Law & Order

Season 7 Episode 6

Double Blind

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 06, 1996 on NBC
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The murder of a university laboratory janitor leads back to a student employee whose participation in a drug study may have prompted the crime.

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  • The detectives must solve a professional-looking murder - which leads them into confused waters...

    7.9
    This episode begins intriguingly with a victim who looks as though he’s been killed by a very thorough professional assassin - but this is far from the case, as we learn when we follow the unravelling plot involving scitzophrenic Adam Sawyer and Dr. Varick, who is testing a new drug on him, among others, for a drug company that wants results, and wants them fast.



    This is one of the Law and Order episodes that deals with responsibility for a crime and the fact that in some cases it is not merely the man who pulls the trigger who is solely responsible for the victim’s death. These type of episodes work due to the high quality of writing, aided by the high quality of acting - and in this episode both of these areas are up to the usual standard.



    So: watch and wonder - who killed Greg Franklin… and who was responsible?

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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

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell

A.D.A. Jamie Ross

John Bedford Lloyd

John Bedford Lloyd

Dr. Christian Varick

Guest Star

Mark Bateman

Mark Bateman

Alan Sawyer

Guest Star

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

James 'Jimmy the Pin' Poulos

Guest Star

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O'Rourke

Peter Behrens

Recurring Role

Susan Blommaert

Susan Blommaert

Judge Rebecca Steinman

Recurring Role

Fred J. Scollay

Fred J. Scollay

Judge Andrew Barsky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Lennie Briscoe: No fingerprints, no footprints! We're thinking of putting out a sketch of Casper the Friendly Ghost.

    • (Looking at Alan Sawyer's PET scan results)
      Jamie Ross: What does this red area mean?
      Alan Sawyer: Go ahead, Doctor, I want to hear it from you.
      (Varick doesn't answer.)
      Alan Sawyer: It means I'm going to die. I'm not schizophrenic. I have a tumor. That's why I heard the voices. That's why I've been acting like this.

    • Alan Sawyer: Do you want to know how much longer they say I have?
      (Varick looks away from him.)
      Alan Sawyer: A year. Maybe two. You bastard. You let me kill him. And now you've killed me.

    • Alan Sawyer: He was a knight templar. He was over 600 years old. They said he was going to kill me.
      Rey Curtis: Who said that?
      Alan Sawyer: King Philip. And Pope Clement. They told me to shoot him. And they told me how.

    • Jamie Ross: He's just an extreme example of what most of us do. Everyone cuts corners, Jack.
      Jack McCoy: Maybe where you're from. I'll read your briefs more carefully in the future.

    • Lennie Briscoe: He rolls up the mess, super-glues the door lock, to give himself a little lead time and he's back out the window. Very neat. A shooter Martha Stewart would've loved.

    • (To Varick, regarding Alan Sawyer's impending death.)
      Jack McCoy: When the time comes, I'm adding another charge to the indictment. Murder two -- depraved indifference.

    • (To McCoy, who is about to ride a motorcycle.)
      Jamie Ross: I just wonder if there's a motorcycle mechanic out there with his fingers crossed.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Alan Sawyer: Minamata. This Japanese fishing village. About forty years ago, a paper company dumped about 60 tonnes of mercury into the water near there. People died, babies were born with defects.

      Sadly, Alan Sawyer is talking about a real disaster. The company was the Chiso Corporation. People in Minamata were poisoned by the water and by eating the fish from the water. Many of them developed severe nervous system problems and brain damage. Before doctors knew about the mercury, they diagnosed the victims with what they called "Minamata Disease." Many of the victims were needlessly put into quarantine and separated from their families because doctors feared the disease was contagious.

    • Jimmy The Pin: Those nuts who run around the woods playing Rambo, they printed this.
      Jimmy compares militia members and survivalists to John Rambo, Sylvester Stallone's angry Vietnam veteran character who first appeared in the movie First Blood.

    • The title of this episode, Double Blind, references a research method where neither the subjects nor the researchers know which subjects are actually being tested, and which are the control group.

    • Adam Schiff: A manic depressive commits suicide. Call Ripley's.
      Robert Ripley started a comic strip called Ripley's Believe It Or Not featuring oddities, unusual events and hard-to-find facts in 1918. That led to numerous books, several TV series, and museums around the world.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Very neat. A shooter Martha Stewart would've loved.
      Martha Stewart is the internationally known host of numerous homemaking television shows.

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