Law & Order

Season 8 Episode 22

Damaged

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 06, 1998 on NBC
8.6
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The case of a teacher's shooting uncovers a vendetta involving the rape of a mentally challenged coed by three students, whose attorney claims they weren't aware of her condition. Briscoe is devastated to learn of his daughter Cathy's death.

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  • A storyline that a few years later would become a staple of Law & Order Special Victims Unit is interwoven with the turmoil of Lennie Briscoe\'s daughter Kathy. Her testimony against her ex boyfriend/drug dealer and her subsequent death lead up to one ofmoreless

    9.5
    The actual case was at the time a rather unique one. A teacher is wounded in a shooting outside a high school. Eventually Lennie & Rey figure out that a mentally retard girl was sexually assaulted at a school by several boys and the girl\'s younger sister shot at the boys in retaliation. Although the boys are apprehended, a conviction proves difficult to come by, until they can prove that the boys knew the girl was mentally retarded and therefore unable to give consent. Although eventually the boys are found guilty the judge sets them free because he believes the jury convicted based more on emotion than on law. McCoy has to give up on the case because the young mentally retarded woman would rahter not be viewed as \"the retard who got raped\" but rather as a young woman who chose to participate in the sexual encounter.



    In the mean time, Kathy Briscoe, who had on a previous episode been arrested for involvement in drug theft from the hospital she worked at, testified at the trial for her exboyfriend/drug dealer. A skilled defense attorney used the way the sting was handled and things from Lennie\'\'s background (like his being brought before the Hellman commission on charges of drug theft from an evidence locker- something he was innocent of) to muddy the waters. The jury deadlocked and so the drug dealer was set free, shortly after that kathy is found dead in a vacant lot, a single gunshot to the head. LEnnie and Rey arrive at the scene and Lennie is of course devasted.



    I thought the acting in this episode was incredible. Jennifer Bill the actress who played Kathy Briscoe was brillant and Jerry Orbach finally got a chance to show his range.moreless
  • Two plot lines, both very sad...

    8.5
    This episode was so frustrating in that the perpetrators of the gang rape of a mentally challenged girl in a mainstream school, are set free because the girl consented to sex. The actions of the judge in this story are unforgiveable in that each time the boys are arrested for the act, the judge overules the jury decision. He also leads the defence lawyer to make a challenge and then dismisses the case.

    The second story is that of Lennie Briscoes daughter giving evidence against a drug dealer who get's off on a technicality. The end of the episode shows Lennie being called to the body of a girl, his daughter, killed by 2 bullets to the back of the head, typical of a mob killing.

    His grief for his daughter emanates from the screen.moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell

ADA Jamie Ross

Robert Clohessy

Robert Clohessy

Painter

Guest Star

John Christopher Jones

John Christopher Jones

Raymond Maxwell

Guest Star

Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose

Valerie Maxwell

Guest Star

Ron McLarty

Ron McLarty

Judge William Wright

Recurring Role

Mark Lotito

Mark Lotito

Det. Mallory

Recurring Role

Jim Moody

Jim Moody

Judge Langlois

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Judge Wright: Now, Valerie, Hayden called you a retard, and you told him you weren't. Is that right?
      Valerie Maxwell: Yes, sir.
      Judge Wright: And after that, did he keep on calling you a retard?
      Valerie Maxwell: No.
      Judge Wright: Did you like what the boys did to you?
      Valerie: I did what I wanted.
      Painter: Your honor, the defense requests you deny the state's motion to reverse your prior ruling.
      Judge Wright: Granted.
      Jack McCoy: You set aside the jury's verdict, because you unfairly held the state responsible for proving the boys' prior knowledge. The state has now done so, and you still refuse?!
      Judge Wright: Mr. McCoy, it's over! There is no case here. There never was!
      Jack McCoy: How would you know?! You made up your mind before you heard the first word of testimony!
      Judge Wright: You're on thin ice, counselor! The defense request is granted! The state's motion is denied! You want to appeal?! Be my guest! (pounds gavel)

    • Judge Wright: Does the defense wish to make a motion?
      Painter: CPL 290.10. The defense moves to set aside the jury's verdict.
      Jack McCoy: Objection! The prosecution proved its case!
      Judge Wright: What case, Mr. McCoy? Have we gone so far down the road of political correctness that sex between willing partners is now called rape?! The girl said yes!
      Jack McCoy: She has the mind of a child!
      Judge Wright: Well, she's mature enough to be plenty intrigued by her own sexuality. Face it, counselor. She had the time of her life. Case dismissed.

    • Lennie Briscoe (about Cathy): She was my baby, Rey. What am I going to do now?
      Rey Curtis: Come home with me, partner.

    • Valerie Maxwell: My mom's dead. She`s in heaven though. And she watches over us all the time. That`s what Sally told me.
      Dr. Emil Skoda: What else does Sally tell you?
      Valerie Maxwell: She told me it`s important to know peoples` names when you`re talking to them, Dr. Skoda, and to always look people in the eye, and say thank you and please.
      Dr. Emil Skoda: Sally takes good care of you.
      Valerie Maxwell: I`m the oldest. I should be the one . . . watching after Sally.

    • Lennie Briscoe: They told you it was a game? What game did they say it was?
      Valerie Maxwell: Sex.
      Rey Curtis: And that was okay?
      Valerie Maxwell: I told them I couldn`t, because Dad says sex is for when you`re in love.
      Rey Curtis: Then what did they do?
      Valerie Maxwell: They laughed a lot . . . they said they loved me.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Is your gun here now?
      (Mr. Maxwell doesn`t answer)
      Rey Curtis: When the police ask to see your licensed handgun, you don`t get to say no.

    • Mr. Novak: That school is a snakepit. The students are out of control and all the administration cares about is covering its collective ass.

    • Jamie Ross: Detective Briscoe said the adults at that school are so enlightened they make his teeth hurt.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Glen Ridge rape. In 1989, seven Glen Ridge boys (twins Kyle and Kevin Scherzer, brothers Chris and Paul Archer, and friends Richard Corcoran, Bryan Grober and Peter Quigley) were involved in the sexual assault of Leslie Faber, a young woman that many had tormented for years. Although the boys were convicted early on, numerous appeals kept three of them out of prison for years. Bryant Grober, Chris Archer and the Scherzer twins were charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault on a mentally defective person through force and coercion, four counts of aggravated sexual criminal contact and conspiracy to commit the afore-mentioned assaults. Grober, who was the first of the boys to have sexual contact with the victim, was convicted of conspiracy and sentenced to three years probation. Kyle Scherzer was sentenced to seven years and released in December 1999 after serving only 30 months of his sentence. Chris Archer was sentenced to fifteen years and released in August 2001 after serving four years. Kevin Scherzer was sentenced to fifteen years and released in November 2002 after serving five years. Richard Corcoran was charged with aggravated sexual assault but the charges against him were dropped prior to going to trial. In February of 2005, Corcoran, then a Fort Bragg soldier, committed suicide after shooting his estranged wife Michele and her boyfriend, William Paul Seifert. Peter Quigley and Paul Archer both pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a mentally incompetant person, and both were ordered to perform community service.

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