Law & Order

Season 1 Episode 8

Poison Ivy

3
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 20, 1990 on NBC
8.4
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Episode Summary

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The shooting of a black honors student stirs up racial tensions, especially after it becomes apparent that the cop responsible for the death may have planted a gun on the body to excuse the shooting.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Getting out is hard.

    8.0
    I remember watching that episode while it was on A&E. A veteran white cop claims he killed a black man with a gun in self defense during a robbery attempt.But the Reverend (Al Freeman Jr.) said that the cop who shot him is an college honors student which led to racial tensions. When Greevey and Logan question the cop,I can see how enraged and arrogant he is. But,it was revealed that the student was selling drugs to enroll in college,but didn't carry a gun. The cop who shot him planted it on him to make it look like a mugging. When his partner testified against him,he couldn't take the heat so he killed himself. As for the victim, getting out of the ghetto for a better life is hard. But hustling for fast money might bring in consequenses if they are ignorant about it. A person could get locked up or killed out there. Theres other options to be in the world like doing career training and stuff. But don't forget where you come from. Let the LORD guide you.Pray on it.moreless
George Dzundza

George Dzundza

Sgt. Max Greevey

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Don Cragen

Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks

ADA Paul Robinette

Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty

Exec. ADA Ben Stone

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

Erik King

Erik King

Dorian 'Silky' Ford

Guest Star

Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander

Doris Carver

Guest Star

Al Freeman Jr.

Al Freeman Jr.

Reverend Thayer

Guest Star

Josh Pais

Josh Pais

Assistant M.E. Borak

Recurring Role

John Fiore

John Fiore

Tony Profaci

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Reverend Thayer: Now is the time to remember the real Tommy Richardson, and what he meant to this community. He was a symbol of what every child born into poverty could achieve. He gave back to his people his time, his energy, his love. And he tried to help even more. He tried to help others by giving money. But to get that money, he sold drugs. And he was shot to death in the gutter because of it. What Tommy Richardson wanted to do for his people was right! But he did it the wrong way! And the policeman who shot him, that was wrong, too! But it would not have happened... without drugs!

    • Max Greevey: I ah, um, wanted to say thank you, I know this was a tough one.
      Ben Stone: It's the last one, no more cops, it is too hard.
      Max Greevey: Know why I would not let go? Because by the grace of God go I--or any other cop. You get caught, you get prosecuted.
      Ben Stone: Didn't know you were a philosopher, Max.
      Max Greevey: Just an ex-altar boy with a gun.

    • Mike Logan: Somebody heard that shot.
      Police Officer: In this neighborhood? You couldn't get a witness to a sunrise.

    • Lt. Gowdy: We're all one family here, Sergeant.
      Max Greevey: You an only child? I got people in my family, I wouldn't believe 'em they told me the sky was blue.

    • Ben Stone: The truth will set you free. It won't always make you happy.

    • Donald Cragen: If you're wrong, and you go after cops ...
      Max Greevey: If I'm wrong, I'll go to the grand jury and say I killed the kid.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Ben Stone: Did you see the gun?
      Abel Richardson: I could see the handle, it was a Magnum like Dirty Harry, you know, "Make my day."
      This is an allusion to the fictional San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan, the weapon he used, and his famous slogan as portrayed by Clint Eastwood in the five Dirty Harry films.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Edmund Perry case. Edmund Perry was a 17-year-old graduate from Phillips Exeter who was shot and killed in June of 1985 by undercover New York police officer Lee Van Houten. Van Houten maintains that Perry and another black youth attempted to mug him and that he shot in self-defense. Edmund's brother Jonah was initially arrested and charged as an accomplice, but was found not guilty at trial.

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