Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the burglary of safe deposit boxes at a private vault where the thieves broke in through the floor. The case is quickly solved but in the course going through the stolen goods, they find a gym bag with a revolver that has had its serial number filed off and a large amount of cash. It turns out the money was taken by anti-Vietnam war radicals in an armored car robbery in the 1971 where a cop was killed. It leads them to Rita Levitan, real name Susan Forrest, who is now a married to an accountant and living in suburban New Jersey. ADA McCoy is prepared to accept a plea but the dead policeman's wife objects and McCoy finds himself at trial with little evidence to present. His only solution is to get some of her cohorts to testify against her. Written by
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Over the course of the show, several well known guest stars played in roles adapted from the headlines. For instance, Chevy Chase
played in an episode in which his character was drunk and ranting sexually and racially insensitive comments at one of the detectives on the show. This was situation was very close to a situation that happened in real-life with Mel Gibson. Of all the guest stars on Law & Order, William Kunstler, Michael Bloomberg, and Rudy Giuliani, are the only guest stars to play themselves. See more
At the first of this episode a hospital patient is shown receiving a blood transfusion and the size of the bag shown is the standard 1000ml bag. Blood transfusion is standardized everywhere as a 450ml volume "unit." Also, when transfusions are given, the bag typically has several stickers on it attesting to handling along its course to the patient. No stickers were seen on the unit of blood being given. See more
Back then, the FBI wire tapped anybody who wore a paisley shirt.