When talking to the prosecutors, the parents of the shooting suspect mention that McCoy and Carmichael got an 18-year-old boy sentenced to death for the beating death of a delivery man. This is a reference to the case in an earlier episode, Teenage Wasteland
After they cuff Earl, we can see that his handcuffs are only half on during the chase.
Jamie Ross: Someone better remind her of her ethical obligations as a prosecutor.
Abbie Carmichael: You mean the one that says I should put someone on trial who I think is guilty?
Jamie Ross: No, the one that says you need evidence to do it.
Abbie Carmichael: I just told you our evidence.
(McCoy, Briscoe, and Green get into an argument about the detectives doing their jobs properly.)
Abbie Carmichael: Gentlemen, if we could just lower the level of testosterone ... a little bit.
Abbie Carmichael: How can releasing a kid we know committed a crime be right?!
Nora Lewin: With what's waiting for him, it might have been kinder to give him the needle.
Abbie Carmichael: Either works for me.
Abbie Carmichael: We all went to high school. We all had problems. None of us picked up a gun and killed someone.
Patricia Semple: You think you can look at your child and know he's capable of doing this?
Abbie Carmichael: I think it depends how hard you're looking, Mrs. Semple.
Paul: I thought Henry was only joking.
Ed Green: Oh yeah? What did you think was going to come out of that gun he showed you, a little flag that says "Bang"?
(Talking about the suspect's right to privacy.)
Abbie Carmichael: What about the rights of children not to be shot when they go to school?
Lennie Briscoe: One of my ex-wives called this morning to bust my chops.
Ed Green: Which one?
Lennie Briscoe: I forget.
This episode is ripped from the headlines of a rash of high-profile school shootings that occurred in the late 1990s.
Lennie Briscoe: Crouching tiger, hidden student.
Briscoe was referring to the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. A woman had described the shooter as looking like a ninja; the movie was famous for its gravity-defying ninja scenes.
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