18 Episodes 2008 - 2008
Season Eighteen 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. This season witnesses a significant number of cast changes: returning characters included DA Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), Lt. Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), ADA Connie Rubirosa (Alana de la Garza), and - initially - Detective Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin), though he left the program mid-season to be replaced by Detective Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson). Also departing were Detective Nina Cassady, replaced by Detective Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto), and Fred Thompson (Arthur Branch). Within the series, McCoy received a promotion from EADA to DA, formally replacing Branch, and a new arrival, EADA Michael Cutter (Linus Roache) took on McCoy's old position. Stories this season include an immigration rally riot that leads to a homicide, a teenager's corpse that turns up after a wild high school party, a novelist's demise where suspicions of suicide yield to suspected homicide, and lead the detectives straight into an ugly cult, and ultimately, a jeweler's brutal death that ends up putting McCoy's job at risk.
Wed, Jan 2, 2008 43 mins
Det. Lupo's return is marred by his seriously ill brother's suicide by lethal injection. A second death with identical circumstances leads Lupo and Green to a parolee nicknamed "Dr. Death" and his daughter (Marin Ireland), who may be following in her father's footsteps.
Wed, Jan 2, 2008 43 mins
Detectives are called to an executive's home during a blackout and discover a murder and kidnapping. Fall Out Boy's lead singer Patrick Stump guest stars.
Wed, Jan 9, 2008 43 mins
An explosion alerts Lupo and Green to a scientist's controversial research after one of the test subjects, a pregnant woman, is injured.
Wed, Jan 16, 2008 43 mins
A lawsuit over missing pants becomes a murder case when the defense lawyer is killed. The investigation takes an unexpected turn when Detectives Green and Lupo uncover a connection to a large retail corporation that employs Van Buren's old friend and mentor, but the man's eagerness to help begins to cross the line and threaten the case.
Wed, Jan 23, 2008 43 mins
Lupo and Green investigate the murders of a white teen boy and a black girl in a delicate, racially charged case that soon envelops two brothers (Jeremy Allen White, Miles Chandler) and a local boy's father (Kevin Carroll).
Wed, Jan 30, 2008 43 mins
The triple homicide of three roommates ostensibly appears to be a murder-suicide, the grim result of a lovers' quarrel. But after closer inspection, the case begins to swirl around a politically connected con man.
Wed, Feb 6, 2008 43 mins
Evidence in a hit and run leads to a real-estate scam artist who has all but vanished. With the help of a title-agency employee (January Jones), the detectives go undercover in an attempt to lure the conman out of hiding. But the sting goes bad, prompting the department to shift its focus to a surprising suspect.
Wed, Feb 13, 2008 43 mins
A peaceful protester at an immigration rally is killed, and evidence indicates the police are to blame. The case becomes a political nightmare for McCoy, who refuses to back down and is accused of pushing his own liberal agenda.
Wed, Feb 20, 2008 43 mins
A doctor attending a convention is murdered in his hotel room, and detectives discover he made a large cash withdrawal shortly before his death. Upon further investigation, Lupo and Green begin to suspect the man was not the killer's intended target, and another physician may still be in danger. Alan Zweibel, James Rebhorn.
Wed, Feb 27, 2008 43 mins
Clues in the murder of a high-school girl point to a prostitute (Maria Dizzia) and her partner, and a war of words ensues as each accuses the other of the crime. Later, Connie deals with a staunch admirer in the jury pool.
Wed, Mar 5, 2008 43 mins
A psychiatrist who counseled troubled teens is murdered, and the probe reveals he was intimately involved with his underage patients. This leads the detectives to suspect the man's wife (Moira Kelly), whom he met when she was a patient.
Wed, Mar 12, 2008 43 mins
The detectives connect a woman's brutal slaying to a dogfighting ring and a wealthy wine dealer. Lara Flynn Boyle guest stars as a resourceful reporter tracking the case.
Wed, Mar 19, 2008 43 mins
The violent slaying of an art dealer initially appears to have connections to a terrorist organization. But the probe leads the detectives to the victim's troubled son and his ties to a fanatic religious group.
Wed, Apr 23, 2008 43 mins
Det. Green becomes the subject of an internal investigation, led by Det. Kevin Bernard (new series regular Anthony Anderson), after he is implicated in the shooting of a well-known hustler.
Wed, Apr 30, 2008 43 mins
A writer's death appears to be a suicide, but Lupo and Bernard suspect a cult is involved, which causes trouble for Cutter at the trial when jurors fear for their safety.
Wed, May 7, 2008 43 mins
Connie is ordered to defend a man accused of killing a worker participating in a legal-aid strike. Because of the number of attorneys on the picket line, Connie is pitted against Cutter at the trial.
Personae Non Grata
Wed, May 14, 2008 43 mins
The probe into an auto mechanic's murder leads detectives to the man's boss, whose online affair with a young girl was exposed by the victim.
Wed, May 21, 2008 43 mins
Season 18 ends with the murder of a jeweler. The investigation leads detectives to a prostitution ring run by the victim's brother-in-law. The resulting trial proves to be a challenge for McCoy, whose career is threatened because of the probe. Tom Everett Scott guest stars.