Law & Order

Season 13 Episode 20

Kid Pro Quo

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 30, 2003 on NBC
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Kid Pro Quo
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The murder of an admissions director of a private school leads the detectives to investigate a pair of angry parents whose children were denied admission, but then set their sights on the headmaster when they discover that the victim was about to go public with the denied admissions.moreless

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  • McCoy Is A Scumbag

    1.0
    I really hate Jack McCoy. I wanted to smash his face in with a sledge hammer.
  • Not one of the finest episodes, but still a great watch

    7.0
    Worth watching, just for the dig at rival programme CSI at the start of the programme (Lenny Briscoe: "Those crime scene guys are overrated. That's the problem with them, they all think they're cops.")



    The rest of the episode is standard stuff; rich white guy gtes his kid into a plush school at the expense of a talented black kid. Bribery is suspected and the (very British) headmaster is hauled into court by McCoy to face the rap.



    The main problem is that the evidence doesn't really stack up - you watch the rest of the programme waiting for them to reveal some hitherto unknown piece of damning evidence, but it never arrives. The trial part of the programme is therefore pretty disappointing, although it's nice to see lab rat Beck answering back to the smarmy rich guy's lawyer.moreless
  • Gritty!

    8.8
    One of the few peaks of the series in terms of quality. Braces a subject that is not talked about publicly as it effects everyone with a child - school applications.



    This episodes takes this subject to a fatal level when a teacher in charge of submissions is found dead. As the team plough through each scene we are taken through the viewpoint of kids, teachers and competing parents as the competition for school entrance has become as cut-throat as anything else in life.



    Here though the twist is that, its not the parents that will ultimately go to any lengths to acquire a spot for their offspring, but that those at the school who turn their focus on the fairness of the selection process to one of securing as much money as tehy can.



    Well worth a view.moreless
  • This would make a great companion piece to "Recital For Organ," from Season 1.

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    In that episode, Ben Stone proved that money cannot buy life, itself.



    But, in this episode, a prep school that boasts how only merit counts (regarding student admissions) prove themselves to be just as big a bunch of green-collar hypocrites as some of their students' wealthy parents.



    The school's headmaster wants to buy his expensive apartment because the whole building is going co-op. But, he can't afford the asking price on his salary. And, the building's owner won't give him a discount because of the financial problems he's having with the construction company's mobbed-up owner.



    But, the latter launders his money through "adult film" production. And, the producer in question wants to get his six-year-old son into the prep school!



    Let the back-scratching commence.



    The outraged scholarship director at the school finds out, and threatens to publicly expose the headmaster. Only to get beaten to death with her own cane.



    The headmaster is ultimately arrested, tried, and found guilty. But, does the five-year-old daughter of the black bus driver, who rightfully deserved the scholarship, get it awarded to her by default?



    NO!



    And, fictional story or not, I have a bad feeling that such hypocrisy is more prevalent--in real life--than anybody of any socioeconomic background is willing to admit.



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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

Josh Mostel

Josh Mostel

Harvey Anchin

Guest Star

Curtis L. McClarin

Curtis L. McClarin

Marvin Waters

Guest Star

Roger Rees

Roger Rees

Wyatt Scofield

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Jeffrey DeMunn

Jeffrey DeMunn

Norman Rothenberg

Recurring Role

John E. Cariani

John E. Cariani

Julian Beck

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • While inside Debra Landon's apartment, Briscoe finds a playbill and ticket for the show La Boheme. Green says, "You don't need to love opera to love La Boheme, it's a Broadway play." Rent, which is based off La Boheme, is a Broadway show in which Jesse L. Martin originated the role of Tom Collins.

    • Goof: Jack is told that "if he doesn't have the yeast, he can't bake the cake." While yeast is an important ingredient in most breads, it is not actually used in many cakes.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jack McCoy: My mother shoved a box of Crayolas in my pocket, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in my lunch box, and sent me on my way.
      Serena Southerlyn: Sometimes I wonder how much of this is really for the kids' education and how much is just stroking their egos.

    • Ed Green (about legacy admissions): It's like affirmative action for white folks. Ain't that how George W. got into Yale, 'cause his daddy went there?

    • (About Wyatt Scofield.)
      Ed Green: Waters is right, he is a condescending bastard. I wanted to kill him myself.

    • Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: This woman had an oophorectomy.
      Lennie Briscoe: You mean she had her oophers removed?

    • Cantor (as he hands Briscoe a polaroid of the victim): For your book of memories.

    • Jack McCoy: It's the American way. Yesterday's robber baron is tomorrow's philanthropist.
      Serena Southerlyn: What you're really trying to say is that cash trumps merit every time.
      Arthur Branch: And twice on Sundays.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Those crime scene guys are highly overrated. The problem is, they all think they're cops.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • This episode features a subtle jab at the CBS monster hit CSI, as Lennie Briscoe observes that crime scene techs are overrated. "They think they're cops," he says.

    • Harvey Anchin: You're really working for John Ashcroft, aren't you?

      At the time of this episode, John Ashcroft was the US Attorney General. Ashcroft is a conservative Republican who is known for being very religious. He is opposed to pornography and anything else that might be considered indecent; for example, he ordered a bare-breasted statue in the Justice Department building to be covered by drapes.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Sanford Weill case.

    • The title of this episode, "Kid Pro Quo", is a pun on the Latin term 'quid pro quo', which means "this for that" -- an exchange of one thing (perhaps money) for something else.

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