Law & Order: Season 11, Episode 21

Brother's Keeper (9 May 2001)

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Briscoe and Green are suspicious of two FBI agents who provide an alibi for an Irish mobster suspected of murder. The case is further complicated by the murder of a witness and the emergence of the mobster's lookalike brother.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cally Lonegan / Professor Donald Lonegan
FBI Agent Ron Innes
Leland Gantt ...
FBI Agent Jeff Washington
Scott Tobias
Teagle F. Bougere ...
Sebastian Waziri
Darla Watley
Stephen Rowe ...
Kevin Flynn
Sally Jaspers


Briscoe and Green are investigating a murder and they learn the victim had dealings with a known criminal. They find a witness who says the criminal was there when the man was killed. But he has an alibi; he was with two FBI agents. And when the witness is killed, Green sets out to get the criminal. And when a witness says the criminal was the one who killed the witness they try to find him. They eventually find the man and arrest him at his brother's and discover that the brother resembles the criminal. And they later learn that the man who was killed was responsible for the brother's daughter's death. So who killed who. Written by

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9 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Cally Lonegan is based on Whitey Bulger. See more »


Green shows Waziri the picture of Cally Lonegan and warns him against the latter, and Waziri promises to be careful. However, he allows Lonegan into his cab, even though he knows who he is, and ends up dead because of that amazing carelessness. See more »

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8 March 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The death of sporting goods salesman with ties to the west side Irish gang is the case that Jesse Martin and Jerry Orbach are assigned in this story. This episode is one that Jesse Martin shines in as well as guest star Michael O'Keefe playing a deadly, but charming Irish crime boss.

The investigation shows the deceased was also a drug dealer and sold some junk that caused the death of his niece. That sure gives motive, very personal motive. But identification will be a big problem because the victim's father who is an upstate college professor is O'Keefe's younger brother who is also played by O'Keefe.

You almost hope that O'Keefe gets away with it but for the fact that an innocent cabdriver is killed, an African immigrant played by Teagle Bougere who was persuaded by Martin to come forward and give testimony. His death sets Martin on edge and the audience someone pays for all this.

O'Keefe the gangster leads a charmed life with law enforcement and there are a couple of FBI agents responsible for it. One of them Robert John Burke has a lot of history going back with the brothers O'Keefe.

There's justice of a sort in the end, but for all the wrong reasons.

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