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|Production number: 16007|
First aired: 2 November 2005
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When a black female murder suspect with a history of child-neglect accusations suddenly dies in holding, Dr. Rodgers discovers that the young woman had unknowingly been implanted with an IUD filled with an antimalaria drug that also happens to cause sterility in women. This leads Detectives Fontana and Green to a seemingly benevolent doctor who has been secretly sterilizing young black and Hispanic women.
- Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana
- Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
- Sam Waterston as Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy
- Annie Parisse as A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia
- Fred Dalton Thompson as D.A. Arthur Branch
- Leslie Hendrix as M.E. Elizabeth Rodgers
- Richard Hirschfeld as Assistant M.E. Brody
- Richard Brooks as Attorney Paul Robinette
- John Cariani as Julian Beck
- Selenis Leyva as Detective Mariluz Rivera
- Myra Lucretia Taylor as Lillie Sands
- Stephanie Roth Haberle as Gloria Rhodes
- Steve Brady as Dr. Robert Horton
- John Joseph Gallagher as Herb Carson
- Catrina Ganey as Doris Creppler
- Miriam A. Hyman as Savannah Watson
- Haerry Kim as Chu Hu
- Lauren Klein as Judge Carla Solomon
- Jordan Leeds as Judge Elliot Gordon
- Adepero Oduye as Traci Sands
- Karen Olivo as Isabella Perez
- Alicia Roper as Claire Porterhouse
- Heather Simms as Althea Sands
- Mike Santana as Paz
- Michael Ciminera as Donatti
- Hudson Cooper as Clerk
- Terrence Bae as Ben
- Phyllis Bash as Louise
- Venida Evans as Foreperson
- Ellen Dolan as Protester (uncredited)
- Joseph Mengele
- Thurgood Marshall
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
- Buck v. Bell
- Nazi Germany
- Green: No wallet, no money.
- Brody: Robbery gone bad?
- Green: No. If he was stabbed once or twice, that would be a robbery. Nine times...
- Fontana: ...that's personal.
- Fontana: You need a license to drive a car, but they'll let anyone have kids.
- Green: Yeah. And you gotta be seventeen for the car.
- Fontanta: Will you look at this, huh? Tailor-made. I expect to be reimbursed.
- Van Buren: That is one pissed-off little girl.
- Fontana: She's a juiced-up crackhead.
- Van Buren: You go call your tailor and I'll take the interview.
- Van Buren: First of the month, welfare day, but you didn't get a check, did you? All because Sam, the donut man, called child services after you.
- Traci Sands: So? I don't need that check. And I could always have another baby.
- Van Buren: She burned and scarred the uterus of a young girl with a drug that caused her death.
- Borgia: Arrest her. We'll find the right charge.
- Green: Do you know where she lives? We need to ask her a couple questions.
- Lillie Sands: I don't care how handsome you think you are, young man, don't lie to me. I know how this goes.
- McCoy: A white woman sterilizing delinquent girls because she judged them unfit to reproduce? Eugenics.
- Borgia: I thought that ended in Nazi Germany.
- Judge Carla Solomon: When the Nazis sent my father to Dachau, it was because people who knew it was wrong didn't get mad enough to stop it.
- McCoy: Much as I would like them to, the jury shouldn't have to believe Nurse Rhodes is Josef Mengele to think that she broke the law.
- Gloria Rhodes: You don't understand, Mr. McCoy. You don't see how these girls -- these children -- treat their babies. I never meant to hurt her, but I couldn't risk it. The world doesn't need another Traci Sands.
- McCoy: We've found evidence that you performed at least 20 other forced sterilizations, Ms. Rhodes. What the world doesn't need is you.
- McCoy: So why'd you take it, Paul? Why defend someone like Gloria Rhodes?
- Robinette: I could give you reasons -- the good she's done with the clinic, innocent until proven guilty -- but tell me your job wouldn't be easier if people like Traci were never born, that the world wouldn't be a better place.
- McCoy: I won't say that.
- Robinette: You already did. 'Gloria Rhodes isn't Josef Mengele.' Nobody wants to admit they think she did the right thing, but if they look for it -- you look for it -- deep down, it's there. That deserves a defense.
Background information and notes
- One of the few episodes with the former A.D.A. Paul Robinette (Season 1-3) as a defense attorney.
- When discussing forced sterilization with his colleagues, Jack McCoy mentions a judge ordering an abusive mother to go on Norplant. Norplant is a surgically implanted contraceptive, not a form of sterilization. It is very effective in preventing pregnancy while it is in use, but it only lasts for five years, so it is not permanent. A woman who is on Norplant can have it surgically removed if she wishes and at this point she can become pregnant.
- Not only do the dates on the title cards not correspond with days of the week in 2005, but some of them aren't even from the same year.
Episode scene cards
All China Foods
Courtland Medical Supplies
Astoria Community College
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