Law & Order: Season 5, Episode 16

Wannabe (15 Mar. 1995)

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The murder of an admissions board member for a prestigious prep school is connected to the expulsion of a subway worker's son. But a false confession and a school cover-up make prosecuting the responsible parties difficult.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Dwyer
Nathan Barclay
Bruce Kirkpatrick ...
Tom Harrigan
Graham Sack ...
Colin Harrigan
Leslie Denniston ...
Mrs. Prescott
Dr. Stephen Prescott
Doris Belack ...
Stewart Barclay (as Matthew Thomas Carey)
Mrs. Harrigan


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of Bill Prescott an accountant with a major New York firm. He was shot just outside of his in-laws home as he was arriving for a party. They're able to rule out a mugging as no one took his wallet. Prescott was in the process of negotiating with a union over downsizing at a failing airline. That goes nowhere but ballistics give them enough information on the gun to lead them to Tom Harrigan, a subway worker whose son was recently expelled from a posh private school where Prescott served on the board of governors. Harrigan confesses to the killing but ADA McCoy isn't certain they have the right person behind bars. Written by garykmcd

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The subway scenes were filmed at the World Trade Center PATH Station which was filling in for the Park Place Subway Station. See more »


Has a criminal leaving a gun on the subway tracks of the 7 train, "near the Brooklyn Bridge station". The 7 train does not stop at, or anywhere near, the Brooklyn Bridge. See more »


Barclay: He and his father, they're all alike with their Irish temper. They lose control and next thing you know you have a murder.
Jack McCoy: Oh, Harrigan did it because he's a Mick. Det. Logan's a Mick. I'm a Mick, sir and if you don't shut up, I'll lose control and throw you out of the room.
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Stand Up Kid
21 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This was truly a heart wrenching episode of Law And Order showing quite clearly what money and privilege can buy you in this society. A well to do CPA is shot and killed on the steps of his Upper East Side townhouse and after some investigation by Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth they determine his death didn't arise from his job.

It arouse from a sideline, the man is on the Board of Trustees of Chase Academy his son's prep school. He recently was involved in an expulsion of a young kid from a working class background whose father is track inspector for the Transit Authority. While inspecting track he found a weapon that was used in the commission of a convenience store robbery.

The father Bruce Kirkpatrick was one colossal fool. Instead of turning that in to his supervisor he takes it home and his young son Graham Sack gets a hold of it. Turns out young Mr. Sack became something of a celebrity waving and displaying that piece around and letting some of his so called friends including Matthew Carey the son of Boyd Gaines the head of the admission's committee.

So when the rich folks whose kids mostly attend the school and the committee that Gaines heads decide on punishment it's the working class kid Sack who takes the fall with the expulsion. The others including Carey isn't touched.

Bruce Kirkpatrick and his son are both stand up people in spite of being colossally dumb, Kirkpatrick for not turning in the weapon and Sack for displaying to intimidate the preppies. Both look out for each other in this situation and preppies and their parents look out for themselves. It's heartbreaking and it's tragic because nothing will happen to them who were so shameless in the way they treated the track inspector and his son.

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