"Tabula Rasa"
L&O, Episode 9.19
Production number: E0222
First aired: 20 April 1999
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Bill Fallon
Written By
William N. Fordes & Kathy McCormick

Directed By
Richard Dobbs


After a philosophy professor is pushed in front of a subway and killed, the investigation leads to a suspect who, following a divorce, changed his identity and disappeared with his daughters.


Main cast

Guest cast



"It's Jonestown without the Kool-Aid"
Jack McCoy, on the Fallon family

Background information and notes

  • During syndicated reruns on TNT, Benjamin Bratt, Sam Waterson and Angie Harmon are not in the opening credits, but Chris Noth and Michael Moriarty are.
  • On the same day the episode aired, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold open fire at Columbine High School, killing 12 students and 1 teacher, injuring 21 others, and then turning the guns on themselves.
  • Jay O. Sanders would later appear as Captain Joseph Hannah in Season 10 of Criminal Intent that brough back Detectives Goren and Eamses in the final season.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

N.Y.C.U. Campus
158 second avenue
Wednesday, March 18

Manhattan terrace hotel
697 broadway
Wednesday, March 18

Brooklyn college
Alumni association
Friday, March 20

4 5 6

Criminal court AR-2
Thursday, March 26

Chambers of
Judge Donald Renner
Thursday, April 9

Chambers of
Judge Lisa Holtz
Wednesday, April 22


Supreme Court
Tuesday, May 12

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