Hitmen reach the last witness in the Russian mob case, which leads to the discovery of a money laundering scheme. And a related bomb scare at the police precinct forces McCoy to defy Schiff and go all out to prosecute the offenders.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carlton Radford
Carlton Radford's attorney
Terry Beaver ...
Defense Attorney Manning (as Terry L. Beaver)
Constantin Volsky
Omar Pinella
Sally-Jane Heit ...
Judge Alice Berksit
Paul Diomede ...
Jay Jay


The prosecutors case suffers a major setback when a hit man manages to infiltrate the safe house where their only witnesses were being kept. ADA Toni Ricci was killed as was 10 year-old Billy Woodson's mother but the boy survived and is in critical condition in hospital. Detectives Briscoe and Curtis are tasked to find the killers and focus on a young Latino couple who were seen entering the building. It turns out they are connected to Columbian drug dealers meaning the Russians and the Columbians are working together. They find that the Columbians are laundering their drug money through Russian banks. They launch a racketeering case against the Russian mobsters who are definitely playing hardball: they plant a large bomb in the police precinct. McCoy decides to play hardball as well. Written by garykmcd

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26 May 1999 (USA)  »

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Sam Waterston's, real-life son, James Waterston, plays the character of Dr. Shimo. See more »


A Russian character is given the name "Galina Krylov." The name is impossible. Krylov is one of many Russian names that show gender. Her name would be Galina Krylova. See more »


Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: This country has always been a beacon to the world for liberty and justice. That's why we keep our borders open. But we're also a beacon for another kind of people, for criminals and con men; we rely on the law to protect us from them. Sometimes, that's not enough. Do we need more law, less freedom? Do we cross out parts of the Constitution? I've learned that's not the answer. The answer is that each one of us is responsible to everyone else. Not one of us can afford to turn a blind eye. By ...
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Tense Episode
27 September 2014 | by (Stamford, CT) – See all my reviews

Make sure you watch part 1 to understand the ramifications of the case. After a brutal double homicide of an ADA and the mother of a witness the DA's office is forced to conduct an unorthodox investigation. Rather than looking at the hit men, they ultimately follow the money trail out of desperation to link suspects to multiple murders and enterprise corruption. Thematically, the episode speaks to the struggles of Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union as well the balance between personal freedom and security in the days before September 11th. McCoy defies DA Adam Schiff and treads on the Constitution to prosecute the Russian Mob, Drug Cartels, and money laundering American Banks. The closing moments of the episode show the lighter side of leads Lt. Van Buren and Det. Lennie Briscoe as Det. Rey Curtis bids them farewell in order to care for his wife battling MS.

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