Law & Order

Season 16 Episode 7

House of Cards

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 09, 2005 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (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

  • Allusions

    • 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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