Right before Lewis and Falsone stop the female jogger, John Lange's girlfriend can be seen running by right behind Lewis. The scene is at 36:57 on the DVD. Compare her clothes to the ones in her other scenes, it is definitely Lange's girlfriend.
That's not a goof. That just means that Falsone and Lewis weren't paying attention or think it's a wild goose chase.
This was not a goof. As I remember, Lewis and Falsone actually stop the jogger and asks if she knows the victim. She says that she doesn't, and then jogs away. Lewis and Falsone don't comment on what has happened and the jogger just doesn't want to be bothered. This was the writer's little touch of irony.
The jogger that Lewis and Falsone are supposed to find runs right by them in the park.
Falsone: You know last year my grandmother dies right. I go over to the nursing home to sign the body out to the funeral house. I'm talking to the head nurse alright, her sister is standing next to me. And I'm thinking I can nail this chick. You know my grandmother just dies and my smart monkey instincts are telling me to procreate.
Lewis: Yeah, it's all part of the grieving process.
Lange: God invents pain, man invents booze and right now he can kiss my ass.
Lang: Ok, you pull me out, how long before my heart stops?
Medic: Thirty seconds. A minute.
Lang: And five minutes to the hospital.
Lang: You heard her she said five minutes.
Pembleton: Right, she did.
Lang: Any longer than that you take this lame ass, you drag her out to the middle of the street and you shoot her.
Pembleton: Deal. How many shots?
Lang: This is what I get. An ice cube. No food or anything.
Pembleton: It's the best I can do. The medics said you get everything you need through your IV.
Lang: Well tell 'em to hook this thing to a damn cheeseburger. A chocolate malt, something. I can't get a last meal? A murderer, a serial killer about to get the plug pulled gets to choose a damn last mean. This is on your head, you miserable bitch.
Lewis: That's what I'm saying, it's my eyes man, I gotta get 'em checked. Damn, last year it was something wrong with my teeth this year I don't know something gonna cat up on my stomach. Next thing you know I'm gonna have ball drop, man.
Falsone: Ball drop?
Lewis: Testicular droopage. Old age starts to creep up on you man before you know it everything goes south.
Falsone: Oh, you mean scrotal gravity.
Lewis: We supposed to track this woman down in like an instance, huh? What am I missing persons? I can't even find my own behind with a map and a three day head start.
Bayliss: Ok, tell the Lieutenant we've got enough witnesses here to fill a trekkie convention.
Lewis: My two greatest fears.
Falsone: What, there's a ranking system.
Lewis: Yeah, the first one is death.
This episode features Vincent D'Onofrio as John Lange, the victim. The next episode, All is Bright, features Kathryn Erbe as Rita Hale, a suspect. Four years after this episode first aired, D'Onofrio and Erbe would go on to star together in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
The above note was confirmed in a PBS documentary that aired on 4 Nov 1998. The documentary called "Anatomy of a Homicide: Life on the Street" covered the production of this episode. All the way from the time when writer James Yoshimura pitched the story and wrote the first draft of the script, to the time when he oversaw the production of it through his other job on the series as Supervising Producer. The documentary also featured a complete, commercial free viewing of the entire episode.
One viewer, Paul Schwarz, noted to me that the genesis for this story might have come from something he'd seen on TV, an HBO production called "The Best of Taxicab Confessions". A cop in New York rides in a cab and tells the driver about the "most upsetting thing he ever saw," a man who is hit by a train, a recreated in this episode. Of course, Pembleton did mention something about "being from NY and hearing about this sort of thing." Thanks also to John Walker.
Music in this episode: Love Riot "Killing Time" alb: Killing Time.
Richard Belzer, Reed Diamond, Michelle Forbes, Peter Gerety, Yaphet Kotto and Callie Thorne do not appear in this episode.
Bayliss: We've got more witnesses here than a Trekkie convention.
There are two types of Star Trek fans: Trekkies and Trekkers. Trekkers consider Trekkies to be frivolous and overly enthusiastic. Trekkies hold that Trekkers take themselves and the show too seriously. Both appear at Star Trek conventions in roughly equal numbers. To non-fans, the two types are indistinguishable.