Law & Order

Season 11 Episode 2

Turnstile Justice

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 25, 2000 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: Detectives Briscoe and Green's investigation takes them to interview the husband of the slain victim at 618 W. 18th Street, Manhattan, a street address that would be located in the Hudson River.

    • This is one of the only a handful of episodes in which the district attorney (Nora Lewin) appears in court.

  • Quotes

    • Judge Mizener: Mr. Gallant, you understand that by pleading guilty, you'll be sentenced to a period of 10-20 years?
      Brian Gallant: Yes.
      Judge Mizener: Did you kill Stephanie Donatelli?
      (Brian nods.)
      Judge Mizener: I need you to answer for the stenographer.
      Brian Gallant: Yes.
      Judge Mizener: Did you attack Nadine Konchalovsky?
      Brian Gallant: Yes.
      Judge Mizener: Can you tell us why you committed these crimes?
      Brian Gallant: No reason.
      Judge Mizener: Now, Mr. McCoy, I assume a motion to vacate the charges against the individual currently incarcerated for the attack on Miss Konchalovsky has been filed.
      Jack McCoy: It has, your honor. He'll be released as soon as I let corrections know that we're done.
      Judge Mizener: We're done.
      Mr. Donnatelli: (jumps out of his seat in despair) We're done?
      Judge Mizener: Please, Mr. Donnatelli.
      Mr. Donnatelli: You guys declare yourselves done, and you're done? (points at Brian) You say the one and only person responsible for Steph getting killed is this lunatic?! You put a line through it on your list, and then you pat yourselves on the back?!!
      Judge Mizener: Mr. Donnatelli, I understand you're upset, but this isn't the time or the place to address these things.
      Mr. Donnatelli: Tell me when is the time and place, and I'll be there! (points at Brian again) Tell me when you're gonna hold someone accountable for turning him loose on Steph, and I'll be there.

    • Phillip Andrews (after Briscoe and Green announce his arrest): Get your commanding officer on the phone. I want to hear from him that I should be arrested.
      Lennie Briscoe: On your feet pal! Your coverage doesn't provide for a second opinion.

    • Jack McCoy: Leon Gregg, 34. He was awaiting trial for robbery and his weight dropped 30 pounds in less than two months. Your medical treatment consisted of giving him an aspirin.

    • Brian Gallant: I'm ... Regis Philbin.
      Lennie Briscoe: Is that your final answer?
      Abbie Carmichael: Okay, how about this? You let us fingerprint you, and when the prints come back, they'll confirm that you're Regis Philbin.

    • (Watching a surveillance tape that shows girls buying clothes with a stolen credit card.)
      Anita Van Buren: Add a charge of felony bad taste. Wearing white after Labor Day?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Kendra Webdale case. Andrew Goldstein, who had been suffering from poor mental health, had pushed the young woman in front of a train. Her death lead to the passing of Kendra's Law, which gave the courts the right to force medical treatment on a patient, but this law has been highly challenged.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Is that your final answer?
      The suspect introduced himself as Regis Philbin, so Lennie responded with Regis's catchphrase from the show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

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