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Law & Order

Season 14 Episode 18

Evil Breeds

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 24, 2004 on NBC
8.0
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Evil Breeds
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A Holocaust survivor is murdered on the eve of her testimony in the deportation trial of a former concentration camp guard. McCoy must not only put the murderer on trial, but also the former guard who stood to gain the most from the survivor's death, even though evidence is limited.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Good, but missed the oppertunity to be astounding.

    9.2
    One of the most magnificent battle scars on the face of our culture is the Holocaust, a one-sided war that spread throughout Europe and threatened world domination through the slaughter of innocent people. Though it has been over sixty years since the events that have forever ashamed humanity, the issues of racism and anti-Semitism are still just as volatile today, and as difficult as people find it to believe, not all the Nazis were caught. Some of them escaped into other countries, as the basis for this episode. When an old woman is found strangled in her apartment, the police first believe it was a robbery connected with other abuses of the public health care system. Then they learn that she was a concentration camp survivor preparing to testify at the deportation hearing of a Manhattan local, a man believe to be one of the heartless fiends at the camp where her sister was murdered.



    Funding for the man's defense, in one of the most costly attorneys in the city, ultimately involves the racist head of a recording studio that publishes anti-black, anti-Semite material on a hate-filled website. When the prosecution's attempts to appeal to produce evidence at trial that the Holocaust never happened are overturned, McCoy must prosecute both defendants as participants in the same crime, an attempt to cover up the truth to avoid deportation and arrest. The episode is hard-hitting and emotional, because it does deal with the Holocaust and resulting anguish in the families who survived. It's difficult to believe the soft-spoken, polite defendant is the same man described as brutal and merciless in the camps, and at the end one is left with a feeling of uncertainty. The white supremacist responsible for strangling her certainly is guilty and deserves a life sentence, but we cannot be certain the older defendant was directly involved.



    There were minor things that didn't add up. That the police stopped looking once they had the Nazi seems rather hurried, because an eighty-year-old man is hardly capable of kicking open a chained door. Then too was the opportunity missed for serious controversy through allowing the defense to present suburban theories that the Holocaust never actually happened. It's such an outrageous and biased claim that it would have made for some hard-hitting primetime. I would have enjoyed seeing them present it, and McCoy argue its ramifications in court. That being sad, it remains an excellent hour of television.moreless
  • There is evil out in the world. Some believe they are only doing what they are told to do, while others have to endure the hardship and loss. This is a very touching episode. I personally cried at about the video confession the woman gave.moreless

    9.7
    This helps us understand what helped the world as we know it to reach this point. I'm not Jewish or a German descendant. I don’t condone the holocaust, but we in the 21st century can't begin to understand what was going on at that point in life. My great-grandmother went through the Great Depression, but I can’t begin to understand the life choices she had made, or why and when. We don’t give the elders enough credit—they do know what evil is out there, they went through it, but young people like to learn things for themselves, the hard way.moreless
  • L&O take on bringing Nazi War criminals to justice

    6.9
    In this case a witness in that case is murdered but for what reason. Firstly there is nothing new in this episode that I havent seen in countless versions of this tale. That isnt necessarily a bad thing - but dont expect to learn anything new here. The story for what it is well told and displayed from the point of view of Law Enforcement authorities, the accused war criminal and his family and most importantly of all the holocaust survivor.



    The episode works well and progress the plot as you may expect with the incrimination being denied by the accused and his family defendning their father.



    Perhaps the only scene that touched me was the poiginant video testimony of the murdered survivor as she painfully recounts her tale for the benefit of future generations on vhs/dvd.



    While this message must always be retold, entertainmentwise is nothing more than an average episode.moreless
Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

ADA Serena Southerlyn

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

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Will Chase

Will Chase

 

Guest Star

William Atherton

William Atherton

Dan Jensen

Guest Star

Logan Marshall-Green

Logan Marshall-Green

Kyle Mellors

Guest Star

Jordan Charney

Jordan Charney

Judge Donald Karan

Recurring Role

Richard E. Hirschfeld

Richard E. Hirschfeld

Dr. Brody

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (20)

    • Joe: I ain't robbed nobody. Okay?
      Lennie Briscoe: We got an eyewitness who picked you out of a six pack, Joe. One of your victims.Joe: Eyewitness to what? I ain't done nothing.
      Ed Green: We got people searching your place as we speak. And what do you think they're gonna find?
      Joe: All right look. Maybe I buy and sell some stuff sometimes. You know, off the books.
      Lennie Briscoe: Oh, so you're just a fence. Right? Not an armed robber who preys on old people.

    • Ed Green: Do you remember where you were Wednesday afternoon?
      Joe: Wednesday, Wednesday, ya um -- yeah I dropped a guy off at the clinic for an overnight. On the way back to the garage I got stuck on the FDR. Jammed in traffic for an hour and and a half.

