Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Mad Dog 

A serial rapist recently granted parole against Jack's wishes is a suspect in a new rape and murder. Detectives can't get enough evidence to charge him, so Jack orders detectives to trail and harass him.


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Detective Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Carey Lowell ... A.D.A. Jamie Ross
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Burt Young ... Lewis Darnell
Ned Eisenberg ... James Granick
David Fonteno ... Munro (as David Wolos-Fonteno)
Dan Frazer ... Hon. J. McLellan
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Lisa LoCicero ... Janeane Darnell
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
John Fiore ... Detective Tony Profaci
Alice Liu ... Karyn Sasabe


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the rape and murder of a young woman, Teresa Perez, who was found dead in her bed by her mother. They check out her boyfriend but he has a solid alibi. They're not even sure how the killer got into the building until they find a connecting duct with the building next door. The medical examiner can provide little forensic evidence but ADA McCoy is certain the perpetrator is Lewis Darnell, a convicted serial rapist who was recently released on parole in spite of his personal intervention at the parole hearing. With little evidence to go on, McCoy gets the police to harass Darnell - 24 hour surveillance, multiple searches of his home and workplace - in the hopes of getting him to break down and confess. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sui generics means unique or of its own kind. Legally, it means that the situation must be considered outside of legal considerations See more »


The final scene is captioned as taking place at 173 East 61st Street, but as everyone is coming out of the building, we can see that the building number is 420. See more »


Jack McCoy: I'm sorry that it had to be this way.
Jamie Ross: Not *that* sorry.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Hounded (2010) See more »

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Can a sex offender be reformed, or is he permanently damaged goods?
4 January 2011 | by caroaberSee all my reviews

Veteran actor Burt Young ("Rocky," "The Sopranos," etc.) plays Mr. Darnell, a recently paroled violent sex offender. Now working and reconciled with his adult daughter, Darnell is the prime suspect in the rape and murder of a teenaged girl. D.A. Jack McCoy and company are in a race against time to get a civil commitment under the Mental Hygiene Law while investigators work to gather enough evidence to convict the suspect.

The question is, Is Darnell cured of his violent sexual proclivities? Or does he remain the same mad dog criminal the state put away years before?

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