A man and a woman rob a nightclub and a deli, killing the owner. When they're caught, the woman claims she was forced to participate against her will.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Harlan
Anne Twomey ...
Mrs. Harlan
Angela (as Ariyãn Johnson)
Michael Mirvis
Sally Napoli
Sal Franks


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate a shooting at a nightclub during a robbery. A man and a woman came into the bar in ski masks and in the shooting that erupted, at least two people were killed. The manager, Helen Shane, is also missing. They've barely begun to work at the scene when they get another call that a man and a woman in ski masks have robbed a Korean deli 12 blocks away and killer the clerk. They have CCTV footage from the deli but forensics points them in the direction of Leon Trapp who is shot by a store keeper. They arrest his girlfriend Leslie Harlan who claims Trapp kidnapped her 6 months ago and forced her to participate in his crime spree. ADA McCoy decides to charge Leslie with four counts of murder. Written by garykmcd

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8 November 1995 (USA)  »

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This episode is based on Patty Hearst. See more »


The crime scene is the Vivant Room - a bar. The name is referred to frequently during the investigation and trial, yet when the detectives return to the scene of the crime for more information, it is labeled the Velvet Room. In the original airing, the actors did say "Velvet Room" but it was re-dubbed to "Vivant Room" for future airings. But the label was not changed. See more »


Detective Lennie Briscoe: You know, Rey, if you ever left the police department, you could have a hell of a career as an egg timer.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Tick Tock (2011) See more »

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Fast-paced start, solid finish
2 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode continues L&O Season 6's commitment to more action, apparently, with what I think is the first of several "ticking clock" episodes from this time period. The plot involves a male-female team of desperadoes (both white of course, making the season 5-for-5 now in documenting the Caucasian menace) robbing night clubs and stores in Manhattan. They are out of control, have apparently abducted a woman from one of their robberies, and the police mobilize big time.

The detective portion of the show is fast-paced and concludes with a dramatic scene at the arrest of the duo. All of this fast-paced action was designed to be crowd pleasing, and it sure was. What makes this episode memorable is that it's all done in a realistic (for television) way, with no real absurdities to distract you from the compelling police pursuit.

In the legal portion of the show, we learn that the female member of the pair was abducted from her family's estate and claims to have been forced into the crimes by her violent abductor. This was actually done very well too, mixing an interesting story with some vintage L&O courtroom drama. It's basically believable and shows why L&O was pretty darned good, at least compared to nearly any other courtroom show like Mattlock where the bad guy will probably make a spontaneous confession on the stand or something absurd. This L&O episode has a particularly good example of the series general commitment to pretty darned good and realistic enough courtroom drama.

Really, I'd forgotten how solid this episode was. This is not just a "ripped from the headlines", L&O-does-Patty-Hurst... it's a fine, original drama from beginning to end.

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