While being taped in his car, by the police, committing blackmail, celebrity gossip columnist T.K. Richmond, is killed by a bomb planted in the headrest, and triggered by pushing in his ... See full summary »

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While being taped in his car, by the police, committing blackmail, celebrity gossip columnist T.K. Richmond, is killed by a bomb planted in the headrest, and triggered by pushing in his cigarette lighter. Detectives assume, at first, that the murderer must be one of Richmond's blackmail victims, since Richmond has a habit of blackmailing celebrities to keep their stories out of the paper. When they realize the bomb's signature resembles not only the plot of a movie, still in production, but an actual unsolved bombing, Logan and Wheeler turn their attention to the film's screenwriter and production company. Detectives must peel through the layers of lies, motives, suspects, and misleads, to get to the truth. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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Halfway through the episode Logan refers to "the Sweet Smell of Success" and Burt Lancaster's role as a predatory gossip columnist. The victim T. K. Richmond is based (down to the younger sister, the typewriter, and the ugly eyeglasses) on Lancaster's character J. J. Hunsecker in the film Sweet Smell of Success (1957). It is not quite clear from the script whether Richmond is supposed to be trying to imitate Hunsecker or whether the writer, director, and costume/set folks are just having fun. See more »

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Elliot Falls: [to a female crew member clipping a microphone to his shirt just before air-time] You give great mike!
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A array of suspects
18 March 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode just might be the best CI episode that Chris Noth ever did during the show's run. Noth and Julianne Nicholson get the case when a gossip columnist is killed when a car bomb is planted in his vehicle. Just the nature of the kill tells you there's some kind of professional involvement.

The very nature of the victim's work guarantees an array of suspects and Noth and Nicholson have to plow through a list of people in all walks of life. It's one of the most complicated paths to an arrest.

I will say that the individual involved is one of the most arrogant ever portrayed on a Law And Order franchise show. The final confrontation and arrest with Noth is beautifully handled.

Don't miss this one. By the way elements of one of my favorite films Sweet Smell Of Success are included in the plot so much so that Chris Noth even refers to the film.


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