22 Episodes 2005 - 2006
Season Sixteen of NBC's hit procedural series "Law & Order" continues to dramatize the experiences of the detectives in the NYPD homicide division, and the DA office responsible for prosecuting the crimes that homicide investigates. Returning characters this season include: Lt. Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), Executive ADA Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), DA Arthur Branch (Fred Dalton Thompson), Det. Joe Fontana (Dennis Farina), ADA Alexandra Borgia (Annie Parisse) and - after a brief replacement by Nick Falco during the prior year - Det. Ed Green (Jessie L. Martin). Stories this season include: the abduction of a five-year-old girl during a carjacking; a rehabilitated mother whose body turns up dead in her apartment, with her young son missing; the deaths of three women sharing the same name, which prompts the detectives to re-open an old office shooting case; the death of a journalist, which appears to be a suicide until evidence arises suggesting foul play; and the tragic slaying of Dana Baker, an undercover cop posing as a heroin dealer.
Wed, Sep 21, 2005 43 mins
A kidnapper (James LeGros) tells McCoy that he'll only reveal his 5-year-old victim's location if he serves no time. Graham: Adam Arkin. Judge: Lindsay Crouse. Denise Clark: Wendy Hoopes. Lois Kurland: Brooke Smith.
Wed, Sep 28, 2005 43 mins
"SVU" detectives Olivia Benson and Fin Tutuola (Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T) help in a murder investigation that involves a scam artist and her daughter (Lynda Carter, Estella Warren). Nick Margolis: Ben Shenkman. David Glass: Daniel Eric Gold. McCoy: Sam Waterston.
Wed, Oct 5, 2005 43 mins
A thief's deathbed confession to a young model's murder brings Fontana back to the decade-old case. Dolan: Raymond J. Barry. Johnny Zona: David Vadim. Heller: Lee Tergesen. Judge Schnell: John Dossett. Nick Zona: Quentin Mare. Fontana: Dennis Farina.
Age of Innocence
Wed, Oct 12, 2005 43 mins
A car explodes outside a hospital, killing the driver, who had just ordered the feeding tube removed from his comatose wife. Steven Lamar: Derek Cecil. Rev. Dwyer: John Aylward. Pam Lamar: Beth Dixon. Phil Lamar: Fred Burrell. Fontana: Dennis Farina.
Wed, Oct 19, 2005 43 mins
Fontana and Green investigate the murder of an aspiring journalist and learn that she was working undercover to try to expose a prostitution ring. Richard Drucker: William Sadler. Harris Klein: Reed Diamond. Heath Goodman: George Demas. Lynette Drucker: Enid Graham. Lola: Jene Hernandez. Patterson Drucker: Brad Fleisgher. Fontana: Dennis Farina.
Wed, Nov 2, 2005 43 mins
Richard Brooks guest stars as Paul Robinette, the role he played in the show's first three seasons (and once in 1996). Robinette defends a person charged with killing a female prisoner.
House of Cards
Wed, Nov 9, 2005 43 mins
Green and Fontana investigate the killing of a woman and the abduction of her newborn son. Arlene: Wendy Moniz. Carolyn: Becky Ann Baker. Steve Monroe: Anthony Holds. Frank Stoll: Victor Verhaeghe. Olivet: Carolyn McCormick.
New York Minute
Wed, Nov 16, 2005 43 mins
Fontana and Green link the shooting death of a trucker to the fact that he had been hauling undocumented Mexican workers across the border. Nathaniel Prentiss: Daniel Roebuck. Blanca Alvarez: Aixa Rosario Medina.
Wed, Nov 23, 2005 43 mins
As a convicted killer awaits retrial, key witnesses are being murdered, and Detectives Green and Fontana turn up evidence that suggests ADA Jack McCoy could also be at risk.
Wed, Nov 30, 2005 43 mins
Van Buren's personal interest in a case threatens to cloud her professional judgment when the daughter of a college friend turns up dead just months after becoming the victim of a brutal acid attack that disfigured her face.
Wed, Dec 7, 2005 43 mins
A man is found beaten to death in a synagogue after ripping pages from a Torah. McCoy wants to charge not only the killer, but also the person who hired the deceased to defile the sacred book. Barry Speicher: Zach Grenier. Eric Speicher: Mark Feuerstein. Stan Malloy: Kevin O'Rourke. Rabbi Geller: Allan Miller.
Wed, Jan 11, 2006 43 mins
The murder of an accountant for a Mafia family proves difficult to prosecute.
Heart of Darkness
Wed, Jan 18, 2006 43 mins
Fontana and Green investigate the suspicious suicide of a depressed journalist when evidence is uncovered that suggests someone else may have been involved in the man's death.
Wed, Feb 8, 2006 43 mins
Kathleen Turner plays the high-powered attorney of a privileged teen (Jaime McAdams) accused in the strangulation death of a high-school classmate who was selling test answers and homework.
Choice of Evils
Wed, Mar 1, 2006 43 mins
A suburban mom ends up admitting to Fontana and Green that she shot and killed her own teenage son out of fear that the boy would become a menace to society and follow the same criminal path his father chose.
Cost of Capital
Wed, Mar 8, 2006 43 mins
Dets. Fontana and Green investigate the murder of a young black banking associate. Their prime suspect is the victim's boss (and possible lover), but McCoy runs into trouble prosecuting the case because of a very shaky star witness---the accused's daughter. Sophia: Lisa Zane. Katie: Sarah Steele.
Wed, Mar 22, 2006 61 mins
The shooting death of a private military contractor appears to be tied to the time he spent in Iraq. Kevin Boatman: Pablo Schreiber.
Thinking Makes It So
Wed, Mar 29, 2006 61 mins
Fontana uses questionable force to find the kidnapped daughter of a bank manager who was forced to assist in the robbery of his own financial institution in an attempt to pay off his child's ransom. Peter Jacobson.
Wed, Apr 5, 2006 43 mins
A young suspect commits suicide as Dets. Fontana and Green try to arrest him for the slaying of a diner owner. Before he died, the teen admitted that he meant to kill a medical administrator who he blamed for the death of his sister, a HIV-positive patient at a children's hospital, which eventually ends up getting investigated for questionable medical practices.
Wed, May 3, 2006 61 mins
An undercover police officer is murdered after her identity is published by a newspaper reporter, so McCoy goes after the unscrupulous and underhanded journalist who leaked the name.
Wed, May 10, 2006 43 mins
Det. Nick Falco finds himself being investigated by Fontana and Green after a woman is found slashed to death in his bathroom.
Wed, May 17, 2006 43 mins
In the season finale, Borgia comes under threat from two violent home invaders responsible for slaughtering the family of a criminal-turned-informant who was helping her with a case involving fake DEA badges; McCoy risks his career by stretching the law to apprehend these killers.