Law & Order

Season 8 Episode 22


Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 06, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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.