A reporter, just back from Iraq, is shot in the back by a military-issue handgun. Did he put soldiers' lives at risk with his reporting, and was the shooting payback for it?


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Defense Attorney Stewart Griffin
Sgt. George Meacham
Gia Whitchurch
Conan McCarty ...
Lt. Colonel Doug Denton
Barry Boyd
Thomas Schall ...
Ted Lester


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the shooting of a television journalist, Frank Elliott, who was attacked outside a New York restaurant. They quickly determine that Elliott was shot by an army-issued weapon and they quickly identify a suspect. Elliott is an arrogant blow-hard who had only just returned from an assignment in Iraq where he was embedded with an army unit. Some men in the unit feel he gave away their position leading to the death of several men. Jack McCoy is determined not to let the publicity-seeking Elliott report on the trial but before he can go to trial himself, Elliott is arrested for treason. Written by garykmcd

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19 November 2003 (USA)  »

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The incident where Frank Elliott draws a crude map in the sand showing American troop deployments is loosely based on a real incident in Geraldo Rivera's embedment for Fox News during the Afghanistan/Iraq War. Geraldo had drawn a similar diagram while reporting for Fox News after which the Pentagon pulled his credentials and had him sent home, claiming that he had potentially given away the location of American troop. See more »


Frank Elliot is shot with an Army-issue M9 handgun, brought back from Iraq by a soldier on emergency leave. Soldiers going on leave from a combat zone are required to turn their weapons into their unit armorer before going on leave. Secondly, even if he tried to sneak it home without permission, he would not be able to get it past the thorough contraband search performed by Navy Customs in Kuwait. See more »


Dr. Binder: Afraid he won't be much help tonight.
Ed Green: He's gonna make it, though, right?
Dr. Binder: Bullet perforated his liver. He managed to seal it off, so as long as it doesn't go siptic on us, we should have him stabilized relatively soon.
Lennie Briscoe: We talking hours, days?
Dr. Binder: Mm, best guess, twenty-four, forty-eight hours. He's gonna be in a lot of pain, though. I don't know how long it'll be before he feels strong enough to talk.
Lennie Briscoe: Well, knowing Frank, it won't be that long.
Ed Green: Okay, that's not funny anymore.
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