Law & Order (season 12)

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Law & Order (season 12)
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Season 12 U.S. DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network NBC
Original release September 26, 2001 (2001-09-26) – May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22)
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List of Law & Order episodes

The following is a list of Law & Order episodes from the series' twelfth season, which originally aired from September 26, 2001 to May 22, 2002. This season is the last season to feature Dianne Wiest as DA Nora Lewin and the first to feature Elisabeth Röhm as ADA Serena Southerlyn.


Serena Southerlyn (played by Elisabeth Röhm) replaced season 11's Abbie Carmichael (Angie Harmon in the role of Assistant District Attorney).


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
254 1 "Who Let the Dogs Out?" Don Scardino Kathy McCormick & Douglas Stark September 26, 2001 (2001-09-26) E2208

The investigation into the death of a jogger mauled by a vicious dog leads to an Attica inmate, his attorneys, and an underground dog-fighting ring.

255 2 "Armed Forces" Martha Mitchell Richard Sweren & Sean Jablonski October 3, 2001 (2001-10-03) E2210
The fatal stabbing of a man leads to the discovery of his status as a Vietnam war veteran and the truths uncovered about an incident that occurred with him and three former soldiers in his division.
256 3 "For Love or Money" Constantine Makris Wendy Battles & Sean Jablonski October 10, 2001 (2001-10-10) E2207
The death of a parolee, who was a hit man, leads to a wealthy widow and daughter who may have hired him to kill their rich relative.
257 4 "Soldier of Fortune" Richard Dobbs Barry Schindel October 24, 2001 (2001-10-24) E2206
The daring daylight kidnapping of a diamond dealer which results in two murders at the scene uncovers an international dynasty of blood diamonds sales and its links to a foreign civil war.
258 5 "Possession" James Quinn Robert Palm October 31, 2001 (2001-10-31) E2202
Investigating the murder of a woman in a rent-controlled apartment, Green and Briscoe initially turn their attention to janitor Roberto Ramos, who had been given a cash gift of $5,000 by the deceased but claimed he didn't remember her when questioned. But it isn't long before the detectives discover that she was engaged in a long-running battle with her landlord and had been blocking the potentially lucrative sale of the building.
259 6 "Formerly Famous" Richard Dobbs Wendy Battles & Marc Guggenheim November 7, 2001 (2001-11-07) E2201
The shooting death of a former singer's wife leads the detectives to investigate his manager and sons after his explanation of the events surrounding her death have no credibility.
260 7 "Myth of Fingerprints" David Platt Teleplay by: Terri Kopp & Aaron Zelman
Story by: Eric Overmyer
November 14, 2001 (2001-11-14) E2209
A murder investigation uncovers deliberately faulty forensics in the wrongful conviction of two men 12 years earlier in the case that paved the way for Van Buren's promotion.
261 8 "The Fire This Time" David Platt David Black November 21, 2001 (2001-11-21) E2205
When a building is set ablaze, a girl must be identified despite her fatal burns. Through further investigation, it turns out that an extreme environmentalist group struck the match.
262 9 "3 Dawg Night" Stephen Wertimer Teleplay by: Richard Sweren
Story by: Richard Sweren & Aaron Zelman
November 28, 2001 (2001-11-28) E2203
When a celebrity is implicated in a nightclub murder, McCoy and Southerlyn battle the flaks who attempt to insulate their client from any involvement or interrogation.
263 10 "Prejudice" Ed Sherin Jill Goldsmith December 12, 2001 (2001-12-12) E2213
The murder of a magazine publishing company's black CEO leads to a suspect who has a clear streak of racism and whose attorney intends on using that as a mental defect.
264 11 "The Collar" Matthew Penn Richard Sweren January 9, 2002 (2002-01-09) E2214
The death of a cleric leads the detectives to a priest who was given information by a murder suspect outside of the church but insists that he can't discuss anything about it, bringing McCoy to question whether the confessional seal should apply.
265 12 "Undercovered" Jace Alexander Wendy Battles & Noah Baylin January 16, 2002 (2002-01-16) E2220
The father of a dying girl gets his revenge on an insurance executive who denied a leukemia treatment for his daughter. One problem arises when the father is technically on both sides of the law.
