Law & Order

Season 6 Episode 21

Pro Se

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 08, 1996 on NBC
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The investigation into multiple homicides at a clothing store leads to the arrest of a schizophrenic who presents McCoy with a formidable opponent when he decides to represent himself.

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  • Aw, Jack and Claire.

    9.5
    They are soooo cute. My favorite moments:



    1. When Adam is chewing out Claire and Jack turns to him with this look of fury in his eyes, saying, "She didn't deserve that." Love the protectiveness!



    2. When they're in the restaurant and Claire looks like she hasn't slept in a month and she says, "Should I call Elizabeth?" and Jack says, "First, you should go home and change. I'll walk you to your car."



    3. When Jack is trying to talk Claire out of resigning.



    4. When Jack says he doesn't care about Adam; it's his decision who sits second chair.



    5. When Jack objects to James saying he shouldn't be held to a higher standard than Claire, when he says to the judge, "That's not good enough. I want the jury to disregard."



    6. Every time James makes the case about Claire and Jack stands up, so angrily, and says, "Objection!"



    7. When Adam says, "You'll be lucky if they don't convict Claire," and Jack snaps, "Claire is NOT the issue."



    Overall, this was a great episode, and I love Jack and Claire together! I love how they defend each other ALL THE TIME. She stood up for him in "Trophy" and he's standing up for her now.moreless
  • A man goes on a rampage in a dress shop. It turns out this isn't his first contact with the D.A.s office.

    9.7
    This is very much a Claire episode. An old case of Claire's resurfaces. A man she cut a deal with for stalking a woman has now killed 2 people and severely injured another. Claire being sued in a class action suit. Claire gets to question Dr. Olivet at the trial.



    There is evidence of the Jack/Clarie affair. Jack stands up for her against Adam. Then they are out at a restaurant and he askes her back on the case. Even in court, he askes for certain parts directed at Claire be stricken from the record.



    The woman who playes Joanne Ellis, the woman who survived the attack, does an excellent job.



    Dick Wolf based this on a real story of a laywer who couldn't get a job practicing law because of his mental illness.moreless
Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Reynaldo 'Rey' Curtis

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

ADA Claire Kincaid

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare

James Smith

Guest Star

Maryann Plunkett

Maryann Plunkett

Joanne Ellis

Guest Star

Ann Dowd

Ann Dowd

Patricia Smith

Guest Star

Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott

Judge Joseph Rivera

Recurring Role

Merwin Goldsmith

Merwin Goldsmith

Judge Ian Feist

Recurring Role

Gia Galeano

Gia Galeano

Gia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (James Smith reads his allocution.)
      James Smith: A man came toward me and I became afraid. I stabbed him with a bayonet I had with me. This paper is full of needles. They cut me and I bleed. You hear those chariots? They stole them from me, they want me to sleep. They like that. That's why I killed her.

    • Patricia Smith: I begged him to take his pills, I told him he might hurt himself, or someone else, if he stopped.
      Jack McCoy: What did he say?
      Patricia Smith: He said people would just have to stay out of his way.

    • Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: Do you believe there's something wrong with you?
      James Smith: (laughs sadly) Yes. I've seen the PET scans, and the MRIs. My brain doesn't look like yours, Doc.

    • James Smith: Have you ever been on an anti-psychotic drug?
      Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: No.
      James Smith: I'm using every ounce of strength I have just to talk to you. I feel like I'm pawing through a wool blanket. I feel stiff, and like I'm half a mile behind everyone else. I get so damned tired. It takes so much effort, holding on to reality.

    • Jack McCoy: Don't you care about the people you killed?
      James Smith: I'm sorry for them, Mr. McCoy. But that wasn't me. I'm not that creature. And I'm not going to take the rap for what he did.

    • Jack McCoy: So why doesn't he plead insanity?
      Adam Schiff: Because he's insane?

    • (Discussing James Smith's anti-psychotic medication.)
      Pharmacy Clerk: He's supposed to take it every day, or, watch out.
      Lennie Briscoe: What, his world and ours don't revolve around the same sun?
      Pharmacy Clerk: Not even in the same galaxy.

    • Lennie Briscoe: (In the vintage clothing store.) I think I see one of my old bowling shirts.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • When testifing about Smith's mental state, Dr. Olivet says that he has delusions of being a biblical warrior in danger of having a woman murder him in his sleep. This, along with a passage Smith quotes later in the episode, are references to the Song of Deborah (Judges 5) in the Old Testament. In it, the Canaanite general Sisera is killed by a woman named Jael, who drives a tent nail through his head while he sleeps.

    • The title of this episode, "Pro Se", is a Latin adjective meaning "for self", a term that is applied to a defendant who chooses to represent himself in court.

    • Jack McCoy: You can't leap tall buildings either.

      From the famous Superman catch phrase: 'Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.'

    • Rey Curtis: We also heard you're a regular Dennis Rodman on the court.
      Former NBA player Dennis Rodman was known for his bad behavior on the court. He once kicked a photographer in the groin. He was also known for constantly changing the color of his hair and sometimes cross-dressing; when his biography Bad As I Wanna Be was released, he showed up to promote it wearing a wedding dress and a blonde wig.

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