I love the craft of good writing, and I love it when a line is beautifully set up and the payoff is so seamless that it's as if nature planned it.
I was watching a re-run yesterday of Law & Order, and there was a line that not only leaped onto that list of Favorite Lines from the show, but is probably competing for the top spot.
The episode was titled "Mother's Milk," written by Lynn Mamet and Barry Schindel. In the scene, grizzled, lifer cop Lennie Briscoe, played by Jerry Orbach, is in a church questioning a priest about one of his parishioners, who's a suspect in a murder.
Priest: He's come here a lot recently. He sort of wanders around. I really don't think he's coming for confession. (The priest sighs, and smiles wistfully.) You can't make someone confess.
Lennie: You want to bet?
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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