266 13 "DR 1-102" Richard Dobbs Marc Guggenheim & Aaron Zelman January 30, 2002 (2002-01-30) E2216
The bludgeoning of two women in their apartment leads the detectives to a suspect who has taken a hostage while demanding legal representation. Southerlyn's actions, while heroic, result in disbarment proceedings against her for violation of Disciplinary Rule 1-102.
267 14 "Missing" David Platt Teleplay by: Eric Overmyer & Matt Witten
Story by: Barry Schindel
February 6, 2002 (2002-02-06) E2212
When a girl's parents frantically search for her, Briscoe and Green see that the girl's belongings were packed up in her apartment. They learn that the girl had been seeing a married man — her boss. When the boss is brought up on charges, his wife sheds some new evidence.
268 15 "Access Nation" Constantine Makris Sean Jablonski & Terri Kopp February 27, 2002 (2002-02-27) E2215
The murder of a psychologist leads to a case involving a computer company that sells information and their responsibility in shielding their clients' history in order to serve their needs.
269 16 "Born Again" Jace Alexander Teleplay by: Jill Goldsmith & Matt Witten
Story by: William N. Fordes
March 6, 2002 (2002-03-06) E2204
The investigation into the death of an 11-year-old girl uncovers the possible culpability of the child's mother and a rebirthing therapist.
270 17 "Girl Most Likely" Steve Shill Lynn Mamet March 27, 2002 (2002-03-27) E2227
When a high school student is found dead in an apartment building, Briscoe and Green suspect that the murder was a result of her getting a message board shut down. As McCoy and Southerlyn investigate the case further, they realize that her best friend, who was reluctant to come forward as a witness, may be the answer to the murder.
271 18 "Equal Rights" James Quinn Terri Kopp April 3, 2002 (2002-04-03) E2221
A stock analyst's murder leads the detectives to a corporation whose stock had fallen.
272 19 "Slaughter" Constantine Makris Rob Wright April 10, 2002 (2002-04-10) E2218
The investigation of a student's killing leads to a case involving meat contamination at a food service.
273 20 "Dazzled" Lewis H. Gould Eric Overmyer & Matt Witten April 24, 2002 (2002-04-24) E2224
When a "gold digging" wife is found dead, there are plenty of possible perpetrators. Her husband has become "whipped" and blinded by his young wife and then messes up his story to Briscoe and Green. When he finally comes around, it seems that the wife's ex-boyfriend was getting revenge for being fired from a contracting job. The medical examiner uncovers some more clues which point to a bitter alcoholic ex-wife. Eventually, the criminal comes forward but the only crime she has committed is trying to save her family.
274 21 "Foul Play" Richard Dobbs Stuart Feldman May 1, 2002 (2002-05-01) E2222
The investigation into the death of a private investigator uncovers corruption, deceit, and immigration fraud in a Youth Baseball League whose manager will go to any lengths to win.
275 22 "Attorney Client" Matthew Penn Jill Goldsmith May 8, 2002 (2002-05-08) E2225
The wife of an attorney with many disgruntled clients is killed, but the detectives believe that he was the intended target as he was willing to reveal information despite confidentiality agreements. As the investigation continues, his tumultuous love life is exposed and the prosecutors are suspicious of his desire to return to the courtroom.
276 23 "Oxymoron" Constantine Makris Michael Harbert May 15, 2002 (2002-05-15) E2217
The murder of a young doctor leads Briscoe and Green to her involvement in an underground oxycodone ring, of which the leaders have hatched a plan to con McCoy and Southerlyn out of a trial.
277 24 "Patriot" David Platt William N. Fordes & Sean Jablonski May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22) E2226

A tenement building explodes and the lone victim is Joseph Haden. The building was rent controlled and there had been a tenant strike, so the police initially suspect arson. But the landlord doesn't have insurance, ruling out their arson theory, and the medical examiner discovers that Haden's neck was broken and he was tied up before the explosion happened. Trying to figure out Haden is even more difficult. He didn't appear to have a family or a girlfriend and never got any substantial mail. He worked at the Jiffy Job service station making minimum wage, yet had $90,000 in the bank. Briscoe and Green do some more digging and find out that Haden was using an alias, and his real name was Yusuf Haddad.


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Preceded by
Season Eleven
List of Law & Order seasons
Succeeded by
Season Thirteen