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L&O, Episode 5.23
Production number: 69427
First aired: 24 May 1995
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Logan Pride
Written By
Ed Zuckerman & Gene Ritchings

Directed By
Ed Sherin

During the investigation into the murder of a gay city councilman, Detective Mike Logan gets himself into a lot of trouble when he punches a man in the face.

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  • This episode is based on the Dan White case. In 1978, White shot and killed both mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, reportedly due to his fury at what he saw as the rising trend in gay activism. Milk was the first openly gay elected official in San Francisco history. White's lawyers argued that he had been suffering from severe depression which had inhibited his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Over the years, an urban legend has cropped up claiming that White's lawyers used the "Twinkie Defense" (in other words, eating junk food made him do it), but it was never claimed in court that eating junk food was, in any way, responsible for White's activities his excessive consumption of junk food was used to show just how depressed he had gotten, but was never blamed. (Source: Dan White at Wikipedia) The counter-theory argued by the defense that Durban's roommate secretly ran an escort service out of their apartment and killed him when he found out is taken from the case of Barney Frank, the first openly gay man to serve in the U.S. Congress.
  • Towards the end of the fifth season, Executive Producer Dick Wolf decided not to renew Chris Noth's contract citing that the interaction between Logan and the similarly jaded Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) lacked enough dramatic contrast. Viewers and critics were shocked at the dismissal of the most popular and only original remaining cast member at that time. Years later, in 1998, Noth convinced Wolf to produce the TV movie Exiled to wrap up the story of Mike Logan, which Noth felt had been prematurely extinguished on the show.
  • In-universe, the events of the episode were well-remembered to the point that, ten years later, when Chris Noth guest-starred on the Criminal Intent episode "Stress Position", Detective Eames asked if it was the Mike Logan who had shown up unannounced at Major Case.

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