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Death Row Tip 

Alicia needs the cooperation of a reluctant death row inmate to help one of the firm's clients accused of murder, Kalinda warms up to Cary's new partner, and Eli helps a young politician after some potentially damaging photos emerge.


Joshua Marston


Robert King (created by), Michelle King (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julianna Margulies ... Alicia Florrick
Matt Czuchry ... Cary Agos
Archie Panjabi ... Kalinda Sharma
Graham Phillips ... Zach Florrick
Makenzie Vega ... Grace Florrick
Alan Cumming ... Eli Gold
Josh Charles ... Will Gardner
Christine Baranski ... Diane Lockhart
Romany Malco ... Justin Coyne
Michael Kelly ... Mickey Gunn
Monica Raymund ... Dana Lodge
Michael Irby ... Ricky Packer
Sarah Steele ... Marissa Gold
Paul Fitzgerald ... Robert Mulvey
Christian Coulson ... Andre Bergson


When death row prisoner Ricky Parker, scheduled for execution in just a few weeks, tells a documentary filmmaker of the location of a body, the police actually find two bodies and Lockhart Gardner finds itself defending a dead woman's fiancé charged with murder. With the clock ticking down to Parker's execution, the firm finds itself trying to obtain a stay of execution so they can interview him. Kalinda becomes chummy with ASA Dana Lodge who clearly wants information in return. Eli Gold meanwhile works with one of Mickey Gunn's new clients who has a rather embarrassing photo that could cause him election problems. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Chris Noth (Peter Florrick) & Bernie McInerney (Judge Jerry Glendon) also worked together on episode 5.14, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Wasichu (2006), of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) and five episodes of Law & Order (1990). See more »


At the end of the dead-man-walking scene, Justin Coyne turns his back. But at the very next moment, when Alicia is shown in focus, Coyne is still facing forward and is just starting his turn. See more »


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Death Row Was Never So Good ****
10 December 2011 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Another excellent episode despite the fact that the sidebar story of a young politician in trouble due to raw pictures being distributed of him was nonsensical at best and could have easily been deleted.

That being said, any show dealing with a possible complication of a death-row inmate is always good providing the pacing and excitement are non-stop. This episode was no exception to the rule.

How a death-row inmate can help another person accused of murder is intriguing here. Surprisingly, the person accused of the crime has a relatively benign part in the episode.

Cary shows his mettle here and Archie Panjabi shows that she is definitely bisexual all the way.

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