|"The Violence of Summer"|
|←||L&O, Episode 1.14||→|
|Production number: 66219|
First aired: 5 February 1991
| Written By|
Max Greevey and Mike Logan reopen an investigation to help Benjamin Stone and Paul Robinette build a stronger case against three boys accused of gang-raping a TV reporter.
A television news reporter is gang-raped. The defendants begin accusing each other. Stone and Robinette try to persuade the victim to testify even though she doesn't remember the details of the attack. Meanwhile, Logan and Greevey discover evidence that reveals a fourth suspect.
- George Dzundza as Sergeant Max Greevey
- Chris Noth as Detective Mike Logan
- Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen
- Michael Moriarty as Executive A.D.A. Benjamin Stone
- Richard Brooks as A.D.A. Paul Robinette
- Steven Hill as D.A. Adam Schiff
- Megan Gallagher as Monica Devries
- Samuel L. Jackson as Louis Taggert
- Randy Danson as Diane Manso
- Sandy Baron as Mike Lucia
- Al Shannon as Tim Pruiting
- Gil Bellows as Howard Metzler
- Philip Seymour Hoffman as Steven Hanauer
- Kenny Johnston as Ryan Cutrona
- Mike Hodge as Judge
- David Green as Dr. Kornfeld
- Robert Heller as Silva
- Philip Hoffman as Hypnotherapist
- Marie Barrientos as Mimi Vitella
- Jean Taylor as Mrs. Hollis
- Phil Stein as Technician
- James Pyduck as Bailiff
- David Boston as Detective (uncredited)
- Francesca Casale as unknown (uncredited)
"One drug arrest five years ago? That's like another lifetime. But now, because it's on Page Six, I can be raped without penalty."
- - Monica DeVries
"She's what, a reporter?"
"Reporter? She does exploitive crap. All sizzle and no steak."
- - Adam Schiff and Benjamin Stone
"I can't prosecute on instinct."
- - Benjamin Stone
Background information and notes
- At the time of the filming of this episode, Samuel L. Jackson was a relatively unknown actor. In the years following he would become a major Hollywood star, with nominations for several awards. Jackson's been nominated for an Academy Award, and a number of Golden Globes. The same applies to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman won an Academy Award for his role in Capote.
- This episode breaks with the shows normal format. The police investigation is shown after the prosecution. Normally it's the other way around.
Episode scene cards
Dr. Kornfield's Office
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