Law & Order: Season 2, Episode 1

Confession (17 Sep. 1991)

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Sgt. Greevey is murdered and an angry Det. Logan pressures a confession out of the killer. Prosecutors struggle to allow the confession to be used in court.

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The DA's office has a major grand jury investigation underway on corruption and theft in the construction industry. The night before Det. Sgt. Max Greevy is to testify, he is gunned down at home in his driveway. Needless to say, Logan is upset and partnered with Det. Phil Cerreta, looks for what they and the DA's office believe must have been a leak from a member of the grand jury. When it turns out the jury foreman may have told his son of Greevy's upcoming testimony, Logan tracks him down and gets him to confess at gunpoint. There seems to be little doubt that the man is the one who killed Greevy but Logan's zealousness in getting the confession may result in the case being thrown out of court. Written by garykmcd

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Paul Sorvino joins the cast as Phil Cerreta in this episode. See more »

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In the opening credits after the Title, Carolyn McCormick's first name is misspelled as Carloyn. See more »

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[about Max Greevey's killer, who'd also considered trying to kill Max's wife]
Capt. Donald Cragen: 'Maybe threaten his old lady'... too bad he didn't take that route. Marie would have kicked his ass!
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Cops, Building Inspectors, Murderers, and Confessions.
21 November 2010 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

Man, this could be a splendid series when it was at its best, as it is here. As usual, the first half has to do with corruption and murder in the construction industry. In the course of the police investigation, Chris Noth's partner is executed and after the full-dress funeral, Noth tracks down the killer in a dark alley and forces him to confess by holding a pistol to his head and threatening to pull the trigger. Later, in the interrogation room, the murderer confesses in detail and provides corroborating evidence, if that's the word for telling the cops where the murder weapon is hidden. There's no doubt that he did it.

BUT -- Noth has blown the deal by coercing the original confession in the alley and so all subsequent evidence is inadmissible, maybe. The second half, again, as usual, deals with the prosecution's attempts to put a cop killer away despite the difficulties Noth has introduced into the case.

What I liked about the series is the way it captures the flavor of the streets of New York. (This is not sunny, smoggy Los Angeles, full of empty streets.) The city sizzles in the summer, is wet and chilly in the winter, and smells of diesel exhaust all year round.

Then, too, there are the police officers -- mostly wisecracking detached guys with their eyes on collars and careers. They're almost pitiless in their pursuit of bad guys. The program avoids showing any police brutality which, in my experience as a kid across the river, was taken for granted. And they get huffy if words like "corruption" or "on the pad" are used. If you want greater verisimilitude, see "Serpico." But all of this is done at a zippy pace. No time is given over to personal lives. There are jokes about Noth's girl friends and rueful references to Jerry Orbach's alcoholic past but nothing much is made of them. No dramatic musical score to hype things up. The legal stuff is explained in such a way that a layman can understand it either from the dialog or from the context in which it appears.

They did a nice job in the first few years, and this is a good example of how well it works.


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