Law & Order: Trial by Jury

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  • Cast & Crew
  • Bebe Neuwirth

    A.D.A. Tracey Kibre

  • Jerry Orbach

    D.A. Investigator Lennie Briscoe (Episodes 1-2)

  • Fred Dalton Thompson

    D.A. Arthur Branch

  • Kirk Acevedo

    D.A. Investigator Hector Salazar

  • Amy Carlson

    A.D.A. Kelly Gaffney

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  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury, the latest series from Dick Wolf, architect of the most successful brand in primetime television with NBC’s Law & Order, takes viewers where they have never been before. For the first time, a Law & Order series is told not only from the point-of-view of the prosecutors and police -- but also from the perspective of the defense attorneys, defendants, judges and jurors. Law & Order: Trial by Jury shows the inner workings of the judicial system, beginning with the arraignment, and continuing through the prosecutors’ complicated process of building a case, investigating leads and preparing witnesses for trial. The series stars Bebe Neuwirth (“Cheers,” “Chicago”) as Assistant District Attorney, Tracey Kibre and Amy Carlson (NBC’s “Third Watch”) as Assistant District Attorney, Kelly Gaffney. Reprising his Law & Order role will be Fred Dalton Thompson as District Attorney Arthur Branch and the late Jerry Orbach as Lennie Briscoe, a retired police detective working as an Investigator for the District Attorney and Kirk Acevedo (“Band of Brothers”) also stars as Briscoe’s partner, DA Investigator Hector Salazar. Trial by Jury was a midseason show that started on March 3rd and was cancelled after it's shortened 12-episode first season. The final episode of the series was played on August 3rd with hopes the show will be brought back on either NBC or TNT. R.I.P. Jerry Orbach- You will be missed. (1935-2004)moreless

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  • Quotes (18)

    • Lawyer: Good looking DA takes on the King of Broadway. Lasher: … You're fired. Lawyer: Excuse me. Lasher: You're fired. I need a woman.

    • Kibre: No wonder Russians hate jury trials.

    • (In Grand Jury Room) Kibre: Questions? Mr. Duzshinsky: ah umm. Kibre: (sarcastically) Mr. Duzshinsky.

    • Kibre: Welcome to the squad detective you're one of Jack McCoy's favorite cops.

    • Briscoe: See if the precinct guys screwed up! Salazar: It happens.

    • Lasher: Why did the little Bi*** get pregnant.

    • (Watching Video Of Lasher) DA: Clearly a defendant who is terrified at the prospect of dealing with the criminal justice system.

    • (About press at court room) Laywer: Kurt, you no I would never have agreed to this. Lasher: Shut up Peter she didn't call them I did.

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    Notes (33)

    • When originally aired, Fred Dalton Thompson was credited as Fred Thompson. The title cards were corrected on the first re-airing of the episode to Fred Dalton Thompson.

    • With this premiere episode, this marks the third spin-off of Law & Order, the fourth show overall.

    • Despite having starred together for two seasons, this is the first time that Jerry Orbach (D.A. Investigator Lennie Briscoe) and Fred Dalton Thompson (D.A. Arthur Branch) have shared a scene together. In fact, this is the second time in which Orbach has shared a scene with a District Attorney, after over tweleve years on Law & Order.

    • The theme is actually a spin-off of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"'s theme, which would be a spin-off of a spin-off of the original shows.

    • This is the only Law & Order series where the opening narration does not end with "These are their stories".

    • This is the second Law & Order series where the characters are not walking towards us in the opening.

    • Like all the Law & Order spin-offs, the opening theme is a variation of the Law & Order theme.

    • When this episode aired, Jerry Orbach (Lennie Briscoe) had already passed away on 28 December 2004 at the age of 69.

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    Trivia (11)

    • That the pilot deals with a Broadway related case is interesting. Bebe Neuwirth is a two-time Tony Award winner, and Jerry Orbach was also a Broadway legend.

    • The opening narration: "In the Criminal Justice System, all defendants are innocent until proven guilty, either by confession, plea bargain, or trial by jury. This is one of those trials"

    • Goof: A case of careless editing? After Anderlee enters the courtroom, at the point right before everyone is seated, you can see a scene from the first episode, the same exact scene. You can clearly make out Annabella Sciorra and Tony Bill.

    • Cases involving shaken baby deaths were previously covered on the mother ship Law & Order and SVU.

    • Probably coincidence, but the episode title comes from the REM album Monster. Monster is also the title of Carey Lowell's last regular cast appearance during season 8 of Law & Order.

    • We learn that Detective Ravell (Scott Cohen) has had a divorce in his past.

    • Goof: The dates on all of the title cards are off by one day, meaning this case would have taken place in 2004. However this would be impossible, because Detective Green would have been partnered with Detective Briscoe, not Detective Fontana.

    • Goof: When the police arrest Thompson for intimidating Mr. Lansing, Scott Cohen's eyes turn red for a moment.

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    Allusions (9)

    • The title of this episode is a play on words and allusion to the mythical mountain creature the Abominable Snowman.

    • Penny Sterba: I want to see your badges. Lennie Briscoe: (In his best bandido accent) Badges? We don't need no stinking badges. This is an allusion to the famous misquote from the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

    • Felix Dzerzhinsky: While waiting for the grand jury decision, ADA Tracey Kibre (Bebe Neuwirth) says, "No wonder Russians hate jury trials. Imagine twelve Dzerzhinskys trying to reach a verdict." This is an allusion on two levels. Felix Dzerzhinsky was a Bolshevik revolutionary, a close associate of Lenin, and the founder of the Cheka, which later evolved into the NKVD, then the KGB. He was notorious for imposing sentences without trials, and would have had no patience for a jury trial as depicted here. She is also punning on the similarity between the name of the suspect, Dushinsky (Lev Gorn), and Dzerzhinsky.

    • Episode title: 41 Shots is the number of shots that New York police are said to have fired at Amadou Diallo, an immigrant who was killed by the police and then found to have been unarmed. 41 Shots is also the title of a Bruce Springsteen song about Diallo: "41 Shots (American Skin).

    • Talia Rawlings: Our firm's attorney said that my experience with Katie is probably not even revelant. Hector Salazar: Why don't we go to his office? Have a little talk with Clarence Darrow. Hector alludes to the legendary 1920s attorney best known for his defense of John T. Scopes in the landmark Scopes trial.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Louise Woodward case.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Kobe Bryant case.

    • Title: "Bang and Blame"
      Originally the title of a song from REM's "Monster" album, concerning emotional violence.

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  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • A DICK WOLF MISFIRE THAT'S STILL BETTER THAN 90% OF THE REST OF TV

    By joeydak1111, Jan 27, 2013

  • Didn't deserve to be canceled.

    By hawksie, Jul 04, 2008

  • A show that makes you really root against the uppity ADAs, they are some big time b*t*hes. They acting by Neuwirth and Carlson is great but the characters are just awful.

    By stioux, Apr 16, 2008

  • The fourth "Law and order" piece to hit the tv, hanging around for one season. Familiar faces include Jerry Orbach as "Lennie Briscoe" and Fred Dalton Thompson as D.A. "Arthur Branch". Bebe Neuwirth and Amy Carlson round out the cast as Assistant D.A's.

    By vegancrusader, Jul 01, 2007

  • I am requesting you return Law & Order Trial by Jury

    By nluck347, Jul 05, 2007

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