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A councilman is found dead on a street, and the investigation reveals that he was being blackmailed because he was gay. However, the councilman's very powerful father is reluctant to cooperate because he doesn't want his son outed.


Edwin Sherin (as Ed Sherin)


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Phil Cerreta
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
George Martin ... Edward Vogel
James Sutorius ... Peter Colson
Reed Birney ... Malcolm Barclay
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... George Harris
Richard Levine ... Judge Steven Strelzik
Harry Johnson Harry Johnson ... Brewer
Billie Neal Billie Neal ... Rhoden
Joanna Merlin ... Carla Bowman
Joe Aufiery Joe Aufiery ... Harold Dwyer


Detectives Cerreta and Logan investigate the stabbing death of Councilman James Vogel who is found lying in the middle of the street. Vogel had been on city council for many years and was well-liked by everyone. They learn that he had received a large sum of money from his father who acknowledges giving him the money but insists he didn't ask him why. They quickly conclude that Vogel was being blackmailed and that a local newspaper was going to out him as being gay. He had been corresponding with a prison inmate who has just been released on parole but it's his lawyer that they focus on. For ADA Stone, the challenge will be to find someone who is willing to admit in open court that they too were being blackmailed. For his part, Vogel's father is doing everything he can to protect the family's reputation. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

28 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Graeme Malcolm (Drotos) also played the role of a Hotel Manager in episode 15.6, Law & Order: Cut (2004). See more »


In the opening scene, the taxicab's meter goes from $2.45 to $2.25. Taxi meters only go up, so the takes used in the final version of the scene were filmed out of sequence. See more »


EADA Ben Stone: My father wanted me to be a doctor. I went so far as to study organic chemistry.
Adam Schiff: What happened?
EADA Ben Stone: I grew up.
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14 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode has its roots in films like Victim with Dirk Bogarde and as far back as the trial of Oscar Wilde. The closet even today is a horrible place to live in with the constant fear of exposure that you might like to kanoodle with the same gender.

A young city councilman is murdered on the street and what superficially looks like a robbery seems more like a contract hit. The victim, son of one of the city's movers and shakers George Martin was being blackmailed and refused to pay any more.

The blackmailers are a lawyer James Sutorius and a convict Joe Aufiery. The problems for this case for Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks are witnesses who won't come forward and a publisher in the gay press Reed Birney who is in the business of outing.

There's also Martin who is an old fashioned sort and not happy to have had a gay son. His attitude is the biggest stumbling block the DA's office has.

A great story about the terrible demoralizing effects of the closet.

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