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Law & Order: Who Let the Dogs Out?

Detectives Briscoe and Green are called to the scene of a vicious dog attack in which a woman was mauled to death and as they rush to track down the ferocious animal before it strikes again, they trace the dog's ownership to a prisoner in Attica already serving two life-terms. Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy and A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn must determine who among the prisoner's few outside contacts could have aided him in his fight-dog business, and who is ultimately responsible for the dog's trained propensity for deadly violence.

Episode Info

Episode number: 12x1
Production Number: E2208
Airdate: Wednesday September 26th, 2001

Alternate Airdates:

NL (VARA) Jul 10, 2010

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Guest Stars
Andrea Navedo
As Detective Ana Cordova
Brian Tarantina
As Al Manos
Bruce McCarty
As Roger Quinn
Chuck Lewkowicz
As Butcher
David Warshofsky
As Danny Miller
Ed Trucco
As Manning
Edwin J. McDonough
As Patrick Collin
Ellie Dvorkin
As Karen
Helen Hanft
As Vera
Joel Marsh Garland
As Ralph Carson
Joey Vega
As Driver
Kelly AuCoin
As Rich Porter
Leila Danette
As Old Lady
Leslie Hendrix
As Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers, M.E.
Melissa Leo
As Sherri Quinn
Nance Williamson
As Dr. Jansen
P.J. Benjamin
As Dr. Paul Garrett
P.J. Brown
As Bill Reade
Reade Kelly
As Glen Malloran
Robert Hogan
As Judge Albert Scholl
Russ Vigilante
As Gino
Scotty Dillin
As Clerk
Tanya Berezin
As Judge Rosalyn Lenz
Tom O'Rourke
As Peter Behrens
Alice Playten
As Woman at Dog Run
Fly Williams
As Jimmy
Ian Alsup
As Eric
Jeff Woodman
As Matthew Heller
Kevin J. Flynn
As Police Officer
Manon Halliburton
As Animal Control Supervisor
Main Cast
Jerry Orbach
As Detective Leonard W. "Lennie" Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin
As Detective Edward "Eddie" Green
S. Epatha Merkerson
As Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston
As District Attorney Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm
As Assistant D.A. Serena Southerlyn
Dianne Wiest
As District Attorney Nora Lewin
Steven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration (uncredited)
Episode Notes
In the aftermath of 9/11, the main title voiceover by Steven Zirnkilton was changed for the first few episodes to include the following dedication: "On September 11, 2001, New York City was ruthlessly and criminally attacked. While no tribute can ever heal the pain of that day, the producers of Law & Order dedicate this season to the victims & their families and to the firefighters & police officers who remind us every day with their lives & courage what it truly means to be an American".

This voiceover was also heard at the beginning of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, whose series premiere was suitably altered to reflect the events; the latter became L&O’s second spin-off.

Elisabeth Röhm (Serena Southerlyn) joins the regular cast in this episode.

Episode Quotes
Det. Lennie Briscoe: On the bright side, at least there's no barking.
Det. Ed Green: Maybe they were trained not to bark.
Det. Lennie Briscoe: Well, there's a cheerful thought.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Who Let the Dogs Out?

Taken from the Baha Men song of the same name.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerPeter Jankowski  |  Dick Wolf  |  Jeffrey L. Hayes  |  Barry Schindel
Co-Executive ProducerArthur W. Forney  |  Richard Sweren  |  Lewis H. Gould
Supervising ProducerGary Karr (1)  |  William N. Fordes
ProducerKati Johnston  |  Wendy Battles  |  Roz Weinman
Co-ProducerJill Goldsmith  |  Terri Kopp  |  Sean Jablonski
Consulting ProducerEric Overmyer
Production DesignerRobert Thayer
EditorToni Morgan
MusicMike Post
Director of PhotographyJohn Beymer
Warning: Law & Order season 12 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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