Law & Order (1990–2010)
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The murder of an admissions board member for a prestigious prep school is connected to the expulsion of a subway worker's son. But a false confession and a school cover-up make prosecuting the responsible parties difficult.


Lewis Gould (as Lewis H. Gould)


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Harry Groener ... Terrence Dwyer
Boyd Gaines ... Nathan Barclay
Bruce Kirkpatrick Bruce Kirkpatrick ... Tom Harrigan
Graham Sack ... Colin Harrigan
Leslie Denniston Leslie Denniston ... Mrs. Prescott
John C. Vennema ... Dr. Stephen Prescott
Doris Belack ... Judge Margaret Barry
Matthew Carey ... Stewart Barclay (as Matthew Thomas Carey)
Marian Quinn ... Mrs. Harrigan


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of Bill Prescott an accountant with a major New York firm. He was shot just outside of his in-laws home as he was arriving for a party. They're able to rule out a mugging as no one took his wallet. Prescott was in the process of negotiating with a union over downsizing at a failing airline. That goes nowhere but ballistics give them enough information on the gun to lead them to Tom Harrigan, a subway worker whose son was recently expelled from a posh private school where Prescott served on the board of governors. Harrigan confesses to the killing but ADA McCoy isn't certain they have the right person behind bars. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

15 March 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?


Charlie Hofheimer (Andrew Jameson) also played the role of Ben Karmel in episode 6.22, Law & Order: Homesick (1996). See more »


Has a criminal leaving a gun on the subway tracks of the 7 train, "near the Brooklyn Bridge station". The 7 train does not stop at, or anywhere near, the Brooklyn Bridge. See more »


Jack McCoy: When we served the school with the subpeona, he's the one who assured us of their full cooperation.
Claire Kincaid: Instead, the school circled the limos to keep the Barclay name out of it.
Adam Schiff: [Dryly] I'm shocked.
Jack McCoy: This isn't stink bombs in the boy's room Adam, they hindered prosecution of an A felony.
Adam Schiff: Now I'm very shocked.
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Stand Up Kid
21 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This was truly a heart wrenching episode of Law And Order showing quite clearly what money and privilege can buy you in this society. A well to do CPA is shot and killed on the steps of his Upper East Side townhouse and after some investigation by Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth they determine his death didn't arise from his job.

It arouse from a sideline, the man is on the Board of Trustees of Chase Academy his son's prep school. He recently was involved in an expulsion of a young kid from a working class background whose father is track inspector for the Transit Authority. While inspecting track he found a weapon that was used in the commission of a convenience store robbery.

The father Bruce Kirkpatrick was one colossal fool. Instead of turning that in to his supervisor he takes it home and his young son Graham Sack gets a hold of it. Turns out young Mr. Sack became something of a celebrity waving and displaying that piece around and letting some of his so called friends including Matthew Carey the son of Boyd Gaines the head of the admission's committee.

So when the rich folks whose kids mostly attend the school and the committee that Gaines heads decide on punishment it's the working class kid Sack who takes the fall with the expulsion. The others including Carey isn't touched.

Bruce Kirkpatrick and his son are both stand up people in spite of being colossally dumb, Kirkpatrick for not turning in the weapon and Sack for displaying to intimidate the preppies. Both look out for each other in this situation and preppies and their parents look out for themselves. It's heartbreaking and it's tragic because nothing will happen to them who were so shameless in the way they treated the track inspector and his son.

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