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The Pursuit of Happiness 

After a business owner is shot and killed, suspicion falls on his Russian mail order bride and the man she is having an affair with.


Dann Florek


Dick Wolf (created by), Morgan Gendel | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Michael Moriarty ... E.A.D.A. Ben Stone
Jill Hennessy ... A.D.A. Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Faith Prince ... Miss Farrell
Bruce Altman ... Tom Morrison
Jesse Corti ... Alex Nunez
Bill Marcus Bill Marcus ... Phil Guardino
Peter Van Wagner ... Stan Feldman
Natalya Negoda ... Irina Cooper (as Natalia Negoda)
Roger Serbagi Roger Serbagi ... Judge Robert Quinn
Don Peoples Don Peoples ... Art Koslow


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Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of businessman William Cooper who was found dead in his office. The man had been at his business late the night before and was killed with the gun he kept in his desk drawer. His wife Irina - a Russian mail-order bride 30 years his junior - says he has no enemies and seems to have a valid alibi. When they learn she was seen with a young Hispanic-looking man however, they focus on an affair as being the principal cause of the shooting. Irina worked in a lab and one of her colleagues Alex Nunez, proves to be her lover. They are charged with murder and ADA Stone is prepared to plea bargain but neither will give in as it soon becomes apparent that they are very much in love and will not betray the other. Written by garykmcd

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Claire Kincaid: Cooper divorces her, she's on the next plane to Moscow. You know what Immigration thinks of green card marriages. She could wait five years for another chance.
Lennie Briscoe: Yeah. This broad's had a taste of Zabar's. There's no way she's gonna go back to waiting in line for day-old borscht.
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Great Performances, Great Endgame Twist
29 April 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this one because of the performances, despite the straighforward plot - and I'm usually critical of procedurals where the crime boils down to the words "jilted lover." Excellent work from the supporting cast here: Natalya Negoda as defendant Irina Cooper, Jesse Corti as her defiant and protective lover, and Faith Prince as Irina's co-worker who helped enable the affair.

The problem for the DA's office is that the victim was, by all accounts, a total jerk. He treated Irina, his mail-order Russian bride, like a live-in maid, and he wouldn't even help bring over her child from Russia. Tough to make a jury feel sympathy for this guy.

"They can hear that he was mean and domineering, and they can call it grounds for divorce, but I won't let them accept it as a defense for murder," says ever-principled Catholic prosecutor Ben Stone.

A really interesting twist comes late in the game too, as one of the defense attorneys wants to call the main witness's testimony into question... because he's Korean and he doesn't think a Korean person can recognize non-Asians?! The judge is pissed at the theatrics, but it seems like this oily attorney has the case law to back himself up, where it's known as "cross-racial identification." (Sounds more like "racism" to me.)

Watch and find out what happens...

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Release Date:

1 December 1993 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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