Law & Order (1990–2010)
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An activist college student is killed for investigating a meat packing plant. McCoy later uncovers a connection between the plant and five E. coli deaths at a fast food chain.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Rob Wright




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
Philip Casnoff ... Bill Talbot
Stephen Bogardus ... Jim Dittmar
Gerrit Graham ... Mr. Hutchins
Jesse Doran Jesse Doran ... Arthur King
David Lenthall David Lenthall ... Mike Bledsoe
Gregory Russell Cook Gregory Russell Cook ... Jimmy Gaines
Andrea Navedo ... Detective Ana Cordova
John Cariani ... CSU Technician Julian Beck
Jon Krupp ... Kevin Roth


A student activist is found stabbed to death. The investigation leads them to a meat packing plant. At first, they think he was looking into if they were improperly preparing their meat making susceptible to the E.coli bacteria. But they later learn he was also looking into the fact that they provided a fast food company with infected meat which led to the death of 5 children. Upon learning this Lewin tells McCoy she wants him to prosecute the company. Written by

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Release Date:

10 April 2002 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Stephen Bogardus has played three different roles over the course of the series: See more »


The college employee states that Andy's parents live in Amherst, MA. But Ed states when he comes out side with the LUDs that there was a call to his parents at a 508 area code Amherst is in the 413 area code of MA 508 is in the South Eastern part of MA near Foxboro where the Patriots play. See more »


A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: Why wouldn't the plaintiffs blow the whistle? I mean why would somebody whose child got sick keep quiet?
Jack McCoy: As a negotiating tactic. The parents sue for compensation, not publicity, but the threat gives them leverage.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: Once they settled, the confidentiality agreement makes sure everything got swept under the rug.
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There's no cost-benefit analysis that justifies children dying.
16 November 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

Father and son were about to open their pizza parlor when they noticed a boy next to their shatter, stabbed several times to death. The victim had no wallet with him so he's classified as a John Doe. The place is frequented till late night by drunk young guys so it's not easy to identify who the murdered really is. Anyway a call made by his mobile phone the next morning lead the detectives to a local drug dealer (and fence): he's just a thief and not a murder, but he allowed detectives to locate the victim's clothes, stained with cow blood. The owner of a local slaughterhouse had knives the same size of the murder weapon and he used to be harassed by the victim, an activist against animal butchering. What seemed to be an argument went bad actually hide something more important related to meat market and the corporation in charge of trading the meat. An agreement settled in the past and end up under the rug could be called into question.

It's essential to guarantee food quality, but it's not easy for common people to deal with powerful corporation. When it all become of public domain, like in a trial, people affected are willing to come up and testify.

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