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Law & Order

Season 8 Episode 7

Blood

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 19, 1997 on NBC
8.4
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The paternity of a black baby given up for adoption by a white mother who later fell from an apartment balcony might provide a clue to her murderer, but it also unearths some long buried family secrets that it seems more than one person would kill to keep hidden.moreless

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  • Nicely constructed episode implicating issues of racial identity and prejudice within a family.

    8.0
    The other review is talking about the wrong episode.



    One of the more interesting law and order plot twists. What starts out looking like a case of a white woman murdered because her obvious infidelity is revealed by having a black baby ends up being a revelation of her husband's black ancestry, and implicating his first wife who committed the murder to cover up her own son's black background.



    Features one of the Van Buren's greatest moments on the show,when she pieces it all together and confronts the "brother" about his racial secret. Also good performances from Franchelle Dorn, who plays Defense Atty Ms Joyner, and Deborah Rush as the final defendant and murderer.



    Although I tend to shy away from the "race" episodes, this one was intriguing.moreless
  • Blood

    9.0
    Man rapes and assualts woman. A month old baby was in the back of the stolen car. The mother had pain killers in her system and breast fed the baby and got into babies system. Her drug dealers hit her and raped her. Man Jake was in an apartment w/ an overdose. Suspects Jenne is in on the whole scam. Says "Carol" was the womans (rapest) name. Carol was the womans daughter-in-law. Carol steals Jeannies meds and deals them. Suspects that jeannie killed Carol. Her son killed his wife Carol because he didn't know that she was stealing his mothers medicine and for raping and beating up that woman.moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

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

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell

ADA Jamie Ross

Stephen Mendillo

Stephen Mendillo

Joshua Burdett

Guest Star

Deborah Rush

Deborah Rush

Frances Houston

Guest Star

Harry O'Reilly

Harry O'Reilly

Jerry O'Brien

Guest Star

Joan Copeland

Joan Copeland

Judge Rebecca Stein

Recurring Role

Mike Hodge

Mike Hodge

Leonard Hillman

Recurring Role

Jack Davidson

Jack Davidson

Spense Carlyle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Joshua Burdett: When I was a child, my mother always told me I had good skin. Good features. Good hair. Growing up in Tennessee, "good" meant "white." I was often mistaken for white. I could sit at the front of the bus and drink at the water fountain reserved for whites.

    • Jack McCoy: People who stand in the way of my murder cases get run over.

    • (Interviewing Joshua Burdett)
      Anita van Buren: So what's it like when it's just you and them? Do you laugh along when they tell the jokes? You know what I'm talking about. Or do you tell n****r jokes too, to keep up appearances?

    • Adam Schiff: Why do you always give me bad news when I'm digesting?

    • Frances Houston: You have no idea what I went through, Mr. McCoy.
      Jack McCoy: Only in your own mind, Ms. Houston.

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  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • This episode was ripped from the headlines from the Anatole Broyard story. A New York literary figure, Anatole Broyard was discovered to be black after he died.

    • Jack McCoy: No court would give custody to a murderer.
      O'Brien's Attorney: Tell that to the Simpson kids.
      A reference to the O.J. Simpson case. Although found not guilty in criminal court, the public has long viewed Simpson as guilty of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and Ron Goldman in the public eye.

    • Frances Houston: For every Tiger Woods there's a thousand Fuzzy Zoellers.
      Tiger Woods is a world-famous golfer who describes his ethnic background as "Cablinasian," a combination of the words "Caucasian," "Black," "American Indian" and "Asian." When Tiger first won the Masters in 1997 (he has won it four times in total), fellow golfer Fuzzy Zoeller referred to him as a "little boy" and made a racist remark about having to eat fried chicken and collard greens "or whatever the hell it is they serve" at the Masters Dinner.

    • Joshua Burdett's Co-Worker: Cheaper than Colin Powell.
      Colin Powell is a four-star general who served in Korea and Vietnam and later served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War. He also served as Secretary of State under George W. Bush. He was the first black Secretary of State.

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