A compassionate toucher, Lennie often reaches out physically
to victims' family members and witnesses with a hand on the shoulder or
occasionally even a hug.
Despite his shortcomings as a father (L&O Episode 134,
[05/22/96]), Lennie is really good with children he encounters during investigations.
See, for example, his questioning of Laura Rudman in L&O Episode
(02/02/94), or his and Rey's comforting the Rankin children in L&O
Episode 135 "Causa
Normally restrained at crime scenes, Lennie has been known
to explode. In L&O Episode 194, "Hunters"
(02/10/99), he punches one of the Georgia bounty hunters who have just
splattered two innocent women with shotgun fire.
When murderers are on the loose, Lennie is not unwilling
to use intimidation and force on female suspects. In L&O Episode
Pursuit" (11/08/95), he yells at a very pregnant woman and slams Leslie
Harlan to floor during grocery store robbery.
Thoroughly pragmatic, Lennie will cut corners and bend rules
if it gets the job done. He even comes within what he describes as
"a foot, foot and a half" of perjury in L&O Episode 175, "Stalker"
(04/15/98), because he thinks he owes the victim for having misread a situation
that led to her death.
A technophobe. In L&O Episode 268,
Nation" (02/27/02), when Lennie comments on not opening e-mail, Green
sort of snorts and says something like, "Don't no one send you no e-mail
anyway!" In L&O Episode 113, "Rebels"
(09/27/95), he follows new partner Rey Curtis around in bewilderment as
Curtis tracks a suspect by e-mail.
Realizes that his age is becoming an issue in his work:
After Curtis effortlessly hops over a low wall, Lennie turns to Lt. Van
Buren and says, "You want me to carry you or you want to carry me?" L&O
Episode 126, "Encore"
(02/28/96). He also frequently is winded when he needs to run to
chase suspects. See, for an example, L&O Episode 158, "Thrill"
Practically a walking atlas of New York City, Lennie can
reel off the street addresses of not only restaurants and bars (of course!),
but also other places such as a church in L&O Episode 199, "Juvenile"
(04/14/99), and an S&M club in L&O Episode 170, "Castoff"
Served in the U.S. Army as a corporal. L&O Episode
Se" (05/08/96), and L&O Episode 241, "Teenage
Formally of the 116th Precinct. L&O Episode 139, "Corruption"
Worked vice at the 13th Precinct. L&O Episode 142, "Family
Definitely over 25 years with the force: "30 years on the
job" L&O episode 155, "Passion"
(05/07/97); "28 years experience" L&O episode 175, "Stalker"
Blood type is AB-negative. L&O Episode 94, "Competence"
A recovering alcoholic, Lennie apparently drank for a very
long time. In L&O Episode 134, "Aftershock"
(05/22/96), daughter Cathy remarks to him, "I was seven years old when
you stumbled out of my life." We know that he was drinking five years
before the events in L&O Episode 139, "Corruption"
(10/30/96), which is about two years before Cathy's death at age 26, as
indicated by her grave stone in L&O Episode 181, "Monster"
(05/28/98). So, Lennie probably was drinking for at least 13 years.
After he is sober, Lennie falls off the wagon once in In L&O Episode
(05/22/96). Subsequent to this relapse, he dates it, in true AA style,
as a February 5th almost five years previous to the events of L&O Episode
Apparently has a cast iron stomach; never turns down
food. Rey teases him about this in L&O Episode 172, "Faccia
a Faccia" (02/25/98): When the M.E. recites the contents of the victim's
stomach as "veal picata, capers, risotto, asparagus, salad --could be arugula,
could be spinach -- peanuts, red wine, expresso, and before that, corned
beef on rye, mustard, and french fries," Rey quips, "Guy eats like you,
Used to smoke cigars but quit and now waves away Rey's smoke.
Preferred brands were Monte Cristos and Ramon Allones. L&O Episode
Hates doctors and hospitals. L&O Episode 89, "Second
Opinion" (09/21/94), L&O Episode 197, "Harm"(03/03/99)
Father Jewish, raised as a Catholic. He tells Jack McCoy
this in L&O Episode 119, "Blood
Libel" (01/03/96). In L&O Episode 108, "Bad
Faith" (04/26/95), he mentions an aunt who "says the Rosary every morning."
In L&O Episode 186 "Agony"
(11/04/98 ), he uses the exclamation "Mother of God!" upon discovering
an unusually gory victim.
Sufficient knowledge of the Bible to recognize the Book of
Numbers as part of the Old Testament -- L&O Episode 100, "Progeny"
Childhood Events/Family History:
"Old Spice," used once by Green, but Lennie says he doesn't
like nicknames. L&O Episode 206, "Gunshow"
Called "Stretch" by a shopkeeper. L&O Episode 176,
Called "Poppa" by a parking attendant. L&O Episode 243,
Losing Season" (02/21/01)
Father was a GI with the first regiment into Buchenwald.
