"We Like Mike"
L&O, Episode 7.20
Production number: K1125
First aired: 30 April 1997
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Written By
Gardner Stern & I.C. Rapoport

Directed By
David Platt

A good Samaritan's life is thrown into turmoil when he is accused of murder.




Main cast

Guest cast




[Briscoe and Curtis talk to the owner of the donut shop while investigating Matthew Sherman's murder]
Donut shop owner: How perfect is this? Cops talkin' to a donut guy.
Curtis: Yeah. Tell us about the customer who came in just before the girl. The one who cleaned his hands?
Donut shop owner: Barely a customer. He takes about 50 napkins, and then he starts to leave. Well, after I call him on it, he orders a coffee, then thinks he's a big shot, because he tips me a quarter. [hands Briscoe his wastebasket] What I lost on napkins, I barely broke even!
[Briscoe extracts the dirty napkins Mike threw out from the wastebasket and hands them to another cop]
Briscoe: Take these down to the lab.
Cop: Right.
Briscoe: [to the shop owner] Did he mention his name or say where he was comin' from or goin' to?
Donut shop owner: Nothin', except "gimme a coffee", and how if he wasn't gettin' married next week, he'd be puttin' the moves on the girl, which I thought that was outta line. But I didn't say anything, because it's not my business. My business is sellin' donuts.
Briscoe: Thanks for clearin' that up.

Mike: There was another guy. I passed a guy halfway down the block from where I left the car. A Puerto Rican guy.
Curtis: Yeah. That's how we solve homicides too. Nearest Puerto Rican did it.

(Examining gunshot victim.)

  • Curtis: He's got scraped-up knuckles. Maybe he put up a fight.
  • Briscoe: ...and lost.
  • Ricky: Can I say how I didn't mean to do it?
  • Briscoe: You mean how you only shot him 'cause he wouldn't give you his watch? Yeah, yeah. The DA'll like that.

  • Schiff: It's nice to know that the entire criminal justice system rises and falls on the decency of a Mike Bodack.

Background information and notes

  • This episode appears to be based on the 1997 murder of Bill Cosby's son Ennis in Los Angeles.

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