Law & Order

Season 19 Episode 1


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 05, 2008 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • This episode marks two rare situations-
      1) the district attorney (Jack McCoy) appears in court and
      2) the district attorney (Jack McCoy) shares a scene with one or more cops (Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard).

  • Quotes

    • (after Lupo and McCoy have an argument)
      Jack McCoy: Take Detective Lupo off the witness list.
      Michael Cutter: Guess that's easier than deciding if he has a point.

    • (being arrested for murder at work)
      Vince Fonsella: My buddies aren't going to forget this or you. Lupo and Bernardo.
      Kevin Bernard: Bernard, Bernard.
      Cyrus Lupo: Why is everyone so hostile?

    • Reporter: Mr. McCoy, is it true that you've been asked to join the Obama administration?

    • Michael Cutter: Crossing the line was one thing when Adam Schiff had your back. Now, you're out there all by yourself.
      Jack McCoy: It doesn't bother me.
      Michael Cutter: No. It just makes you more stubborn.

    • Connie Rubirosa: Court officers just broke up a fist fight in the jury room.
      Michael Cutter: Great, maybe we can watch it on the internet.

    • Jack McCoy: My father used to talk about the bare-knuckled street fights during the Depression. But they were fighting for money to feed their families.
      Michael Cutter: These guys are fighting to feed their egos.

    • Kevin Bernard: A stockbroker beaten to death in the middle of a workday? In this economy, this is the kind of thing that might catch on.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • This episode also appears to be partially ripped from the headlines of the events surrounding the rise of Kimbo Slice.

    • Jack McCoy: Mallet, crowbar, hatchet? It's the Gangs of New York – open warfare.

      This is a reference to the 2002 Martin Scorsese film, Gangs of New York starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis. The story is set against a particularly violent part of the city's history when gangs ran lower Manhattan and Tammany Hall was in ascendancy.