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|Production number: K2508|
First aired: 24 September 1997
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The cops break the seemingly random murder of a pizza delivery guy with a little "undercover" work in the park, but McCoy and Ross face a harder battle to get a conviction when the two defendants resolutely point the finger at each other, and the one item identifying the actual killer is the recording of a confession-made to a priest. Rey's wife is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
A delivery boy is lured to a remote location by two punks who kill him for the thrill of it. They are tracked down, but the evidence is shaky. They then accuse each other, thus casting reasonable doubt on each other's contribution. In an attempt to gather more evidence, recordings are made of their conversations with visitors in prison. On one tape a boy makes a full confession to his uncle, but it turns out the uncle is a priest. A legal debate ensues as to whether the tape is admissible. The result is that the two are no longer tried in one case, which undermines their mutual accusation tactic. McCoy manages to get a plea bargain from one of them and get them both convicted for the crime. In the background, detective Curtis learns that his wife suffers from multiple sclerosis.
Main cast Edit
- Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Benjamin Bratt as Detective Rey Curtis
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
- Sam Waterston as Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy
- Carey Lowell as A.D.A. Jamie Ross
- Steven Hill as D.A. Adam Schiff
Recurring cast Edit
- John Fiore as Detective Tony Profaci
- Susan Blommaert as Judge Rebecca Steinman
- Pat Moya as Deborah Curtis
- Deirdre Lovejoy as CSU Technician
Guest cast Edit
- Bryan Greenberg as Matt Wheeler
- Sig Libowitz as Stan Shatenstein
- Michael C. Maronna as Tagger / Dale Kershaw
- Rob McElhenney as Joey Timon
- Donna Murphy as Carla Tyrell
- Ellen Muth as Adele Green
- John Tormey as Tommy DeLuca
- Nicholas Wyman as Judge Gavin Mickerson
- Joe Zaloom as Avi
- Melissa Marsala as Marlene
- Thomas McHugh as Detective Byrne
- Herb Lovelle as Mr. Hemmerick
- Rosanna Carter as Mrs. Hemmerick
- Bill Christ as Reverend Gervais
- Suzanne Costollos as Mrs. Wheeler
- James Handy as Mr. Wheeler
- Cynthia Hayden as Mrs. Green
- David S. Howard as Mr. Morris
- Charles Levin as Mr. Schuster
- Kevin Hurley as Brother
- Anne Lange as Headmistress
- Jim Doerr as Sheehan
- Al Cayne as Hispanic Kid
- Bob Ari as Owner
- Beau Berdahl as Student
- Reed Birney as Archdioces Attorney
- Jan Munroe as Father Galva
- Anita Van Buren: A thrill killing. I take it back, Lennie, I guess some people don't need a reason.
- Lennie Briscoe: I guess the macarena wasn't exciting enough for them.
- Rey Curtis: You're a Catholic.
- Jack McCoy: Not when I'm at work. Sorry.
- Jamie Ross: The Church protects thrill killers, the law says two people can fire the same bullet, and the victim's mother forgives her son's killers. You figure it out.
- Jack McCoy: You don't think you could? Forgive them, I mean?
- Jamie Ross: No.
- Jack McCoy: Neither could I. What does that say about us?
- Adam Schiff: Sounds like Leopold and Loeb. Who'd we get?
- Jack McCoy: Beavis and Butthead.
(trying to prosecute two thrill-killers)
- Jack McCoy: I'm playing legal tiddlywinks with these punks. What I'd really like to do is take them out to Battery Park and hang them by the scrotum.
- Adam Schiff: An understandable sentiment -- but stick with the tiddlywinks.
- "I can't hate you. I'll be praying for God to watch over you every day you're in that awful place you're going to."
- – Mrs. Wheeler
(on arresting Kershaw)
- "Congratulations, Dale. You made your bones."
- – Lennie Briscoe
Background information and notes Edit
- This episode is based on the Thomas Koskovich/Jason Vreeland murder case.
- Along with the fourteenth, nineteenth and twentieth seasons, this is one of only four seasons not to feature any cast changes
- Lennie sites the macarena as possible cause for murder. This is a reference to the macarena dance craze in the '90s.
- Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were convicted of murder in Chicago in 1924 and defended by famed lawyer Clarence Darrow. It was called the Crime of the Century. Beavis and Butt-head was a cartoon on MTV in the mid-'90s about two boys who often got in trouble. In law enforcement criminal partners who are especially stupid are often called Beavis and Butt-head.
- This episode was aired almost 4 weeks after funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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