This episode was the original pilot episode filmed in 1988; after being bounced around by the networks and ultimately landing at NBC it was decided not to air this episode first, opting on "Prescription for Death" instead as the first aired episode.
Although credited, Stephen Hill does not appear in this episode. This episode was filmed before Hill was cast.
, best known as the opening credits narrator for all L&O series, makes his sole on-screen appearance in this episode. He is one of the FBI surveillance technicians conducting covert surveillance of a restaurant where corrupt politicians are dining. He has one line of dialogue: "Look at that. Do you believe these guys?"
The actual title of his role in the script was Detective #2.
This is also the only episode for which he did not do the opening narration.