Law & Order

Season 14 Episode 5

Blaze

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 29, 2003 on NBC
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Blaze
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A teenager's need for parental love, acceptance and recognition sets in motion the events leading to the deaths of 23 concert goers in a blaze started by a rock band's illegal pyrotechnics.

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  • Placing reputation and even her life on the line, a fan goes all-out to protect the man she loves.

    9.1
    If you have ever stood in the rain to get tickets to a concert, you know the lure of rock 'n' roll. The spectacle on the stage, the energy of the crowd. Even if you don't love the music, you are swept into it. That's the glamour and glitz the prosecutors face when putting a has-been rock star on trial. Teddy Connor was the wild child in his day, but the recent antics of flame throwers on stage landed him a room of bodies.



    Losing their argument against allowing cameras in the courtroom, McCoy must contend first and foremost with the fascinated public, and second with a witness that turns their case upside-down from the stand. Star struck Teresa firmly gives Teddy, twice her age, an alibi -- he was sleeping with her on the bus at the time the flame-thrower was tampered with.



    McCoy knows its a lie, but Teresa is willing to throw her life away in order to protect her idol. What the audience doesn't learn until later is why. Her overbearing mother also had an interest in Teddy, back in his prime. The one night stand resulting from her tour backstage landed her a daughter who desperately wants her father's approval, even if it means going to jail to secure it. Tearful and angry admissions in private chambers hit us with a sucker punch that makes us doubt whether or not Teddy is truly guilty. Is Teresa telling the truth when she admits to having packed the flame thrower, in a desperate attempt to gain her father's love? Or is it yet another cleverly deceptive lie to prevent him from being jail-bound?



    The circumstances don't seem important. What the audience is left with is a mingled sense of disappointment and sorrow for the lives shredded by an uncaring father and his attention-starved child, and relief that we aren't the ones who must determine the verdict. It's another hard-hitter.moreless
  • This girl named Teresa fills one of the flame throwers at her father Teddy's concert in order to get the attention of him and her mother. the father was the one who was origionally accused of the crime until the daughter's dramatic confession.moreless

    6.0
    I did not like this episode. I thought murder one was a bit much for him I mean there was no intent to kill those people!! Also, didn't Teresa changing her story so many times send off warning bells? On top of that I would have liked to know what happened to Teresa- I hope she got extensive councelling. Also what about Teddy? Did he know what Teresa was up to with the flame throwers? It also took me a couple times of seeing the end of the episode for me to realize that she is the daughter of the guy.moreless
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    7.9
    I really didn't care for this episode to much. It never really stated what happens to Teresa or what took place with Teddy. And if Teresa knew Teddy was her dad why did she say she slept with him. Did Teddy even know Teresa was his daughter? They never really revealed that. They also never said why there were so many people in the club with a room compasity of only 75. I would have liked them to go after the club owner as well for letting so many people in. I still don't understand what the bands line up on stage had to do with anything. Its an episode I would have to watch again to see if I missed something.moreless
Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

ADA Serena Southerlyn

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

John Doe

John Doe

Teddy Connor

Guest Star

Aleksa Palladino

Aleksa Palladino

Teresa Drosi

Guest Star

Jenna Stern

Jenna Stern

Kathy Teller

Guest Star

Gordon Joseph Weiss

Gordon Joseph Weiss

Mitch Selman

Recurring Role

Mike Hodge

Mike Hodge

Judge Delano Burns

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: In this episode, Serena says that despite returning home from her junior prom at 6 am, "nothing happened". In the episode "Shangri-La" (13x2), she suggests that her prom date might be guilty of statutory rape.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Defense attorney: Bad things happen, Jack, they're not always criminal.
      Jack McCoy: Twenty three corpses is more than a bad thing.
      Defense attorney: It was an accident, an act of God, not a murder.
      Jack McCoy: If God wanted the club to burn, he wouldn't have used the flamethrower.
      Teddy Connor: Are you saying that someone screwed with our equipment?
      Jack McCoy: No, I'm saying, you did, Mr. Connor.

    • (In the interrogation room with Teresa Drosi and her parents.)
      Jack McCoy: If you have something to say Mrs. Drosi...
      Linda Drosi: It's Miss. One stupid night. I should have had my head examined. (Looks at Connor) It was nothing for you, but for me, for us...
      Teddy Connor: Let's go.
      (Linda looks at Teresa.)
      Linda Drosi: He just gave you his DNA baby, he was never a father. You don't owe him anything.
      Teddy Connor: Forget her.
      Linda Drosi: How dare you, do you think that giving her a couple of tickets a year gives you the right to ruin her life?

    • A.D.A. Jack McCoy: The girl? You don't even know her name?
      Teddy Connor : We play a lot of cities, man.
      A.D.A. Jack McCoy: There are lots of nameless, faceless ports in the storm.
      Teddy Connor: That's right man. That's part of the gig, sex and drugs and rock and roll. Gave up the drugs about ten years ago.
      A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Not the sex?
      Teddy Connor Not 'til I die. (Laughter from within the courtroom.)
      A.D.A. Jack McCoy: What about the rock and roll?
      Teddy Connor: That's why I live. There's nothing in this world like being on stage in front of people who love my music, you know, nothing between me and them.
      A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Except a wall of fire.

    • (Testing the flamethrowers in the lab.)
      Lab Tech: This one burned twice as hot as it was supposed to.
      Briscoe: What, are you saying it was defective?
      Lab Tech: Even if it was it wouldn't burn that hot without twice as much powder.
      Briscoe: You mean it was packed wrong?
      Lab Tech: It was packed twice. Somebody wanted this thing to burn big.

    • Fireman: I say we're lucky there weren't more fatalities. Typical Friday night.
      Briscoe: (Looking at the bodies lined up on the sidewalk.) Yeah, in Tel Aviv.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Lennie Briscoe: Hey, Ozzy bit the head off a bat.
      During a Black Sabbath concert in the 1980s, a fan threw a live bat onto the stage and lead singer Ozzy Osbourne picked it up and bit its head off. He had to get a rabies shot afterwards. Ozzy later said that he had thought the bat was only a toy.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the deadly night club fire during a Great White concert on February 20, 2003 in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

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