Law & Order

Season 8 Episode 10

Ritual

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 17, 1997 on NBC
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Curtis and Briscoe investigate the death of Josef Moussad, an Arabic man found behind a dumpster, the victim of an apparent mugging. The detectives soon realise that Moussad had brought a doctor into the country to perform a clitoridectomy on his young niece, and suspicion turns to the family. Ross is horrified that young Alison's grandmother and uncle were both in full support of the operation, which makes it hard for her to prosecute the case objectively.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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

    Carey Lowell

    Carey Lowell

    ADA Jamie Ross

    Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    DA Adam Schiff

    Cotter Smith

    Cotter Smith

    Eric Martin

    Guest Star

    Steve Landesberg

    Steve Landesberg

    Howard Cahill

    Guest Star

    Ava Haddad

    Ava Haddad

    Nari Martin

    Guest Star

    Nan-Lynn Nelson

    Nan-Lynn Nelson

    Dr. Eileen Armenta

    Recurring Role

    John Fiore

    John Fiore

    Profaci

    Recurring Role

    Josh Pais

    Josh Pais

    M.E. Borak

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Mr. Tobak: This is an outrage! Dr. Nasser is not a peasant fleeing Cuba with a St. Christopher medal and two goats.
        Anita Van Buren: I'm sure he's a respected member of the medical community in Egypt, but he'll have to be detained until his visa status is cleared up.
        Mr. Tobak: Are you suddenly a federal official, Lieutenant?
        Anita Van Buren: The INS is on their way over, you can discuss Dr. Nasser's release with them.

      • Jamie Ross: He's an OB/GYN.
        Jack McCoy: That's a few organs away from a cardiologist...I wonder why he lied to us.

      • Adam Schiff: (about Eric Martin's defense) 'I did a bad thing for a good reason'.
        Jack McCoy: Wouldn't be the first time.

      • Jack McCoy: Who's the judge?
        Adam Schiff: Sawyer.
        Jack McCoy: The one who returned those two kids back to their crackhead mother?
        Adam Schiff: Who later beat one of them to death. Yes it's the same Sawyer.

      • Mr. Tobak (seeing his car being picked up by a tow truck): You have heard of diplomatic immunity?
        Jamie Ross: You have it. Your car doesn't. We can have it towed, and towed ... and towed.

      • Lennie Briscoe: Who's she, the new community affairs liaison?
        Anita Van Buren: (avoiding the question) No. What do you have?
        Rey Curtis: Come on, L.T. What's up?
        Anita Van Buren: Better you hear it from me. She's my lawyer. I was up for captain. One Police Plaza passed me over.
        Lennie Briscoe: You're suing the department?
        Anita Van Buren: Title seven -- they promoted a white woman with the same score on the exam. I have the seniority.
        Lennie Briscoe: I'm sorry we asked.

      • Adam Schiff: You looked a three-thousand-year-old abomination in the face and you beat it back.
        Jack McCoy: Only because we heard about it.
        Jamie Ross: How many more out there we don't know about?
        Adam Schiff: Take a number.

    • NOTES (0)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Jamie Ross: (refering to the judge) He'd award custody to Medea.

        In Greek mythology, Medea was the wife of Jason of the Argonauts. When Jason left her for King Creon's daughter, Medea killed not only the bride but her own two children with Jason, all to cause him pain.

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