Law & Order

Old Friends - S4-E22

Trivia: When Logan and Briscoe first visit Rudy, the song he plays air guitar to is "Politician" by Cream.

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Trivia: Before his transfer to the NYPD, Joe Fontana (played by Dennis Farina) worked as a detective in Chicago. Before becoming an actor, Farina served in the Chicago police department, both as a police officer and a detective. Farina also played a Chicago police officer on the short-lived 1980s TV series Crime Story.

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Trivia: Both Jerry Orbach (Det. Lennie Briscoe) and S. Epatha Merkerson (Lt. Van Buren) played guest roles before joining the cast. Orbach played a lawyer in the episode "The Wages of Love" in season two, and Merkerson played the mother of a victim in "Mushrooms" in the first season.

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Trivia: Steven Hill is often credited as an original cast member, even though he did not appear in the pilot.

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Season 15 generally

Trivia: Episode 19, "Sects." This is based on the true story of Ricky Rodriguez and the start of the episode is almost identical to his final hours. Rodriguez was the son of "Children of God" cult leader Karen Zerby. He decided to exact revenge on his mother for the years of abuse he suffered in the cult as a child. Rodriquez tried to locate his mother through a member of the group and subsequently stabbed her to death. Shortly after murdering the woman, Rodriguez shot himself.

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Tabloid - S8-E23

Trivia: This episode was written by actor Alec Baldwin, who based it upon his own experiences with tabloid reporters.

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Wager - S4-E18

Trivia: This episode was loosely based upon the murder of Michael Jordan's father, James.

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The Troubles - S1-E20

Trivia: This is the only episode in which the season's entire credited cast appears together in a scene.

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Vendetta - S14-E21

Trivia: This episode was inspired by the Steve Bartman incident at the 2003 National League Championship Series.

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Life Choice - S1-E12

Trivia: This is Dick Wolf's favorite episode.

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Girlfriends - S6-E20

Trivia: There is a scene in which the detectives are questioning the owner of a pizzeria. Through the window, the restaurant that served as the fictional Monk's in Seinfeld is visible.

Talking Points - S17-E13

Trivia: Guest star Louis Cancelmi is Sam Waterston's son-in-law.

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Kid Pro Quo - S13-E20

Trivia: In the victim's apartment, Briscoe finds a Playbill booklet for Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme. Jesse L. Martin was in the original Broadway production of the musical Rent, which is loosely based on that opera.

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Trivia: Lt. Van Buren is the longest-running African American character in an American television drama, and appeared in more episodes of L&O than any other character.

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Trivia: The scene change cards show the date and the day of the week, but the day of the week is always one off from what it should be. For example, if October 5 of a particular year was a Thursday, the scene change card will say it was a Friday. This is true throughout Law & Order, but in Law & Order SVU, the date and day of the week are in sync.

Scoundrels - S5-E9

Trivia: In one scene, Briscoe sarcastically comments "I never realized the law was such an exciting profession." Before joining the main cast as Briscoe, Jerry Orbach played a lawyer in an early episode of season two. (00:09:25)

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Hindsight - S16-E21

Other mistake: When they are showing the rap sheets for the Cambodian man, the race on the sheet says Caucasian when he is Asian, and for the African American man, the sex says "F" when he is male.

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Det. Lennie Briscoe: We got a hit on the fake fur.
Det. Rey Curtis: Yeah, you'll never guess what they make them out of.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Recycled soda bottles. What else did you find out?

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