A Greek immigrant jewelry store owner kills two robbers and claims self defense. However, it is soon questioned whether his actions went beyond self defense and crossed into revenge and murder.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
George Costas
Paul Butler ...
Judge Edmond Francis
Marissa Chibas ...
Christina Costas
Alex Drakos
Frank Savino ...
Nick Fortas
Robert Hirschfeld ...
Detective Morelli
Christine Farrell ...


Detectives Cerreta and Logan investigate the shooting of two young men. They were known small-time drug dealers and one had convictions for armed robberies. They focus on one particular shopkeeper, George Costas, after part of his story doesn't check out. They subsequently learn that he was previously involved in shooting a robber and was something of a local hero as a result. It turns out the two dead men did try to rob him and he did shoot them. Costas however then reloaded his gun and ran after them outside his store to finish them. The question for the jury is whether Costas was simply acting in self-defense or whether he's a murderer. Written by garykmcd

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11 November 1992 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The brand of the camera Mr. Costas installed in his shop was called Tracon. In the episode entitled Trust, that was the name of the drug blamed for Jamie Maser's behavior in the shooting death of his friend. See more »


Judge Morris Torledsky: Your case is like a bad haircut!
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References Death Wish (1974) See more »

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Role reversal from victim to perpetrator
1 August 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's fairly obvious that Bernard Goetz the subway vigilante was the inspiration for this story. If you'll recall that was the inoffensive looking man whom four thugs decided to hassle on the IRT. He was packing a weapon and was going to be ready when these four picked on him.

Goetz might have walked completely if he hadn't pumped an extra bullet into one of them while he was prone. That reversed Goetz's role from hero to perpetrator in an instant.

Something similar happens here as two brothers rob Greek immigrant Adam Arkin's store and pay with their lives. Forensics yields a similar story to Goetz.

It's this that catches Chris Noth's attention and later Paul Sorvino who was initially a supporter of Arkin gets converted. It won't be any easier for Michael Moriarty to get a conviction than it was for the NY County DA for the real Goetz.

You'll have to check this one out.

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