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 cast overview, first billed only:
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 Balducci
Ruthie Henshall ... P.K. Todd
Eliza Clark ... Courtney Tyler
Robert Emmet Lunney ... Dr. Samuel Bookman


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?


Linda Emond has played three different characters over the course of the series: 6.16 10.13 done 15.20 See more »


When Briscoe arrests Carolyn Tyler, he calls her "Caroline Teller". See more »


Detective Lennie Briscoe: All this milk of human kindness is going to make me puke.
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Former US Marine, twice wounded. Sound like a man given to excessive panic?
21 May 2018 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A man and a woman were shot in a dark alley: she was the only one who managed to survive, who was the target? They had just dinner together at a local restaurant and she ran away from him in the sidewalk. The victim was a married novelist writer whose sales dropped recently after several best-sellers; the last novel was a real bust. Wrong path anyway. As investigation went on, detectives realized the murder weapon belonged to a CIA agent married to a coworker (former Marine) who maybe had an affair with the girl wounded in the shooting. Prosecutors needed evidences about this relationship, because neither the lovers nor their relatives or collegues were willing to testify. Actually, the two women were lovers and her husband (Tom Berenger a little aged from Platoon) wanted to make her pay.

An episode related to homosexuality and the reaction of the audience towards this topic (this time between two women, not between men as usual). Is it sex or is it love? Anyway, wait till the very end, surprises are around the corner.

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