Detectives suspect that a best-selling novelist was shot because she was having an affair with a married FBI agent who was helping her with research. It turns out that they have the right motive, but the wrong suspect.



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Episode credited cast:
Dean Tyler
Carolyn Tyler
Claude Hays
Tommy Valducci
P.K. Todd
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Director (as Keith Alan Benjamin)
Aaron James


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate a shooting where a well-known writer of mystery novels, P.K. Todd, is wounded and her business manager is killed. From the outset, Todd insists that she was the target and the police initially focus on any fans who may have written to her. They soon learn that a woman who identified herself as an FBI agent had been at Todd's hotel looking for her the night she was shot. The agent in question turns out to be Carolyn Tyler and the police immediately suspect that her husband Dean. also an FBI agent, was having an affair with the writer. He vehemently denies an affair and DAs McCoy and Carmichael realize they have it wrong: it's Carolyn who was having the affair. Dean is charged with murder and his defense is "psychosexual panic" resulting from the fact that his wife was having a lesbian affair. Written by garykmcd

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16 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


An author named P.K. Todd is shot. P.K. Todd is the real life writer of episode 11.4 ("Standoff"). See more »


The standard issue pistol of the FBI is the 40 caliber Glock, not the 9 millimeter Glock as stated by Detective Green. See more »


P.K. Todd: You see two women together, your reaction is one of two things: disgust, or "can I watch?"
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Now Is The Time To Panic!
4 October 2012 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

This has all the felicities of the usual episode but is a little more interesting than some, at least to me, viewing it as a shrink.

A well-known authoress is shot and wounded on the street, and a companion killed. Brisco and Green investigate and suspicion falls on an FBI agent, Tom Berenger, who own the weapon that fired the bullet. Evidence emerges that Berenger was having an affair with the writer. But, unexpectedly, phone records reveal that it was Berenger's wife who was intimate with the woman.

The defense claims "homosexual panic" as an excuse. There is a bit of argument in court, but it emerges that Berenger actually was seen somewhere else in the city at the time of the shooting, and Berenger's wife has an alibi too. So who did the shooting? Without going into more detail, Berenger pleads guilty to murder two and gets it in the neck in order to save the shooter.

"Homosexual panic" is (or was) a recognized emotional state of extreme arousal but was defined in psychiatry as the result of a sudden discovery that the person you are with is gay and may be making advances towards you. It wouldn't have held up in court because a panic doesn't include finding that your SPOUSE is bisexual and then shooting her lover hours later, with premeditation.

Tom Berenger isn't bad as the FBI agent. He never had a major career. He's rather like Treat Williams, just another guy who gets hired from time to time, a kind of utility player. Williams has range as an actor but is hobbled by his high, thin voice, suggestive of weakness. Berenger can't seem to shake a certain kind of sullen screen presence.

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