Law & Order

Season 20 Episode 14

Boy On Fire

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 01, 2010 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Principal Woodside: Charter schools, magnet schools, they take all our best students, and then we're blamed for having the worst. Kids from poverty, from broken families, a hundred years of neglect, and we have to get them ready for college with just a few hours a day. Some charter school that gets 20 million dollars from Bill Gates, and they get a few students into Dartmouth, it makes front page news. You want to know what the real success stories are? When a student from Aaron Burr who couldn't even read in the ninth grade manages to graduate and get a job in an auto-parts store instead of becoming a drug dealer. That's a success story, our success story. But no one cares. No one wants to hear about it.

    • (After Principal Woodside is arrested)
      Jack McCoy: Grand larceny? What did she steal?
      Michael Cutter: Well, how about a decent education for her students? Their integrity, their potential?
      Jack McCoy: I don't think there's a law against stealing potential.

    • Mike Cutter: So Abel Dolan couldn't have murdered Cesar on Tuesday night because he was busy beautifying Aaron Burr High School, and he was at a night school class in Mott Haven.
      Connie Rubirosa: Well, maybe he has an evil twin.
      Mike Cutter: Two alibis, it's an embarrassment of riches.

    • Kevin Bernard: (referring to Moses Dolan) And Moses wept.
      Anita van Buren: Wasn't that Jesus?
      Cyrus Lupo: Yeah, him too.

    • Principal Woodside: Yes I've heard about the murder, everyone's talking about it.
      Kevin Bernard: Anyone talking about who did it?
      Principal Woodside: Most of these kids worship at the Church of Don't Snitch.

    • (After finding Cesar Ramirez's body)
      Cyrus Lupo: School ID to Sunrise Academy. It's a few blocks that way. One of those charter schools.
      Kevin Bernard: Trying to help kids in the lousy neighborhoods. Give them a better education to break the cycle of violence.
      Cyrus Lupo: Looks like they've got a little ways to go.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Some aspects of this episode appear to be ripped from the headlines of the Houston Independent School District scandal. The district's schools were widely praised for lowering dropout rates and improving test scores, and this achievement was used to promote then-President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. It turned out that schools in this district had inflated test scores by keeping low-achieving students from taking the tests. They also reported (falsely) that students who dropped out had transferred to other schools or received a GED to prevent them from being classified as dropouts.

    • Kevin Bernard: Dude looks like a lady.

      "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" is an Aerosmith single from their 1987 album Permanent Vacation.

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