A deathbed confession reopens one of Fontana's old murder cases involving a young model, one in which he believed that the father was the killer. Branch and the father want the case to go away, but McCoy is bent on going to trial.

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A deathbed confession reopens one of Fontana's old murder cases involving a young model, one in which he believed that the father was the killer. Branch and the father want the case to go away, but McCoy is bent on going to trial.

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Jack McCoy: What the hell do you think you're doing, detective?
Detective Joe Fontana: Excuse me?
Jack McCoy: You promised Nick Zona a liquor license? And you didn't tell me about it?
Detective Joe Fontana: First of all, watch your tone. It's a little over the top for my liking. And as far as Nick Zona's concerned, I promised him nothing.
Jack McCoy: That's not what he thinks.
Detective Joe Fontana: I don't control what he thinks.
Jack McCoy: What did you tell him?
Detective Joe Fontana: I told him that if he told the truth, that I would help him out down the line. I also specifically said "I can't make promises."
Jack McCoy: You know I'm ...
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A most cold dish
15 September 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Shades of Jon Benet Ramsey. On his deathbed after being shot by a cop while getting away from a robbery, Art Fliakos confesses to a long unsolved homicide of a little girl during a home invasion. Before dying he says that a friend named Johnny was an accomplice. Who hears the confession, but the detective who couldn't make the case when it was fresh Dennis Farina.

So Farina and Jesse Martin have to follow through and the 'Johnny' they come up with is David Vadim. It's a weak case to be sure and Fred Dalton Thompson starts with the old Steven Hill maxim of let's cut a deal.

The father Raymond J. Barry who was for a time suspected of killing his daughter is most reluctant to help authorities especially Farina who was for a time looking at him. He's a man of conflicted emotions and he registers them all in his performance.

Justice is served somewhat although this one is a most cold dish.


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