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Absentia 

A man scheduled to testify in a murder trial disappears. The DA's office discovers that he's actually a radical who disappeared 20 years earlier after being charged with killing his girlfriend.

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Dick Wolf (created by), Eric Ellis Overmyer (as Eric Overmyer)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm ... Serena Southerlyn
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch
Mandy Patinkin ... Levi 'The Griffin' March / Glenn Fordyce
David Chandler David Chandler ... Marvin Silverman
Peter Appel ... Krakow
Jordan Charney ... Judge Donald Karan
Andrew McCarthy ... Attorney Finnerty
Christina Rouner ... Anne-Marie Gautreaux
Jean Brassard ... Detective Rene Laberc
John Tormey ... Det. Will Ashman
Shannon Burkett Shannon Burkett ... Carla Baker
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Storyline

A man scheduled to testify in a murder trial disappears. The DA's office discovers that he's actually a radical who disappeared 20 years earlier after being charged with killing his girlfriend.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Despite its opening disclaimer that the story is fictional, the second half of the script is reminiscent of the Philadelphia murder of Holly Maddux by hippie ''guru'' Ira Einhorn. See more »

Goofs

District Attorney Branch describes a griffin as a mythical beast that was "half dragon, half lion." Which is incorrect, a griffin was a mythical creature with the body, rear legs and tail of a lion; the head and wings of a bald eagle, and the front feet were eagle talons. See more »

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References Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995) See more »

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Season 13 eppisode 13=26-8 is a meaningful#
16 August 2018 | by pamelawoodward3See all my reviews

I did love this episode mostly because of Mandy patinkin.But I wasn't used to seeing him play a Machvillain person.The hour was not long enough to judge his role.I'm a fan of all his characters.But this 1 was more about him playing a dead beat man who lived off his wife's$ and his girlfriend&I would like to see him play a psychopath once.I enjoyed the shows writers&casting and this original eppisodes storyline.And I have seen it 15 times&it's on @2am.Or next Wed the 22nd the 1st or 2nd eppisode.I would reccomend this episode as Mandy patinkin put's on a good act.But the story work's. Dick wolf took care of this show.Every person in their place,and though I liked the crossing Jordan chick who was jacks 1st ADA.And the D.A who died before the southern fred Thompson stepped in.I didn't like the 1st two seasons of this.But in 95 I started watching and could not stop. 23 years I've watched this.And I don't like his orther work.Save for criminal intent,which he did not baby.He had 3 major actors and Kathryn erby is not an original actress&I believe it was no accident that she carried Gorens water.And after Jamey Sheridan&the ADA"Angela Bassett's husband"I like him alot but his name is slipping from under me.The show went topsy turvy fast.The casting director, as I've come to understand,is a free agent and get paid around 13-14 an hour.And the more experience&better ones can make a good bit.I should go into this buizz while I'm working on my law research masters.


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