Law & Order: Season 4, Episode 22

Old Friends (25 May 1994)

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The CFO of a baby food company is murdered, and the investigation leads to the Russian mob. Stone gets tough with a threatened witness after she commits perjury during the trial, and the consequences of that decision lead him to resign.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Ann Madsen
Steven Green
Doris Belack ...
Geoff Pierson ...
OCCB Investigator
Aaron Packard
Deborah Genninger ...
Joan Renkmeyer


The investigation into the killing of the CFO of a baby food company leads Briscoe and Logan directly to the Russian mob and its head, who now goes by the name Steven Green. When they arrest the shooter, ADA Stone isn't above manipulating his situation to get him to testify against Green. However, since no one can be found guilty solely on the testimony of an accomplice to the same crime, he desperately needs another witness. Ann Madsen had business dealings with Green and can testify to having seen the shooter in Green's office the day of the shooting. When it come to actually testifying however she changes her story, obviously in fear of her life. Stone makes it quite clear she will go to jail if she doesn't tell the truth but it leads to tragedy and forces Stone to make a major decision about his future. Written by garykmcd

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'Michael Moriarty' resigned in at the end of the fourth season after a long, loud battle of words with Attorney General Janet Reno, who was making efforts to censor television violence. He felt that NBC was trying to silence him when two talk show appearances on the network were pulled at the last moment and his role was reduced considerably in the fourth season episode, "Mayhem." Dick Wolf claims this was entirely coincidental. Moriarty claims he was forced into a situation where he had to resign. His character, EADA Ben Stone, also resigned on the show. After quitting the series, Moriarty moved to Canada where he considered forming a political party. See more »


D.A. Adam Schiff: I never thought I'd get a letter of resignation from you. I thought you'd be here long after I was gone.
[reveal to show he's talking to Ben Stone]
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Goodbye Ben Stone
4 July 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If Michael Moriarty hadn't gotten into that tiff with Janet Reno over TV violence who knows how many episodes more of Law And Order he might have done. Many a good Sam Waterston episode would have been his and who knows what direction Waterston's career might have taken? In any event the show got just as passionate a prosecutor.

The Chief Financial Officer of a baby food company is killed and the investigation by Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth lead to a Russian mob takeover. Allison Janney the head of the company was either clueless or just didn't want to know where that fresh infusion of money that her new partner brought. The partner is Victor Slezak, a Russian with an anglicized name.

The shooter is nabbed and he's caught dead bang with weapon. But connecting him to Slezak is not possible without Janney's testimony. She's frightened, but Moriarty wants to win this one bad. He wins but at a terrible price.

Note the appearance of Bob Dishy in the first several times as defense attorney Lawrence Weaver. Dishy was my favorite as an occasional lawyer for the accused, he even won a couple on the show.

This was Moriarty's last show and whatever you think of the rightness of his quarrel with Janet Reno you have to say he is a man of principle. This was a good farewell for Moriarty.

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