Law & Order

Season 20 Episode 19


Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 03, 2010 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: In the briefing room at the airport the detectives show the airport security staff photos of their victim and suspect. Both photos are captioned "Camera 8", however in the previous scene those photos were taken from two different cameras.

  • Quotes

    • Judge Jack Margel: What disturbs me more than the threat of terrorism is the misuse of that word to bypass due process.

    • Anita van Buren: The senator's been known to tip a glass or two, but he doesn't have a reputation as a philanderer.
      Cyrus Lupo: First time for everything.

    • Kevin Bernard: Brenna Lane was booked by a modeling agency, as background on a photo shoot around the corner from Gracie Mansion.
      Anita van Buren: And the night before, she crashed a party there by batting her eyelashes. Glad to see my tax dollars at work.

    • (Examining the burned murder victim's body)
      Kevin Bernard: Check this out. Bra strap. Which narrows down the ID, to half the population.
      Cyrus Lupo: Killer's making us earn our paycheck.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Additional elements of this episode are ripped from the headlines of the Haisong Jiang incident. Jiang, a lovesick graduate student, slipped into an area reserved for pre-screened passengers at Newark airport to spend an additional 20 minutes with his departing girlfriend following the 2010 New Year's holiday in an act of "defiant trespassing"; as a result, Newark airport was shut down for six hours by the Transportation Safety Administration while all passengers were re-screened.

    • Kevin Bernard: I don't know about his officer and a gentleman shtick, but he was in DC the night of the murder.

      An Officer And A Gentleman is a 1982 movie starring Debra Winger and Richard Gere.

    • TSA Agent: This airport is a hard target! All it takes is one operative with explosives in his underwear to get through, and we're screwed!

      On December 25 2009, terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 by detonating explosives hidden in his underwear. The explosives did not detonate properly, Abdulmutallab was subdued by passengers and flight crew members, and the plane landed safely in Michigan. Abdulmutallab was severely burned in the incident and two passengers also suffered minor injuries. At the time this episode aired, Abdulmutallab was awaiting trial on six criminal charges, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted murder.

    • This episode is partially ripped from the headlines of the Michaele and Tareq Salahi case. The Salahis are accused of crashing a White House state dinner that was held for the Prime Minister of India on November 24 2009. The case was still being investigated by a federal grand jury at the time this episode aired. The Salahis also have a long history of legal disputes, mostly involving unpaid debts.