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Deadbeat 

A man is accused of killing his deadbeat, abusive ex son-in-law. He claims self defense, and the outcome of the case rides on determining who was in possession of the murder weapon at the time.

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... Lennie Briscoe
... Rey Curtis
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Jamie Ross
... Adam Schiff
... Max Schaeffer
... Arlene Webber
... Caroline Bennett
... Victoria Lewis
... Jimmy Pogosian
... Pete Pogosian
Scott Sowers ... Joe Kirby
... Sam Pokras
Barbara Eda-Young ... Betsy Graves
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Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the shooting death of Michael Malone who is found dead on the floor of his hotel room. While they're still examining the scene, Malone has visitors who definitely have a criminal backgrounds. According to Malone's girlfriend, the dead man was working for the FBI - after working for the CIA and others. It's all made up of course and Malone was actually Michael Webber who walked out on his family and owed his ex-wife Arlene a good amount of money despite making a hefty salary as a car broker. He liked living the party life and wanted to have it all. The evidence leads them to Arlene's father Max Schaeffer. He admits to shooting his son-in-law but says he acted in self-defense and records show that the gun used in the shooting actually belonged to the dead man. McCoy finds a hole in Schaeffer's story however and believes the murder was anything but an accident. Written by garykmcd

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13 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Jerry Stiller (Sam Pokras) previously played the role of Michael Tobis in episode 2.19, Law & Order: The Fertile Fields (1992). See more »

Goofs

Carolyn Bennett, the attorney played by Tamara Tunie, appears to grow her hair overnight. See more »

Quotes

Detective Rey Curtis: How many child support payments did you ever miss, Lennie?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: My ex just kept my checkbook. If I ever forgot, she knew how to forge my signature.
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Features Crash Bandicoot (1996) See more »

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