Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 5 Episode 15

Wrongful Life

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 26, 2006 on USA



  • Trivia

    • The buildings Eric Newsome is viewing from the water tower is the Woolworth Building (on the left) and the NYC Municipal Building (on the right). Between them (and below, out of sight) is City Hall. Further to the right (also out of sight) are the criminal and civil courthouses. The statue referred to is called "Civic Fame" and is atop the Municipal Building.

  • Quotes

    • (After a suspect unexpectedly confesses to Goren.)
      Alex Eames: If they were all that easy...
      Ron Carver: I'm starting to think you're overpaid.

    • Robert Goren: You're being sued for, um… er, um… wrongful life.
      Dr. Dominic McKenna: There's no such thing.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Lisa: Do you know that twenty percent of healthy people are born with some mild form of spina bifida? They go through their whole life and never find out.

      The condition referred to in this instance is Spina Bifida Occulta (SBO), meaning "hidden split spine". The most common form of this condition involves a slight abnormality of the spinous process and neural arch, without any abnormality of the spinal cord. This harmless condition is so common as to be considered a variant of normal, and so there is a trend toward calling it a vertebral fusion defect in order to distinguish it from those forms of SBO involving abnormalities of the spinal cord.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Alexia Harriton and Keeden Waller cases. Olga Harriton contracted rubella during her pregnancy with Alexia (b. 1981) and stated she would have had an abortion had she been properly advised. Lawrence and Debbie Waller stated that had Lawrence been scanned for the blood virus AT3 they would have used donor sperm or terminated Debbie's pregnancy rather than risk Keeden's (b. 2000) health.

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