POP QUIZ: LAW & ORDER & INTENT & VICTIMS & TRIAL & LOS ANGELES & UK (answers)

So as it turned out, NBC decided to delay the airing of their 400th L&O:SVU episode. They clearly did not consult me on this decision. The network is juggling the show’s schedule right now, and according to rumours it’s because an upcoming episode is centred around a very Trump-like character and some deeply unsavoury accusations. I for one can’t wait. In the meantime, other episodes are airing, and the 400th, titled “Great Expectations”, should air next week.

None of that confused either Michel P or Raymond C, though. They tied for high score this week. Congratulations! You each get one of Lenny Briscoe’s old half-eaten hot dogs.

1) John Munch, an original SVU detective played by Richard Belzer, has appeared on more unique television series than any other character in TV history. He’s been seen in nine series on five networks, including The X-Files, Arrested Development and The Wire. But on which show did the character originate?
2) What was the name of the one-off TV Feature Film which saw disgraced Detective Mike Logan follow a trail of crime back to Manhattan, and right into his old squad room?
3) What position was held by Alfred Wentworth, portrayed by Roy Thinnes, in the original Law & Order pilot episode, “Everybody’s Favorite Bagman”?
4) What’s the name of the detective portrayed by John Fiore, who had brief appearances in 53 episodes, and a major role in the Mike Logan feature film?
5) What’s the position held by Elizabeth Rodgers, portrayed by Leslie Hendrix, who has appeared on all four of the New York-based Law & Order series?
6) What stand up comedian played Michael Dobson in the Law & Order episode “Coma”, a night club owner who got away with killing his first wife in the Law & Order episode “Coma”, but didn’t quite succeed in a second episode, “Encore”, two years later? The same comedian appeared as himself nearly ten years after his original appearance.
7) What was the name of the short-lived series set in the Law & Order ‘universe’ starring Oliver Platt as Wallace Benton, a crime columnist for tabloid paper The New York Ledger? Bebe Neuwirth, a “Trial By Jury” regular, co-starred as his editor.
8) L.A. Deputy DA Ricardo Morales, played by Alfred Molina, gave up the DA’s office to become what?
9) The original Law & Order episode “Fools For Love” was based directly on which two high-profile Canadian killers?
10) On Criminal Intent, who played Elizabeth Hitchens aka Nicole Wallace, a sort-of sexy Moriarty for Detective Bobby Goren?

1) HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET
2) EXILED: A LAW & ORDER MOVIE
3) DISTRICT ATTORNEY
4) TONY PROFACI
5) MEDICAL EXAMINER
6) LARRY MILLER
7) DEADLINE
8) A POLICE DETECTIVE
9) KARLA HOMOLKA and PAUL BERNARDO
10) OLIVIA D’ABO

I could have watched the original Law & Order forever. To me, the ripped-from-the-headlines, case-of-the-week format never got old. All these spin-offs where they deal with irrelevant things like human feelings and personal relationships… bleh.

Stephen Hill’s character of Adam Schiff is often cited as the longest serving original cast member of Law & Order, but technically he’s a replacement himself. He wasn’t in the pilot. But… they showed the initial episodes out of order. “Everybody’s Favorite Bagman’, shot as a pilot, was actually the sixth episode aired by NBC. So, Hill was in the first episode seen, but not the first episode shot.

There were no questions about Jerry Orbach. But to me, Orbach’s role as Lenny Briscoe defined the show. The Briscoe & Logan years were the best L&O ever. The UK version re-used several basic story ideas from the original series, and Bradley Walsh’s Lenny-esque Ronnie Brooks was great work, but Orbach was the king.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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