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A biker who posts to an Internet bulletin board refuses to reveal information that could help a murder investigation, arguing that he's a journalist protecting his sources.


Edwin Sherin (as Ed Sherin)


Dick Wolf (created by), Ed Zuckerman (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Detective Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... A.D.A. Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Caridad Montero
Tim Ransom ... Andrew Maynard
Sam Schacht Sam Schacht ... Louis Bell
Timothy Wheeler ... Milton Stillman
James Murtaugh ... Dr. Farnsworth
Robert Knepper ... Igor Smith
Mark Rosenthal Mark Rosenthal ... Kent
Alec Mapa ... Brian Yoshimata
Donald Corren ... Medill


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of NYU student Tommy Bell who was stabbed in a biker bar. A witness says he saw Bell in the bar having an argument with someone and then Tommy's girlfriend screaming after he was stabbed. The girlfriend, Caridad Montero, admits being there but says she didn't see anything. She says Tommy went there to buy a motorcycle. They find an exchange between Tommy and the bike's seller, Axle, who was there but left when a gang arrived and never saw him. When they locate an eye witness through an electronic bulletin board he refuses to help them saying the articles he posted make him a journalist. For ADA McCoy, learning what Tommy was wearing the night he was killed - and learning where he got it - leads him to the person who caused his death. Written by garykmcd

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Briscoe & Curtis are given a false lead about a witness. When Curtis turns towards the camera on the balcony, the audio says, "I can find the guy who runs the bulletin board", but his lips don't move. See more »


D.A. Adam Schiff: You say we're stymied because this Phantom says he's a journalist?
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: He's arguing that his contributions to the electronic bulletin board qualify him as a reporter under the Journalist Shield Law.
D.A. Adam Schiff: That law only applies to professional journalists. This electronic thingamajig pay him?
Jack McCoy: Only in the admiration of his peers. But he has sold couple of articles to Biker Mommas magazine.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Who's hearing the motion?
Jack McCoy: Judge Conners.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Oh, good. I don't think she subscribes.
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References RoboCop (1987) See more »

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Good detective story
31 May 2011 | by knucklebreatherSee all my reviews

In "Rebels" we continue the conflict between seasoned, flawed Lenny and inexperienced Mr. Perfect Curtis as Van Buren helps them adjust to their new partnership. So far there's no signs of them actually coming to trust each other, I can't remember if there will be any but I hope so, with them set up as not particularly friendly early on, I'd hope their transition to more or less respectful partners isn't omitted.

At any rate, this episode is about a biker gang with an unlikely name, the Yankee Rebels, another in a long ling of evil white dudes on L&O. It seems one of them stabbed a rich kid who wanted to be a biker. But which one? And will one of their fledgling members avoid testifying due to a half-baked claim of protecting his sources, since he talked about the crime on a BBS? Okay this episode has a lot of problems, especially to do with the "welcome to the 1990s" attempt at injecting cyber-crime into L&O. While Curtis's BBS hacking skills are a bit laughable, it didn't ruin the episode for me.

The DAs swoop in and solve everything in a decent detective story, and although I prefer it when the cops do the heavy lifting, it was still a good episode with more or less believable twists and turns. Season 6 is off to a solid start.

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27 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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