Law & Order

Season 9 Episode 9

True North

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 09, 1998 on NBC
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The double murder of a wealthy man and his daughter leads the detectives to the wife and stepmother of the deceased. However, Canada's objection to the death penalty hampers McCoy and Carmichael in seeking crucial evidence for obtaining a conviction.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Jerry Orbach

    Jerry Orbach

    Det. Lennie Briscoe

    Benjamin Bratt

    Benjamin Bratt

    Det. Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis

    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

    Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    DA Adam Schiff

    Robert Harper

    Robert Harper

    John St. John

    Guest Star

    Tara Bast

    Tara Bast

    Wendy Naughton

    Guest Star

    David Mogentale

    David Mogentale

    Gerard Petoskey

    Guest Star

    Glynnis O'Connor

    Glynnis O'Connor

    Anne Paulsen

    Recurring Role

    Larry Clarke

    Larry Clarke

    Morris LaMotte

    Recurring Role

    Leslie Hendrix

    Leslie Hendrix

    M.E. Rodgers

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Goof: When interviewing Mr. Wexman, Det Rey Curtis calls him Mr. Wexler. Lenny Briscoe seems to get a strange look on his face.

      • Nitpick: Abbie Carmichael comments that Canada didn't even have a Charter of Rights until 'a few years ago'. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was put in force in April of 1982, replacing the Canadian Bill of Rights from 1960.

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Jack McCoy: Maybe we should post warning signs at the Canadian border.
        Adam Schiff: Yeah, enter at your own risk!

      • Jack McCoy: So you gave a drug addict suffering violent, paranoid fits $50,000 in cash?
        Stefanie Harker: That's how much some of these programs cost.
        Jack McCoy: It never occurred to you to write a check to the program?
        Stefanie Harker: I thought Doris was responsible.
        Jack McCoy: In between her paranoid fits?

      • Jack McCoy: Stephanie Harker isn't pushing my pity button.

      • Abbie Carmichael: That's nice. Are they going to send the Canadian army down here to help you carry your money and computers home?

      • Suspect's Father: I thought this was the land of opportunity.
        Abbie Carmichael: Well, that's what the ads used to say.

      • Jack McCoy: They caved?
        Abbie Carmichael: Morals are morals. Money is money.
        Jack McCoy: Who are you going to shake down to get her car, the Royal Auto Club?

      • Suspect: First of all I'm not a drug dealer.
        Abbie Carmichael: Right. You just collect rare cocaine.

      • Adam Schiff: The death penalty may be statutory, it's not mandatory.

      • Jack McCoy: It's not being a snob, if they're really better than you!

      • Adam Schiff: File the notice, Miss Carmichael, we're seeking the death penalty.
        Abbie Carmichael: We told the Canadians we wouldn't.
        Adam Schiff: I changed my mind.

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    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the case of Stanley Faulder, a Canadian on death row in a Texas prison for a murder done on American soil, and aired the very night (and time) Faulder got a temporary stay of execution. He was executed six months later.

      • The episode title, "True North", is a quote from "O Canada", the Canadian national anthem. The entire line is "With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the true north strong and free, from far and wide, O Canada we stand on guard for thee."

      • Abbie Carmichael: In October, around Canadian Thanksgiving.

        In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October, and gives thanks for the harvest rather than honoring the pilgrims. It falls earlier in Canada for the simple reason that Canada, being further north, has an earlier harvest.

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