Law & Order (season 13)

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Law & Order (season 13)
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Season 13 U.S. DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 2, 2002 (2002-10-02) –
May 21, 2003 (2003-05-21)
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The following is a list of Law & Order episodes from the series' thirteenth season (2002–2003):[1]


Arthur Branch (played by Fred Dalton Thompson) replaced season 12's Nora Lewin (Dianne Wiest) in the role of District Attorney. The resulting ensemble cast was the most stable in the history of the Law & Order series up to that time, being unchanged for 2 seasons over 48 episodes. The longest period of cast stability overall encompassed the last four episodes of Season 18 and the entirety of Seasons 19 and 20, a total of 49 episodes.




No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
2781"American Jihad"Constantine MakrisAaron Zelman & Marc GuggenheimOctober 2, 2002 (2002-10-02)E330419.10[2]

An American Muslim becomes the prime suspect in a double murder after an academic challenges his religious beliefs.

2792"Shangri-La"Constantine MakrisMichael S. ChernuchinOctober 9, 2002 (2002-10-09)E330120.20[2]
The murder of a female high school English teacher uncovers a love triangle that includes a female student and a male teacher, both of whom become suspects. The prosecutors have to deal with a dark secret the student has been hiding once said secret is revealed.
2803"True Crime"Martha MitchellWendy Battles & Noah BaylinOctober 16, 2002 (2002-10-16)E330519.30[2]
Investigating the death of a rock band singer who had large amounts of cocaine and heroin in her system, the detectives question a former boyfriend who was a disgruntled band mate of her late husband. The actions of a retired detective-turned-writer, who worked a case with Briscoe several years back and whose unconventional research tactics make him an additional suspect, hamper the prosecutors.
2814"Tragedy on Rye"David PlattWilliam N. FordesOctober 30, 2002 (2002-10-30)E330320.20[2]

A struggling actress is murdered in an apparent robbery-homicide where a videotape, made by a couple touring the city and sold to a local news station, shows three suspects loading the stolen property into an SUV. They are charged with felony murder, a capital crime, and this causes unrest with Southerlyn surrounding the death penalty.

  • Inspired by the May 2001 New York City shooting above the popular tourist attraction the Carnegie Deli[3]
2825"The Ring"Richard DobbsMichael S. ChernuchinNovember 6, 2002 (2002-11-06)E330918.40[2]
The discovery of a body in Hell's Kitchen that had been wearing a $40,000 diamond ring leads Briscoe and Green back to the September 11th attacks, as the victim had been reported to have died on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center. The ensuing investigation leads to a fiancé, an extramarital lover, and the determination that the events of 9/11 may have been convenient timing to hide the fact that she was murdered the night before.
2836"Hitman"Richard DobbsEric OvermyerNovember 13, 2002 (2002-11-13)E330219.00[2]
The execution-style shooting of a city contractor leads Briscoe and Green to suspect a professional hitman. They first focus upon possible enemies of the victim, but end up suspecting the victim's wife and her boyfriend of hiring the killer. However, as they investigate every possibility, the evidence leads McCoy and Southerlyn to a conspirator that no one had suspected.
2847"Open Season"Matthew PennRichard SwerenNovember 20, 2002 (2002-11-20)E330618.00[2]
A defense attorney who had just acquitted a man charged with trying to kill a cop is gunned down outside a Manhattan restaurant. The detectives start with police officers in the precinct of the injured officer, then his brother, before they are led to a white supremacist who is part of a national network. McCoy is faced with the unlikely prospect that the defendant's attorney, his friend of 20 years and a friend of the slain lawyer, played a part in the murder of a Florida district attorney following the defendant's arrest. McCoy is able to make a deal that preserves the integrity of his adversary but not without a cost.
2858"Asterisk"Steve ShillTerri KoppNovember 27, 2002 (2002-11-27)E330815.80[2]
A star baseball player becomes the prime suspect in the murder of his limousine driver when it is discovered that the driver regularly supplied steroids to the sports icon. The subsequent investigation reveals blackmail as the underlying motive for the murder.
2869"The Wheel"Richard DobbsJill GoldsmithDecember 11, 2002 (2002-12-11)E330719.60[2]
The smoldering corpse of an Asian girl found outside the Chinese consul general's apartment leads the detectives to believe she had immolated herself to make a political statement. When forensics shows that she had been murdered beforehand, they find themselves in the middle of a religious conflict, with the consul general as their prime suspec. His attorney is an old friend of DA Branch.
28710"Mother's Day"Jace AlexanderJanis DiamondJanuary 8, 2003 (2003-01-08)E331119.60[2]
The hit-and-run death of a popular high-school student leaves the detectives suspecting the girl's father was the real target. When evidence reveals that the death was possibly a random killing, they are able to track down their suspect to his apartment. However, things get complicated when their killer is murdered, and the person who committed the crime happens to be the victim's mother.
28811"Chosen"Ed SherinMichael S. ChernuchinJanuary 15, 2003 (2003-01-15)E331019.00[2]
The murder of a bookie with a high-class clientele leads the detectives to arrest his partner. Charged with first-degree murder, his attorney puts forth an unusual defense strategy that turns the trial into a political statement.
28912"Under God"Gloria MuzioMarc Guggenheim & Noah BaylinFebruary 5, 2003 (2003-02-05)E331318.30[2]
A drug dealer is killed and suspicion falls on a dead teenager's father. Briscoe, still mourning his daughter, is unusually sympathetic. Before the police can prove this, the suspect's priest (Denis O'Hare) confesses — claiming that God told him to do it.
29013"Absentia"Martha Mitchell & Darnell MartinEric OvermyerFebruary 12, 2003 (2003-02-12)E331418.40[2]
When the witness in a jewelry store robbery-homicide fails to appear in court, McCoy suspects foul play until he discovers more about the witness (Mandy Patinkin).
29114"Star Crossed"David PlattRichard SwerenFebruary 19, 2003 (2003-02-19)E331519.80[2]
The bludgeoning of a luxury sports car dealer leads the detectives to a mentally challenged man and his girlfriend, who is extremely attractive and whose expensive tastes lead her to be equally manipulative.
29215"Bitch"Constantine MakrisMichael S. Chernuchin & Roz WeinmanFebruary 26, 2003 (2003-02-26)E332015.62[4]
The death of a stockbroker leads the detectives to his famous photographer girlfriend and her mother, who is a cosmetics mogul with a longstanding friendship with DA Arthur Branch. The mother will stop at nothing to protect her corporate image. She goes as far as using hormone replacement therapy withdrawal as the basis for her defense.
29316"Suicide Box"Matthew PennAaron ZelmanMarch 26, 2003 (2003-03-26)E331216.48[5]
A media-savvy attorney defends a black teenager accused of shooting an off-duty police officer.
29417"Genius"Jace AlexanderWilliam N. FordesApril 2, 2003 (2003-04-02)E331815.50[2]
Investigating the murder of a cab driver, the detectives come to suspect a famous author and his protege, a former child prodigy.
29518"Maritime"Gloria MuzioWendy BattlesApril 17, 2003 (2003-04-17)E331915.50[2]

