Law & Order

Season 14 Episode 13

Married with Children

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 04, 2004 on NBC
8.0
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Married with Children
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The death of a woman who fell from a hotel balcony leads to a case involving a lesbian couple and a state law banning gay adoption

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Gay marriage and adoption becomes the hook for a controversial but memorable episode.

    9.3
    The issue of gay marriage and adoption is one current society is struggling with. Where do you balance individual rights as a citizen against traditional guidelines of morality? Individuals from both sides of the fence can find credible arguments within the tight writing of "Married With Children," that it wouldn't have happened if both "mothers" had been able to legally adopt together, as opposed to separately, but there's no guarantees the marriage would have in any way helped the child. One feels more compassion for the little girl caught in the midst of a murder and kidnapping investigation than either defendant, one that we barely know but comes across as cold and unfeeling in what people remember of her, and the other so desperate to get custody that she would kill for it. It is a little surprising that everyone would come out in favor of gay marriage and/or adoption at some point. From McCoy, it's only moderately surprising considering that he straddles the fence as an independent, with more conservative leanings. But for a Republican, Arthur Branch, to skate around the issue seems a legal loophole of liberal writers.



    Where ever you stand on the issue, it remains that this episode is a hard-hitter. What is really best for the child in such circumstances? How much should the government regulate personal lives? Even the cop-out at the end by McCoy suggests he may or may not be kidding. What makes this episode so profoundly good is its lack of absolutes. The woman willing to risk everything in the hope that she can win a custody battle. The prosecutors willing to give her a second chance. Even the courtroom scenes seem to have a little something extra. Perhaps it's the ability to show the fathering side to McCoy's nature, as he gently questions a beautiful blue-eyed seven year old on the stand. Her belief that "Mommy Lisa" is just on a trip and will return soon brings tears to all their eyes. Then too, is the dramatic protests of the grandmother without any rights, who McCoy helps to get visitation rights at Child Services.



    Gay marriage. Adoption. The issues society faces. But what it boils down to at the end of the hour is that humans are still human, and children suffer the worst of all.moreless
  • Nothing to see.

    5.0
    Im afraid that this episode turned me off from the start. The subject matter may have appealed to my sense of viewing but it v poorly executed.



    Dialogue just had nothing to it. I found it mundane and bereft of any emotion. The concept of the plot just didnt work - at least in the intensity stakes. Not sure what they could have done to raise the profile of this episode but nothing got me fired up. Usually, either the cop investigation, the trial or shenanigans outside court makes an episode worth watching but nothing really happened here.



    Maybe there was too much emphasis on the laws here, and if so the writers are guilty of not putting their ideas into more emotional confrontation, because this episode did not captivate me in the least!



    A definite miss!moreless
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

Patrick Breen

Patrick Breen

Kevin Hobart

Guest Star

Olivia Crocicchia

Olivia Crocicchia

Sophie Winslow

Guest Star

Elizabeth Franz

Elizabeth Franz

Alison Bishop

Guest Star

Peter McRobbie

Peter McRobbie

Judge Walter Bradley

Recurring Role

Timothy Britten Parker

Timothy Britten Parker

Forensics Expert

Recurring Role

David Rosenbaum

David Rosenbaum

Judge Alan Berman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: While on the stand, an "expert" testified about a 1.2 blood alcohol level. This is incorrect (and not humanly possible). A BAC of .12 is much more realistic number.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Alicia Parsons: (Talking about a night she spent with a basketball player) My mom's like in the dark ages, if she finds out about this, she'd like totally freak.

    • (Alicia tells the detective about sleeping with a basketball player)
      Ed Green: I'm glad I never had kids.
      Lennie Briscoe: Oh, it's a mixed bag. They're not all like Alicia. Some are worse.

    • Kevin Hobart: There was no murder on that balcony that night, only a tragedy.

    • Jack McCoy: Should Renee Bishop be able to adopt a child with her lover, get married and raise a family? That question is for another court on another day, Mr. Hobart.
      Kevin Hobart: That day is coming soon.
      Jack McCoy: Offer stands, she can shave 10 years off her sentence.
      Kevin Hobart: She won't go for it. She'll try anything to stay in in her daughter's life.
      Jack McCoy : You're banking on the hope that there's a gay person on that jury.
      Kevin Hobart: I'm banking there's a parent.

    • Police Officer #2: Detectives this is Ian Wrightsman the manager of the hotel.
      Ian Wrightsman: How can I help you?
      Ed Green : What can you tell us about the upper floors, the ones with the balconies?
      Ian Wrightsman: Those are our executive suites.
      Lennie Briscoe: So much for the golden parachute.

    • Police Officer #1: White female, late 30's. People who live in the garden apartment found her. The guy's half in the bag.
      Lennie Briscoe: The early bird catches the hangover.

    • Jack McCoy: Let 'em marry. Why shouldn't they be as miserable as the rest of us?

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