Law & Order

Season 7 Episode 23

Terminal

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 21, 1997 on NBC
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The cops uncover a man with a secret second life as they try to learn who opened fire on a group of people disembarking from a party cruise, but his guilt or innocence becomes almost a second thought as Adam Schiff goes toe to toe with the governor and the state's Attorney General over the decision to seek the death penalty. Meanwhile Schiff learns his wife has been rushed to Cedar's Hospital after suffering a severe stroke rendering her unconscious.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • An episode where we are offered to watch a civil term legal battle between Adam Shiff and the governor of the state of New York. Worth watching, especially at the end.moreless

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    The first, and as far as I am aware, the only episode that focuses on the person of the district attorney Adam Schiff. His early decision to seek the death penalty for a man who shot into a crowd to prevent his buyer from cashing a check is later influenced by the fact Shiff's wife suffered a severe stroke and is being on the life support. However we might think the D.A. shouldn't let his legal mind get overshadowed by his personal life, this is right the contrary here. The defendant clearly didn't deserve the first degree murder and the death penalty and it was only Shiff's wife balancing between life and death that made the D.A. realize that. Losing his wife's life he fought to save another one - the defendant's. A moving moment when we see Adam watch his wife die.moreless
Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Rey Curtis

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell

ADA Jamie Ross

Jack Gilpin

Jack Gilpin

Mr. Axtell

Guest Star

Dani Klein

Dani Klein

Susan Beckner

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Liana Pai

Liana Pai

Carolyne Trang

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Charlotte Colavin

Charlotte Colavin

Judge Lisa Pongracic

Recurring Role

Donald Corren

Donald Corren

Medill

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Searching Larry Rice's apartment)
      Lennie Briscoe: Good champagne, but it's dusty.
      Rey Curtis: And this caviar has mold.

    • (After the shooting, Curtis finds writing on a car window)
      Rey Curtis: 'Kill Zionists.'
      Lennie Briscoe: Good thing he wasn't a better shot.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • FBI Agent: That's Sheikh Abdel-Rahman's group.
      Rey Curtis: The guy who blew up the World Trade Center?

      On February 26, 1993, a car bomb exploded in an underground garage at the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring over 1000. The attack was perpetrated by followers of radical Egyptian cleric Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, who received a life sentence for his part in the attack and for plotting to commit other terrorist acts.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Angel Diaz case. Governor George Pataki had removed District Attorney Robert Johnson from the case involving Diaz' alleged shooting of New York city police officer Kevin Gillespie and replaced him with State Attorney General Dennis Vacco as he believed Johnson was not seriously seeking the death penalty. Diaz later hung himself in jail while awaiting trial.

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