    • Mellors' Partner: I believe in what sells. Look it's just music. It's loud, it's extreme, it's rebellious, it's in your face. And it drives their parents crazy. That's why the kids like it. That's what it's all about.

    • ADA Serena Southerlyn: They're terrorists.
      Attorney: Absolutely. Oklahoma City has been eclipsed by the events of 9/11. But these American terrorists are still out there. And you can't necessarily tell who they are.

    • Kyle Mellors: How can I help you gentlemen?
      Ed Green: Oh, hey, man, we need to ask you a few questions about Stefan Anders.
      Kyle Mellors: Don't know the man.
      Ed Green: You raised money for him.
      Kyle Mellors: Well, I give money to the ASPCA too, but it doesn't mean I'm on speaking terms with every mutt in the kennel.

    • Kyle Mellors: Whoa, the fuzz.
      Lennie Briscoe: "The fuzz?" I haven't heard that since the 60's.

    • Lt. Anita Van Buren: Check out the links on that site. Nazi memorabilia. An "ethnic cleansing" video game. A picture of Hitler in an Uncle Sam top hat and suit with his arm out, pointing. And here's some praise for the 9/11 hijackers.
      ADA Serena Southerlyn: "Wish we had the guts to do what they did." "Holocaust Barbecue Sauce--- six million served."
      Lt. Anita Van Buren: They deny the Holocaust and celebrate it simultaneously.

    • Jack McCoy: Your Honor can't entertain this disreputable, evil theory. If someone insists the earth is flat and the sun circles around it, despite all evidence to the contrary, are we supposed to engage the argument on their terms? This is a conversation with a lunatic!
      Judge: Hold your horses, Mr. McCoy. It cannot be disputed, nor will it be in my court.

    • Jack McCoy: Every respectable historian in the world would disagree.
      Dan Jensen: There are distinguished academics who think otherwise.
      Jack McCoy: Holocaust deniers, cranks, anti-Semites disguising their real agenda. Meretricious nonsense does not become testimony, just because it's wrapped up in a Ph.D!
      Dan Jensen: Why don't we let a jury decide what's fringe nonsense and what's not?
      Judge: Why don't we let a Judge decide first?

    • Dan Jensen: I'm going to offer evidence that the commonly accepted version of the Second World War is wrong. That there was no Holocaust, there were no death camps, and there certainly was no Final Solution.
      Jack McCoy: Your Honor, please!

    • ADA Serena Southerlyn: He's seeking to bar us from characterizing Mr. Anders as Nazi at trial.
      Exec. ADA Jack McCoy: Talk about chutzpah.

    • Thomas Anders: What exactly do you think you're gonna find?
      Det. Lennie Briscoe: Memorabilia from your father's goose-stepping days.
      Thomas Anders: That is so offensive. He wasn't a Nazi. Not every German was a Nazi.
      Det. Lennie Briscoe: Yeah, they were just following orders.

    • Clerk: Dennis doesn't work out of this office. He's with the O.S.I..
      Det. Lennie Briscoe: D.O.J., O.S.I. ---Government alphabet soup.

    • Joe: Talk to my dispatcher okay? We spent the whole time jawing on the radio. I told him the next time the damn president's in town, I'm taking the day off..

    • Hospital Administrator: Only the broken hip spent any time here.
      Det. Ed Green: Well what about the other ones?
      Hospital Administrator: Hospital policy. As soon as they're ambulatory we send them home.
      Det. Ed Green: Man that's cold.
      Det. Lennie Briscoe: Managed care. Emphasis on managed.

    • Det. Lennie Briscoe: According to the store her groceries were delivered around 4:00 pm. The delivery guy's a west African immigrant. No record.
      Lt. Anita Van Buren: And the body was discovered?
      Det. Ed Green: 6:00 by another delivery man. Chinese take out.
      Det. Lennie Briscoe: Nice thing about New York---You never have to leave your apartment.

    • Ed Green: That's a lot of groceries for an old lady to carry home by herself.
      Lennie Briscoe: Maybe she had them delivered.
      Ed Green: Well who ever it was, I wonder what he took?
      Det. Lennie Briscoe: The only thing that mattered.

    • Det. Ed Green: Someone smothered her?
      Policeman: With his hands, so hard that her dentures lacerated her gums.
      Det. Ed Green: Vicious son of a bitch.

    • Lennie Briscoe (taking out his handcuffs to arrest a suspect): You've heard of the seven rings of Saturn? These are the two rings of Rikers.

    • Stefan Anders: I was a soldier! A veteran! Like you!
      Lennie Briscoe: Not like me, pal.

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