Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Detectives suspect that a best-selling novelist was shot because she was having an affair with a married FBI agent who was helping her with research. It turns out that they have the right motive, but the wrong suspect.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), William N. Fordes (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Tom Berenger ... Dean Tyler
Linda Emond ... Carolyn Tyler
Gerry Bamman ... Stan Gillum
Jordan Charney ... Judge Donald Karan
Richard Council ... Claude Hays
Leonardo Cimino ... Tommy Valducci
Ruthie Henshall ... P.K. Todd
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Benjamin Keith Benjamin ... Director (as Keith Alan Benjamin)
Tom Bloom ... Aaron James


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate a shooting where a well-known writer of mystery novels, P.K. Todd, is wounded and her business manager is killed. From the outset, Todd insists that she was the target and the police initially focus on any fans who may have written to her. They soon learn that a woman who identified herself as an FBI agent had been at Todd's hotel looking for her the night she was shot. The agent in question turns out to be Carolyn Tyler and the police immediately suspect that her husband Dean. also an FBI agent, was having an affair with the writer. He vehemently denies an affair and DAs McCoy and Carmichael realize they have it wrong: it's Carolyn who was having the affair. Dean is charged with murder and his defense is "psychosexual panic" resulting from the fact that his wife was having a lesbian affair. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

16 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gerry Bamman has played four different roles over the course of the series: See more »


When Ms. Carmichael is verifying Tom Berringer's alibi, she states that he was working a 4X8, which gave him his alibi. But, the correct term is and 8X4. The way it was spoken, would have given him a four hour work day. See more »


Lt. Anita Van Buren: [the detectives are looking through P.K. Todd's fan mail] Oh, this is lovely: "You write worse than an uneducated trout."
Detective Lennie Briscoe: If I was the fish, I'd take offense.
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No way is this panic defense
30 June 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As someone who lobbies for the banning of the panic defense in criminal cases, this Law And Order story has some serious flaws. No way is this story about panic defense.

The claim is usually made against and LGBTQ individual that somehow they came on to them and that this was a threat to masculinity and therefore rage took over and I had to kill this individual. Both in my private life and when I worked for New York State Crime Victims Board I saw this defense used, sometimes sadly successfully and sometimes not.

Tom Berenger is married to Carolyn Edmond and both are FBI agents. He's arrested for murder when he shot and wounded Ruthie Henshall, a lesbian mystery writer who started an affair with Edmond after she and her husband were consultants on a book she was working on. An innocent man who was with Henshall was killed.

Gerry Bamman who was Berenger's defense attorney had to know that this so much bull as Sam Waterston demolishes the defense. It was improperly used however as I well know. Yet there is more to this story than what I have told you.

It's a topic near and dear to me and I wish I could do better by this episode, but I can't.

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