Law & Order (season 3)

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Law & Order (season 3)
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Season 3 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network NBC
Original release September 23, 1992 (1992-09-23) – May 19, 1993 (1993-05-19)
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The third season of Law & Order aired on NBC between September 23, 1992, and May 19, 1993. This season marked the introduction of Jerry Orbach as Lennie Briscoe, who replaced Paul Sorvino after "Prince of Darkness." At the end of the season, both Dann Florek and Richard Brooks both departed the main cast.


Season 3 began with an unchanged cast. However, during the third and sixth episode, Carolyn McCormick was credited in the opening theme and starting with the ninth episode, she is credited for the rest of the season. This made her the first woman to be part of the cast in the series. A third of the way through, Lennie Briscoe (played by Jerry Orbach) replaced Phil Cerreta (Paul Sorvino) in the role of senior detective. This was the first mid-season replacement of a major character in Law & Order's history; the next would not occur until season 15. This was also the final season to feature Dann Florek as Capt. Don Cragen, and Richard Brooks as Paul Robinette. Both men would later return in guest roles, with Capt. Cragen eventually joining the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
45 1 "Skin Deep" Daniel Sackheim Robert Nathan & Gordon Rayfield September 23, 1992 (1992-09-23) 68009
After photographer Julian Decker is found murdered in his studio, Logan and Cerreta discover that Decker's real business was prostitution and acting as a pimp for models who aren't getting the work they needed. Their investigation leads to Angela Brandt, one of Decker's models who found more money working for Decker in other ways, but they also discover that Decker was romantically involved with Angela's teenage daughter. Stone realizes that something strange is going on when the case gets weaker against Angela, but all of a sudden she wants to cut a deal.
46 2 "Conspiracy" Ed Sherin Michael S. Chernuchin & René Balcer September 30, 1992 (1992-09-30) 68006
After Marcus Tate, the respected leader of a controversial African-American rights movement, is assassinated at a rally, Logan and Cerreta attempt to get information on the crime but are stonewalled by many of Tate's followers, who aren't interested in talking to white police officers. Photographs lead them to Mitchell Kolbin, a white man who had followed Tate religiously but who seemed to lose some of his wonderment when Tate began an affair with his wife.
47 3 "Forgiveness" Bill D'Elia Teleplay by: Ed Zuckerman
Story by: Robert Nathan & Ed Zuckerman
October 7, 1992 (1992-10-07) 68005
After Beth Milgram is found beaten to death in an alleyway after her going away party, Logan and Cerreta initially turn their suspicion to the girl's father after her fiancé, Tommy Beltran, claims that he had hit her after Beth told him they were engaged, but it isn't long before their primary suspect becomes Beltran himself. Stone has the unpleasant task of facing the renowned Cyrus Weaver, who is determined to prove that Tommy Beltran is not guilty of murdering Beth Milgram because he was a poor young man from a Mexican family who could not restrain his rage when his upper-class girlfriend broke up with him.
48 4 "The Corporate Veil" Don Scardino Michael S. Chernuchin & Joe Morgenstern October 14, 1992 (1992-10-14) 68007
A teenager's fatal heart attack is traced to fraud and greed on the part of the manufacturer of his pacemaker and their supplier.
49 5 "Wedded Bliss" Vern Gillum Robert Nathan & Edward Pomerantz October 21, 1992 (1992-10-21) 68004
The discovery of a young woman's body in the river leads to an investigation of illegal sweatshops and the enslavement of young immigrants.
50 6 "Helpless" James Frawley Michael S. Chernuchin & Christine Roum November 4, 1992 (1992-11-04) 68011
Dr. Olivet accuses her gynecologist of rape, but Stone finds his case in trouble when he discovers that Olivet tape-recorded the crime.
51 7 "Self-Defense" Ed Sherin René Balcer & Hall Powell November 11, 1992 (1992-11-11) 68008
Cerreta and Stone find themselves on opposite sides of the fence when a storeowner kills two robbers and then claims self-defense as a justification.
52 8 "Prince of Darkness" Gilbert Shilton Robert Nathan & William N. Fordes November 18, 1992 (1992-11-18) 68003
Cerreta poses as a weapons dealer to help Stone build a case against a Colombian hit man, but the deal takes an unexpected turn, resulting in bloodshed.
53 9 "Point of View" Gilbert Moses Walon Green & René Balcer November 25, 1992 (1992-11-25) 68012

Logan has trouble dealing with Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach), who has been brought in while Cerreta recovers from surgery during their investigation of the murder of Tommy Duff, a small-time hood. Their investigation leads them to a woman who claims Duff raped her, and when her attorney, an old friend of Stone's from law school, calls Olivet to the stand to testify in Mary Kostrinski's defense, Schiff forces Stone to use Olivet's recent rape to discredit her testimony. Logan is upset to learn that Cerreta has accepted another position within the department and will not be returning.

