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The discovery of a dead body inside a Volkswagen van dumped in a river leads Briscoe and Curtis to investigate the disappearance of a campus radical from the late 1960s.


Matthew Penn


Dick Wolf (created by), Kathy McCormick | 1 more credit »


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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
Angie Harmon ... A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Michael Higgins ... Darryl Grady
Roy Thinnes ... Mr. Kushner
Luke Reilly Luke Reilly ... Darryl Grady Jr.
Robert Hogan ... Capt. Walder
Mark Zeisler ... Dr. Seth Bernstein
Cynthia Hayden Cynthia Hayden ... Miss Latham
Charlotte Colavin Charlotte Colavin ... Judge Lisa Pongracic
Patricia Hodges ... Diana Wells-Harrison
Helen Stenborg ... Christine Aimsley


When an old Volkswagen Van is found in the river and in it is a body. The body is identified as that of a student radical who went missing over 20 years ago. But a more in depth investigation reveals that the radical was actually an undercover cop sent to infiltrate radical groups. And they also learn he was instructed by his commanding officer to make them commit acts that are criminal. Eventually they learn that a security guard at the college he went to, is the killer. But he feigns senility but it's probably an act. Written by

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Delores Powell: Good bone density. No growth plates. So between nineteen and twenty-five years old.
Detective Rey Curtis: His or hers?
Delores Powell: Male. About six feet.
Detective Rey Curtis: Race?
Delores Powell: Human.
Detective Rey Curtis: So we've got a six-foot tall twenty year old male. That narrows it down.
Delores Powell: There's a fractured fibula, maybe a skiing accident.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: And what about the shooting accident?
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Agent Provocateur
26 March 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

While looking for a tossed weapon in the Hudson on another case that Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt caught a Volkswagen bus is found in the river with a skeleton that had a bullet hole in the skull. Autopsy and forensics put this case back to 1968 and the height of student protests.

It took a lot of investigation but it turns out the deceased was an undercover cop at L&O's Hudson University to keep an eye on all the radical students.

Sam Waterston sees this as a grand opportunity to investigate all the activities of the NYPD back in the day. Steven Hill and Angie Harmon just want to see a murderer face justice.

As for the perpetrator it's Michael Higgins. More I won't say, but he is a pitiable figure and no matter what your politics that is what you will feel. It's an outstanding performance.

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13 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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