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"Payback"
L&O, Episode 14.12
Production number: E4310
First aired: 14 January 2004
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Written By
Lorenzo Carcaterra

Directed By
Constantine Makris


Plot

The investigation into the murder of a former bookie turned mob informant reveals a disturbing new wrinkle in organized crime involving legitimate businessmen moonlighting as contract hitmen in a battle for mob leadership, and ends with a Federal ploy to nullify the plea bargain in the case, leaving McCoy seething and two more people dead.

Cast

Main cast

Guest cast

References

References

Quotes

Anita Van Buren: (listening to the surveillance tape) "It's like watching concrete harden.


Lennie Briscoe: (while arresting Federico Righetti) "The guys from 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' are going to want to have a serious sit-down with you.

Lennie Briscoe: (after the murder of Righetti - and his nurse) I could care less about these Mob guys...it's the collateral damage that gets to me.

Arthur Branch: We romanticize these people - make movies about 'em - and they're nothing but heartless scum.

Jack McCoy: You think they knew - the Feds - that Peter Righetti was going to have his uncle killed?
Arthur Branch: They might've predicted...that's a long way from knowing...
Jack McCoy: What if they used us to put Righetti back on the street?

Arthur Branch: I think you're giving the Feds way too much credit - they ain't that clever.
Jack McCoy: Still, lucky break for them...now they roll up the whole crew, starting with Peter Righetti for the murder of his uncle...
Arthur Branch: Good riddance.

Background information and notes

Background information and notes


Previous episode:
"Darwinian"
"Payback"
Law & Order
Season 14
Next episode:
"Married with Children"
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