54 10 "Consultation" James Hayman Matt Kiene & Joseph Reinkemeyer December 9, 1992 (1992-12-09) 68014

An engineer and a tribal chief become the chief suspects in the death of a Nigerian woman who died while smuggling heroin internally.

  • This episode was later remade as Law & Order: UK season 2 episode titled "Love and Loss".
55 11 "Extended Family" Charles Correll Teleplay by: Wendell Rawls & Robert Nathan
Story by: Wendell Rawls
January 6, 1993 (1993-01-06) 68015
When Janet Silver kidnaps her daughter from the mall, Logan and Briscoe are sent in to investigate and learn that she committed the crime with the assistance of a children's help organization after going to them with fears that the little girl's father was sexually abusing her.
56 12 "Right to Counsel" James Frawley Michael S. Chernuchin & Barry M. Schkolnick January 13, 1993 (1993-01-13) 68019
After Stone accepts a plea bargain from the much younger and poorer lover of a wealthy older woman found murdered in her apartment, he begins to have doubts that he has sent the right man to prison, especially as he learns more about the attorney who handled the woman's estate.
57 13 "Night and Fog" Ed Sherin Michael S. Chernuchin & René Balcer February 3, 1993 (1993-02-03) 68018
The confession of an elderly man that he assisted his wife in committing suicide doesn't fully satisfy Stone when rumors surface that the man was once a Nazi collaborator.
58 14 "Promises to Keep" Ed Sherin Teleplay by: Robert Nathan & Joshua Stern
Story by: William N. Fordes & Douglas Stark
February 10, 1993 (1993-02-10) 68022

The investigation into the murder of a young physician leads to the discovery of an unorthodox and illegal relationship between her fiancé and his psychiatrist.

  • This episode was later remade as Law & Order: UK season 4 episode titled "ID".
59 15 "Mother Love" Daniel Sackheim Teleplay by: Robert Nathan
Story by: Walon Green & Robert Nathan
February 24, 1993 (1993-02-24) 68024
The absence of a murder weapon complicates the investigation into the murder of a drug addict who stole from her family to support her habit.
60 16 "Jurisdiction" Bruce Seth Green Walon Green & René Balcer March 3, 1993 (1993-03-03) 68017
Stone battles the Brooklyn D.A.'s office over prosecutorial jurisdiction in the case of a mentally handicapped man who confesses to the stabbing deaths of two women.
61 17 "Conduct Unbecoming" Arthur W. Forney Teleplay by: Michael S. Chernuchin & René Balcer
Story by: Walon Green & Peter S. Greenberg
March 10, 1993 (1993-03-10) 68023

Stone and the police battle the closed ranks of the Navy to investigate the death of a female Naval officer during a party in a Manhattan hotel.

62 18 "Animal Instinct" Ed Sherin Michael S. Chernuchin & Sibyl Gardner March 17, 1993 (1993-03-17) 68021
The initial investigation into the death of a research scientist leads to an animal-rights group until evidence surfaces that her husband's affair with a coworker may point to a possible motive for the murder. When the husband is acquitted, the investigation turns to the individual who provided evidence of the affair.
63 19 "Virus" Steven Robman Michael S. Chernuchin & René Balcer April 21, 1993 (1993-04-21) 68010
While investigating several deaths at a diabetes clinic, Briscoe and Logan discover that teenage computer hackers may have tampered with the clinic's medical database.
64 20 "Securitate" James Hayman Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer May 5, 1993 (1993-05-05) 68026
When a Romanian immigrant kills, his lawyer announces he will plead his client "not guilty due to cultural insanity" claiming the man had been conditioned to violence in his homeland.
65 21 "Manhood" Ed Sherin Teleplay by: Robert Nathan
Story by: Walon Green & Robert Nathan
May 12, 1993 (1993-05-12) 68025

The statement of a drug dealer who survived a shoot-out that killed a cop leads Logan and Briscoe to suspect that the cop died because he was gay and his fellow officers were reluctant to back him up.

  • This episode was later remade as the Law & Order: UK season 2 episode titled "Samaritan".
66 22 "Benevolence" Ed Sherin Teleplay by: René Balcer & Douglas Palau
Story by: Douglas Palau
May 19, 1993 (1993-05-19) 68028

Logan and Briscoe begin their investigation into the death of a hearing-impaired young woman by questioning her two most recent boyfriends.

Notes and references[edit]

  • Eric Bogosian, who guest starred as a defense attorney in the episodes "Conspiracy" and "Night and Fog", would later have a starring role in the Law & Order spin-off, Criminal Intent.

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Season Four