|"Thinking Makes It So"|
|←||L&O, Episode 16.18||→|
|Production number: 16019|
First aired: 29 March 2006
| Written By|
Michael S. Chernuchin
Fontana and Green investigate when a bank manager is involved in the robbing of his own bank and learn that his daughter is being held hostage and that he had to go along with the robbery or risk losing his daughter. One man is killed in the robbery, but the two detectives track down his accomplice and, while alone with Mitchell Lowell, Fontana uses extreme force to get the answers he needs, prompting Lowell's lawyer to claim that all the information Fontana obtained is fruit of the poison tree. McCoy works to fight the claim of police brutality while also trying to find a way to get around Fontana's actions.
- 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
- Peter Jacobson as Randolph J. Dworkin
- Michael Countryman as Howard Grant
- Stephen Schnetzer as Mitchell Lowell
- Peter McRobbie as Judge Walter Bradley
- Teri Lamm as Cheryl Grant
- Amy J. Carle as Joan Cathcart
- Kevin T. Collins as Assistant M.E. Mel Fine
- Leslie Hendrix as Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
- Marlene Lawston as Julie Grant
- Catherine Wolf as Judge Mildred Kurtzman
- Heather Male as Sara Essex
- Kevin Mambo as Karl Farber
- Steve Luker as Doorman
- Ian Hersey as Clerk
- Ginifer King as Faye
- Tony Devon as Jury Member
- Barney Fitzpatrick as Guard
- Kamilah Forbes as Sally
- Susan Cella as Cookie
- Arnie Burton as Hotel Manager
- Marc Forget as Maitre D'
- Lucy McMichael as Jury Foreperson
- Amy Van Nostrand as Maddy
- London, England
- Major Case Squad
- New Jersey
- Rugby, North Dakota
- Paris, France
- Donald Trump
McCoy: ...Under some circumstances torture is not only justifiable it's obligatory.
Borgia: That's right...to finding a ticking nuclear device hidden somewhere in New York City.
McCoy: So, it's okay to torture someone to save a million lives?
Borgia: There's at least an argument for it.
McCoy: What if the bomb wasn't in New York City? What if it was in Rugby, North Dakota where only a couple of thousand people would be at risk?
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