Law & Order

Season 9 Episode 1

Cherished

4
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 23, 1998 on NBC
8.5
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After a baby girl is found dead, Briscoe and Curtis investigate the family and learn that her adopted family and brother were trying to keep some painful secrets. Jack gets a new partner, Abbie Carmichael, who had a 95% percent success rate in her four years with Special Narcotics. Together McCoy and Carmichael try to prove that the little girl's brother committed the crime.moreless

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  • Angie Harmon jumps in and sets the tone for her character.

    8.0
    This is an exciting episode with plot twists and turns galore. Spencer Breslin does a great job as a kid with no conscience who apparently killed his baby sister. Then we find the baby was already dead. Then the baby had been adopted several times. The final legal battle shifts to a shady Russian doctor who pawns off sick orphans on unexpected Americans.



    This episode is a strong first appearance for new ADA Abby Carmichael (Angie Harmon). She takes charge right away but in a manner that gains respect from the detectives. The addition of Angie Harmon to the cast started an upturn in the show after several years of Carey Lowell’s much duller performance.

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  • Illegal baby adoptions, a devil child, a crooked Russian doctor, and a new ADA

    9.0
    I finally got around to watching this episode; the first episodes with a new lead are always the best, because it's where you get the initial reactions of all the other regulars. In this case, it's Abbie Carmichael, the new assistant to Jack McCoy.



    After watching a lot of other Carmichael episodes, it's really obvious that her character isn't fully developed in this episode, which makes the lines she delivers even better, especially the "let's hang 'em all" line (along with Adam Schiff's reaction), along with the low-five she gives to Jack at the end, instead of a handshake. Aside from that, this episode's story takes all sorts of turns, and even cops out of a storyline, which was a bit disappointing, but I think the Russian adoption agency was a better end than the whole devil child bit.



    Basically, the episode starts out with a dead baby in an apartment, found heavily bruised. Quickly, the police find out that this baby's brother (the parents adopted both children) was a rather angry child with psychotic episodes. The writers entirely cop-out of this storyline. The violent brother was the one who abused the baby, but only post-mortem, so it doesn't play into the 2nd half of the episode -- a cheap way to get out, but Carmichael's insistence on charging the boy gave her character a good introduction.



    And that's not to say the other storyline, following the adoption of the baby, wasn't a good one. Carmichael's cross-ex on the first adoptive mother of the baby was excellent. McCoy's persistence with the charges that led to the guilty verdict was justice-satisfying, as usual. Altogether, it's a good episode to watch from the Carmichael years, especially if you like her prosecuting style later on.moreless
  • Great first half - then what happens?

    8.4
    I gave this "alernate reality" but not because it gets weird. It is just that the first half so outweighs the second half that I keep waiting for an alternate version to stay where it shold have.



    A little girl is killed and the crime is traced to her adopted brother. Spencer Breslin is frightening as the boy with problems. He demostrates for Skoda how he killed his sister by pounding a baby doll repeatedly, showing his terrifying nature. When he is removed at the end of the first half, it feels like it would takes many cops to subdue this boy. Breslin's performance was Emmy worthy.



    But like L&O does on occasion, that entire story is forgotten in the second half. Upon the girl's autopsy, we learn that she is older than her appearance and suffering a terminal illness her adoptive parents didn't know about.



    While legally compelling, the image of the boy was so strong the viewer would rather focus on him. The hard ending even shows the parents remorse. They would've accepted the girl even with the disease and treated her.moreless
  • Good started episode for a new character. Abby takes the lead on prosecuting a 'high-society' woman that wants a baby.

    9.3
    I like the character development for Abby. There are a few twists trying to determine who is ultimately responsible for the baby's death. From the quotes: "Hang them all", was a great line from Abby. I liked when the prissy mother who had given her ailing daughter away said: "I didn't know what to do." Abby quickly comes back with: "Did you call Childrens Services?", "Did you call your pediatrician", "Did you?". It was good to see this, most people give the "What was I supposed to do?" rhetorical question not expecting an answer, and Abby rally nailed her.moreless
Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon

ADA Abbie Carmichael

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

Joe Grifasi

Joe Grifasi

Warings' Attorney

Guest Star

Jeanne Ruskin

Jeanne Ruskin

Connerys' Attorney

Guest Star

Graham Winton

Graham Winton

Mr. Waring

Guest Star

J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Dr. Emil Skoda

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

M.E. Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Anita van Buren: There's your devil.
      Rey Curtis: El Diablo!
      Lennie Briscoe: At least his head didn't spin.

    • Rey Curtis: When's the last time we had a coffee break?
      Lennie Briscoe: August of '96?

    • Jack McCoy: I hear you're opening a children's wing on death row.
      Abbie Carmichael: Jack McCoy? Thrilled to be working with you.

    • Emil Skoda: You saw him. He ... can't connect the dots. He can't grasp that others exist apart from his needs.
      Lennie Briscoe: Sounds like half the people I know.

    • (McCoy and Carmichael discuss possible solutions for a complicated case.)
      Abbie Carmichael: I have a solution that'll make us all happy.
      Jack McCoy: What's that?
      Abbie Carmichael: No deals for anybody. Let's hang them all.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Abbie Carmichael: It's like watching Ted Bundy at the beginning of his career.

      Ted Bundy was one of America's most infamous serial killers. He was charming and handsome, but he was also a psychopath who killed many people, several of whom were women resembling his ex-fiance. He escaped from prison once after he was convicted, but he was recaptured and eventually executed in the electric chair.

    • Anita van Buren: (watching a videotape of Nicholas Waring) There's the devil.
      Rey Curtis: El diablo.
      Lennie Briscoe: At least his head didn't spin around.
      In the horror movie The Exorcist, a little girl named Regan (Linda Blair) is possessed by the devil. The possession exhibits itself in some very grotesque ways; she shows superhuman strength, vomits green slime, howls and shrieks in a demonic voice, makes obscene gestures with a crucifix, and, as Lennie mentions, her head spins completely around.

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