Law & Order: Season 8, Episode 19

Disappeared (22 Apr. 1998)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A disturbed, self-righteous activist opposed to high-rent developments is wanted for the kidnappings of a property owner and two of his tenants. However, the D.A.'s office may have to renege on the deal made with his brother to find him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben O'Dell (as Ken Welsh)
Matthew O'Dell
Steve Mellor ...
Mr. Fetzer
Maggie Burke ...
Miss Ridley
Nathan Faber (as Lee Sellars)
Jack Ericson


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the disappearance of Paul and Donna Ericson. Their absence isn't noted until their 8 year-old son returned home on Sunday after spending the weekend away. The Ericsons were having a dispute with their condo developer Nathan Faber, but he too soon disappears. The police are now convinced they're the victims of a kidnapping and an anonymous note to a newspaper seems to confirm it. Ben O'Dell contacts the police to say that his brother Matt, who is mentally ill, is responsible. He turns him in on condition that he will not face the death penalty and Carrie agrees to take his mental health status into consideration. Matt however flatly refuses to be examined by a psychiatrist and his lawyer, Danielle Melnick, manages to get much of the evidence thrown out. Once found guilty, the question becomes the death penalty for someone who may want to die. Written by garykmcd

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22 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Coffee Shop Clerk: [Briscoe and Curtis are investigating the disappearance of a coffee shop owner] He usually likes to keep a close watch on the cash drawer, but he hasn't been around in a couple of days. Anyway, how about a free large latte on the house?
Det. Lennie Briscoe: Maybe for the kid here, but I'd like a regular coffee.
Coffee Shop Clerk: Okay, how would you like it?
Det. Lennie Briscoe: Uh, regular?
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References Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

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You two take a lot of liberties.
8 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting episode not just for the fact that the judge was the wife of the former Mayor of New York.

Ray (benjamin Bratt) refers to the printer on which the letters to the paper as a "garden variety bubble jet." He might as well had been talking about Commodore 64s or 5 1/4 inch floppies. Few people remember the bubble jet.

There is a lot of Unabomber in this as the brother turns in his brother hoping to save his life. Adam Schiff (Steven Hill) wants the death penalty, but Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) pulls a fast one so Jaime (Carey Lowell) could regain her credibility.

Good performances bu all, including Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach).

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