Law & Order

Season 4 Episode 1


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 15, 1993 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • This is one of only a handful of episodes in which the district attorney (Adam Schiff) shares a scene with a cop (Anita Van Buren).

  • Quotes

    • Adam Schiff: Who said all cases are won by prepping the witness?
      Ben Stone: You did. About 400 times.
      Adam Schiff: Oh.

    • Adam Schiff: I just hope we don't look ridiculous.
      Ben Stone: I'd wear clown makeup if I thought it would help us get a conviction.

    • (Briscoe agrees to investigate what seemed like a simple case)
      Mike Logan: I thought you said we had four open homicides?
      Lennie Briscoe: Those bodies are frozen. They're not going to thaw.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Who knows why she did anything? Who knows why she put her kid on TV -- 'Hello America, here's my molested son, watch him suffer'.

    • Mike Logan: Secret location, lots of security. How did Fisher get here?
      Lennie Briscoe: He shot the guy who molested his kid. I don't care if an avenging angel sent him. I might've done the same thing if it was my kid.

    • Adam Schiff: We look like carnival hucksters. Want a deal? Take a number. You too can have a piece of the movie rights.

    • Ben Stone: I'm a Catholic -- I can feel guilty about anything. But I bet my conscience is still easier to live with than yours.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Episode title: "Sweeps"
      The term "Sweeps" is used by television networks and Neilson ratings to describe the months of November, February, May and (of lesser importance) July, in which the networks air highly anticipated episodes or events in order to boost television ratings.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Are you listening to yourself? First Pop, then Mom, now Mason. It's an Oliver Stone movie.
      This is a reference to the 1991 movie JFK, directed by Oliver Stone. The movie is based on the theory that the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy was the result of a massive conspiracy and that the official explanation of Lee Harvey Oswald as a lone gunman is false.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of a 1988 episode of Geraldo. During a show on Nazi skinheads, a brawl broke out between two of the guests, resulting in host Geraldo Rivera's nose being broken. This episode also seems like tragic foreshadowing for future events related to talk shows, including the deaths of Scott Amedure (Jenny Jones), Charlene Burkey (Forgive or Forget, hosted by Robin Givens) and Nancy Campbell-Panitz (Jerry Springer) shortly after they all appeared on the shows.

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