Law & Order

Season 2 Episode 6

Misconception

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 29, 1991 on NBC
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The mugging of a pregnant legal secretary leads to a case involving her lover, her boss and charges of fetal murder when she loses the baby.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Dann Florek

    Dann Florek

    Capt. Don Cragen

    Richard Brooks

    Richard Brooks

    A.D.A. Paul Robinette

    Michael Moriarty

    Michael Moriarty

    Exec. A.D.A. Ben Stone

    Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    D.A. Adam Schiff

    Paul Sorvino

    Paul Sorvino

    Sgt. Phil Cerreta

    Chris Noth

    Chris Noth

    Det. Mike Logan

    Molly Price

    Molly Price

    Amy Newhouse

    Guest Star

    Reed Diamond

    Reed Diamond

    Christopher Baylor

    Guest Star

    Stanley Anderson

    Stanley Anderson

    Jerry Manley

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Goof: In this episode, they establish that the New York Penal Code states that a fetus killed by an act of violence before the 24th week cannot be considered a human in terms of charging for a homicide. During the course of the investigation, the police mention that the crime happened 20 weeks after the office Christmas party which happened approximately December 20. The lawyer suspect states that this is the time that he had sex with the victim and impregnated her. The police then tell him that the victim says that the affair stated was in "early December". Even if what the victim said was true, early December would only be (at most) 3 weeks earlier, meaning that the fetus still wasn't "legally human" in terms of a homicide crime. Since the DA's case for murder rested on the fact that the attack happened at least 24 weeks into the pregnancy, they shouldn't have taken the case to court as a murder trial.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Adam Schiff: You want a jury to ignore the evidence.
        Ben Stone: No, Chris and Amy want the jury to look at the law. I'll get the jury to look at Chris and Amy.
        Adam Schiff: The law's supposed to be a shield, not a sword. They're despicable, yes. But by letter of the law they're not guilty.
        Ben Stone: The legislature could never have conceived of anything like this, but wrong should not win by technicalities. You know that yourself.
        Adam Schiff: Get these bastards off the street.

      • Mike Logan: Hey, summer of '82, I hacked part-time to pay tuition. Sometimes in the middle of the night, I'd get lonely, I'd park my cab in front of Janey Meyer's house, leave the meter running, go inside, take care of business, pay the fare myself.
        Phil Cerreta: Which would amount to what, about $2, $3?
        Mike Logan: (deep, breathy voice) Like going to Jersey and back!

      • Elaine Cowan: I wouldn't mess with me if I were you, Chris. By the time you see a dime, it won't be worth a nickel.

      • Jacob Bloom: Is this jealousy I'm hearing?
        Paul Robinette: It's nausea. Ambulance chasing always brings that out in me.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • When talking about the victim, her significant other refers to her watching Working Girl as an inspiration for working such long hours while pregnant. Working Girl was a movie that starred Melanie Griffith as a secretary who strove to move up the corporate ladder from secretary to executive by working hard in a cut-throat business.

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