Law & Order/DWB

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Season 9, Episode 2
Airdate October 7, 1998
Production Number E0205
Written by Rene Balcer
Directed by Constantine Makris
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DWB is the second episode of the ninth season of Law & Order, and the one hundred eighty-third episode overall.

Starring (Law): Jerry Orbach (Detective Lennie Briscoe), Benjamin Bratt (Detective Rey Curtis), S. Epatha Merkerson (Lt. Anita Van Buren)

Starring (Order): Sam Waterston (E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy), Angie Harmon (A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael), Steven Hill (D.A. Adam Schiff)

Guest Stars: John Ventimiglia (Frank Dietrick), John A. MacKay (Internal Affairs Detective), Michael McCormick (Dietrick's Attorney), John Driver (Bob Gervitz), David Valcin (Officer Fratelli), Russell G. Jones (Raymond "Ray-Ray" Davis), Joseph Ragno (), Michael Hannon (), Pamela Isaacs (Mrs. Michaels), Tom Mardirosian (Mr. Butler), Mark Mineart ()

with Michael Cullen (James Deitz), Chuck Patterson (Mr. Cutty), Mark Kenneth Smaltz (Judge William Koehler), Lee Cobb (Gilbert Rausch), John Fiore (Tony Profaci), Larry Clarke (Morris LaMotte), Marilyn Chris (Gayatri Devi), Johnny Lee Davenport (Rev. Theodore Dempsey), Stephanie Cannon (Claudia Sawchuck), Marcia Haufrecht (Linda Coffey), David Langston Smyrl (Artie Dickson), Moira Driscoll (Dr. Judy Summers), C.S. Lee (Kenny Chen), Mike Lisenco (Krutsky), E.J. Carroll (Off. Fenwick), Jane Cronin (Sylvia), Chevi Colton (Dottie), Ted Neustadt (Quinn), Steve Coats (McHenry), Keenan Shimizu (CSU Technician Hsu), Lawrence Green (Forensics Technician Jackson), Patrick Welsh (Mark), Robert Cea (David), Bart Tangredi (CSU Technician)


Plot Overview

Police officers are accused of beating and murdering a black man whose body was dumped near the highway and McCoy faces pressure from Federal prosecutors as he tries to prosecute the crime.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • DWB: The title of the episode is the punchline to a joke about police and racism widely used among African-Americans. The joke goes something like "Why did the cops pull you over?", to which the other person says "DWB: Driving While Black."

Memorable Moments