L&O Episode 57, "Night
and Fog" (02/03/93)
Lennie says that in the 1920s his grandfather brewed gin
in the bathtub and sold it door-to-door. L&O Episode 232, "Dissonance"
Grew up on Upper West Side. L&O Episode 70, "Profile"
Has two ex-wives. L&O Episode 53, "Point
of View" (11/25/92)
Has two daughters. They were both in college at one point.
L&O Episode 87, "Doubles"
(05/18/94) In L&O Episode 117, "Paranoia"
(11/16/95), Lennie remarks that one of them (probably Cathy) is "two years
into a nursing degree."
Daughter Cathy, a nurse, appears in three episodes: L&O
Episode 134, "Aftershock"
(05/22/96); L&O Episode 178, "Bad
Girl " (04/29/98); and L&O Episode, "Damaged"
(05/06/98). In the last, Cathy is murdered by a drug-dealer ex-boyfriend
against whom she testified. In L&O Episode 181, "Monster"
(05/28/98), she is buried in a Jewish graveside service. Subsequent
to her death, a defense attorney brings up the matter of Cathy's drug involvement
during a trial in which Lennie is testifying, and his pain is palpable.
L&O Episode 215, "Loco
The other daughter rarely is mentioned, but her name is Julia.
L&O Episode 98, "House
Says he is a grandfather. L&O Episode 119, "Angel"
Lennie has a nephew Ken Briscoe who also is with the NYPD.
SVU Episode 3, "Or
Just Look Like One" (10/04/99) and SVU Episode 15, "Entitled
Apparently a good relationship with his mother: "Any mother
too good to be true probably is -- except mine." L&O Episode 26, "Born
Again" (03/0602), but not with his father, "a schmuck." L&O Episode
Mentions his ex-wife -- singular -- in connection with child
support, apparently indicating that the two daughters have the same mother.
L&O Episode 141, "Deadbeat"
(11/13/96). That is also supported in Lennie's interrogation of Marty Willach,
in which Lennie's comments imply that his two daughters lived in the same
household. L&O Episode 95, "Precious"
John Flynn of the 116th, but Flynn lies about Lennie in front
of the Hellman Commission because he perceives that Lennie has crossed
him. L&O Episode 139, "Corruption"
Former police detective Ted Parker. L&O Episode
Brian Torelli of the 71st Precinct in Brooklyn. Lennie
is present when the IAB arrests Torelli for suborning perjury and obstruction
of justice in L&O Episode 60, "Jurisdiction"
"Old boss" Tommy Brannigan. Now retired, Brannigan
has to admit that 20 years ago he let murderer Michael Sarno walk in exchange
for a promotion. L&O Episode 236, "Amends"
Partner Rey Curtis. Rey takes Lennie home with him
when his daughter is killed. L&O Episode, "Damaged"
(05/06/98); and after having committed adultery with the girl he met in
the park, Rey seeks out Lennie at his apartment. L&O Episode 134, "Aftershock"
A curious rapport with Baltimore detective John Munch.
L&O Episode 195, "Sideshow
(1)" (02/17/99), and H:LOTS Episode 115, "Sideshow
Has two ex-wives. L&O Episode 53, "Point
of View" (11/25/92)
Says that mother of daughter Cathy cheated on him. L&O
Episode 134, "Aftershock"
Remarks that he cheated on his first wife in L&O Episode
Had an affair with married policewoman Betty Abrams five
years prior to the events of L&O Episode 139, "Corruption"
(10/30/96), which she broke off because she wanted to save her family.
Lennie still feels protective toward her.
Dated a girl named Katrina for two months. L&O Episode
Tries to pick up a hospital nurse, but she turns him down
by implying she is gay. L&O Episode 164, "Blood"
Tries to take a woman named Cele (?) to a Knicks game, but
on the phone she tells him she is busy. L&O Episode 83, "Mayhem"
Obviously exaggerating, he claims that the last time he "got
lucky" was in 1986. L&O Episode 208, "DNR"
In L&O Episode 103, "Seed"
(02/15/95), he mentions a woman named Gloria with whom he apparently is
intimate enough to know that she has to spend one day a month in
bed -- could be a current girlfriend or maybe one of the ex-wives.
Had an affair with Det. John Munch's ex-wife Gwen. H:LOTS
Episode 45, "For
God and Country" (02/09/96), and H:LOTS Episode 82, "Baby,
It's You" (11/14/97).
