Law & Order

Season 17 Episode 2


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 29, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Green and Cassady investigate after the photograph of a dead woman is found on a popular website, Their investigation leads them to a mentally disturbed young man whom the teenage daughter of the victim claims kidnapped and raped her, but his lawyer offers up an even greater incentive -- the supposed kidnapping victim, Molly Preston.moreless

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  • Take Responsibility

    I am tired of Law & Order of shifting blame from individuals to corporations and businesses. Thankfully L&O got it right in finding the daughter guilty of murder.
  • Verdict

    I can't believe the jury convicted her, when she clearly is the victim. Mothers and daughters fight all the time, but if the daughter puts something online and someone takes it seriously its the person who commits the crime not the person who posts it online. In my opinion they are the twelve dumbest people I've ever met.
  • A fun episode and an enjoyable hour well spent.

    Many times I disagree with the verdict. This time, though, I was saying GUILTY to myself as the clerk asked for the verdict. So many times I find myself upset by one of McCoy's opinions or courtroom positions because I feel he isn’t out for justice but for his win record. Jack McCoy is a guilty pleasure and it’s one of the reasons I keep watching.

    Tonight, McCoy was saying how thoughts are private, but putting them on the Internet gives them more visibility than a billboard in Times Square. I agree with him; it is major reason I'm not a heavy blogger. Your words are here forever. The writers did miss (or maybe they'll use it in the future) one plot device. There is a group (forget the name) dedicated to capturing for history all the web pages, they can find. It would be interesting if the police/DA office used this group's work or maybe the defense.

    The dynamics of the episode were great! The writers took us in one direction only to turn us around later in a course correction.

    The chase scene reminded me of the roads in Westchester County. It wouldn't surprise me if the scene wasn't shot there. The whole car chase scene was a nice change from a city chase or simply capturing the guy at home.

    I'm happy the writers are willing to take on Internet responsibility. It would be an interesting future episode where McCoy explores some of the more unanswered legal questions about the Internet. An example is what if the evidence is on a server in another country, in a country where it isn't a crime for the evidence to exist, <b>and</b> the server owner and country are willing to fight to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect their country's laws. There could be plot twists with McCoy trying to back door the evidence, the defense not seeing it, but the server owner and country getting standing to continue fighting McCoy.moreless
  • Law and Order eulogy.

    I can just agree with what has been already written. I've seen all the seasons from one to sixteen and I keep watching. The series seems to have an endless source of excellent plots and story lines. And the way they address the actual problems of today's world while reflecting how the law does need to keep up with the technological progress: "You can't shout fire in a crowded chat room".

    We know now that the show has been ended and the 20th season looks like the last one, nevertheless I sort of hope someone will take up this glove and give it a new chance. For this show has a lot of potential.moreless
  • Amazing story! Wow WOW

    I love the story of this episode so clever and so up to the minute relevant... A murder committed using "My Space" like how clever is that..They should pay these writers a lot of money..simply the best writing in TV bar none...thanks Mr. Wolf....I am surprised NBC does not promote the hell this wonderful show....People should know about these superb writing story line....Law and Order deserves to be nominated for Emmys...Key: More continuing great writing..great guest actors...and most importantly get more viewers by intensive promotion....Law and Order rocks...moreless
Kevin Collins

Kevin Collins

Walt Gaines

Guest Star

Jay Wilkison

Jay Wilkison

Gregg Robinson

Guest Star

Olivia Mandell

Olivia Mandell


Guest Star

John E. Cariani

John E. Cariani


Recurring Role

Harriett D. Foy

Harriett D. Foy

Judge Arlene Jones

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: When Molly gets slapped in the face by her Father, if you slow it down, you'll notice that Molly doesn't get hit. The sound is a bit off as well.

    • Nitpick: It's never explained how the detectives went from receiving reports about an image of a dead woman appearing on the Internet to finding the exact location of the corpse just a few moments later.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Green and Cassady bring in a computer from an Internet cafe.)
      Tech: These poor CyberCafe computers. It's like those old horses in a community stable. After enough people ride them, they just go lame.

    • Ed Green: Never e-mail when you're screwing around with somebody that's married. (Van Buren and Cassady both look at him, amused) I'm speaking from experience.

    • Nina Cassady: I recognise the logo on this bra. 'Frisky Kitty' -- lingerie shop off Times Square.
      Ed Green: Really.
      Nina Cassady: I went there for my sister-in-law's bachelorette gift. But thanks for assuming I have crappy taste in lingerie.

    • Employee: The name and address REwind99 listed are bogus. But the email address is real ...
      Ed Green: Can it be traced? Employee: It's a free account. You can sign up on-line with pretty much any name you want.
      Ed Green: 'Barney Crotchmaggot'. Nice.

    • Arthur Branch: We don't convict people for their thoughts.
      Jack McCoy: Thoughts are private. Posting them on-line is more public than putting them on a billboard in Times Square.

    • Jack McCoy: You can't yell "fire!" in a crowded chatroom.

    • Nina Cassady: I kinda thought we'd ruled them out electronically.
      Anita van Buren: Well, computers aren't foolproof.
      Nina Cassady: Absolutely, we'll do it old school.
      Anita van Buren: Old school, you mean like doing it right?

    • Ed Green: Well if she ain't a hooker, then what is she?
      Nina Cassady: I don't know, but she's an internet celebrity now.

    • (Parting line, to Rubirosa.)
      Jack McCoy: It's 10:00 somewhere, do you know where your children are?

  • NOTES (0)


    • Jack McCoy: You can't yell fire in a crowded chat room.

      McCoy adapts an often misquoted phrase, "You can't yell fire in a crowded theater," popularly assumed to be an exception to the US Constitution First amendment language granting "Freedom of Speech. The entire quote (in the majority opinion of Schenk v. US, 1919, by Oliver Wendell Holmes) has a specific, important difference: "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic."

    • Jack McCoy: It's ten o'clock somewhere, do you know where your children are?

      This is a reference to a popular PSA (Public Service Announcement) from many years ago, often heard before the 10:00 pm news, 'It's ten o'clock, do you know where your children are?'

    • The title of this episode, "Avatar", is a reference to a graphical image used on many websites, message boards and blogs to represent the user. Most websites offer a selection of generic avatars, although some users also upload their own.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Rachelle Waterman case in Alaska. Rachelle convinced two of her friends to murder her mother, and her Livejournal blog was later used against her in court.