Law & Order

Season 8 Episode 3

Navy Blues

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 15, 1997 on NBC
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McCoy finds himself battling the Navy and the office of the Judge Advocate General as he tries to prosecute a female pilot accused of murdering her married lover after he tried to break off with her.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A comment vs a summary. Interesting storyline involving fictional carrier USS Mendenhall, with my father's name-Corwin G. Mendenhall,Jr-now deceased. Related info re: his rank & date of service on USS Catfish caught my attention. LCDR, USN-early '50s.moreless

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    Not actually a review but I was not able to come up with any other readily available method of communication with someone regarding information related to the storyline of this episode

    - The fictional aircraft carrier, CV-70 USS Mendenhall, carries my father's name (LCDR Corwin Guy Mendenhall, Jr.). Related information regarding him is also accurate (served as commanding officer of the USS Catfish {SS339} during the early 1950's). Thus, this must be more than merely a coincidence. I am more than intellectually curious as to the source of this information and I would appreciate very much an opportunity to discuss related information and its source with the writer or someone else associated with the production of this episode.

    -Thanks-C. Guy Mendenhall,III,Capt,USN(Ret). Also the former commanding officer of two USN submarines - Submarine NR1 and USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN617).moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

D.A. Adam Schiff

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Rey Curtis

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell

A.D.A. Jamie Ross

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh

Kirstin Blair

Guest Star

Daniel Von Bargen

Daniel Von Bargen

Cmdr. Billings

Guest Star

Molly Price

Molly Price

Quartermaster Stroud

Guest Star

Kurt Knudson

Kurt Knudson

Judge Ari Waxman

Recurring Role

Helmar Augustus Cooper

Helmar Augustus Cooper

Judge Lawrence McNeil

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Lt. Blair is said to have trained for carrier landing on the Minnesota. There was a wooden steam frigate called the USS Minnesota in service from 1855-1898. A battleship of the same name was active from 1905-1927. There has been no U.S. Naval ship with that name since then.

    • The victim is the Chief Aviation Mechanics Mate on the U.S.S. Mendenhall (CV 80). As of the airing of this episode, the highest numbered carrier in the Navy was the not-yet-commissioned U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CV 76). The pretend carrier may have been named in honor of Lt. Cmdr. Corwin Mendenhall, who was commanding officer of the U.S.S. Catfish SS-339 from 1948 to 1950.

    • Nitpick: Stroud's shipmates refer to him as simply "Stroud", which is not the correct form of address. He should be referred to as "Chief" or "Chief Stroud."

    • Nitpick: All enlisted people are shown wearing white hats, but they would normally be wearing command ball caps.

    • Nitpicks: Lt. Blair is shown wearing the summer white uniform with both shoulder boards and silver lieutenant's bars on the collar points. Collar insignia and shoulder boards are never worn together. Oddly, this error wasn't made with any other officer. The Navy is also never "covered under cover" -- no hats indoors.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Louie Palumbo: I want protection.
      Lennie Briscoe: You got fourteen cousins that look like a moose herd when they get together. I'm sure they can baby-sit you for a few hours while we bag this guy.

    • Lennie Briscoe: So what happened to the dog?
      Officer: It's with my partner.
      Lennie Briscoe: Where's your partner?
      Officer: Lincoln Hospital. Paramedics couldn't pry the dog from his butt.
      Lennie Briscoe: What kind of dog?
      Officer: Chihuahua.
      Lennie Briscoe: Let me know how they word the commendation.

    • Officer: You think it's that mugger who kills his victims?
      Lennie Briscoe: I don't think.

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  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Adam Schiff: Her picture is on every little girl's wall, right next to Sally Ride.
      Astronaut Sally Kristen Ride was the first American woman to go into outer space.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the 1997 sex scandal involving the U.S. Air Force and Lt. Kelly Flinn.

    • Jack McCoy: I got over Pete Rose.
      Peter Edward Rose Sr. is the all-time career hits leader in Major League Baseball. He was banned from any activity involving professional baseball after it was found he had a gambling problem and had bet on baseball games. He is also the father of professional ball player Pete Rose Jr. and actress Chea Courtney.

    • Jamie Ross: It's like finding out Amelia Earhart flew to Bakersfield and hid out for 50 years.

      Amelia Earhart was a famous American pilot who disapeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1927 while attempting to be the first woman to fly around the world.

    • Lt.. Blair trained at N.A.S. Miramar. N.A.S. Miramar is located in San Diego, California, and was the former location of the Navy's Top Gun school until 1996 when the base was turned over to the U.S. Marine Corps and the Top Gun school was transfered to N.A.S. Fallon, Nevada.

    • Lawyer: …the Navy's Antediluvian rules.

      The historical period prior to Noah's flood is referred to as the Antediluvian period. The implication is that Navy regulations are out-dated.

    • Adam Schiff: Remember, it's a murder trial not a debate between Gloria Steinem and George Patton.
      Gen. George Smith Patton Jr. (1885 – 1945) was an American Army General known by the nickname "Old Blood and Guts". Gloria Steinem is an American feminist and founder of Ms. magazine

    • Adam Schiff: Kirstin Blair is the best thing to happen to military aviation since Eddie Richenbacher.

      Edward Vernon Rickenbacher was a famous World War I fighter pilot.

    • The title of this episode, "Navy Blues", is a reference to the Navy's dress uniforms, which are actually black.

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