Law & Order

Season 6 Episode 1

Bitter Fruit

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 20, 1995 on NBC
8.6
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Bitter Fruit
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Briscoe and his new partner, Det. Reynaldo Curtis, investigate the murder of a young girl who disappeared between school and her music lesson, with a blurry film from an ATM machine as their clue.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of Law and Order's most memorable episodes

    9.0
    Two highlights:

    * the murder victim's mother shooting the suspect in open court

    * the final dialogue: " Claire: It's hard to believe those two were ever in love. Jack: Passionately I'd say, where do you think all the hate comes from?"
  • Aw, Jack and Claire :)

    8.5
    Did anyone else get the feeling that Jack was so adamant about prosecuting (and imprisoning) Karen not because she'd killed her daughter's murderer, but because she'd almost killed Claire? Jack's line about Claire being so magnanamous after a near-death experience said it all. The beginning of this episode was good, as most Law and Order episodes are, but not "brilliant". The second half, though, I enjoyed immensely. This episode was kind of all over the place, jumping rapidly from one thing to another, but nevertheless it was very well done. Great episode overall! I really liked it a lot. I miss Claire :(moreless
Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Reynaldo 'Rey' Curtis

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

ADA Claire Kincaid

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

Tom Tammi

Tom Tammi

Mr. Gaines

Guest Star

John Ventimiglia

John Ventimiglia

Nick Capetti

Guest Star

Marilyn Chris

Marilyn Chris

Mrs. Capetti

Guest Star

Richard Venture

Richard Venture

Douglas Greer

Recurring Role

John Newton

John Newton

Judge Eric Caffey

Recurring Role

Larry Sherman

Larry Sherman

Judge Colin Fraser

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Jack McCoy: Your son was convicted of committing violent crimes, isn't that right?
      Mrs. Capetti: He wasn't a saint. I didn't say he was. And if he had anything to do with that little girl, then he should've paid by the law! Now, I could live with that, but not with this. (to Karen, furiously) What gave you the right to shoot him like a dog?!
      Judge Caffey: Mrs. Capetti, please! Address the court.

    • (After hearing that Karen shot Nick to death in the courtroom.)
      Adam Schiff: How in Hell did she get that gun into the courthouse?!
      Claire Kincaid: I don't know.
      Adam Schiff: You don't know. Well, somebody better find out. Normal-lookin' people out there taking the law in their own hands!
      Jack McCoy: With 8,000,000 taxpayers cheering 'em on. They're lining up to pat Karen Gaines on the back.
      Adam Schiff: Right.
      Claire Kincaid: Well, it doesn't take much effort to put yourself in her shoes.
      Jack McCoy: Unfortunately, she's not the first parent to lose a child. That can't justify premeditated murder.
      Claire Kincaid: You wanna try her for murder two?
      Jack McCoy: She had the presence of mind to smuggle a loaded weapon into a courthouse. I have 40 witnesses who saw her shoot Capetti. I don't see what the problem is.
      Adam Schiff: The problem is that your jury will wish that they pulled the trigger!
      Jack McCoy: If we don't come down hard on Karen Gaines, somebody else'll get the idea that it's okay to turn another courtroom into the O.K. Corral.
      Adam Schiff: And if she gets acquitted, what message does that send? I'm not takin' that chance. You're talkin' to her lawyer.

    • Claire Kincaid: It's hard to believe those two were ever in love.
      Jack McCoy: Passionately I'd say, where do you think all the hate comes from?

    • Nick Capetti: I didn't think of it myself.
      Jack McCoy: Elvis talk to you through your car radio?

    • (Discussing Rey's age.)
      Lennie Briscoe: I have ties older than him -- and some shoes too.

    • Karen Gaines: How can you think for a minute that I would let my own child die? What kind of mother do you think I am?! You don't know what I did for her. For 10 years, I stayed in a nightmare marriage, just so she could have a real home. I fought for custody for her, but he had more money, more lawyers. He turned me into an addict, and then used it against me! That bastard! He stole her away from me! He told her lies about me! He made her afraid of me! I loved her!
      Jack McCoy
      : But you hated your husband more.

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