"Open Season"
L&O, Episode 13.07
Production number: E3306
First aired: 20 November 2002
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Written By
Richard Sweren

Directed By
Matthew Penn


A defense attorney who had just acquitted a man who had crippled a police officer is gunned down outside a Manhattan restaurant. The detectives start with police officers in the precinct of the injured officer, then to his brother, before they are led to a white supremacist who is part of a national network. McCoy is faced with the unlikely prospect that the defendant's attorney, his friend of 20 years and a friend of the slain lawyer, played a part in the murder of a Florida district attorney following the defendant's arrest. McCoy is able to make a deal that preserves the integrity of his adversary, but not without a cost.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring castEdit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

American Patriot Union; Grodie & Watts; Mark Featherstone; Stephen LeClerk; Gerald Shargel; John Gotti

Quotes Edit

Police Officer: Homicide? Damn, and I just ran out of cigars.
Ed Green: That ain't funny, man.
Police Officer: (to Lennie) Your partner needs to loosen up.
Lennie Briscoe: This is loose.

Jack McCoy: You know why I'm here?
Danielle Melnick: No. Your Golden Retriever threw you out?

(Green has suggested that Southerlyn infiltrate the APU offices)

Serena Southerlyn: What, you think they'll talk to me?
Ed Green: Blonde hair, blue eyes ... Hell, if you're lucky they'll put you in a poster.
Serena Southerlyn: (sarcastically) Gee, thanks.

(about the American Patriot Union)

Serena Southerlyn: They're a cross between the Christian right and some of the nationalist militias you see out west.
Lennie Briscoe: God and guns.
Ed Green: Bad chemistry.

Lennie Briscoe: (to Darnell Marbury) Your get-out-of-jail-free ticket took five in the chest.

(Preuss' lawyer thinks he's representing a sauce company)

Lennie Briscoe: You know where the money from all that sauce goes?
Julian Preuss: We have a lot of expenses!
Ed Green: Yeah, guns, explosives...
Lennie Briscoe: All those copies of Mein Kampf...

Julian Preuss: You think I'm stupid?
Jack McCoy: The jury's still out on that.

Lennie Briscoe: Better be careful, Jack. Looks like it's open season on lawyers.

Background information and notes Edit

Background information and notes

Episode scene cardsEdit

1 2 3

Apartment of
Chris Wilson
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Tuesday, September 25

Grodie & Watts
312 Downing Street
Tuesday, September 25

Westside Motors
104 Eleventh Avenue
Tuesday, September 25

4 5 6

Apartment Of
Darnell Marbury
High Bridge, The Bronx
Wednesday, September 26

Apartment of
Thalia Raye Phillips
Medford, New York
Friday, September 28

American Patriot Union
Ronkonkoma, New York
Thursday, October 4

7 8 9

Supreme Court
Trial Part 50
Motion Hearing
Tuesday, October 9

Supreme Court
Thursday, November 8

Riker Island
Correctional Facility
Wednesday, November 21

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