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McCoy becomes suspicious of a former police officer and current true crime writer investigating the death of a controversial rock singer, when the singer's wife is killed.



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Episode credited cast:
Anita Van Buren
Det. Mike Foster
Jeremy Cook
Travis Jones
Rain Bridgeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judge Rebecca Steinman
Dru Hunt
David W. Butler ...
Howard Rumsfeld
Dyron Holmes ...
Carter Newton
George Newton ...
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Investigating the death of a rock band singer who had large amounts of cocaine and heroin in her system, the detectives question a former boyfriend who was a disgruntled band mate of her late husband. The prosecutors are hampered by the actions of a retired detective, who worked a case with Briscoe several years back, turned writer whose unconventional research tactics makes him a suspect as well. Written by Anonymous

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16 October 2002 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


D.A. Arthur Branch asks, "Since when does freedom of the press apply only to the nattering nabobs of negativism?" This is a phrase used by former Vice-President of the United States Spiro Agnew (reportedly created by speech writer William Safire). See more »


Asked by Briscoe how long his father was on the job [as a police officer], McCoy says "Twenty-two years." But in Aftershock (6x23), McCoy says his father walked a beat for 35 years. See more »


Detective Lennie Briscoe: Neighbors said this used to be home to one of those flat screen TVs.
Detective Ed Green: Man, those things go for like 6 grand!
Detective Lennie Briscoe: For 6 grand, it should make coffee and do the dishes.
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Please tell me she's got her name and address tattooed somewhere.
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In a factory in charge of recycling papers from all the dumpsters in the Big Apple, a young driver in his first day of work dropped off his truck a dead body, shot dead by a bullet to the head. The victim was a well-known female rockstar, still active: her brand-new single was about to come out after five years. She got in and out of a rehab and the night in question she paid a visit to a bandmate, looking for some dope. She received a lot of hatred mail by fans, because public hold her responsible for her boyfriend (a renowned rockstar as well) death, occurred some time before and considered as suicide by the authority. Detectives were initially in a bind and a former detective, now a private eye and successful writer, help them finding evidences he had, even if he broke the law to take them. A drummer, fallen apart for being cutting off from the band five years before, is the prime suspect, but McCoy is not so sure...

We see in this episode an argument between Briscoe (always ready to protect fellow cops) and McCoy ("So arrest me"). The private detective (Tony Lo Bianco) have learnt the main rule in show business: "any publicity is good publicity".

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