Law & Order

Season 4 Episode 13

Breeder

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 19, 1994 on NBC
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Debra Elkins claims to have passed out in a cab after giving birth only to wake up and discover her baby is missing, but it isn't long before Briscoe and Logan follow the trail of evidence to her boyfriend, Steven Shaw, who is keeping the baby in a hotel at Debra's request. As the investigation continues, Stone and Kincaid find three separate couples who had been led to believe that they would be the family who would adopt the baby, but it seems as though Debra has no intention of giving her baby to any of the couples.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Chris Noth

    Chris Noth

    Det. Mike Logan

    Jerry Orbach

    Jerry Orbach

    Det. Lennie Briscoe

    Jill Hennessy

    Jill Hennessy

    ADA Claire Kincaid

    Michael Moriarty

    Michael Moriarty

    Exec. ADA Ben Stone

    S. Epatha Merkerson

    S. Epatha Merkerson

    Lt. Anita Van Buren

    Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    DA Adam Schiff

    Deirdre O'Connell

    Deirdre O'Connell

    Jane Schuman

    Guest Star

    Ann Dowd

    Ann Dowd

    Dorothy Baxter

    Guest Star

    Ellen Parker

    Ellen Parker

    Gwen Savitt

    Guest Star

    John Fiore

    John Fiore

    Tony Profaci

    Recurring Role

    Carolyn McCormick

    Carolyn McCormick

    Dr. Elizabeth Olivet

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Goof: When Briscoe and Logan enter the first hotel room (where the birth took place), they see that something is wrong. Briscoe then dials the hotel phone. This is bad police procedure for two reasons. First, he wasn't wearing gloves and second, by using the phone, he would blur prints already on the phone.

      • Schiff reveals that his son Josh and his wife spent six years on the adoption circuit trying to adopt a baby.

      • Olivet reveals during an interview with Dorothy Hemmerick Baxter that she has never been married when Baxter asks if she has children.

      • Logan's girlfriend had an abortion approximately twenty years earlier that was not his choice.

      • Goof: Logan and Briscoe go to a hotel to look for the boyfriend and baby. When they knock on a door, number 208 is seen on the door plate. After entry, though, Logan uses the phone almost immediately and says they are in room 512 to the person on the other end of the line.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Ben Stone: Ms. Elkins, how does this con game work? When you found out that you were pregnant, was your first call to your lawyer to find out what you could or could not say to these people?
        Debbie Elkins: As a matter of fact, yeah.
        (Debbie's lawyer gives her a shocked look)

      • Elizabeth Olivet: Both God and society said, "Be fruitful and multiply". Only her doctors told her she couldn't. When that reality set in, her self-image as a woman and as a human being all but disappeared.
        Ben Stone: But that does not justify what she did!
        Elizabeth Olivet: I'm not saying that. Only along comes Debrah Elkins and all her predecessors. They dangle a carrot in front of her nose and say, "Run fast enough and it's yours." How many laps around the track does it take before you believe you deserve a bite? Put me on the stand, Ben, and I'll say as a psychiatrist that Dorothy Baxter was legally sane. Ask me as a member of the human race if I think she deserves to go to prison, you'll get an unqualified "No".

      • Steven Shaw: You want to know what she did? She's giving birth in the hotel room, she's on the phone taking bids between contractions.

      • (Discussing Debbie.)
        Claire Kincaid: You should have seen her. This girl's inhuman.
        Adam Schiff: Unfortunately, inhumanity is not against the law.

      • Steven Shaw: What do you think you're doing?
        Lennie Briscoe: Our favorite thing. Steven Shaw, you're under arrest.

      • Lennie Briscoe: Hey, there's two kinds of people in this world. Those with kids, and those without.

      • Anita Van Buren: I've been through two births. I remember every push and squeeze. I tell you, passing out is the impossible dream. This girl's story does not jibe.

    • NOTES (0)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Lennie Briscoe: According to Dr. Zhivago in there ...

        Lennie is comparing the Russian taxicab driver to the main character in the novel, Dr. Zhivago, which is set in Russia.

      • Defense Lawyer: If you want to discuss the validity of an oral contract, give Kim Basinger a call.
        This is a reference to the lawsuit where Ms. Basinger was sued by the producers of Boxing Helena when she bailed out of starring in the movie after she was bothered by the script. The producers sued her and won millions.

      • ER Nurse: You got a complaint, fax it to Hillary.
        She was referring to Hillary Clinton, who was the First Lady at the time. Hillary was an advocate for health care reform. This is a somewhat prophetic reference since from 2001-2009 Hillary would later serve as New York's junior U.S. Senator.

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