"Tragedy on Rye"
L&O, Episode 13.04
Production number: E3303
First aired: 30 October 2002
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Written By
William N. Fordes

Directed By
David Platt


Lucy Dolan, a struggling actress, is murdered in an apparent robbery-homicide where a video tape filmed by tourists confirms the ID of three suspects. They convict the suspects, but McCoy takes another look at the defense's evidence on the victim's cell phone usage and it shows someone stopped calling Dolan after she was murdered, knowing she was dead. Only the real murderer would do that. The police track him down and arrest Ernest Borges. The murder weapon is found in his apartment and his lawyer wants to talk a deal. McCoy starts the procedure for releasing the three that were convicted and he worries about how to prevent such a mistake from happening again.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


Fremont Downs Raceway; Finkle (Judge);



Background information and notes

Based off the 2001 Carnegie Deli murders where 4 people were killed in a botched drug-related robbery. Like in the episode one of the victims was an actress

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Home of
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Dolan
Morristown, New Jersey
Thursday, September 20

Laff Riot Comedy Club
St. George, Staten Island
Thursday, September 20

Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Friday, September 21

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Office of Dale Franks
814 Eighth Avenue
Monday, October 8

Supreme Court
Trial Part 73
Tuesday, November 13

Supreme Court
Trial Part 73
Friday, November 16

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"True Crime"
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Law & Order
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Next episode:
"The Ring"
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