Law & Order

Season 7 Episode 2

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2
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 25, 1996 on NBC
8.4
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The cops tackle identifying a corpse left in an elevator, and McCoy finds his prosecution of the suspect later hampered by a vindictive judge who resents Ross's in-court rebuke for sexual harassment.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Makes us wonder...

    9.0
    This episode is one I will always remember when thinking about "Law and Order". The investigation is well written and the case well thought out with even a little twist that surprised me. But what really stole the show was the trial. Jerry Adler really delivered as Nathan Parks an old school judge that let his power blind him. There are some uncomfortable moments when his conversations with A.D.A. Jamie Ross are bordering on sexual harassment. When she's finally had enough, his decisions on the bench indicate a payback, a retaliation for her refusal to participate in his "games". This leads to McCoy disrespecting the court and a funny scene in a cell. I wont say more not to spoil it. D.A. Adam Schiff then gets involved and has to put his long friendship with Judge Parks on the line so that justice can be achieved. This made me think about the legal system and how personal feelings can disrupt something as important as a trial of a murderer. Makes us wonder how many mistakes have been made, how many innocent people are in jail while murderers are free in our streets because of personal problems between the officers of the court.

    This episode really stands out. McCoy's scenes are brilliant. The supporting cast especially Jerry Adler ("The Sopranos") was perfect! And Carey Lowell was really hot. I usually don’t find her "that" attractive but in this particular episode she really got my attention.

    Richard Gere is a lucky guy.

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Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Reynaldo 'Rey' Curtis

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell

ADA Jamie Ross

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

Jerry Adler

Jerry Adler

Judge Nathan Marks

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Gerry Bamman

Gerry Bamman

Stan Gillum

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Aida Turturro

Aida Turturro

Receptionist

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Judy Frank

Judy Frank

Judge Jean Bryant

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    • Jack McCoy: With all due respect, your Honor, when you change the rules of the game in the middle of a trial-
      Judge Marks: You're done, Mr. McCoy!
      Jack McCoy: -there ought to be at least the appearance of impartiality!
      Judge Marks: Officer, place Mr. McCoy under arrest for contempt of this court!
      Jack McCoy: I move for an adjournment so that the People may appeal your Honor's ruling!
      Judge Marks: Denied! Cuff him!
      (The court officers slap the cuffs on McCoy and escort him out of the courtroom.)

    • (Schiff arrives at McCoy's holding cell, where he waits with three other men.)
      Schiff: Nice.
      McCoy: Adam. (to his cellmates) Mr. Barton, Mr. Jasperson, Mr. Montoya-- Mr. Schiff.
      Schiff: We're in a good mood, aren't we?
      McCoy: All except Mr. Jasperson. He was just convicted of murder.
      Mr. Jasperson: Yeah, and it was bull. I'm gonna be gettin' outta here soon.
      Schiff: Young man, sit down.

    • Lennie Briscoe: How many offices in this building?
      Building Manager: 407.
      Lennie Briscoe: 407?
      Rey Curtis: I'll cancel lunch!

    • Receptionist: She looks like someone I might have talked to on the phone.
      Lennie Briscoe: (in disbelief) She looks like someone you talked to on the phone?

    • Accountant Jack Maslin: I do a lot of models. (pause) Their taxes!

    • Mr. Perkles: These elevators are smart, they know exactly where to be at noon.
      Lennie Briscoe: Yeah, the Stage Deli.

    • (The D.A.'s office discusses Marks declaring a mistrial.)
      Jamie Ross: Dismissal of a charge was excessive.
      Adam Schiff: Right. You know who's who now?
      Jamie Ross: Yes.
      Adam Schiff: This is Joanne Sullivan you got there in Riker's?
      Jack McCoy: Who else could it be?
      Adam Schiff: Please don't ask.
      Jack McCoy: I'll re-indict.
      Jamie Ross: Judge Marks will throw it out.
      Jack McCoy: So I'll appeal.
      Adam Schiff: Get the names right this time!

    • Lucy Sullivan: I want a lawyer.
      Anita Van Buren: Honey, you need one.

    • (To McCoy and Ross about visiting Judge Marks)
      Adam Schiff: Make sure your airbags are working.

    • (About Judge Marks' interest in her blouse.)
      Jamie Ross: He would have been as big a fan of rayon.

    • (In jail, to Schiff's visiting Judge Parks.)
      Jack McCoy: If you go, wear silk.

    • Jack McCoy: You've been hostile to the people, demeaning to their representatives, interfering with their witnesses!
      Judge Marks: I'm supposed to sit there like a lump while he springs surprise witnesses and half-baked appeals in order to win a case he should have lost the first time?
      Chief Administrative Judge: Nathan, you're not supposed to care who wins.

    • (Responding to Sullivan's explanation.)
      Jack McCoy: So, you took your sister's life instead.
      Lucy Sullivan: My sister's life, Mr. McCoy? My sister lived in Terre Haute, Indiana. She stapled papers in an insurance office. My sister didn't have a life.

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