Law & Order

Season 7 Episode 17

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 27, 1997 on NBC
8.7
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The trial of Eddie Newman begins but the prosecution's chances of conviction are hampered by a "dream team" of defense attorneys, Gorton's personal pressures on Ross, and a surprise accusation of sexual harrassment. Curtis' relationship with Lisa also creates tension.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The ending to a 3 part series!!

    9.5
    I love this excellent ending to a 3 part series that started with D-girl. Not only does it have tons of great guest stars. Jeanene Garafalo, and Lauren Gram. It also has some major character developments, which I find awesome for Law & Order which usually has a well calabrated formula and rarely steers outside it. The new ADA jamie ross, we get some good back ground on her, as well as the current situation with Detective Curtis and his family. Of course he gets tempted by a girl again, not Jennifer Gardner this time, its Lauren Gram, both who i'd like to be tempted by!moreless
  • Lennie and Rey head out to LA in pursuit of a murder suspect. They change their theory though and arrest the victim's bitter ex-husband instead. Back in new york, Jack prosecutes him for 1st degree murder.moreless

    9.5
    The LA trilogy is a perfect example of why I absolutely love L&O. They are 3 of my favorite episodes in the entire series. The writing is great too - Lennie is funny, Rey is heartbreaking, Jack is intense, and Jamie's there to give Jack a reality check every now and then.

    I love the NYC setting, but it was good for the show to get out of there for a few episodes. I liked seeing the characters in a different city and interacting with different kinds of people. I liked the whole "Rey being tempted to cheat again" subplot, too.

    These are some of the best episodes in the series and I suggest watching them if you get the chance.moreless
  • Hollywood Trilogy is a blast

    10
    This review basically covers all three episodes of the "Hollywood Trilogy", which spans two cities, two jurisdictions, two suspects, and three episodes. Very well written, almost like a weekly soap opera, complete with Rey's wife accusing him of having an affair with the Pretty Studio Executive, Jamie and Neal Gorton duking it out Gladiator Style in Family Court over their daughter's custody (when all he really wants to do is to distract her from the case), and commentators that are annoying Jack to no end. A highly entertaining piece of entertainment which should not be missed.moreless
  • I think the assistant who brings in all the cases and then accompanies Jack to court after Jamie "quits" is Annie Parrise, who later joins the cast as ADA Borgia.

    10
    The grande finale to the one and only 3 part episode of Law & Order.



    I think the assistant who brings in all the cases and then accompanies Jack to court after Jamie "quits" is Annie Parrise, who later joins the cast as ADA Borgia. If it is, that is a logical promotion. I don't see her name in the cast, but don't know if she just didn't have a big enough role or if I'm seeing things. The guest stars throughout this whole 3 part series are great. Curtis' wife doesn't believe him because he has already cheated on her with Jennifer Gardner in the park in "Aftershock".moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

D.A. Adam Schiff

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Rey Curtis

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell

A.D.A. Jamie Ross

Keith Szarabajka

Keith Szarabajka

Neal Gorton

Guest Star

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lisa Lundquist

Guest Star

Scott Cohen

Scott Cohen

Eddie Newman

Guest Star

Bernie McInerney

Bernie McInerney

Judge Michael Callahan

Recurring Role

Carolyn McCormick

Carolyn McCormick

Dr. Elizabeth Olivet

Recurring Role

Pat Moya

Pat Moya

Deborah Curtis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This episode marks two rare situations-
      1) the district attorney (Adam Schiff) appears in court and
      2) the district attorney (Adam Schiff) shares a scene with a cop (Lennie Briscoe).

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Curtis has testified concerning Lisa Lundquist)
      Rey Curtis: Hey! What the hell's the matter with you, McCoy? Why didn't you stop that sooner?
      Jack McCoy: I might've been able to if you'd told me about it.
      Rey Curtis: There's nothin' to tell! (walks up to his partner)
      Jamie Ross: What was that about?
      Jack McCoy: He's just a little upset his wife's about to find out he had an affair on the evening news.
      Lennie Briscoe: (to Curtis about Lisa) I told you you shoulda gone to bed with her. You're gettin' the grief. You shoulda had the gravy.

    • Jamie Ross: (looks at her watch) God. Look at the time. I gotta go.
      Jack McCoy: We're not quite done here.
      Jamie Ross: I shouldn't have been away from Katie this long. I'm due in family court in 3 days.
      Jack McCoy: We have to go back to Judge Callahan in 12 hours.
      Jamie Ross: I'm sorry!
      Jack McCoy: Where are your priorities?! If Gorton gets ahold of this stuff, he'll come up with some cockamamie alternate theory of the crime. A murderer could walk free!
      Jamie Ross: And I could lose my daughter! You know what, Jack?! That's an easy decision!
      Jack McCoy: Not for an Assistant District Attorney!
      Jamie Ross: Fine! I quit!
      (she leaves the office in a huff and slams the door)

    • Jack McCoy: (his closing argument) Everyone likes a good story. Eddie Newman has made a career putting stories on film. And the defense in this case has told you a very good story about a sleazy psychiatrist and a man who believed he'd committed a murder, but recently realized that he didn't. What actually happened here is less complicated and far more sordid. A bitter, angry man viciously killed his ex-wife, dismembered her while she was still alive, and then lied about it. There's no clever twist to the plot. It's just the messy, ugly truth. Mr. Gorton has appealed to what he calls reasonable doubt. But reasonable doubt is not any doubt. God has given you all the gift of common sense. Use it. (picks up Newman's sword) Eddie Newman used this weapon to hack to death, not the woman he claimed he loved, but the woman he calls a vindictive bitch. Find him guilty of murder.

    • Jack McCoy: What's your current movie about, Mr. Newman? Talking bears?
      Eddie Newman: Yes.
      Jack McCoy: A daring Neorealist foray into Jellystone Park? Does that fulfill your promise as an artist?
      Eddie Newman: No!
      Jack McCoy: Heidi Ellison was keeping you from fulfilling that promise, wasn't she?
      Eddie Newman: Not just her. Do you know what kinda crap they wanted me to make?
      Jack McCoy: But especially her. She could've let you make Madame Bovary, couldn't she?
      Eddie Newman: Yes!
      Jack McCoy: But she didn't, did she?
      Eddie Newman: She gave me a choice. The bears or a picture about a dog who's granted three wishes. I couldn't believe it!
      Jack McCoy: You couldn't believe what, Mr. Newman?
      Eddie Newman: I had an actress, a bankable actress, who was attached to Bovary. But Heidi gives her $12,000,000 to do an asteroid movie instead, because our marriage didn't work out! (jumps out of his seat and raises his sword) That vindictive bitch! I could've made something!!

    • Lisa Lundquist (about the movie industry): I'm in a funny business, Ray. Everybody talks like hippies and acts like they're in the Sicilian mob.

    • (Newman has been convicted and sentenced.)
      Adam Schiff: Started with a killing, ending with an execution. You got what you wanted. Take the rest of the week off.
      Jack McCoy: It's Friday, Adam.
      Adam Schiff: So it is. See you Monday.

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