Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Briscoe and his new partner, Rey Curtis, track down the man accused of kidnapping and killing a young girl. But before the suspect is arraigned, the girl's mother shoots and kills him in the courtroom.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Douglas Greer
Tom Tammi ... Mr. Gaines
John Ventimiglia ... Nick Capetti
Marilyn Chris ... Mrs. Capetti
Tanya Berezin Tanya Berezin ... Judge Janine Pate
Ellen Greene ... Karen Gaines
Steven Stahl Steven Stahl ... Frank Sullivan
Joe Paparone Joe Paparone ... Charles Fleming
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers


Det. Lenny Briscoe and his new partner Det. Ray Curtis investigate the abduction and murder of12 year-old Jodie Gaines. She was dropped off by her school bus less than a block from her after school piano lesson. She never showed up. They get a lead from an ATM camera where they find a white van parked on the street where walked by. It leads to the arrest of Nick Capetti who is charged with murder. At his arraignment however the dead girl's mother, Karen Gaines, shoots him dead. She gets a sympathetic judge and a lenient sentence leading DA McCoy to have the case re-investigated. The new suspect in the case is Karen Gaines herself. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

20 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tom Tammi has played four different characters over the course of the series: See more »


When McCoy and Kincaide are arguing about what to let Mrs. Gaines plea to Jack says "I want her to do time Claire!" and Claire replies "manslaughter carries a mandatory prison sentence" to which Jack scoffs "yeah a whole two years." This is not true, manslaughter in the first degree is a violent, class B felony in New York and carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison. That number is not negotiable, the law requires that someone convicted of a violent, class B felony serve at least five years in prison, it also states they cannot serve more than 25 years in prison. See more »


Detective Lennie Briscoe: The last original thought Capetti had, he left swirling in the bowl.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Lots of twists... including to L&O itself
31 May 2011 | by knucklebreatherSee all my reviews

Season 6 of L&O was a shot in the arm for the series - a new detective (Curtis) and even though he was a sometimes obnoxiously conservative addition, the show itself took a lot of welcome risks during his tenure. There was more action and more plot twists, and the franchise's biggest departure from its basic format in the season finale. I'm not sure what it was, but something lit a fire under the producers and writers starting with this season.

The season debut sets up some half baked conflict between seasoned, imperfect Lenny and inexperienced, holier-than-thou Curtis which is alright. The episode itself is about the abduction and murder of a girl who was locked in a caught despite between her parents, and features the kinds of plot twists and brief bursts of chaotic action that really made these seasons exciting for me.

This episode isn't the best example of the renaissance, for one thing it lacks the kind of character depth for such an emotional story, but it's still pretty good.

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