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"Law & Order" Girlfriends (1996)

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Original Air Date:
1 May 1996 (Season 6, Episode 20)
The death of a college student at her school library appears to be connected to her involvement in a co-ed prostitution ring. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
The World's Oldest Corrupt Enterprise. See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe

Benjamin Bratt ... Detective Rey Curtis

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy

Jill Hennessy ... A.D.A. Claire Kincaid

Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff

Dana Ivey ... Ms. Shore

Cara Buono ... Shelly Taggert
David Little ... Mitch Weiss

Joelle Carter ... Donna Richland
Doris Belack ... Judge Margaret Barry

Peter Van Wagner ... Jonathan Freeman

James Naughton ... Barry Taggert

Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Jim Bracchitta ... Jerold Spector
Maggie Burke ... Naomi Fleming

Ray Iannicelli ... Fred Pappas

Brad Beyer ... Jack Miniver
James A. Baffico ... Det. Scapelli (as James Baffico)
Pamela Burrell ... Mary Kaylin
Ross Bickell ... Burt Kaylin
Fred J. Scollay ... Judge Andrew Barsky
Reade Kelly ... Harry Ralston

Amy Sohn ... Myra
Erika Greene ... Susan
Blair Singer ... Mike
Larissa Thurston ... Lisa

Irene Glezos ... Female Grand Juror
Wiley Moore ... Officer Jones
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ashley Dru Douglass ... Actress

Steven Zirnkilton ... Narrator (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Christopher Misiano 
Writing credits
Dick Wolf (created by)

Ed Zuckerman (teleplay) &
Suzanne O'Malley (teleplay)

Ed Zuckerman (story) &
Jeremy R. Littman (story)

Produced by
Rene Balcer .... co-executive producer
Michael S. Chernuchin .... executive producer
Jim Ellis .... executive producer
Arthur W. Forney .... supervising producer
Billy Fox .... co-producer
Morgan Gendel .... co-producer
Lewis Gould .... producer (as Lewis H. Gould)
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... producer (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Edwin Sherin .... executive producer (as Ed Sherin)
Dick Wolf .... executive producer
Ed Zuckerman .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Richard Dobbs 
Film Editing by
Neil Felder  (as Neil L. Felder)
Casting by
Suzanne Ryan 
Production Design by
Richard Bianchi 
Art Direction by
Fred Kolo 
Set Decoration by
Betsy Klompus 
Costume Design by
Jennifer von Mayrhauser 
Makeup Department
Victor DeNicola .... key hair stylist (as Victor DeNicola Jr.)
Craig Lyman .... makeup department head
Production Management
David DeClerque .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gina Randazzo .... first assistant director
Mary Rae Thewlis .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kenneth Albanese .... construction coordinator
Fred Chalfy .... property master
Tom Conway .... set dresser (as Eoghan Conway)
T.J. Horan .... set dresser
Robin McAllister .... assistant property master
Thomas Hudson Reeve .... set dresser
Linda Skipper .... scenic charge
John W. Farraday .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeffrey Kaplan .... sound effects editor
Kevin Meehan .... boom operator
David Platt .... sound mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jessica Burstein .... still photographer
Bob Gambardella .... best boy (as Robert Gambardella)
Richard C. Kerekes .... dolly grip (as Richard Kerekes)
William Klayer .... gaffer
Carl Peterson .... key grip
John Sosenko .... camera operator
David S. Tuttman .... assistant camera (as David Tuttman)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Winsome G. McKoy .... assistant wardrobe (as Winsome McKoy)
Anne Steinbauer .... key wardrobe
Editorial Department
Ron Nichols .... colorist: digital remastering
Music Department
Libby Pedersen .... music editor
Transportation Department
Bill Curry Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Moshe Bardach .... location manager
Karen Blythe .... assistant: Dick Wolf
Eric DelaBarre .... executive assistant
Park Dietz .... technical advisor (as Dr. Park Dietz)
William N. Fordes .... technical advisor
Adam Ben Frank .... production assistant
Susan Lane .... script supervisor (as Susan E. Lane)
Jeremy R. Littman .... executive story editor
Stephaney Lloyd .... assistant: Ed Sherin
Gene Ritchings .... production coordinator
Barry M. Schkolnick .... story editor
Michael Struk .... technical advisor
Anthony Azzara .... assistant accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dick Wolf  created by

Produced by
Morgan Gendel .... co-producer (1995-1996)
Peter Giuliano .... producer (2004-2006)
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Jack McCoy:[referring to Barry Taggert] So this was a full-service family business? He provided the shoes; his daughter provided her friends?See more »
Movie Connections:
References "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965)See more »


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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The World's Oldest Corrupt Enterprise., 23 December 2012
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is an unusually absorbing episode, not just because of the peculiar legal shenanigans, which are instructive in themselves, but because of the interpersonal dynamics.

A young woman is found dead on the floor of a college library and Brisco and Curtis uncover a prostitution ring in the course of their investigation. The victim was one of four college girls selling their wares for four hundred dollars a pop.

It began when the ring leader's father, who owns a high-end shoe store, began sending the girls to his clients to provide entertainment for them. The ring leader, played skillfully by Cara Buono, reasoned -- quite logically -- that what usually happened is that the buyers took them to an expensive play, bought them and expensive dinner, and then bedded them. So why not "skip the boring play" and just get the four hundred up front? Buono's father, James Naughton, a face familiar to television commercial aficionados, "is cool" with all this because, what the hell, the girls all wear his Chinese red Gucci Puccis when they go on their dates. It's good for business. Moreover it's bringing in some money for Cara Buono, who splits the four hundred with the other girls, and Naughton himself had been boffing the murder victim while buying her expensive chingaderas. This gets the daughter a little jealous -- or something. The motives get a little murky hereabouts. In any case, Cara Buono has a spat with the victim in the library and one of them winds up accidentally dead. PS: It is the victim who winds up dead.

Buono, now a suspect, flees to Switzerland overnight to escape arrest. But because the shoe company has been providing the girls, Naughton is arrested on charges of enterprise corruption, which is evidently a creative application of the act. It gets a little more twisted. Buono is tried and released for the murder of one of her hookers, but Dad is arrested once again for enterprise corruption and is about to be sent to prison. I know. It's confusing in print. McCoy remarks to Naughton that if his daughter is as generous with him as he's been with her, maybe she'll visit him in the slams. Buono turns to him and says earnestly, "Dad -- you know I will." And when Dad and the cops are gone, she smiles after them, satisfied with the outcome, with having put one over on the justice system. It's a very neat and ambiguous final shot, one of the things that made this such an unusual series.

Final observation. Okay, these girls are being paid $400 for a night's work. When I was in high school, I approached two similar stunners of college age in Greenwich Village and, out of curiosity, asked the going price for the same service. It was $50 each, which was a lot of cash in 1952. However, I just looked this up on the US Census site, and the price of a working girl's services has gone up eightfold in the intervening years, while the Producer's Price Index has risen by a factor of only 4.3. In other words, the girls in this story were charging almost double in 1998 what their counterparts were charging in 1952. Well, of course we were just a bunch of working-class hoodlums, not shoe buyers. Yet, I'm now happy that that filthy ring of wholesome-looking whores was broken up. They should all go to jail and be expelled from college. Nobody should be permitted to charge that much, legally or otherwise. Shoe buyers may disagree.

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