Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Briscoe and Green suspect that a washed-up former Vegas lounge singer may be connected to his wife's murder. But they also discover that his wife has a history as a con artist.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm ... A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn
Dianne Wiest ... Interim D.A. Nora Lewin
Gary Busey ... Tommy Vega
Bruce Altman ... Brad Feldman
David Case David Case ... Peter Vega (as David Allen Case)
Jon Sklaroff ... Rick Jordan
Barbara Gulan Barbara Gulan ... Ms. Boyle
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Jackson's grandmother
Nathan Wetherington ... Jason Vega (as Nathan J. Wetherington)
Roger Serbagi Roger Serbagi ... Judge
Joe Piscopo ... Art Cahill


Briscoe and Green suspect that a washed-up former Vegas lounge singer may be connected to his wife's murder. But they also discover that his wife has a history as a con artist.

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Release Date:

7 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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This episode was inspired by the 2001 murder of Bonnie Lee Bakley, the wife of the actor Robert Blake and the mother of his infant daughter. See more »


A special grand jury cannot be convened by the District Attorney's office, they are only able to be convened by the United State's Attorney's office to investigate possible organized crime cases and to bring charges against said criminal organization in federal court if one is found to be in existence. See more »


E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy: The wife was fleecing the golden goose!
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Vega Family Values
16 March 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm supposing that Robert Blake felt like he had enough bad publicity plus a ruined career over the fallout from the murder of his wife to bother to sue Law And Order. Or maybe by making Gary Busey's character Tommy Vegaa singer instead of an actor they skirt the libel laws.

A breathlesss Gary Busey runs into a night spot he's known to frequent and tells the crowd his wife's just been shot around the corner. But when Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin find the gun and tie it to Busey's manager Joe Piscopo the pieces start to fall into place.

Making them fit is the job of the District Attorney and all I will say for the rest of the story is that the killing had several participants in it. And the motive, I won't get into that.

Busey has a great climax scene at the Grand Jury which Sam Waterston kind of forces him to appear before. Just part of a great guest star turn by him.

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