Law & Order (1990–2010)
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After a homeless man is convicted of murder, his lawyer files an Fourth Amendment appeal claiming an illegal, unwarranted search of his personal property.


Kristoffer Tabori (as Kristoffer Siegel-Tabori)


Dick Wolf (created by), Kathy McCormick (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Phil Cerreta
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Matthew Cowles ... Christian 'Lemonhead' Tatum
Ron McLarty ... Scoler
Elizabeth Lawrence ... Miss Elsie Hatch
Lycia Naff ... Mimi Sternhagen
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Wendy Radford Wendy Radford ... Miss Fahey
Michael Tolan ... Norman Ackerman
Bill Alton Bill Alton ... Judge Bernard O'Malley
Russell Garrett Russell Garrett ... Sal Violet


Detectives Cerreta and Logan investigate the stabbing death of a young man. He was killed on a street corner in front of several witnesses, none of whom are of much help in identifying the attacker. A store owner identifies a homeless man who lives in a cardboard box outside the store and they eventually identify him as a homeless person who goes by the name of Lemonhead. He proves not to be the attacker and they realize there were two of them at the scene. The second person lives in a cardboard box in Central Park and they soon make an arrest. ADA Stone gets a conviction but soon finds himself in the State Court of Appeal when a lawyer argues that the police did not have a warrant to search his "home" under the tree in the park. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

8 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chris Noth (Mike Logan) & Alex Draper (Nathan Robbins) also worked together on episode 3.2, The Good Wife: The Death Zone (2011), of The Good Wife (2009) as Peter Florrick & Joel Branch respectively. See more »


Irving Metzman is credited as Judge Strozzek, but his character sits on the judge's bench with his name tag in full view as "Hon. Robert Streebie". See more »


Scoler: Mr. Tatum, has the CIA ever tried to assassinate you?
Christian 'Lemonhead' Tatum: Yes.
Scoler: When was the last attempt on your life?
Christian 'Lemonhead' Tatum: Tuesday.
Ben Stone: Objection, your honor.
[Judge waves dismissively]
Scoler: Why would the CIA want to kill you, Mr. Tatum?
Christian 'Lemonhead' Tatum: Eastern Europe. I briefed Mikhail Gorbachev several times lat year, before it all happened.
Scoler: So you made them look bad?
Christian 'Lemonhead' Tatum: Yes, they don't like that.
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References The Dating Game (1965) See more »

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Lemonhead is Brilliant
3 March 2019 | by Lucia-MeleSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite episodes. And "Lemonhead" is my favorite guest actor EVER in this series. I especially love when he answers, "Come in!" when someone knocks on the door to the interrogation room. His scenes are wonderful.

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