Nitpick: Briscoe criticizes Curtis for asking the grieving parent about who their daughter was dating immediately after they viewed the body. However, four episodes earlier ("Rebels") Briscoe asks a grieving father about who his son was dating immediately after he views that body.
Jack McCoy: We won Claire, don't you get paranoid on me.
Claire Kincaid: Why not? It seems to be going around. The Dean told me half the student body requested single rooms.
Adam Schiff: A little paranoia could be the key to a long life. After all, how much does anyone really know about the person who's sharing his bedroom?
Megan Maslin: I would have made first violin at the Philharmonic, but Allison hid my bow rosin!
Jack McCoy: Why would she do that? She was your friend.
Megan Maslin: Friend? Would a friend put poison in your toothpaste? Or ground glass in your water? My sister did that too, you know.
Megan Maslin: I should be in Juilliard, you know.
Elizabeth Olivet: What happened?
Megan Maslin: The cabbie. He got me to the audition five minutes late.
Elizabeth Olivet: I'm sure it wasn't intentional.
Megan Maslin: Oh, come on. You should have seen the way he looked at me.
Rey Curtis: Some of that crap coming out of Hollywood is dangerous.
Lennie Briscoe: I don't know anyone yet who's been killed by a 35-inch Sony.
(To a younger officer who thinks he should retire.)
Lennie Briscoe: You're a regular Shecky Greene.
Shecky Greene was a comedian of Briscoe's era, 1950s and 1960s, who worked the Catskills and some early television.
Judge Morris Birch: I'm one of the few jurists who believe the bloody glove should have been excluded.
This is a reference to a piece of evidence in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. The bloody glove also inspired Johnnie Cochran's notorious line, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."
Anita van Buren: Stefan watched this really scary thing on PBS, about a woman who stabs somebody and spends the rest of the movie trying to wash the blood off her hands.
Lt. van Buren is most likely referring to Shakespeare's Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's famous sleepwalking scene in which she tries to clean non-existent blood from her hands.
Anita van Buren: My college's idea of sex in literature was Jane Eyre.
Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte's classic Victorian novel. Jane Eyre is a young girl from a poor background. She goes to work as a governess in Mr. Rochester's mansion. They fall in love and Mr. Rochester proposes to her, but he neglects to mention the insane wife locked in his attic.
This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Gina Grant case. Ms. Grant's early acceptance to Harvard was revoked after the university learned that she had killed her mother as a teenager and served time in juvenile detention. She wrote on her application that she had never been convicted of a crime.
CSU Tech: Can you imagine dying while reading Moby Dick?
Lennie Briscoe: Sure. It almost killed me.
CSU Tech: You actually read this thing?
Lennie Briscoe: I got through 30 pages about whale blubber, then I bailed out.
Moby Dick is Herman Melville's novel about Captain Ahab's obsessive search for the white whale. It is widely feared among students and has a reputation for being long and difficult to read.
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