The Night Of (2016)
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Ordinary Death 

As the defense presents its case, Box's actions on the night of the murder are called into question, and tragedy strikes at Rikers.


Steven Zaillian


Steven Zaillian (created by), Richard Price (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Turturro ... John Stone
Riz Ahmed ... Nasir 'Naz' Khan
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Freddy Knight
Bill Camp ... Dennis Box
Jeannie Berlin ... Helen Weiss
Amara Karan ... Chandra Kapoor
Payman Maadi ... Salim Khan
Poorna Jagannathan ... Safar Khan
Chip Zien ... Dr. Katz
Paulo Costanzo ... Ray Halle
Paul Sparks ... Don Taylor
Glenn Fleshler ... Judge Roth
Mohammad Bakri ... Tariq
Nabil Elouahabi ... Yusuf
Jeff Wincott ... Detective Lucas


As the defense presents its case, Box's actions on the night of the murder are called into question, and tragedy strikes at Rikers.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie. See more »


When a person is stabbed 22 times, as shown by the wall behind the body, blood spatters everywhere. They proved with video that there was not a single drop of her blood on his body, though still her DNA on his genitals and his blood in the scratches on his back, so no shower was taken. Not a lawyer, but having seen every episode of CSI, it seems like an obvious thing to bring up. See more »


Safar Khan: Did I raise an animal?
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Referenced in Collider TV Talk: Episode #1.23 (2016) See more »


The Trial of Ed Crane
from The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Written by Carter Burwell
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"The State Rests"
3 July 2017 | by lavatchSee all my reviews

In this penultimate episode, the State, under prosecuting attorney Mrs. Weiss, rests its case. Chandra now mounts her defense of young Naz.

In the course of the episode, it becomes clear that there are three principal suspects:

• Don Taylor, the sleazy stepfather: Stone interviews the ex-wife (one of the "grey ladies") who asserts that Taylor was prone to violence. Stone also learns that all of Taylor's credit cards are maxed out.

• Mr. Day, the creepy mortician: Mr. Day was driving the hearse that appeared to follow Naz's taxi cab out of the gas station. Mr. Day is also skilled with knives as an embalmer and had a strong antipathy towards Andra Cornish.

• Duane Reade: Reade was on the crime scene, and his friend Trevor was shielding him from the police. We know that Reade is a violent character.

In a subplot, Detective Dennis Box is thrown a retirement party and given a set of new golf clubs by his colleagues. But he is clearly a lonely and sad figure. He also dropped the ball in not investigating the three suspects described above.

In presenting her case, Chandra calls a skilled forensic pathologist to refute the findings about the wound to Naz's hand. The game of mumbletypeg is described in lurid detail. Along with the mumbletypeg, the breaking of the glass could explain the blood on Naz's hand. Chandra also points out that Detective Box was not interested in interrogating other suspects.

The episode closes with another violent prison scene. Petey takes his own life, and Naz rats out Petey's lover, whose throat is slit by Freddie.

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Release Date:

21 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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