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Law & Order

Season 5 Episode 8

Virtue

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 23, 1994 on NBC
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Virtue
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McCoy uses a charge of "larceny by extortion" against a councilman, whose former colleague claims he demanded sex in exchange for a law-firm partnership.

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    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

    Jill Hennessy

    Jill Hennessy

    ADA Claire Kincaid

    Chris Noth

    Chris Noth

    Det. Mike Logan

    Anthony Heald

    Anthony Heald

    Councilman Spencer Talbert

    Guest Star

    Regina Taylor

    Regina Taylor

    Sarah Maslin

    Guest Star

    Christopher Cousins

    Christopher Cousins

    Todd Locke

    Guest Star

    Joanna Merlin

    Joanna Merlin

    Deirdre Powell

    Recurring Role

    John Ramsey

    John Ramsey

    Judge Walter Schreiber

    Recurring Role

    David Lipman

    David Lipman

    Judge Morris Torledsky

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • This is one of only a handful of episodes in which the district attorney (Adam Schiff) shares a scene with a cop (Anita Van Buren).

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Medical Examiner: It looks like her underwear was torn off, found marks on her buttocks, could have been fingernails. Also vaginal tearing, semen.
        Lennie Briscoe: So we're talking rape?
        Medical Examiner: If this was a romantic evening at home, I'd hate to meet her boyfriend.

      • Dierdre Powell: I'll buy you a drink if you promise not to charge me with assault in the morning.
        Jack McCoy: If you promise not to call me a hooker.

      • Jack McCoy: (referring to Sarah Maslin) Are you admitting you had sex with her?
        Spencer Talbert: Yes. Not only was it consensual, it wasn't very good.
        Jack McCoy: You really are a piece of work.

      • Jack McCoy: Adam, the papers already know about this. If we drop it, guess whose name's going to hit the op-ed pages as part of a political cover-up?

      • Jack McCoy: (about Sarah Maslin and her educational background) More credibility than the proverbial busload of nuns.

      • Claire Kincaid: You were the victim.
        Sarah Maslin: I was involved in a scandal. Clients don't like that much in a legal advisor.

      • Evelyn Talbert: Spencer and I have been together for 13 years now. We have a very strong marriage.
        Mike Logan: Strong enough to withstand a rape accusation?

      • Lennie Briscoe: (about Councilman Talbert) He's a politician. He knows how to cover his tracks.
        Anita van Buren: So let's find out what he did before he had to be so discreet.

      • Jack McCoy: (his closing summation) Give me the keys to your house, or I'll charge you with murder. I'm the D.A. I can do it. Give me $10,000, or I'll tell the Feds about that shipment of heroin I saw you pick up at J.F.K. I'm the D.A. They'll listen. What would you do? I can tell you what I'll be doing for the next 10 years or so. I'll be in Attica, because what I just did is called extortion, and it's a felony. Sleep with me. Or I'll tell your boss that you're under indictment for fraud. It's not true, but do you really think you'll be working next week? Sarah Maslin worked for eight years. She was the best, most productive associate in her firm. She had clearly earned a partnership, but the only way that she could get it was to have sex with the man who had the power to make or break her career. Sarah Maslin laid down on that couch for Mr. Talbert. But can any of us say that she really had a choice?

      • (Discussing the conviction.)
        Claire Kincaid: So sure it will be overturned?
        Adam Schiff: I think the jails will be too crowded if they don't.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

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