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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.


Matthew Penn


Dick Wolf (created by), Richard Sweren | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Farina ... Detective Joe Fontana
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Annie Parisse ... A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia
Fred Dalton Thompson ... D.A. 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 ... 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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17 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Alexandra Borgia's home address is 305 West 81st Street, Apartment 4D. 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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One of the most L & O powerful season finales
9 May 2019 | by BinkconnSee all my reviews

Stakes are raised tremendously as Anne Parisee's ADA Borgia is kidnapped and murdered, and Jack McCoy is driven to any means necessary to bring the killers to justice. Ritchie Coster does exceptional work as the corrupt DEA agent Almonte (probably what gained him attention to get plum roles in the next year's American Gangster and The Dark Knight) and old pro Lynne Cohen does a nice turn as a judge outraged at McCoy's skirting of the law to get vengeance. This episode is also notable for the final appearance of the late Dennis Farina's Detective Fontana. The show tried for a more sexed-up appeal the next season by replacing him with shirt-permanently-unbuttoned Milena Govich and a new ADA in runway model-worthy Ana De La Garza, but it was never better when it stuck to the grit of reality like this episode.

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