Law & Order: Season 1, Episode 2

Subterranean Homeboy Blues (20 Sep. 1990)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A woman claims she shot two punks on a subway car in self-defense, but investigators and prosecutors are not sure that they believe her.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Di Biasi
Sam Gray ...
Akili Prince ...
Darnell 'Chenault'
Alexandra Gersten ...
Abby Diamond
Barbara Caruso ...
Dwayne McClary ...
Michael Jones


Detectives Max Greevy and Mike Logan investigate the shooting of two young African-Americans on a crowded subway train. There are several witnesses to the shooting leading them to hospital technician Laura Di Biasi, a one-time dancer who had to give up her career as a dancer after a violent assault some years before. She doesn't deny the shooting but is claiming self-defense as she was afraid of being raped by the two men. The police conclude that she may have been out to deliberately avenge her earlier attack against anyone and Executive ADA Stone agrees to charge her with murder. He realizes however that should he lose the case, it will be sending New Yorkers a message that it's okay to shoot and ask questions later. Written by garykmcd

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This episode is based on a real case about Bernard Goetz the subway vigilante who shoot four young black men in a Manhattan subway who threatened to rob Goetz. See more »


The dates shown are in the middle of February. On the wall of the hospital administrator's office when the detectives are talking to him, the calendar shows March 1999. See more »


Executive A.D.A. Benjamin "Ben" Stone: Do you have any other personal views on this subject you'd like to air before we walk into court and Ms. Shambala Green hands us our asses on a platter?
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The Bernhard Goetz case
12 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Bernhard Goetz became in some eyes an urban folk hero when some punks picked on him during a desultory subway ride in the Eighties and he shot four of them. In this episode from the first season of Law And Order the number of victims became only two and the perpetrator became a former dancer played by Cynthia Nixon. A dancer I might add who lost her former profession because of an encounter on a subway when she was not armed.

Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks have one hard road in trying to convict a very appealing perpetrator. As in the Goetz case you could have argued it from many aspects on both sides. Unlike in the Goetz case, Nixon did not try to exploit the notoriety.

Making her first appearance in a Law And Order episode in what was the second episode of the series was Lorraine Toussaint as Shambala Greene who became one of the regular floating defense attorneys who left the show when Moriarty did. Toussaint did make one appearance with a client when Sam Waterston took over. She was tough and passionate in her client's behalf, definitely a woman I want defending me if I'm really innocent. She's worth watching the show for herself.

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