Law & Order

Season 5 Episode 12

Progeny

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 25, 1995 on NBC
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After the murder of an abortion clinic doctor, Briscoe and Logan are led to a suspect who belongs to a radical pro-life movement and their suspicion soon turns to the group's leader, Drew Seeley, who admits that he's glad the doctor died. McCoy faces the unpleasant task of charging the respected and charismatic former priest with murder, and the public debate over whether the secular community should interfere in spiritual matters.moreless

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  • An abortion clinic doctor is killed.

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    A murder of an abortion clinic doctor leads to a radical pro life leader who expresses his views about abortion and admits he told the killer to kill the doctor In the trial the leader Drew Seeley told the jury that there was nothing wrong with what he was doing and that the doctors who are killing unborn babies must die In the end Jack forces Drew into a deal when he questions him about not being able to kill anyone himself.moreless
Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

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

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann

Father Drew Seeley

Guest Star

James Rebhorn

James Rebhorn

Charles Garnett

Guest Star

Jack Gilpin

Jack Gilpin

Dr. Simon Reed

Guest Star

Ted Kazanoff

Ted Kazanoff

Judge Daniel Scarletti

Recurring Role

John Carter (IV)

John Carter (IV)

Judge Harlan Newfield

Recurring Role

Judy Frank

Judy Frank

Judge Jean Bryant

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Dr. Moran: (during her testimony) I was, in effect, committing murder.
      Jack McCoy: In effect?
      Dr. Moran: I was committing murder.
      Jack McCoy: Fine. Would you please stand up?
      (the doctor stands up)
      Jack McCoy: Officer, arrest this woman.
      Judge Scarletti: Mr. McCoy!
      Jack McCoy: We've just heard a confession of murder, your honor. Officer?
      Judge Scarletti: I'm not amused, Mr. McCoy!
      Jack McCoy: How many counts of murder shall we charge you with, Dr. Moran?
      Judge Scarletti: Mr. McCoy! May I remind you that abortion is legal?
      Jack McCoy: (triumphantly) Thank you, Your Honor!

    • Jack McCoy: Does the bible specifically condemn abortion?
      Drew Seely: No.
      Jack McCoy: No? So have you been reading God's mind?

    • Judge Jean Bryant: (at the arraignment) On behalf of all the babies who grow up to be doctors, bail is denied.

    • Mike Logan: (finding the murder weapon) Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, 9mm.

    • (During opening statements.)
      Jack McCoy: Drew Seeley is a self-appointed executioner. If you let him get away with it, you'd better pray that people like him don't find some fault with you.

    • Anita Van Buren: Check Drew Seeley's arrest records. When he went from sitting in to inciting murder, I bet he lost a lot of followers.

    • Lennie Briscoe: This looks like a hit.
      Mike Logan: On a nice lady doctor?
      CSI Tech: Look at this.
      Lennie Briscoe: A nice lady doctor wearing a bulletproof vest.
      Mike Logan: I didn't realise the health care debate was so heated.
      Lennie Briscoe: It was for her. (Reads poster.) 'Wanted, Dr. Eileen Reed, abortionist, for mass murder. Reward ...'
      Mike Logan: Reward?
      Lennie Briscoe: 'God's eternal grace.'
      Mike Logan: Holy Mother ...

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Drew Seeley discusses John Brown during his opening statement. John Brown believed that slavery could not be ended without armed rebellion. He and 19 of his followers were arrested after they committed a raid in Virginia to steal guns. As Seeley mentions, John Brown was captured and hanged. His story is retold in the song "John Brown's Body," which was sung by Union soldiers during the Civil War.

    • Mike Logan: Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

      During the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, someone asked a chaplain to say a prayer and as the story goes he responded with, 'Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.'

    • Chung: Initials L.L., like one of Superman's girlfriends.
      Lennie Briscoe: He won't be dating her, she doesn't exist.
      Chung: And Lois Lane does?

      As Chung mentioned, Lois Lane was Superman's girlfriend in the various comics and movies about the Man of Steel. She was a reporter for the Daily Planet. During the character's teenaged years, including those during which he was known as Superboy, his high-school girlfriend was Lana Lang.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Paul Jennings Hill case. In 1994, Hill shot and killed Dr. John Bayard Britton and Britton's escort, James H. Barrett, because Britton performed medical abortions at the Pensacola Ladies Center. Hill, a former minister, maintained that he did nothing wrong throughout his entire time on death row, and was executed on September 3, 2003.

    • Mike Logan: That's the problem with fanatics. Get their followers in the right frame of mind, next thing you know they're chugging Kool Aid.

      In 1978, charismatic cult leader Jim Jones managed to convince his followers to poison first their children and then themselves by drinking a poison-laced grape-flavored drink. Those who did not drink willingly were injected or forced to drink. Authorities counted 913 bodies, 276 of which were children, at the Jonestown mass suicide.

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