Law & Order

Season 6 Episode 12

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 31, 1996 on NBC
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McCoy finds that his career is on the line when his former female assistant and ex-lover accuses him of forging evidence that helped put an innocent man in prison.

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  • Aw, the cutest ending.

    9.0
    This was a very good episode. The plot was compelling, but I especially enjoyed the glimpse into Jack's past and personal life and how Claire stood by him the whole time. I liked the part where they were discussing what Claire would say about him ("Has Defendant McCoy ever withheld exculpatory evidence?") and I absolutely *loved* the ending. I love seeing Claire laugh, especially with Jack. :) I actually think the dynamic between the two of them is interesting just because it's unique. Even though the detectives throughout the years and the prosecutors have been close with each other (and in the other Law and Order shows too, CI and SVU) they usually don't laugh with each other and they usually don't touch each other. Jack and Claire break all these rules, which is interesting to see.moreless
  • An old case resurfaces, and Jack's old assistant/mistress ends up on the wrong side of the law.

    8.7
    This episode is important because it helps add credit to the Jack/Claire relationship. It proves Jack has had affairs with previous assistants. There is still some sexual tension lingering between Jack and Diana. Sadly its only a few episodes before the Jack/Claire relationship ends in "Aftershock".

    This is also an example of "good guy gone bad". As a prosecutor, Diana Hawthorne lies and manipulates evidence to make a case against what turns out to be the wrong man. Jack knew nothing about this but Diana thought she was doing him a favor, since this was the case that lead to Jack's promotion.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. Reynaldo 'Rey' Curtis

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

ADA Claire Kincaid

David Garrison

David Garrison

Gerald Fox

Guest Star

Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Simon Brooks

Guest Star

Jerome Preston Bates

Jerome Preston Bates

Ernie Bigelow

Guest Star

John Ramsey

John Ramsey

Judge Walter Schreiber

Recurring Role

Gia Galeano

Gia Galeano

Gia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Adam Schiff: The cop says he gave the evidence to Diana. Diana said she gave it to you.
      Claire Kincaid: Actually, she says if she got it, she gave it to Jack.
      Adam Schiff: If. If. If. Oh, that makes us look so much better.
      Jack McCoy: We'll get to the bottom of this.
      Adam Schiff: The damage has been done. We got cops all over the country manufacturing evidence. Criminal justice system held in contempt. And now, this gangrene creeps into the prosecutor's office. This prosecutor's office!
      Jack McCoy: So we just board up the windows and go out of business?
      Adam Schiff: No. We suspend you! Until I know what happened.
      Jack McCoy: Am I permitted to participate in my own defense?
      Adam Schiff: I am not banning you from the building.

    • Damien: We wasn't doin' nothin'!
      Lennie Briscoe: Oh, yeah? And just where wasn't you doin' it?

    • Jack McCoy You didn't have to make that deal, Claire. We could have gone to trial.
      Claire Kincaid: I know, but I thought that's what you wanted, Jack.

    • Diana Hawthorne: The part I hate about private practice -- clients.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Adam Schiff: If you're lucky he'll only want a pound of your flesh.

      This phrase originates from The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare. Shylock, the money lender, is awarded the right to take a pound of flesh from Antonio because Antonio's debts are not repaid in time. The catch is that Shylock can take exactly a pound: no more, no less.

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