Briscoe and Logan catch three unrelated homicide cases in one shift: an aspiring actor shot in his car, a Lorena Bobbitt copycat who killed her husband, and a grocery store owner killed in a robbery.

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Detectives Briscoe and Logan have a rough shift when they catch a series of unrelated murders. All Briscoe hopes for is that he'll get out of the shop to make to the Knicks/Rockets basketball game that evening. The first killing is the shooting of man in a parked car. Later in the day there's a virtually identical shooting and they fear they may have a serial killer on their hands. In their next case, they arrest a woman who has cut off her cheating husband's genitals. The third murder involves a violent drug user. After they make their arrests it turns out that one of them is innocent. That person won't make it out of Riker's Island jail alive. Written by garykmcd

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One of the cases the police investigate was based on the Lorena Bobbitt case. Lorena Bobbitt's relationship with her husband John Wayne Bobbitt made world-wide headlines on June 23, 1993 when Lorena cut off her husband's penis with a knife while he was asleep in bed. Lorena claimed that her husband cheated on her and then at some point after her husband had come home and gone to sleep, Lorena got out of bed and went to the kitchen. Grabbed a knife and entered their bedroom, where John was sleeping, and removed the entire penis at its base. After this, Lorena left the apartment with the severed appendage and drove away in her car. After a while, she opened the car window and threw it into a field. After realizing the severity of her crime, however, she stopped and called 9-1-1. John's penis was found after an exhaustive search, and it was reattached in the hospital where he was being treated. The operation took nine and a half hours but managed to be reattached in the end. Meanwhile Lorena was arrested and later during her trial, the jury found Lorena not guilty due to insanity causing an irresistible impulse to sexually wound John. As a result, she could not be held liable for her actions. Under state law, the judge ordered her to undergo a 45-day evaluation period at Central State Hospital, located in Petersburg, Virginia, after which she would be released. In 1995, after six years of marriage, John and Lorena divorced. See more »

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[regarding a case where the wife cut her husband's penis off]
Lt. Anita Van Buren: She might as well have put it through the heart.
Det. Mike Logan: That's not very compassionate.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: What kind of life is this guy gonna have without... you know?
Det. Mike Logan: Maybe he's got some other life-long pursuits.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Like what? You think he plays the clarinet?
Det. Mike Logan: I hope he plays the clarinet.
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Multiple Focuses.
24 November 2010 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

This episode has three narrative threads, each of them up to the usual standards of the series' early years -- which is to say, pretty good. It's unclear why the writers decided not to go with the usual formula, which begins with a murder and leads the police into the internal milieu of some business or social organization.

As it stands, it looks as if there were three ideas and none of them, by themselves, could fill the entire time slot. I guess the A story has to do with some serial killer wielding a magnum and killing strangers. The detectives turn up some pale, chubby, slug-like mother's boy who works in a flower shop. The DA's office charges him and jails him, despite his protestations of innocence. He turns out to be not guilty. The reason he couldn't account for his whereabouts at the time of the murders was that he was staying with his boyfriend but was reluctant to admit it. Before he can be released, he's stabbed to death by another prisoner with a sharpened tooth brush. When Brisco and Logan are told about it, they look unhappily at each other, shrug, and walk away.

A viewer looking for sentiment won't find it here, and there's little enough of it in any other episode. A wife has an argument with her husband, cuts off his genitals, beans Logan with a frying pan, the man dies on the way to the hospital, and the entire incident is treated rather as a joke. The wife, Narducci, gives a spot-on performance of an outraged working-class Italian wife.

I prefer the more focused and intricate episodes that take us into the bowels of some obscure business or the intrigues of ethnic communities. "Columbo" investigates misdeeds among the high-end, "Dragnet" rarely got out of the arid middle class except for some forays into the Hippie subculture, but the characters of "Law and Order" are drawn from all social strata and usually pinned like butterflies. And the heavies are not always rich white people.


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