Law & Order

Season 8 Episode 1

Thrill

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 24, 1997 on NBC
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The cops break the seemingly random murder of a chicken delivery guy with a little "undercover" work in the park, but McCoy and Ross face a harder battle to get a conviction when the two defendants resolutely point the finger at each other, and the one item identifying the actual killer is the recording of a confession-made to a priest. Rey's wife is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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

    Donna Murphy

    Donna Murphy

    Carla Tyrrell

    Guest Star

    James Handy

    James Handy

    Mr. Wheeler

    Guest Star

    Sig Libowitz

    Sig Libowitz

    Stan Shatenstein

    Guest Star

    Susan Blommaert

    Susan Blommaert

    Judge Rebecca Steinman

    Recurring Role

    Pat Moya

    Pat Moya

    Deborah Curtis

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    John Fiore

    John Fiore

    Tony Profaci

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (10)

      • (Tagger's girlfriend is dragged away to clear the way for Briscoe and Curtis to arrest him.)
        Marlene: Don't kill him, please! Dale, I love you!
        Tagger: Shut up, Marlene!

      • (Van Buren and her detectives, disguised as gang members, stakeout Central Park in an attempt to find Tagger and Timon.)
        Lennie Briscoe: Okay. So the rumble in the jungle-- The night before, Angelo Dundee gets a big wrench and goes around all four corners and loosens the top. That's the Rope-a-Dope!
        Anita Van Buren: But it was Muhammad Ali who did the floatin' and the stingin'. The man was sweet! A poet!
        Gang Member: A real poet is Milton. You wanna understand the ways of God, Milton's your boy.
        Lennie Briscoe: When it comes to understandin' the ways of God, I prefer malt to Milton.
        Anita Van Buren: I know that's right! (laughs and high-fives Briscoe)

      • Detective Briscoe: Dale! Now, let's do this the easy way. All right? Just open the door, and come out nice and slow!
        Dale: I can't.
        Detective Curtis: We're not gonna hurt you.
        Dale: I got no pants.
        Detective Curtis: It's just us guys out here, Dale. Nothin' we haven't seen before.
        Dale: Either I get my pants, or I don't come out.
        Detective Briscoe: (grabs Dale's pants) All right, Dale. Here. Here. Look out the keyhole now. See? Here's your pants. Now, I'm tossin' 'em to ya.
        (he drops the pants in front of the bathroom door)
        Detective Briscoe: All you have to do is reach out and grab 'em. Go ahead.
        Dale: Okay. I'm openin' up the door.
        (He opens the door; Curtis knocks the door into his head.)
        Dale: OW! No! Liar! I want my pants!
        Detective Curtis: (takes him away) Why, Dale? I don't see anything here worth covering up.

      • Rey Curtis: You're a Catholic.
        Jack McCoy: Not when I'm at work. Sorry.

      • Anita Van Buren: A thrill killing. I take it back, Lennie, I guess some people don't need a reason.
        Lennie Briscoe: I guess the macarena wasn't exciting enough for them.

      • Jamie Ross: The Church protects murderers, the law says two people can fire the same bullet, and the victim's mother forgives her son's killers. You figure it out.
        Jack McCoy: You don't think you could? Forgive them, I mean?
        Jamie Ross: No.
        Jack McCoy: Neither could I. What does that say about us?

      • Jack McCoy: I'm playing legal tiddlywinks with these punks. What I really want to do is take them out to Battery Park and hang 'em by the scrotum!
        Adam Schiff: An understandable sentiment -- but stick with the tiddlywinks.

      • Adam Schiff: Sounds like Leopold and Loeb. Who'd we get?
        Jack McCoy: Beavis and Butthead.

      • Lennie Briscoe (on arresting Kershaw): Congratulations, Dale. You made your bones.

      • Mrs. Wheeler: I can't hate you. I'll be praying for God to watch over you every day you're in that awful place you're going to.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Along with the fourteenth, nineteenth and twentieth seasons, this is one of only four seasons not to feature any cast changes.

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • This episode appears to be is ripped from the headlines of the Thomas Koskovich/Jason Vreeland murder case.

      • Adam Schiff: Sounds like Leopold and Loeb. Who'd we get?
        Jack McCoy: Beavis and Butt-Head.
        Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were convicted of murder in Chicago in 1924 and defended by famed lawyer Clarence Darrow. It was called the Crime of the Century. Beavis and Butt-Head was a cartoon on MTV in the mid-'90s about two boys who often got in trouble. In law enforcement, criminal partners who are especially stupid are often called Beavis and Butt-Head.

      • Lennie sites the macarena as possible cause for murder. This is a reference to the macarena dance craze in the '90s.

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