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Swept Away - A Very Special Episode 

A reality show cast member kills one of his castmates during a heated argument. But was the confrontation staged, and who is ultimately responsible?


James Quinn


Dick Wolf (created by), William M. Finkelstein


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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
Dianne Wiest ... Nora Lewin
Adam Trese ... Byron Stark
Tom O'Rourke ... Peter Behrens
Maureen Mueller ... Melanie Kaufman
Matthew Arkin ... Corey Kaufman
Zachary Knighton ... Paul Wyler
Welker White ... Ms. Aaronson
Stephanie Sanditz ... Amber
Charlie Day ... Jeremy
Lauren Klein Lauren Klein ... Judge Carla Solomon


A reality show cast member kills one of his castmates during a heated argument. But was the confrontation staged, and who is ultimately responsible?

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Release Date:

28 February 2001 (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?


In the opener, Green tells Briscoe that this could be his 'big chance', to which Briscoe quips "I'll wait for the musical version". Jerry Orbach had a successful stage career on Broadway before being cast in Law & Order (1990). See more »


McCoy offers the defendant a sentence of 2-6 years if he pleads guilty to manslaughter in the second degree. However as a violent class C felony manslaughter two carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 1/2 years, the law would not allow a minimum sentence of two years. See more »


Detective Lennie Briscoe: The last time we spoke, you gave us the impression that everybody more or less got along.
Melanie Kaufman: Everyone more or less does.
Detective Ed Green: And that's not what it sounded like in those one-on-ones.
Corey Kaufman: Everyone gets along perfectly, you have a flat line.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: And if, by chance, they do happen to get along, you turn them against each other?
Corey Kaufman: Well, I prefer to call it stirring the pot. We take whatever conflicts are already under the surface and tweak them, that's all.
Detective Ed Green: Well, do you think this "stirring the pot" led to one of ...
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References Friends (1994) See more »

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To Spice Up The Ratings
21 June 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Detectives Briscoe and Green get called to a homicide of a young man who went off a rooftop in Manhattan. The deceased was part of the cast of a reality show and as it turns out was killed by another cast member. The deceased had a reputation as a provocateur and did deliberately create conflict situations in the show.

I might just be not the one to write a review on this particular episode since I shun reality shows. I've never understood with all the films and literature available for our entertainment some of us just choose to watch ordinary people with no discernible talent just acting like our normal stupid selves. If that passes for entertainment they can have it.

In the end when responsibility is parsed out after getting a plea from the actual doer, Sam Waterston and Angie Harmon decide to go after the network as the real responsible party. Though that was not their intent a man's life was lost and a network vice president played by Adam Trese gets put on trial.

Newton Minow called television the 'vast wasteland' many years ago. What would he think of reality TV?

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