Kellerman: Enough with the metaphors.
Munch: If not metaphors, what are we left with? We have a riddle, surrounded by a mystery, wrapped inside an enigma, and stuffed inside a body bag.
Andre Braugher and Kyle Secor do not appear in this episode.
Herman H. passed on this information to me. The real origin of the story comes from a speech made in 1987 by a past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Don Harper Mills. It was a story he made up for the academy's 1987 banquet, purely for entertainment.
Also on Law & Order Josh Pais has played the recurring character of a M.E. named Borak. While not credited as Borak for this episode, I would assume he was playing that character in this episode. After all, this was a national M.E. conference and the two shows have crossed paths before and exist in the same "universe." Thanks to James McFadden for bringing this to my attention.
On Law & Order a couple of weeks ago, a similar type of case to the one Julianna described, was cited as a question on the bar exam.
Music in this episode: John Campbell "I Couldn't Do Nothin'" alb: One Believer.
On being handed a subpoena by the process server
Meldrick Lewis: What's this? Fan mail from a flounder? Nah…you're too young.
This is a tagline from Rocky & Bullwinkle (1961-1964). It appeared as the lead-in to a commercial break. The complete dialog was this:
Rocky: Look, Bullwinkle, a message in a bottle.
Bullwinkle: Fan mail from some flounder?
Rocky: This is what I really call a message.
Based on the ages of actors Clark Johnson and Bob Lau, Meldrick is right. The process server might be familiar with Rocky & Bullwinkle on reruns or video.