Law & Order: Season 7, Episode 20

We Like Mike (30 Apr. 1997)

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A good Samaritan's life is thrown into turmoil when he is accused of murder. And when Jack asks him to testify against the real killer, things only get worse for him.

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Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Matthew Sherman who is found by his sister shot to death in his car. She who had earlier been waiting for him in a nearby coffee shop. It has all the appearance of a mugging and the main suspect is a young man who had also been in the coffee shop briefly. They locate the man, Mike Bodack, at his wedding rehearsal dinner and he claims he had helped Sherman change a flat tire. When they find a drop of the victim's blood on his jacket they arrest him at his wedding. Bodack claims he saw a man with a snake tattoo on the back of his hand and the investigation leads them to Ricky Garcia but when most of the evidence is ruled inadmissible Garcia is out on the street. The only way they'll get a conviction is to have Bodack testify but he's proving to be a reluctant witness. Written by garykmcd

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D.A. Adam Schiff: Nice to know the entire criminal justice system rises or falls on the decency of a Mike Bodack.
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Ordinary Guy Caught Up In Ordinary Crime.
31 August 2011 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

There's nothing special about the murder with which the above-average episode begins. A man is found shot to death in his car. He's not a high-class politician, an artist, a supermodel, or Lady Gaga. He's a middle-class man of no particular importance who has been shot for his wrist watch and wallet.

Briscoe and Curtis identify a possible perp, a young Greek man who is about to be married. They arrest him at his wedding rehearsal and humiliate him in front of his family and guests. It turns out he's innocent. As an afterthought he remembers a threatening-looking Puerto Rican with a conspicuous tattoo in the vicinity. At first the detectives think this is a screen memory but they uncover other witnesses, track down the PR, arrest him, and he confesses during the interrogation.

The innocent Greek guy, Frank John Hughes, is needed at the trial to identify the perp. The problem is that Hughes has been working a second job answering phones at a bookie joint and has been arrested. If he testifies at McCoy's trial, he'll be asked about his illegal activities and will have to publicly confess. On top of that, he's been getting threatening phone calls from the PR's brother. And someone has visited his apartment and sliced up his bed.

This is a regular guy swept up in matters beyond his control. The story doesn't turn on any legal tricks or chicanery. It's driven by character. Hughes gives a convincing performance of a man who is caught by the short hairs because of circumstances. He can clam up at McCoy's trial and let a killer go free, or he can testify in open court that he works for a bookie and wind up in trouble himself. Any of us can put himself in Hughes' shoes.

Nicely written. The performances of the regulars is up to par. Hughes is average looking, a little short, and insignificant without its being obvious in any way.


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