A small businessman in Spanish Harlem becomes a hero after shooting three armed robbers. However, the investigation later discovers that there are holes in his story and that it may not have been a case of self-defense.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Harkavy
Max Purcell (as Jack T. Capenter)
Gregory Cardenas
Julian Hayworth
Judith Hawking ...
Judge Noreen Morrison
Otto Bradshaw
Angel Colon


When an elderly man defends his shop from an armed robbery, Detectives Kevin Bernard and Cyrus Lupo suspect that this incident could have been an inside job. After further investigation, the detectives discover that the mugging might have been a scare tactic for a shakedown. Written by NBC Publicity

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20 November 2009 (USA)  »

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The prosecutor claims that one blood stain is covered by another to show that one person was shot before another. In real life, as the two people shot were hit within seconds of each other, their blood stains would mix together. This would make it impossible to determine who was shot first from just the blood stains. See more »

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The Return of Bernhard Goetz
26 July 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

How well I remember the story of the subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz who shot four urban youths who were harassing him on the subway. That is the basis for this Law And Order story which guest starred Elliott Gould as the 21st Century Goetz.

Only here Gould is an accountant who has operated in Harlem close to half a century and had a good reputation in the area. Three urban youths decided to hold up his place and were met with a surprise, Gould had a shotgun which was very deadly for two of them.

It wouldn't be Law And Order if there wasn't more involved. There is quite a bit more involved. But look for good performances from Gould as a most reluctant hero and from Jack Carpenter as a most privileged and spoiled trust fund baby type.

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