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Law & Order

Season 16 Episode 19

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 05, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

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When a teenage boy commits suicide after firing on a doctor and hitting an innocent party, Fontana and Green investigate why he was after the doctor to begin with and learn that Jeremy Miller's younger sister had recently died of A.I.D.S. Throughout the course of the investigation, detectives are led to Dr. Andrew Copelan, the doctor in charge of Emily Miller's care, who had been giving her an experimental A.I.D.S. drug not yet approved for usage on humans, ostensibly to find a cure for his own full-blown A.I.D.S.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A little girl with AIDS... hard to watch

    8.8
    This was a very sad episode. The brother committing suicide in front of the detectives was hard to watch. This had to be one of the most painful to watch episodes ever. The subject matter was depressing and watching little kids die is heart wrenching. It's hard to be reminded that AIDS is still effecting our population.
  • The Cause, or the Child?

    9.6
    Heartstrings. It's what "Law & Order" likes to tug at opportune moments. Not since the kid whose junkie mother sold him to a drug dealer for her next fix has there been an episode quite so emotionally troubling. It begins with a homicide in a restaurant and after a wild goose chase, the cops realize that the man who died wasn't the target, the manager of the hospital he was standing next to was. The homicidal teenager responsible was seeking revenge for the "murder" of his younger sister, who died of AID's. He takes his life in the street standing a half dozen feet from Fontana, and the police determine his case is worth investigating. What they unearth is a series of experimental procedures on dying children, beneath the capable hands of an attending physician. Administering new and non-human-safe drugs on his child patients, the doctor claims the risk is worth it in the name of finding a cure for the most currently devastating disease on the planet.



    It's not until the second half that the twist is revealed: the doctor is dying of the same strain of AID's that killed the little girl. Suddenly, his experiments take on a new level, that of using children as lab rats in the hopes of finding his own cure. But when the prosecutors take it to trial, the audience is surprised and disturbed when the jury lets him off the hook. I had to watch this episode twice before fully allowing myself to contemplate its ramifications. It implied that the jury was willing to sacrifice a child, two children, four children, as many as they needed, in the name of research. When does a failing human life become more important than the cure millions are attempting to find? In a society where we abort babies because they are "inconvenient," this becomes all the more tragic and poignant. I believed the doctor really was attempting to serve his own selfish end, with no regard for the anguish and suffering he caused the child. I believe he deserved a conviction. But obviously the people on the jury disagreed with me.



    It might not seem that impacting on first visitation, but as the truth slowly sinks into its audience, it hits a nerve.moreless
Annie Parisse

Annie Parisse

ADA Alexandra Borgia

Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

Det. Joe Fontana

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Vondie Curtis-Hall

Vondie Curtis-Hall

Dr. Andrew Copelan

Guest Star

Jennifer Van Dyck

Jennifer Van Dyck

Dr. Elaine Clemens

Guest Star

Portia

Portia

Pamela Henson

Guest Star

Michael Mulheren

Michael Mulheren

Judge Harrison Taylor

Recurring Role

Wiley Wisdom

Wiley Wisdom

Richard Sands

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Jack McCoy: (on the jury's verdict) They probably figure a vaccine that could one day save their own lives is more important than a child who's already dying.

    • Ed Green: The CDC said the mystery drug that was in Emily Miller was an experimental AIDS vaccine, only for use in animals.
      Joe Fontana: We're way out of civil court now.
      Anita van Buren: That sick son of a bitch.

    • (Discussing Jeremy Miller.)
      Elaine Clemens: A floor nurse caught him disconnecting his sister's IVs.
      Joe Fontana: Assisted suicide?
      Elaine Clemens: He said he was trying to take her home, or, as he said it, 'break her out'.

    • Arthur Branch: The defense will say it was AIDS that killed her.
      Jack McCoy: Which it would have eventually. But does that justify experimenting on an indigent child?

    • Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: At these dosages, and these meds, she probably felt like she was being burned alive from the inside out.

    • Joe Fontana: I'm fine, Lieutenant.
      Anita van Buren: No one is fine watching a 14-year-old kid blow his brains out.

  • NOTES (1)

    • After two weeks at 9:00 P.M. and coming in fourth in the ratings, NBC opted to return Law & Order to the 10:00 P.M. timeslot starting with this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Alex Borgia: No one I've talked to makes him Dr. Frankenstein.
      The author of the novel Frankenstein was Mary Shelley. Although some people think Frankenstein is the monster's name, the book's title actually refers to the creature's creator, the reckless Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein is considered one of the first Gothic novels and Victor has been the inspiration for many other "mad scientist" characters in literature.

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