A bounty hunter's murder in a motel room is connected to a journalist who may have fabricated a story about the criminal the bounty hunter was chasing.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Kellogg
Arnie Gleason
Cosette Alexander
Mark La Mura ...
Wesley Schultz
Karen Shallo ...
Mark Zimmerman ...


A bounty hunter's murder in a motel room is connected to a journalist who may have fabricated a story about the criminal the bounty hunter was chasing.

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1 October 2003 (USA)  »

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Loosely based on the case of Andrew Luster, heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune, who was charged with multiple counts of rape, sodomy and sexual assaults using date-rape drug GHB. He fled after posting $1 million bail and was convicted in absentia and sentenced to 124 years and a $1 million fine. He was apprehended in Mexico several months later. His sentence was reduced to 50 years; he is eligible for parole 2028. See more »


Dworkin comes into court late and introduces himself as Randall "K" instead of "J" See more »


Detective Ed Green: [holding blood-stained ashtray in hotel room] Looks like a couple of cracks to the skull with this did the trick.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: That's why I always get a non-smoking room.
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References Laverne & Shirley (1976) See more »

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Affirmative Action On Trial.
26 January 2013 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

Reuben Jackson is a clean-cut African American who, after a brief internship, has become a senior editor at a fictional New York newspaper. Alas, under pressure to excel, the guy has fabricated a story about having interviewed a murderer. A bounty hunter discovers the fraud and tries to blackmail the reporter, who kills him and tries to frame a hooker.

The defense attorney, Peter Jacobson, is a short and perfervid opponent of the affirmative action program that, he claims, put Jackson into a position in which he was forced to invent stories.

It's not an unfamiliar template for a plot on this series but it's been buffed and rearranged so that it doesn't resemble the earlier variations on the theme.

An interesting conversation -- two of them, in fact -- takes place between Jacobson and Waterston in a bar. McCoy describes himself as "color blind" but Jacobson asks if McCoy's daughter were to have a serious operation and McCoy could choose between two surgeons, identical in background except that one was white and one black, which would he choose? The question sounds penetrating but really isn't relevant to the case or to the perennial issue of racism. We'd all choose someone who resembled ourselves. At any rate, the question of affirmative action goes unanswered, as it should, but it has made a difference. I could give an example involving an African-American friend and co-author who was offered a fellowship at Princeton that involved doing nothing but showing up once in a while, but I worry that if I did I'd be accused of racism.

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