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Detectives Winters and Jaruszalski investigate a botched kidnapping, which becomes complicated when they discover another crime. Unfortunately, this dilemma leaves Dekker with a ticking clock as ICE threatens to extradite witnesses who are key to his case.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x18
Production Number: 01011
Airdate: Monday May 30th, 2011

Director: Milan Cheylov
Writer: René Balcer

  • Currently 7.7/10
7.7/10 (3 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Jodi Long
As Judge Sonya Cruz
Tamlyn Tomita
As Dr. Nishizawa, M.E.
Alla Korot
As Anna Ackroyd
Amy Benedict
As Amy Libergal
Eugene Alper
As Andrei Kalugin
Gene Farber
As Paul Mironov
Gina Sorell
As Marie St. Cernay
Harry J. Lennix
As Agent Bossy
Ivo Nandi
As Boris Kovelachuk
June Carryl
As Female Officer
Laura Niemi
As Madeline Maynard
Marina Anderson
As Agent Rubio
Michael Enright
As Nick Libergal
Michael Yavnieli
As Detective Dovzhenko
Raphael Sbarge
As Dennis Ackroyd
Ron Bottitta
As Grisha
Rudy Dobrev
As Pavel Krachagin
Skyler Day
As Mila Ackroyd
Main Cast
Skeet Ulrich
As Detective Rex Winters
Corey Stoll
As Detective Tomas "TJ" Jarusalski
Rachel Ticotin
As Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales
Megan Boone
As Deputy D.A. Lauren Stanton
Terrence Howard
As Deputy D.A. Jonah "Joe" Dekker
Steven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration (uncredited)


The scene opens in the Fairfax District where a man named Nick Libergal says goodbye to his wife and children as they get ready to go to their grandparent’s home. Dorothy, an elderly woman walks back and goes inside. Later that night, Dorothy calls the police and tells them about a car that has been empty and running for an hour. Officers go to the door and two Russian men with guns answer the door. The officers kill the Russians and investigate the home. They find that Nick is dead in the bathtub and is dissolving in quicklime. The Medical Examiner arrives on scene and says that Nick originally died of a heart attack and says that he was beaten. The detective looks through the Russian’s bag to find that they were initially going to kidnap Nick rather then kill him. They realize that the quicklime was doing its job and trying to dissolve the body. They go out to the car and there fingerprints and the Russians don’t have any identification. They find that Nick immigrated from Russian back in 1988. TJ and Rex talk to Dorothy and she tells that Nick was good with his wife and kids and also to everyone else. She tells them that she saw a town car that was there when the police arrive. It honked and then drove off. They look at where the town car was and find cigarette butts and chewing gum wrappers. It was clearly a surveillance job and that the town car driver is the leader of the botched kidnapping. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
DeveloperBlake Masters
Executive ProducerDick Wolf  |  Blake Masters  |  Peter Jankowski  |  René Balcer  |  Christopher Misiano
Co-Executive ProducerJulie Martin (1)  |  Debra J. Fisher  |  Richard Sweren  |  Arthur W. Forney
ProducerTim Deluca  |  Jill Lopez Danton
Production DesignerKen Hardy
EditorLeon Ortiz-Gil
Unit Production ManagerMichele Greco
MusicAtli Örvarsson
Set DesignerW. Rick Nichol
Director of PhotographyJoe Gallagher
Casting DirectorMegan Branman  |  Lynn Kressel  |  Dylann Brander
Warning: Law & Order: Los Angeles season 1 episode 18 guide may contain spoilers
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