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Law & Order

Season 10 Episode 2

Killerz

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 29, 1999 on NBC
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Killerz
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Briscoe and Green believe a 10-year-old is responsible for a child's death, and McCoy wants her isolated to stop any future fatalities.

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  • Well worth a watch.

    9.0
    This is not quite a typical episode as there is no jury, and so no jury-related fireworks. Instead what we have is a sober, if ultimately frustrating, examination of what the judicial system can do with a child who kills another child.



    The performances are up to the usual excellent standards of this show. The interrogations of the suspect children are handled well by the detectives, especially Detective Green, who comes oh so close to crossing the line. Drs. Olivet (guest-starring) and Skoda are on opposing sides and have a great scene discussing differing treatment protocols. While Abbie Carmichael is not so ambivilant, Jack McCoy's discomfort at his desired fate for the child is well portrayed.



    The scariest moment (and the best acted) comes at the very end, when we see the guilty child sizing up another child, clearly showing the predator in her.moreless
  • Made Me Angry

    3.5
    Killerz was a good episode until the trial. The defense,the judge and child killers were all female. But what ticked me off was Dr. Olivet. She was usually a voice for the victim not the criminal. Because the killer was a 10 year old girl the doctor felt sorry for her. If this was a boy she wouldn't have. Then its the female judge. What a piece of work she was. She was shocked by McCoy's wish to locked her up. Then she has the gall to send her home with her mother like nothing happen. You would expect the judge, the defense attorney, Dr. Olivet and have a good laugh. Then you see the 10 year old girl in the hallway looking at a small boy and in her mind she must be thinking "Next".moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

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

Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon

ADA Abbie Carmichael

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Hallee Hirsh

Hallee Hirsh

Jenny Brandt

Guest Star

Mary Mara

Mary Mara

Ms. Sharkey

Guest Star

Luba Mason

Luba Mason

Jocelyn Brandt

Guest Star

Jim Bracchitta

Jim Bracchitta

Jerold Specter

Recurring Role

Lauren Klein

Lauren Klein

Judge Carla Solomon

Recurring Role

Larry S. Gregory

Larry S. Gregory

Stevens

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (McCoy and Sharkey deliver closing arguments.)
      Ms. Sharkey: Your honor, my client is 10 years old. She has teddy bears on her bedspread and a Big Bird piggy bank filled with pennies, and she killed a child. It's so incongruous, it's almost inconceivable. Dr. Olivet has testified that because of her age, and because of the way her brain works, she simply couldn't appreciate that as she struck Aaron Polansky with a rock, she was killing him. Jenny thought she could revive him with a 1-1/2 volt battery. It speaks for itself. Mr. McCoy's position is to ignore the question of responsibility and brand Jenny Brandt a killer. She'll never change. We have to put her away. People change. If anyone can change, it's a child. And Dr. Olivet has emphasized that this will not happen in a state mental hospital. Mr. McCoy's solution is a solution of last resort. Please, don't give up on her, judge.
      Jack McCoy: Jenny got dealt a lousy hand. I look at her with pity and regret. But Jenny Brandt is trouble. She battered Aaron Polansky's head and stuffed him in a pipe. Miss Sharkey wants us to believe that she didn't appreciate what she did. I don't agree. Jenny daydreams about killing small boys. She even had a trial run with a cat, but ultimately what she could or could not appreciate is irrelevant. Jenny is a loaded gun! She has a cocked fist with a rock in it! She needs to be stopped before she kills again! Dr. Olivet talks about sending Jenny to a state institution like it's a death sentence that turns the world upside down. Aaron Polansky got a death sentence! Jenny would get treatment. Now, everybody knows state psychiatric care could be better. But letting Jenny get away with murder won't help this girl. How will she ever appreciate that her actions have consequences if there are none? And how many children will she kill before the adult criminal justice system can take over? Do we have to wait and see? Miss Sharkey would like us to cross our fingers and hope. Hope that it won't happen again. I have my own kind of hope. I hope the state doctors can find a way to fix this girl. I hope that it takes six months. But until they do, we can't afford Miss Sharkey's brand of hope. We need to protect the Aaron Polanskys of this world from Jenny Brandt.

    • Jenny Brandt: (about a cat she hurt) I gave it some ice cream, but I put chemicals in the ice cream--like, for the floors and stuff? It started screaming and choking, then it went dead. It was way cool.

    • Dr. Emil Skoda: When the boy didn't wake up, what did you think?
      Jenny Brandt: I don't know that he went dead. That's why I put the battery in his mouth to give him some electricity to wake up, like they do in the hospitals.

    • Ms. Sharkey: Jenny Brandt has teddy bears on her bedspread. She has a Big Bird bank filled with pennies. And she killed a child. It's so incongruous, it's almost inconceivable.

    • Jack McCoy: Would you want this girl loose in your neighborhood? The public is sick of violent children being sent to bed without their dessert.

    • Dr. Emil Skoda (about Jenny Brandt): She's a textbook serial killer. We just caught her early.

    • Jenny Brandt: Sometimes I think about hurting little boys.
      Dr. Emil Skoda: Hurting them how?
      Jenny Brandt: Hitting them over the head and making them cry. Killing them and leaving them with no clothes on so they look stupid.

    • Adam Schiff: Little girl killers?
      Abbie Carmicheal: You don't believe it because they wear knee socks and pigtails?

    • Anita van Buren: I'm giving you a little slack here, Ed. Just don't break the rope.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Adam Schiff: Last year they released three subway pushers and a guy who dined on his neighbor's liver.
      In the classic horror movie The Silence of the Lambs, cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) tells FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), "A census taker tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."

    • Ed Green: Maybe I'm talking to the next Mia Hamm.
      Ed Green says this to Tara after she tells him she plays soccer. American soccer player Mia Hamm gained international attention as a member of the American women's team that won gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

    • This episode may also be ripped from the headlines of the Mary Bell case. Bell killed two small boys in England in 1968 when she was only eleven years old.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Jamie Bulger case. On February 12, 1993, Jamie Bulger was kidnapped from a shopping mall in Liverpool by ten-year-olds Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. The toddler, who would have turned three in March, was severely beaten and left on the railroad tracks to die. Both boys were held accountable for their actions and sentenced to fifteen years, but were released in June of 2001 after eight years and given new identities to protect them.

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