Law & Order: Season 7, Episode 5

Corruption (30 Oct. 1996)

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To avoid the consequences of a bad shooting, a corrupt police officer makes a deal to cooperate with a commission investigating police corruption. During his testimony, he accuses Briscoe of stealing drugs after an arrest.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. John Flynn
Betty Abrams
Don Billett ...
Ed Richter - Attorney for Flynn
Det. Andy Sullivan
IAB Detective
Club Bahia Hostess
Richie Morales
Lt. Kenny Edwards
Judge Lawrence Hellman


An officer-involved shooting during a drug sting turns out to be a murder for hire ordered my a major drug trafficker. During his testimony in front of a corruption tribunal, the officer accuses Briscoe of stealing evidence in a case several years earlier. Written by Anonymous

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Remade as the Law & Order UK episode "Honour Bound" (Season 2, Episode 6). See more »


A.D.A. Jamie Ross: [after asking lawyer to divulge a privileged secret] I'd definitely owe you one.
Gary Gaviola: As a D.A., or the best-looking women to ever set foot in this office?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: As a D.A.
Gary Gaviola: [pause] What's the question again?
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Did Spence admit stealing evidence against Hector Garcia from the property room at the 116?
Gary Gaviola: I'm gonna get up and open the door for you. If I don't fall and break my arm on the way over there, then you can assume my deceased client confessed to the crime in question.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Honour Bound (2009) See more »

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19 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode belongs to both Jerry Orbach and to guest star Kevin Conway who puts Briscoe in a real jackpot. Benjamin Bratt's sense of outrage helps a lot as well.

Both Briscoe and Curtis are put on a drug raid in the charge of Conway who is a veteran cop who has some history with Briscoe. During the course of a confrontation with a known drug dealer Conway pulls out his weapon and shoots him dead.

Cops are supposed to back each other up and Orbach accepts Conway's version, but Bratt will not say he saw something there he didn't see like the victim reaching for a weapon. When it turns out that Conway himself is corrupt and was doing an execution for a drug lord he in turn accuses Briscoe of past corruption.

Not to law enforcement though, to one of those citizen crime commissions headed by an arrogant, self righteous Josef Sommer. Sommer is great himself, he reminded me of John McIntire's character in The Asphalt Jungle.

But Conway who is a true snake is a wonder to watch in this story. Viewers know that Lennie Briscoe has his flaws, but is honest and we feel for Orbach and the jackpot he's put in by a really dirty cop and an arrogant citizen looking for headlines.

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