Law & Order

Season 16 Episode 7

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 09, 2005 on NBC
8.4
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Fontana and Green investigate when the body of a young mother who had recently cleaned her life up is found in her apartment, with her five-day-old infant son Nicholas missing. Detectives soon track down Arlene Tarrington and ascertain that the infant she is claiming is hers is really baby Nicholas, but after her lawyers make a claim of post-partum psychosis and another man comes forward claiming to be the child's father, McCoy and Borgia are forced to decide which of the two they would rather lock up for the crime.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • They tied two stories into one.

    8.8
    The killing of the mother and the kidnapping of the baby was a great tie in. The killers getting off and the husband running off was great. I liked how Arthur said at the end to tell the police to start searching on monday and to take the weekend off.
Annie Parisse

Annie Parisse

A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia

Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

Det. Joe Fontana

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

D.A. Arthur Branch

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

Becky Ann Baker

Becky Ann Baker

Carolyn

Guest Star

Tricia Paoluccio

Tricia Paoluccio

 

Guest Star

Anthony Holds

Anthony Holds

Steve Monroe

Guest Star

Victor Verhaeghe

Victor Verhaeghe

Frank Stoll

Recurring Role

Carolyn McCormick

Carolyn McCormick

Dr. Elizabeth Olivet

Recurring Role

Pippa Pearthree

Pippa Pearthree

Judge Esther Morrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (After Dr. Olivet's ambiguous description of the defendant's state of mind)
      Jack McCoy: Thanks for nothing, Liz.
      Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: It's a subjective science, Jack!

    • Alex Borgia: I had a friend who lost twins in her seventh month. She didn't leave her apartment for weeks. I don't know if she was depressed or crazy or what, but I think it's safe to say she wasn't thinking straight for a long time.
      Arthur Branch: But your friend didn't kill anybody, did she?

    • Mr. Terrington: I am Arlene's best and closest friend.
      Alex Borgia: Mr. Terrington, you didn't even know that she'd miscarried.

    • Carolyn Walters: Post-partum psychosis. Makes post-partum depression look like a day at the beach.

    • Alex Borgia: Her neighbor says they were near divorce, until Arlene got pregnant. It's kind of sad, don't you think?
      Jack McCoy: This woman did a murder-kidnapping. Breaks my heart.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Bobbi Jo Stinnett case. Stinnett was pregnant when she was murdered by a woman who cut the baby out of her body. Like Arlene, the killer had been pretending to be pregnant for months. In another high-profile case, a woman named Sarah Brady killed an attacker who was trying to stab her and steal her fetus; again, her attacker had falsely claimed to be pregnant.

    • Joe Fontana: Make him an offer he can't refuse.
      In The Godfather, Mafia don Vito Corleone says, "He's a businessman. I'll make him an offer he can't refuse."

    • McCoy: This defense didn't work with Andrea Yates in Texas, and she drowned five children.
      Andrea Yates is the mother who killed her five children and was convicted despite the defense's claim that she was suffering from postpartum psychosis. Interestingly enough, one of the reasons that the conviction was overturned was because a prosecution witness, Dr. Park Dietz, had suggested that Yates' defense was based on a Law & Order episode about a mother who drowned her children and got away with it. No such episode had aired prior to the murders being committed. As of September 2006, Yates had been granted a new trial, in which the jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity.

    • Joe Fontana: He seems like a pretty stand-up guy.
      Anita Van Buren: So did Scott Peterson.
      Scott Peterson was convicted of the killings of his wife Laci and their unborn son Connor in Modesto, California. At first people were sympathetic to him because he said Lacey had been abducted. The baby that was almost abducted in this episode was also named Connor.

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