Briscoe states that on February 5th 2001, it will be five years since his last drink. That would correspond to him falling off the wagon in the 1996 episode "Aftershock" (6x23).
Tommy Brannigan: I let him go. He killed a young girl, and I let him go.
Lennie Briscoe: You made a mistake. He's caught now.
Tommy Brannigan: Can you forgive me, Lennie?
Lennie Briscoe: All day long, Tommy, all day long.
Peter Sarno: I want what any parent in position would. An end to the persecution of my boy.
Jack McCoy: It's prosecution, not persecution.
Lennie Briscoe: D.M.V. can't even spell my name right and they got a twenty year old ticket in the system?
D.M.V. Clerk: Go figure.
Curran: I'd rather be in uniform. Too much politics in being a detective. I don't know how you guys do it.
Lennie Briscoe: We're different. We're in it for the money.
This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Martha Moxley and Michael Skakel case.
Briscoe: That's how they nabbed Berkowitz.
"Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz was ultimately caught because he received a parking ticket at the location of his final victim. He was arrested August 10, 1977 and is serving a 365 year prison sentence.
Nathanson: Your honor, they're pulling an OJ in reverse.
Orenthal James "O.J." Simpson is a former American football star and actor who was put on trial in 1995 for the brutal slaying of his wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman. The defense argued that police planted evidence. He was acquitted in a criminal trial and found liable for both deaths in a civil trial.
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