Law & Order: Season 3 (1992 - 1993)

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Air date: Sep 23, 1992

Law & Order launched its third season (and its new Wednesday-night time slot) with a complex murder mystery involving a "high-fashion" photographer who sidelines as a pimp. Found murdered in his studio, the photographer has left behind a rather sizeable address book, crammed with the names and phone numbers of his models. As investigating detective Logan (Chris Noth) and Cerreta (Paul Sorvino) discover, virtually every one of the ladies in the dead man's "little black book" had ample motive to knock him off.

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Air date: Sep 30, 1992

A prominent African-American political leader is assassinated at a Harlem rally. Witnesses to the killing point their fingers at Mitchell Kobin (Jeff Gendelman), a white teacher. Contrary to first impressions, Kobin may not have been motivated by racism; the dead man was allegedly having an affair with the teacher's wife. This episode of Law & Order was the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe award, an honor bestowed by the Mystery Writers of America.

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Air date: Oct 6, 1992

A priest named Father Jay (Luke Reilly) comes to the defense of Tommy Beltran (Luis Antonio Ramos), a poor youth accused of murdering his wealthy girlfriend. It appears that the girl's short-tempered father (David Leary) had ordered her to break off the relationship. But if the D.A.'s office wants any more information, they are stymied by the fact that Tommy "told all" at his church confessional -- information that Father Jay can not and will not reveal.

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Air date: Oct 13, 1992

A 17-year-old suffers a fatal heart attack which results in a major traffic accident. This tragedy leads to a morass of legal complications involving the sale of faulty pacemakers. Assistant D.A.'s Stone (Michael Moriarty) and Robinette (Richard Brooks) must determine who, at the end of the day, is truly to blame: the dead youth's doctor, the pacemaker salesman, or the manufacturer.

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Air date: Oct 20, 1992

The body of an unidentified teenaged girl is found floating in the river. The investigation conducted by Logan (Chris Noth) and Cerreta (Paul Sorvino) leads to several illegal sweatshops operating in New York, and an insidious racket which makes virtual slaves out of immigrant teens. In order to bring the villains to justice, Assistant D.A. Stone (Michael Moriarty) exhumes a century-old case.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1992

This episode is a showcase for actress Carolyn McCormick in the recurring Law & Order role of NYPD psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Olivet. Paul Hecht is cast as prominent gynecologist Dr. Alex Merritt, whom Olivet accuses of molesting her. Further investigation reveals that the high-profile Merritt may have also been responsible for the suicide of his wife. The case takes a bizarre twist when the presiding judge weighs Merritt's counterclaim of police harassment.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1992

Adam Arkin guest stars as George Costas, the Greek-immigrant owner of a New York jewelry business. After killing two intruders in his store, both of whom had long police records, Costas pleads self-defense: "They shoot at me, I shoot back, I killed them." But as all the facts come to light, the D.A.'s office arrives at the conclusion that Costas had appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner long before anyone pulled the trigger.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1992

In what is arguably the most shocking third-season episode of Law & Order, NYPD detective Phil Cerreta (Paul Sorvino) goes undercover, posing as an illegal weapons buyer to nab an elusive Colombian hitman (Carlos Sanz). Things go horribly awry, and Cerreta is shot -- twice. Without giving any more of the plot away, it can be noted that this episode represented the final regular series appearance of co-star Paul Sorvino.

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Air date: Nov 25, 1992

As detective Cerreta (Paul Sorvino) recovers from his gunshot wounds, Logan (Chris Noth) adjusts himself to his new partner, Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach, in his first Law & Order appearance, save for an earlier guest-star appearance in a different role). Logan and Briscoe's current investigation results in the arrest of a suspect who claims self defense. In mounting his case against the accused, assistant D.A. Stone (Michael Moriarty) is distressed to learn that he will be coming face to face with an old enemy from his law-school days. Elaine Stritch won an Emmy award for her performance in this episode.

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Air date: Dec 9, 1992

A pregnant Nigerian woman dies while carrying 20 heroin-filled condoms in her stomach. In seeking the person or persons responsible for the woman's grisly demise, the detectives and the attorneys come up with two possibles: engineer Phillip Marietta (Andrew Robinson) and African tribal chieftain Ola-Gimju Nawaka (Wendell Pierce). Featured in the cast is Beverly Johnson, then the girlfriend of series regular Chris Noth.

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Dick Wolf's iconic American procedural drama "Law & Order" continues its tales of the NYPD detectives who investigate homicides, and the members of the District Attorney's office who prosecute them. Most of the regulars from Series Two return this time around - including Det. Logan (Chris Noth), Capt. Cragen (Dann Florek), A.D.A.s Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) and Paul Robinette (Richard Brooks), DA Adam Schiff (Steven Hill), and - initially - gt. Phil Cerreta (Paul Sorvino), although Senior Detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) arrives in mid-series and replaces Phil Cerretta. Cases this series include the slaying of a sleazy pimp/photographer in his studio, the malfeasance of a pacemaker manufacturer that inadvertently causes a teen's death, the discovery of a sweatshop worker's corpse in a nearby river, serial deaths at a diabetes clinic that the men trace to computer hackers, and many more.

Critic Reviews for Law & Order Season 3

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Orbach has restored to Law & Order the grit it was starting to lack at the end of its '92 season.

Nov 28, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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