Law & Order: Season 7, Episode 12

Barter (12 Feb. 1997)

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Detectives believe that a murder victim may have been mistaken for another target. But when the actual target is also killed, they discover that a loan shark had taken out a life insurance policy on her.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sam 'Bunny' Russo
Steven Tashjian
Enrique Flores
Flores' Defense Attorney Tucker
Susan Tashjian
Scotty Bloch ...
Mrs. Ganz
Meg Mundy ...
Harriet Keenan
Tom Brennan ...
Mr. Art Ganz
Cynthia Darlow ...
Kay Jensen


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Shelley Ganz who is found in her coop's parking garage shot in the back. Ganz was a financial analyst and apparently well-liked by everyone. She did work as the treasurer for her coop building but the police are unable to find any resident - or prospective resident - who might have an ax to grind. The do note that one of her neighbors, Susan Tashjian, bears a striking resemblance to the dead woman and wonder if she might have been the intended target. When she's gunned downed a few days later, it's obvious they were right. They quickly find the shooter and a pattern that leads them to unsolved murders. The common thread among all the victims is that they owed money to the Beechwood Loan Company owned by Sam "Bunny" Russo - who also had insurance policies on all of the victims. Written by garykmcd

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When the detectives are interviewing the victim's husband in the interrogation room, a bald man with a beard holding a boom microphone is reflected in the interrogation room mirror. See more »


A.D.A. Jamie Ross: You knew all along Tashjian killed Kaiser, didn't you?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Don't worry: I'm not going to run to the Ethics Committee.
Jack McCoy: I didn't know with absolute certainty. One way or another, I had to get Tashjian on the stand.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Well, hats off!
Jack McCoy: Sometimes you have to make deals with the devil.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Just as long as you don't get your eyebrows singed.
Jack McCoy: Anyway, Tashjian owed somebody half a million dollars. I'm sure they'll be around to collect it one of these days.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: And as for the Ethics Committee, you owe me one!
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Securing collateral
13 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

George DiCenzo dominates this Law And Order episode as a Shylock without conscience who has found an almost full proof method of securing his loans. Even loan sharks occasionally take a loss with a bad investment. But DiCenzo has found a way to secure his collateral.

It's very simple he has the clients take out an insurance policy making his company with the innocent sounding name of Beechwood Loan Corporation the beneficiary. You don't pay you get killed and he makes back a lot of money on his investment. And the kicker is that if you are delinquent in your payments you can get a payment or three or a rise in interest forgotten.

It all starts to unravel for DiCenzo when Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt get a case of a woman killed with a shotgun blast to the back in the parking garage of her Co-op. A chance notice that she bears a resemblance to Dana Reeve who is later killed herself starts the whole investigation.

Big kudos should also go to Victor Argo as a man caught up in this insidious racket who did a couple of killings to get money shaved off his loan on his auto repair shop in the Bronx. He's both frightening and pitiful at the same time.

But you will not forget George DiCenzo as 'Bunny' Russo the loan shark with a twist.

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