Law & Order

Season 6 Episode 13

Charm City

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 02, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A subway station gas attack, similar to one that took place in a Baltimore church five years earlier, brings Baltimore homicide detectives Tim Bayliss and Frank Pembleton to New York to assist Briscoe and Curtis in apprehending the prime suspect in both incidents.

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    Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    D.A. Adam Schiff

    Jerry Orbach

    Jerry Orbach

    Det. Lennie Briscoe

    S. Epatha Merkerson

    S. Epatha Merkerson

    Lt. Anita Van Buren

    Sam Waterston

    Sam Waterston

    Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

    Benjamin Bratt

    Benjamin Bratt

    Det. Reynaldo 'Rey' Curtis

    Jill Hennessy

    Jill Hennessy

    A.D.A. Claire Kincaid

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Goof: Briscoe and Curtis arrested Brian Egan as he was waiting on the train platform at NY Penn Station for his train to Baltimore. However, Penn Station does not announce the track for a train until it is in the station and ready to be boarded.

      • Briscoe has been a homicide detective for fifteen years.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Jack McCoy: You're a racist, and a murderer, and you found out your country won't tolerate it.
        Brian Egan: You mean your country won't. Mine is growing. You think you can stop it. You can't stop anything.

      • Jack McCoy: None of us ever dragged anyone here in chains or hanged anyone's grandfather from a tree for looking too long at the master's daughter. We're smarter now. And subtler. Instead of chains, we use reasonable doubt, instead of restricted bathrooms, we use unanimous verdicts.

      • Rey Curtis: Ronald Reagan, that's very cute.
        (Brian Egan tries to run but the detectives grab him.)
        Lennie Briscoe: You're not going anyplace, Mr. President!
        Rey Curtis: Whoever you are, you're under arrest.

      • Mr. Belcher: Everyone signs in. Security reasons, you know. (looks at the sign-in book) Right here, Room 505, looks like 'R. Reagan'.
        Lennie Briscoe: Real secure.

      • Claire Kincaid: I must have been absent the day they taught ethnic stereotypes in law school.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (5)

      • Leclair: Does that have anything to do with the Reverend Farrakhan?
        Reverend Louis Farrakhan is the head of the Nation of Islam, which was started by Elijah Muhammad. As Jack McCoy mentions, Farrakhan is widely regarded as "a black separatist and an anti-Semite." Although the witness said she was Muslim, she never claimed to follow Farrakhan. The Nation of Islam is considered very different from the mainstream religion of Islam. The viewers don't find out what denomination the witness is.

      • Jack McCoy: Why don't we just move to Simi Valley?
        In 1992, the four Caucasian police officers who beat African-American Rodney King during an arrest were tried and acquitted by a mostly-Caucasian jury in Simi Valley, California. The verdict resulted in the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

      • Rey Curtis: So unless he was a kamikaze, there had to be some kind of time delay.

        Kamikazes were Japanese suicide pilots in World War II. They crashed explosive-laden aircraft into enemy targets. 'Kamikaze' translates to 'divine wind'.

      • Lennie Briscoe: (About cacodyl.) Sounds like some kind of cough syrup.
        Toxicologist: Only if your allergist is Dr. Mengele.

        Josef Mengele was a Nazi doctor who performed gruesome medical experiments on concentration camp inmates during World War II.

      • This episode appers to be ripped from the headlines of both the Colin Ferguson case and the 1995 Japanese subway bombing.