A missing football player becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a woman whose body is discovered floating in the East River, but when his yacht is found with all the guests missing the detectives suspect that he was a victim himself of his problematic brother.

29619"Seer"James QuinnJill GoldsmithApril 23, 2003 (2003-04-23)E331618.10[2]
The prime suspect in the murder of a woman outside a sex club claims to have merely witnessed the crime via a psychic vision.
29720"Kid Pro Quo"David PlattEric Overmyer & Roz WeinmanApril 30, 2003 (2003-04-30)E332518.10[2]
The murder of an admissions director of a private school leads the detectives to investigate a pair of angry parents whose children were denied admission, but then they set their sights on the headmaster when they discover that the victim was about to go public with the denied admissions.
29821"House Calls"Jace AlexanderJanis DiamondMay 7, 2003 (2003-05-07)E332317.50[2]
The suspicious death of a Russian model leads the detectives to suspect medical malpractice.
29922"Sheltered"Richard DobbsTerri KoppMay 14, 2003 (2003-05-14)E332418.30[2]
It's a race against time as the detectives go on the hunt for a sniper whose victims are shot in broad daylight.
30023"Couples"David PlattLorenzo CarcaterraMay 21, 2003 (2003-05-21)E331716.00[6]
One of the few episodes that deviates from the usual formula. Briscoe and Green catch four murders and a kidnapping on the same day and get handed confessions in each case. The DA's office only features minimally.
30124"Smoke"Constantine MakrisTeleplay by: Michael S. Chernuchin
Story by: Dick Wolf
May 21, 2003 (2003-05-21)E332219.00[6]
Briscoe and Green are assigned to a case involving an eccentric comedian who may have killed his young son by dangling him off a ledge.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ CNET Networks, Inc. (2007). episode summary for Season 13. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t
  3. ^ William K. Rashbaum (May 13, 2001). "Search for Suspects Narrows in Fatal Shooting Atop Deli". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Dateline: Week Of March 1, 2003 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts". Mr. Pop Culture. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Dateline: Week Of April 1, 2003 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts". Mr. Pop Culture. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  6. ^ a b
  • Fred Dalton Thompson joins the cast as Arthur Branch in this season.
  • The episode "Couples" marks the show's 300th episode.

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Season Twelve
List of Law & Order seasons
Succeeded by
Season Fourteen