Law & Order: Season 13 (2002 - 2003)

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Air date: Oct 2, 2002

Law & Order rips another story from the headlines in the series' 13th-season opener. When a professor specializing in stem-cell research is murdered, the detectives at first suspect that the killer was a pro-life zealot. It soon develops that the actual target for extermination was the professor's wife (also murdered in the attack), who was raising money and public awareness for Muslim women's rights. Ultimately, the clues lead to a young Muslim extremist who calls himself Mousah Salim, but who is actually an American named Greg Landen (Wil Horneff). In prosecuting the case, the lawyers try to ferret out the motivation behind Landen's wild-eyed fanaticism, with surprising results. Fred Dalton Thompson joins the cast as new DA Arthur Branch.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2002

Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) investigate the murder of a high school English teacher. Their prime suspect is shy student Fiona Reed (Stephi Lineburg), a troubled teenager who, by all accounts, is the product of a miserable, abusive home environment. Digging a bit deeper, the detectives and lawyers McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Southerlyn (Elisabeth Rohm) make the startling discovery that Fiona is not all that she claims to be -- and is not, in fact, even a teenager.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2002

A rock singer dies of an apparent drug overdose. The detectives and lawyers determined that what appears to be an accident is actually murder, possibly perpetrated by a disenchanted cohort of the deceased. Further complicating the case is the omnipresence of detective-turned-bestselling novelist Mike Foster (Tony Lo Bianco), who is hard at work on a tell-all book about the dead woman's former husband.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2002

A tourist's video recorder captures the image of three men loading a stolen plasma TV into an SUV. The light-fingered trio find themselves murder suspects when a dead woman turns up in the apartment that they apparently robbed. As the trial progresses, ADA Serena Southerlyn (Elisabeth Rohm) cannot shake the feeling that the circumstantial evidence is not sufficient to send three dumbfounded people to their deaths.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2002

The only clue to the identity of a dead woman is the 40,000-dollar ring she wore on her finger. Investigating, the detectives discover that the victim was previously reported as having been killed when the World Trade Center was destroyed September 11, 2001. Subsequent clues lead to the arrest of wealthy and influential Bradley Hagen (Stevie Ray Dallimore), an old friend of DA Arthur Branch (Fred Dalton Thompson). This episode was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Paul Chernuchin, the father of writer Michael S. Chernuchin.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2002

Rosatti, a New York contractor with mob connections, is found murdered in his own brownstone apartment. At first the killing seems to have been the end result of a botched robbery, but Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) have reason to believe that Rosatti died in a professional hit ordered by the victim's trophy wife Sherri (Gretchen Egolf) and her paramour Tony Darrow (Bobby Cannavale). Just when the noose seems to be tightening around the alleged perpetrators, ADA Southerlyn (Elisabeth Rohm) unearths a startling new piece of evidence.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2002

While celebrating his most recent courtroom victory, in which an accused cop killer was set free, a prominent attorney is gunned down. Though Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) are none too unhappy that the lawyer is out of commission, they dutifully investigate the murder, following the trail of evidence to an out-of-town white supremacist organization. While preparing his case for court, ADA Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) stumbles across a disturbing piece of evidence that may very well destroy the career of his longtime friendly adversary, defense attorney Danielle Melnick (Tovah Feldshuh).

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Air date: Nov 27, 2002

In another episode loosely inspired by actual events, the limo driver for star baseball player Kevin Seleeby (Reynaldo Rosales) is murdered. When it turns out that the victim was regularly supplying steroids to his boss, Seleeby becomes the prime suspect. But, as often happens on this series, the DA's office discovers that nothing is cut and dried, not even what seems to be irrefutable evidence.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2002

The charred body of a young Asian woman is found huddled near an apartment elevator. At first, it appears that the victim may have set herself on fire in protest over religious differences with the Chinese consul general. Ultimately, however, a murder case is assembled and a suspect brought into court -- and the defense attorney is Howard Pincham (Chris Sarandon), a longtime friend of DA Arthur Branch (Fred Dalton Thompson).

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Air date: Jan 8, 2003

Charissa Chamorro guest stars as defense attorney Kay Hartley, the former classmate and bitter rival of ADA Serena Southerlyn (Elisabeth Rohm). Hartley is defending the schizophrenic suspect in a particularly callous hit-and-run killing. Relishing the opportunity to settle old scores with Hartley, Southerlyn veers dangerously close to overplaying her hand in court.

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Series Thirteen of NBC's blockbuster procedural drama "Law and Order" resumes its chronicles of the NYPD detectives in charge of investigating homicides, and the DA's office that prosecutes those crimes. This series brings back Senior Detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach), detective supervisor Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), Detective Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin), Executive ADA Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), and ADA Serena Southerlyn (Elisabeth Röhm), while Arthur Branch (Fred Dalton Thompson) replaces Nora Lewin as DA. Cases include: a Muslim citizen suspected of a double murder following an argument with a professor; Briscoe and Green's investigation of a hitman-style killing that leads them to an incredibly unlikely suspect; a pro baseball player suspected of murdering his chauffeur; the demise of a Russian model that may or may not be tied to medical malfeasance; and much more.

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  • Jun 29, 2016
    It's a good show. Just began watching it on the Ion Television all day marathons. This is a very good and interesting show, but I think it could have done without the "witty" and "as-a-matter-of-fact" comments from the detectives. It's supposed to show them as seasoned and "have-seen-everything" types, but it's just plain annoying and truly out of place. The show tries to showcase their profession and the hardships they endure in their unrelenting quest for justice, but the sarcasm and callousness of the comments did nothing but the opposite. Although it's a good show, I can't figure out how it lasted two decades. I'll watch the re-runs, but will watch something else if something else is on rather than this show just because I don't like the callousness of the characters who are supposed to be the heroes.

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