan .... sound effects editor
Kevin Meehan .... boom operator
David Platt .... sound mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jessica Burstein .... still photographer
Bob Gambardella .... best boy (as Robert Gambardella)
Richard C. Kerekes .... dolly grip (as Richard Kerekes)
William Klayer .... gaffer
Christopher Misiano .... camera operator
Carl Peterson .... key grip
David S. Tuttman .... assistant camera (as David Tuttman)
Casting Department
Fleet Emerson .... extras casting
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danajean Cicerchi .... key wardrobe
Winsome G. McKoy .... assistant wardrobe (as Winsome McKoy)
Editorial Department
Ron Nichols .... colorist: digital remastering
Location Management
Moshe Bardach .... location manager
Music Department
Libby Pedersen .... music editor
Mike Post .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
Bill Curry Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Karen Blythe .... assistant: Dick Wolf
Eric DelaBarre .... executive assistant
Park Dietz .... technical advisor (as Dr. Park Dietz)
Nora Elcar-Verdon .... script co-ordinator
William N. Fordes .... technical advisor
Adam Ben Frank .... production assistant
Susan Lane .... script supervisor (as Susan E Lane)
Jeremy R. Littman .... executive story editor
Stephaney Lloyd .... assistant: Ed Sherin
Gene Ritchings .... production coordinator
Barry M. Schkolnick .... story editor
Michael Struk .... technical advisor
Anthony Azzara .... assistant accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dick Wolf  created by

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Additional Details

46 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Michael Imperioli appears as Limo Driver Johnny Stivers. He later appears in a 5 episode run as Detective Nick Falco.See more »
Miscellaneous: Guest star Michael Imperioli's last name is misspelled in the opening credits (as "Imperiola").See more »
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy:She told you someone showed her a trunk full of cocaine.
Frederick Scannel:Did she?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy:Yes, and I think it was your cocaine.
Frederick Scannel:And that's not very likely. I don't have any cocaine.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy:And you didn't like hearing that from some dizzy bimbo at a party.
Nance:Do you have a theory here, McCoy, or are you just spraying Cheez Whiz into the wind?
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Star Struck., 23 December 2012
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

A beautiful young model (not the "ugly old model" that Briscoe jokingly references) is found with her head bashed in and the detectives begin following the threads through several dead ends to the real murderer. Michael Imperioli plays the limo driver who is so hopelessly in love with the model, who is just using him as a source for cocaine, that he's forced by passion and by circumstance to kill her.

A slight problem I had with the story is that Michael Imperioli doesn't look particularly homely -- not as uninteresting in appearance as he's described by everyone as being -- although his job as a limousine driver is definitely working against his sex appeal. Imperioli is dark and has even features. He's a little shorter than the other principles but Alan Ladd was short too. So was Mickey Rooney, and he married Ava Gardner.

The plot itself isn't outstanding, meaning that it's up to par for this above-average series. Suspects and relatives come and go. But the idea of a pointless, desperate, hopeless love for someone who is unattainable ought to strike a resonant chord in many of us. You know, worshiping from afar? (I wonder whatever happened to Kathy Hall, that cheerleader in my high school. Oh, those pom poms!)

It's interesting too because the victim, the model, is described at first as ambitious but otherwise perfectly normal. It's only in the course of the story's development that her bitchy and dissolute qualities become apparent. I appreciate that kind of very human ambiguity. It makes for a more mature product rather than a cartoon of good and evil.

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