Law & Order

Season 1 Episode 17

Mushrooms

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 26, 1991 on NBC
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The accidental shooting of two children by a 14-year-old hired killer leads to a drug dealer and a real estate agent.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Wild Kids

    8.0
    I don't like the fact that kids are more rebellious these days and sometimes they have motives for murder. We're living in a world where kids are shooting stabbing or fighting. As for this episode two kids are shot one fatally by a teen killer. Greevey and Logan investigate the case and they got this kid who is part of the drug game and he's tough. His mother ordered him to give up the shooter. But the shooter didn't kill the baby,it was his so-called friend,T-Ball. After T-Ball is brought in it gets twisted when a real-estate agent is involved.



    I like this episode, I also like the dialogue when Det.Greevey was fed up on how a person kill someone over a personal thing. Taking his seat,looking at his girlfriend,taking his shoes. People are crazy nowadays and we gotta watch our back.moreless
  • The tragic deaths of two children appear to be a case of mistaken identity. This leaves the authorities with two mysteries on their hands--not only who was the shooter, but who was the real target?moreless

    9.2
    Two children are shot in an incident that seems to lack motive. A description leads the detectives to a teen who claims it's not him. Is he the right one, or is it one of his friends? The D.A.'s office struggles to make the charges stick. The more they search, the more confusing it gets.



    Schiff wants to get the shooter as well as the young man's boss, a dealer, but the case constantly threatens to slip away.



    What is the connection to other tenants in the building and a wealthy real estate agent?



    Logan and Robinette are excellent, as usual. S. Epatha Merkerson appears in a very compelling performance as the first suspect's mother. She would later return in the unrelated role of Lt. Van Buren, from Season 4 onward.moreless
George Dzundza

George Dzundza

Sgt. Max Greevey

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

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

Brad Sullivan

Brad Sullivan

Joe Anson

Guest Star

Michael Mantell

Michael Mantell

Edward Kaye

Guest Star

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Denise Winters

Guest Star

Merwin Goldsmith

Merwin Goldsmith

Judge Ian Feist

Recurring Role

Barbara Spiegel

Barbara Spiegel

Judge Harriet Doremus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • S. Epatha Merkerson plays the mother of one of the slain children in this episode. She would return in Season 4 as Lt. Van Buren and become a full-time cast member.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Evelyn Griggs: Maybe if we knew exactly what you were looking for...
      Mike Logan: We wanna know who pulled the damn trigger! Because it sure as Hell looks like your boy did it.
      Evelyn Griggs: Tell 'em, Ronnie.
      Ronald Griggs: No.
      (Mrs. Griggs raises her hand and slaps Ronnie)
      Evelyn Griggs: You think you can play this fool game with me?!!

    • Mike Logan: It takes a real big man to ice a baby.
      Dizz Williams: I didn't ice nobody!
      Mike Logan: Yeah? Well, then you're goin' down for someone else's bummer, 'cause right now, we got a witness that puts you there.
      Max Greevey: And you had the gun.
      Herb Williams: My boy's thirteen. You can't do nothin' like this! You gotta go to juvie, you gotta...
      Max Greevey: We can do plenty when it comes to felony homicide, Mr. Williams! And if you don't wanna blow parole, just SHUT UP!

    • Adam Schiff: Offer him man-two.
      Ben Stone: (incredulous) He engineered the death of an infant for heaven's sake, people will be outraged!
      Adam Schiff: People will forget this outrage as soon as the next outrage hits the front page.

    • Paul Robinette: Family court judges may not like kids with guns, but they like a clean case. They'll want a motive.
      Max Greevey: Who says the little sonofabitch needs a motive?
      Don Cragen:Max-
      Max Greevey: What the hell's a motive, anyway? You took my seat? (mimes gunshot) Bam! He's looking at my girlfriend? Bam! I need them SHOES?! Bam!

    • Grandmother: (Sadly) Why you always come too late?
      Max Greevey: Excuse me?
      Grandmother: I said how come the police are never there before somebody gets shot?

    • Don Cragen: Nobody has an old-fashioned altercation anymore, you notice that? Good fistfight? Somebody looks at you cock-eyed, you whip out a MAC-10.

    • Don Cragen: At this clip, we're gonna have a worse infant mortality rate than Ethiopia.

    • Ben Stone: Ingrams'll go up for murder, one way or the other.
      Adam Schiff: If Mr. Kay decides to testify. Real estate fraud, not much to work with.
      Paul Robinette: Maybe Kay has a conscience.
      Adam Schiff: Eh, maybe he houses the homeless in his basement, but I wouldn't count on it.

    • (Greevey and Logan ask Denise Winters if Gregory was involved in drugs.)
      Denise Winters: Mister, I got a dead baby, a boy who may be crippled, and a supervisor who tells me that going to the morgue and to the hospital is considered personal time and now you're telling me that Greg ... Gregory was on drugs!? Maybe he brought this on himself!?

    • Ben Stone: You know, this Chamber of Commerce routine is getting on my nerves.

    • Mike Logan: Roneld, stupid and tough is a bad combination.
      Roneld Griggs: Yeah, well, it works for you, man, right?

    • Kay's Lawyer: You haven't mentioned any incentives for cooperation.
      Ben Stone: No? Well...how is this: if your client doesn't start talking now, I'll tear his life apart.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The episode title, "Mushrooms", is a reference to the classic 1980 video game, Centipede, produced by Atari. In the game, the player would shoot at centipedes descending upon them through a field of mushrooms, which would frequently be hit instead. This is also referenced in the show's dialogue.

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