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Law & Order

Season 14 Episode 1

Bodies

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 24, 2003 on NBC
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Bodies
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While investigating the death of a teenaged girl, the detectives stumble on a pattern of crimes that indicate they are after a serial killer. The suspect, however, puts the prosecutors through an ethical ringer when he discloses his attorney's knowledge of the victims and their whereabouts.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A serial killer plays cat and mouse with the defense, in a riveting and often unsettling episode.

    9.9
    At the conclusion of \"Bodies,\" Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn remarks, \"We put the system on trial and lost.\" It\'s an interesting if not melancholy conclusion to a powerful and emotional episode featuring one of the series\' most disturbing murder cases.



    It is exceptionally rare that the defendant plays such an open game of cat and mouse with the prosecution. Mark Bruner is the exception. Facing a certain death sentence if his case goes to trial, Bruner pits his defense attorneys against the prosecution for his own amusement. His first attorney quits because she \"is scared to death of being in the same room with him.\" The second becomes a pawn in his game of power with Jack McCoy, who is determined to have justice for fifteen missing girls he knows Bruner killed. They just cannot find the bodies... without the assistance of Bruner\'s legal aid attorney... and he's not talking.



    Numerous aspects of this case make it exceptional. The scene where a shaken attorney pleads for McCoy not to oppose her motion to be dismissed as council is among the most memorable the season had to offer. \"I know you have to oppose it, Jack,\" she says, hesitantly, with turmoil in her eyes; \"but do you really have to win?\" And no, he doesn\'t. McCoy may be hard-nosed when it comes to convictions. He may go out on a limb to see justice in many cases, but above all he has understanding of the female psyche. It\'s nice to see him rise to the defense of opposing council for a change, but all that is rapidly swept aside as he ruthlessly goes after Tim Schwimmer, new council for the defense, in the hope that prosecution will loosen his tongue.



    From right off, the audience feels torn between the emotions of the persecuted and manipulated Schwimmer, and the desperation felt by the families of missing girls, who just want to know if their daughter is among those the killer raped and murdered. It makes for a very poignant and disheartening episode, because we realize that sometimes the system fails. Schwimmer might have told the prosecution what they wanted to hear and walked away from it. In McCoy\'s words, \"There isn\'t a disciplinary committee in the world that would disbar [him] for it.\" But that\'s not the point. Honor was the point. It is just sad to see it applied to such an unworthy client.moreless
  • Bodies

    9.4
    A young girl is murdered and raped. They realize they are dealing with a serial killer. Woman seen Mr. Bruner and was possitive it was him in a line up. Bruner's dna is found (semen) on both dead victims. Bruner admits to killing about 17 other girls. He acts like he is a crazy person. Says lawyer saw bodies. Lawyer covered up a crime and tampered with evidence. Lawyer seen the bodies and kept it hidden. Lawyer was sentenced quilty on ALL accounts. He says he kept it from everyone because he would have been violating his duties as a lawyer.moreless
  • reality in a drama

    9.0
    I thought this episode was a good one for several reasons. One is that being a defense attorney is an extremely hard job. To know your client is guilty but to have to defend him no matter what is I would think a very difficult thing to do. Knowing what the defense attorney knew, seeing the bodies and all put him in a very compromising position. Had I been th4e attorney I would have taken myself off the case. I know its common but i do not understand why a criminal who is already doing life or has the death penality would not give the information where his other victums are burried.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

Alexander Gaberman

Alexander Gaberman

Tim Schwimmer

Guest Star

Ritchie Coster

Ritchie Coster

Mark Bruner

Guest Star

Mimi Lieber

Mimi Lieber

Wendy Weiss

Guest Star

Jordan Charney

Jordan Charney

Judge Donald Karan

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Stephanie Berry

Stephanie Berry

Evelyn Quilty

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Despite featuring sexually-motivated killings, this case - like the final episode of the previous season featuring the death of a child - was not handled by the Special Victims Unit.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Jack McCoy: What's in it for your client is that he doesn't die.
      Mark Bruner: Everybody dies.
      Jack McCoy: Most people don't have a judge to decide when.
      Mark Bruner: Oh, I'm bored...
      Jack McCoy: So, I'll let you have a little excitement. Tell me if there were any other girls.
      Mark Bruner: Yeah...Sure...Why not...?

    • (Defense attorney presents her motion to be relieved)
      Jessica Sheets: Mark Brunner scares the socks off me, Jack. How am I supposed to represent someone that I'm scared to death to be in the same room with?

    • Jessica Sheets: I know a lot of things. I know I defended a father who raped and murdered his eleven year old daughter, I defended a guy who for no apparent reason walked in a grocery store, shot twelve innocent people with an Uzi, right now, I've got a kid who decapitated his mum, hung her head on a stick outside of his church, all scum of the earth, they send them my way, I do my best for them, but this guy...

    • (Timothy Schwimmer is arrested)
      Ed Green: You have the right to an attorney.
      Lennie Briscoe: I think he knows that part, Ed.

    • Serena Southerlyn: (answering the phone) Jack McCoy's office. (pauses, listening to the voice on the other end) Yes, Mr. Schwimmer, it's me. (pauses, listening again) Because I was closer to the phone, that's why.

    • (McCoy get up to leave from talking with Mark Bruner.)
      Jack McCoy: Let's go.
      Mark Bruner: Feel free to come back any time.
      Jack McCoy: There's no point.
      Mark Bruner: Sure, there is. You can't take your eyes off me. Truth is without me you wouldn't exist. I'm the un-you.

    • Mark Bruner: Now this is what I call fun.
      Jack McCoy: It's not meant to be.
      Mark Bruner: Well it is. You come to me begging. (looks at Serena) Oh, how I wish you would have hailed my cab. Sure, you hide behind that mask of virtue.
      Jack McCoy: Serena.
      Mark Bruner: Serena, Serena, no, don't get him mad, not until we get what we want. I know something you don't know.

    • Kurt Lemond: Yeah, I know the bitch.
      Ed Green: You might want to rethink that answer, player.
      Kurt Lemond: Okay, bitch whore.

    • Ed Green: Do you know who she is?
      Lennie Briscoe: No, but I got the guys checking all the trash cans. Between you and me I got my fingers crossed they come up empty.
      Ed Green: Sure. Why should our lives be easy?
      Cop: Detectives.
      Lennie Briscoe: Guess I should have crossed my toes.

    • Ed Green: Hey Lennie, looks like Dumb and Dumber were making a pit stop on their way home.
      Lennie Briscoe: Probably made the alley smell better.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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