Law & Order

Season 5 Episode 23


Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 24, 1995 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • This is one of only a handful of episodes in which the district attorney (Adam Schiff) shares a scene with a cop (Anita Van Buren).

  • Quotes

    • Jack McCoy: Two in five Americans think homosexuality is a sin.
      Adam Schiff: Forget two in five, worry about one in twelve.

    • (Powell cross-examines Logan)
      Charles Powell: Detective, are you familiar with a term police use to describe a murder in the gay community even before they know all the facts of the case?
      (Logan says nothing)
      Charles Powell: Come now, don't cause me the embarrassment of having to call up witnesses who've heard you say it.
      (Logan is silent for a long time.)
      Mike Logan: (quietly)...It's called 'homo-cide'.

    • Lennie Briscoe: My respect for Durban is growing by the hour.
      Mike Logan: Yeah, he's so smart he's dead.

    • Kevin Crossley: The establishment politicians don't care about convicting me -- they just need to show they're politically correct by indicting me.
      Jack McCoy: Mr. Crossley, you are not on trial because you didn't buy the black Barbie.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Dan White case. In 1978, Dan White shot and killed both mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, reportedly due to his fury at what he saw as the rising trend in gay activism -- Milk was the first openly gay elected official in San Francisco history. White's lawyers argued that he had been suffering from severe depression which had inhibited his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Over the years, an urban legend has cropped up claiming that White's lawyers used the "Twinkie Defense" (in other words, eating junk food made him do it), but it was never claimed in court that eating junk food was, in any way, responsible for White's activities -- his excessive consumption of junk food was used to show just how depressed he had gotten, but was never blamed.