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Refuge: Part 2 

Hitmen reach the last witness in the Russian mob case, which leads to the discovery of a money laundering scheme. And a related bomb scare at the police precinct forces McCoy to defy Schiff and go all out to prosecute the offenders.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Detective Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Tom Mason ... Carlton Radford
Sherman Howard ... Carlton Radford's attorney
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Defense Attorney Manning (as Terry L. Beaver)
Olek Krupa ... Constantin Volsky
Ben Shenkman ... Nick Margolis
Nelson Vasquez ... Omar Pinella
Larry Clarke ... Detective Morris LaMotte
Sally-Jane Heit Sally-Jane Heit ... Judge Alice Berksit
Paul Diomede Paul Diomede ... Jay Jay


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The prosecutors case suffers a major setback when a hit man manages to infiltrate the safe house where their only witnesses were being kept. ADA Toni Ricci was killed as was 10 year-old Billy Woodson's mother but the boy survived and is in critical condition in hospital. Detectives Briscoe and Curtis are tasked to find the killers and focus on a young Latino couple who were seen entering the building. It turns out they are connected to Columbian drug dealers meaning the Russians and the Columbians are working together. They find that the Columbians are laundering their drug money through Russian banks. They launch a racketeering case against the Russian mobsters who are definitely playing hardball: they plant a large bomb in the police precinct. McCoy decides to play hardball as well. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


Sam Waterston's, real-life son, James Waterston, plays the character of Dr. Shimo. See more »


A Russian character is given the name "Galina Krylov." The name is impossible. Krylov is one of many Russian names that show gender. Her name would be Galina Krylova. See more »


Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Why wasn't a police officer stationed in the apartment?
Anita Van Buren: In a one-bedroom? That would have been cozy. We tried putting someone downstairs in the vestibule, but the tenants complained.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Lieutenant, I don't have to tell you...
Anita Van Buren: No, you don't. We're treating this like Ricci was one of our own.
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Followed by Law & Order: Fed (2009) See more »

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Chief Judge & Presiding Justice's make this episode a must see...
24 January 2017 | by balladmanSee all my reviews

Definitely see part 1 as other reviewer suggests. DA Adam Schiff, played by actor Steven Hill, is grounded in his pressing of Jack McCoys (actor Sam Waterston) walking close to the line of personal liberties vs. security. The court scenes are by far some of the most compelling. Cameo appearance, playing the part of Presiding Justice #1, real life Attorney turned Actor, Richard Lublin, does well in this cameo appearance. I especially enjoyed the character of Chief Judge as played by actor James Caulfield. Judges will make or break one of these episodes, and they always seem to hit it head on! Great Law & Order episode to place on your watch list...

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26 May 1999 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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