A case involving fake DEA badges leads to the death of A.D.A. Borgia. McCoy is forced to resort to dubious legal tactics to ensure that Borgia's killers are brought to justice.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Farina ... Joe Fontana
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Annie Parisse ... Alexandra Borgia
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch
Ritchie Coster ... Kevin Almonte
Bruce MacVittie ... Frank Andreas
Karen Young ... Ms. Milford
Daniel Benzali ... Judge Wade Bookman
Lynn Cohen ... Judge Elizabeth Mizener
David Little David Little ... Judge Michael Schneider
David Rossmer David Rossmer ... Lester Cook
Edmund Wilkinson ... Nick Barczak
Luke Robertson ... Ernie Hencken


The latest murder victims of two home invaders are the family members of a man who once sold fake DEA badges to the killers and then began secretly cooperating with police. The case takes a harrowing turn when one of the team is attacked and goes missing. In a legal gambit, McCoy must then risk his career -- and those of others, as well -- to bend the rules and use corrupt DEA Agent Almonte to lure out the sadistic psychopaths. Written by Alex

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Release Date:

17 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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Did You Know?


Jon Shaver (Brandon Gregory) previously played the role of Officer Diego in episode 9.23, Law & Order: Refuge: Part 1 (1999). See more »


S. Epatha Markerson pronounces the street Houston as "House -ton". However, that is the correct pronunciation of that street in New York City. It was named after William Houstoun. It was spelled the same, but the spelling was changed to Houston at some point, However it is still "House-ton" and not "Huse-ton" like the city in Texas. See more »


Ms. Milford: I doubt you've handled an arraignment in twenty years, Mr. McCoy.
Jack McCoy: I used to have an assistant who did that.
Ms. Milford: We both know that's what these trumped-up charges are about.
Jack McCoy: Yes and no, Ms. Milford. Your client's friends killed Alexandra Borgia, but I can connect him to the Dyckman Street case as sure as I'm standing here.
Ms. Milford: So let's cut the BS. Who do you want more?
Jack McCoy: Do I really need to answer that?
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Now I supervise this court and you've gone too far.
17 January 2018 | by paolo ceccacciSee all my reviews

A woman left one of her daughters to a neighbor due to a night shift. Unfortunately, a thief hold a gun against her and all the people inside the apartment are tied in chairs. Shortly after they were all murdered by asphyxiation with plastic bags. Victim's husband was the prime witness to thieves conviction years before (he set them up over a phony badges trade) but the perps were recently realeased from Rikers. Borgia was assaulted and abducted in her flat by the same robbers who wanted to find something, because they put her place upside down. They killed her, leaving her body in a trunk. Then McCoy was ready for the first time to break some procedures, much to Branch disapproval: a corrupt cop (Ritchie Coster) is ready to be used as bait.

Alexandra Borgia farewell is a sick one. I don't like her character very much and so do most of the audience. She is the second ADA who died in the series: Borgia died while performing her duty, while Claire Kincaid (McCoy former lover) died by car accident at the end of the sixth season

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