Law & Order

Season 11 Episode 8

Thin Ice

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 20, 2000 on NBC
8.4
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The killing of a school hockey coach leads to a case in which the defendant claims that he committed the crime while suffering from "sports rage."

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A rage as an excuse to a homicide

    8.5
    An investigation into a death of a hockey coach leads to a 16-yeared who desperately wanted to get to NHL. As we learn afterward, it was not so much a wish of his, rather of his father who even dragged a NHL scout to the following match of his son. However the coach punishes the young player for his aggressive style of game and suspends him for the next game. Enraged father beats him to death in front of his son. At the trial he seeks some mitigating circumstances by pretending he could not appreciate the consequences of his actions as he was in a rage fit. And Jack McCoy in one of his brilliant final speeches shows how erroneous it would be to accept a rage as an excuse to one's aggressive behavior.moreless
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

Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon

ADA Abbie Carmichael

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Dianne Wiest

Dianne Wiest

Interim DA Nora Lewin

Geoffrey Wigdor

Geoffrey Wigdor

Keith Taylor

Guest Star

Harley Venton

Harley Venton

Ray Taylor

Guest Star

Noel Wilson

Noel Wilson

Jake Arnold

Guest Star

Dennis Boutsikaris

Dennis Boutsikaris

Al Archer

Recurring Role

Richard Venture

Richard Venture

Douglas Greer

Recurring Role

Mark Kenneth Smaltz

Mark Kenneth Smaltz

Judge William Koehler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jack McCoy (during his closing argument): Are we really prepared to create a society in which nobody is responsible for controlling their anger?

    • Nora Lewin: When my niece was younger, she used to play soccer. I remember all the parents screaming at each other on the sidelines. Insanity is a pretty good description of their behavior, but it's not a legal excuse.

    • Nora Lewin: What did Dr. Skoda say?
      Jack McCoy: That just because someone gets real mad doesn't mean they're insane.

    • Jack McCoy: The law says your right to rage ends at the other guy's nose.

    • Ed Green: (Referring to dead victim in parking garage.) Guy stuck his car in a garage, thought he was safe.
      Lennie Briscoe: He forgot the high cost of parking in Manhattan.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Thomas Junta case.

    • Briscoe: An NHL player hits another player over the head...

      There have been a number of prominent cases over the years, but this is most likely a reference to Boston Bruins' Marty McSorley being charged with assault with a weapon for striking, and hospitalizing, Vancouver's Donald Brashear in February 21, 2000. McSorley's one year suspension is the longest in NHL history.

    • Lennie Briscoe: An NBA player chokes his coach...
      On Dec 1, 1997, Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors choked coach P.J. Carlesimo because he was in a bad mood and did not like being criticized during practice.

    • Nora Lewin: The Twinkie defense worked.

      "The Twinkie defense" is a generic legal term for a defense claim that some outside force caused the action for which the defendant is accused. The term stems from a 1979 case where San Fransisco City Manager Dan White shot several people including the mayor. His defense argument was that he had been unusually depressed, and his eating a large number of Twinkies was a reflection of, and may have worsened his depression. They did not actually argue that the Twinkies caused his depressed mindset.

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