Law & Order

Season 2 Episode 19

The Fertile Fields

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 07, 1992 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • This is one of only a handful of episodes in which the District Attorney (Adam Schiff) shares a scene with a police officer (Don Cragen).

  • Quotes

    • Ben Stone: Banks kill with a thousand cuts, not a blow to the head.

    • Don Cragen (to Logan about a case): Mike, I've had week-old flounder that smelled better than this!

    • Cop #1: Damn Indian winter.
      Cop #2: That's Indian summer, you idiot, there's no such thing as an Indian winter.
      Cop #1: A winter this cold, it's gotta be somebody's fault.
      Cop #2: So you blame the Native Americans?
      Cop #1: Well, you have anyone better to blame?
      Cop #2: See, that's the problem with today's society, that assumption. Bad stuff doesn't just happen to you, somebody caused it to happen.
      Cop #1: Keeps us in business.

    • Phil Cerreta: Hate crimes are crimes of fear. They're spontaneous. The bodies usually don't get moved.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: He didn't go gentle.
      She is referencing the Dylan Thomas poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night." It was written in 1951.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the 1991 Crown Heights riots. Rabbi Schneerson, who was returning from a regular visit to his father-in-law's grave, was crossing through an intersection when it was hit by another car and veered out of control, striking and killing 7-year-old Guyanese youth Gavin Cato. For the next four days, there were numerous acts of violence were committed against Jewish citizens in the area, then there were four days of rioting by the African-American residents.

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