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"Law & Order" Return (2000)

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Original Air Date:
15 November 2000 (Season 11, Episode 5)
When a suspected murderer tries to seek shelter in Israel, the DA's office faces the difficult task of extraditing and trying him in New York while also satisfying the Jewish community. | Add synopsis »
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Possible spoilers for TWO episodes (11.5 and 13.11) See more (3 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe

Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy

Angie Harmon ... A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael

Dianne Wiest ... D.A. Nora Lewin

Evan Handler ... Eli Becker

Bruce Altman ... Brad Feldman
Sam Schacht ... Nathan Becker

Joe Maruzzo ... Sal Bonafiglio
David Wike ... Frank
Bruce Ornstein ... Lev Berenson
Lynne Charnay ... Rose Caplan

Rick D. Wasserman ... David Caplan (as Rick Wasserman)

Laurie Heineman ... Sylvia Becker
Danny Maseng ... Consulate General for Israel (as Don T. Maseng)
Matthew Dixon ... Eddie Novello

Antone Pagan ... Ronnie Ortega
Kevin Rennard ... Toreador

Alicia Brockwell ... Sugar
Sol Frieder ... Rabbi #1
Morris S. Friedman ... Rabbi #2 (as Rabbi M. Friedman)

Robert Levine ... Rabbi #3
Joel Leffert ... Jerry Belichek
Elizabeth Martin ... Store Manager
Robert Alexander Owens ... Hal Bates
Lucille Rivin ... Passport Worker
Patrick Frederic ... Locksmith
Robert Harte ... Student #1
Gerry Rosenthal ... Student #2
Johnny Lancaster ... Student #3
Phyllis Bash ... Judge Jensen

Brian Dykstra ... CSU Officer
E. Patrick Corbett ... Bartender
Floyd Resnick ... Sergeant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steven Zirnkilton ... Narrator (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Stephen Wertimer  (as Steve Wertimer)
Writing credits
Dick Wolf (created by)

Aaron Zelman (written by)

Produced by
William M. Finkelstein .... executive producer
William N. Fordes .... producer
Arthur W. Forney .... co-executive producer
Lewis Gould .... producer (as Lewis H. Gould)
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... co-executive producer (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Kati Johnston .... producer
Gary Karr .... producer
Lynn Mamet .... producer
Kathy McCormick .... co-executive producer
Kathy O'Connell .... associate producer
Arthur Penn .... executive producer
Barry Schindel .... supervising producer
Richard Sweren .... co-executive producer
Dick Wolf .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Constantine Makris 
Film Editing by
David Siegel  (as David J. Siegel)
Casting by
Suzanne Ryan 
Production Design by
Robert Thayer 
Art Direction by
C.J. Simpson 
Set Decoration by
Edward Briggs 
Costume Design by
Jennifer von Mayrhauser 
Makeup Department
Sandy DeBlasio .... hair supervisor
Patricia Regan .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Kati Johnston .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacey Beneville .... second assistant director
Daniel Lowe .... dga trainee
Mary Rae Thewlis .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tom Conway .... set dresser (as Eoghan Conway)
Julie Dubrow .... assistant props
Daniel Fisher .... stand-by set dresser
John Grimolizzi .... construction coordinator
Candis Heiland .... assistant property master
T.J. Horan .... set dresser
Thomas Hudson Reeve .... set dresser
Linda Skipper .... scenic charge
Ron Stone .... property master
John W. Farraday .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeffrey Kaplan .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Robert Taz Larrea .... boom operator
Karl Wasserman .... sound utility
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Eli Aronoff .... assistant camera
Jessica Burstein .... still photographer
Jeremy Hill .... best boy
William Klayer .... gaffer
Carl Peterson .... key grip
Peter Reniers .... camera operator
Jeremy Schroeder .... best boy grip
Steven Search .... assistant camera
Miles Strassner .... dolly grip
Jerome Williams .... second assistant camera
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Fleet Emerson .... extras casting
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Wendy M. Roberts .... casting associate
Claire Traeger .... casting associate
Ali Merhi .... extras casting director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Bernstein .... assistant costume designer
Michael Fisher .... wardrobe assistant
Anne Steinbauer .... key wardrobe
Music Department
Libby Pedersen .... music editor
Transportation Department
Bill Curry Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Cynthia Balfour .... script supervisor
Crista Barrasso .... location coordinator
Wendy Battles .... executive story editor
Kelsey Biggs .... office production assistant
Elizabeth Carlton Chase .... coordinator of production: Studios USA (as Elizabeth Carlton)
Bridget Clark .... location manager
Park Dietz .... technical advisor (as Dr. Park Dietz)
Nora Elcar-Verdon .... script co-ordinator
Paul Manilla .... production accountant
Lydia Mayberry .... assistant: Dick Wolf (as Lydia Mayberry Friedman)
Gene Ritchings .... production coordinator
Cheryl D. Sims .... payroll accountant
Michael Struk .... technical advisor
Matt Witten .... story editor
Anthony Azzara .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Eli Becker was born on January 5, 1965.See more »
Jack McCoy:He pleads to murder two. No special circumstances, no death penalty. Twenty to life, and he serves it in an Israeli prison.
Nathan Becker:He must be under the impression they're winning.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael:That's a pretty high-stakes gamble if we are.
Brad Feldman:Twenty to life isn't exactly a generous offer.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael:Considering this is a murder for hire, I think it's exceedingly generous.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Possible spoilers for TWO episodes (11.5 and 13.11), 13 July 2010
Author: je77-761-754168 from Red Bluff CA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I think Midnight Raider is confusing this episode of Law & Order with one that aired in season 13 (episode 11, "Chosen"). While each episode deals with a Jewish suspect and makes specific focus on Isreal, the subplots and issues surrounding each case are very different.

"Return" revolves around a murder-for-hire suspect claiming the right of return to Isreal in order to avoid being arrested and prosecuted in Manhattan and McCoy's efforts extradite, while "Chosen" deals with the robbery and murder of a bookie whose money is sent to the Isreali cause, a motive the defense lawyer is certain will play well to a jury he packed with Jewish citizens (which neither McCoy nor Southerlyn realized until it was too late).

Both are typical McCoy going to the extreme to make his case.

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