Seems a bit embarrassed when the waitress in John Munch's
Baltimore bar comes on to him. H:LOTS Episode 45, "For
God and Country" (02/09/96)
PS 189. L&O Episode 86, "Nurture"
CCNY, where he says he never finished reading Melville's
novel Moby Dick. L&O Episode 117, "Paranoia"
Knowledge of African-American poet Langston
Hughes; quotes Hughes' poem "Motto" to Lt. Van Buren in L&O Episode
Has traveled to London where his first wife wanted to stay
at the expensive Hotel Connaught. L&O Episode 166 "Burned"
Able to recognize Arabic script. L&O Episode 167, "Ritual"
In a witty exchange with Ed, Lennie demonstrates he is
familiar with the basic thought of philosopher Rene
Descartes L&O Episode 280, "True
May possibly tend toward the politically liberal. In
an effort to placate an anti-immigrant shopkeeper, he refers to "your boy
Newt." L&O Episode 119, "Angel"
(11/29/95) In L&O Episode 130, "Slave"
(04/21/96), he likens his conservative partner Rey to Pat Buchanan.
In L&O Episode 93, "White
Rabbit" (10/19/94), he says of the FBI's obsession with political activists
during the '60s, "Every once in a while they actually tangled with a criminal."
Ambivalent about the death penalty. L&O Episode
(10/18/95), and L&O Episode 134, "Aftershock"
Not in favor of legalizing drugs. L&O Episode 59, "Mother
Probably not a friend of the gun lobby. Upon finding
a militia's huge cache of arms, Lennie suggests, "Take a picture, and send
it to Charlton Heston!" L&O Episode 162, "Nullification"
Generally tolerant, or at least not judgmental, of
homosexuals. In L&O Episode 65, "Manhood"
(05/12/93), he and Mike Logan risk their careers to get to the truth about
a gay cop who was killed because he didn't get the backup he requested.
Since 9/11 a U. S. flag lapel pin has joined his PBA pin.
Angry about the 9/11 attack: [to Green] "Hey, take a look,
partner -- there's supposed to be two towers standing over there!" L&O
Episode 277, "Patriot"
Didn't vote for George W. Bush. L&O Episode 283, "Hitman"
Catch Phrases/Personal Quirks:
Fan of rock-and-roller Fats
Domino. L&O Episode 80, "Censure"
Fan of jazz great Mose
Allison. L&O Episode 54, "Consultation"
Pronounced opinions on food. Doesn't approve of mayo on corned
beef. L&O Episode 270, "Girl
Most Likely" (03/27/02) Likes his pretzels "extra salty."
L&O Episode 116, "Hot
Pursuit" (11/08/95) Wonders "what's the point?" of decaffeinated cappucino
with skim milk. L&O Episode 97, "Scoundrels"
(11/30/94) Wants his hot pastrami "with extra mustard, and don't
trim the fat." L&O Episode 147, "Matrimony"
Knowledgeable of typical male sports -- football, baseball,
basketball, boxing. Participates in off-track betting, golf, and
poker. Demonstrates his extraordinary prowess at pool in L&O
Episode 87, "Wager"
(03/30/94), and H:LOTS Episode 45, "For
God and Country" (02/09/96).
Grey fan. L&O Episode 155, "Passion"
Apparently does not care for the beach: "Not a sand and sun-block
kind of guy." L&O Episode 283, "Hitman"
Something of a grammarian. PUNK SUSPECT: Hey, man -- we wasn't
doin' nothin'! LENNIE: Oh, yeah? And just where wasn't you doin' it?" L&O
Episode 123, "Trophy"
(01/31/96). PUNK SUSPECT: Look, man -- I don't know nuttin' about
nuttin'. LENNIE: See, we already know that because if you did know anything
about anything, you'd know not to keep a semi-automatic .45 caliber
pistol in a shoebox under your bed!" L&O Episode 243, "A
Losing Season" (02/31/01)
In numerous episodes, Lennie seldom misses an opportunity
to share his cynical quips about marriage.
Stereotypical New Yorker: "[New Hampshire] -- I spent a year
there one weekend." L&O Episode 83, "Mayhem"
(03/09/94). And "I hate going to Jersey!" L&O Episode 156, "Past
Clearly doesn't appreciate playing the straight man -- see
scene in morgue with M.E. Rodgers. L&O Episode 250, "Brother's
An apparent fondness for the epanodos
"Great, if we knew who it was, we'd know who it was" L&O Episode 102,
(02/08/95); "You know, Mike, if I didn't already know you don't have kids,
I'd know you don't have kids" L&O Episode 103, "Seed"
(02/15/95); and "If we'd been a little more alert the first time, maybe
there wouldn't have been a first time." L&O Episode 277, "Patriot"
Quite the mimic, Lennie imitates the elevator engineer in
L&O Episode 136, "ID"
(09/25/96), and the talking TV horse Mr. Ed in L&O Episode 122, "Corpus
A rarely-seen enormous smile that seems to be especially
reserved for the children or grandchildren of friends. L&O Episode
(11/15/95 ), and L&O Episode 236, "Amends"
Prefers ties with oval or circular patterns; some paisley
or splash patterns, occasionally geometric, but never stripes or plaid.
Engaged in some sort of curious french-fries rivalry with
Lt. Van Buren. L&O Episode 232, "Dissonance"
(10/18/00) and L&O Episode 184, "Bait"