Law & Order

Season 12 Episode 1

Who Let the Dogs Out?

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 2001 on NBC
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Who Let the Dogs Out?
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The investigation into the death of a jogger mauled by a vicious dog leads to an Attica inmate, his attorneys, and an underground dog-fighting ring.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Don't blame Pit Bulls

    7.5
    If the uber liberals Jack McCoy and Nora Levin had their way everybody would own toy dogs. If a dog is mistreated any dog would get vicious. Law & Order exploited the fears of pitbulls by showing an out of control one.
  • Strong storyline

    8.4
    Im not an animal lover, yet this episode was strong enough to hook my attention from the off. The entrypoint in the story isnt the best, at least what seemed like a tragic aninmal attack. Yet it is strong enough to keep you there until the action hots up in the middle act.



    Though the subject matter isnt exactly riveting to me, there is a very good story here that shows quite clearly some of the depravity going on inside the dog fighting scene. There is really very little reason for these animals to receive the brutal training they do, which is well demonstrated by the final act and McCoy's case.



    The angle taken of the "normal" middle class lawyer couple, being at fault is what stands this apart from a the one dimension it would have had if it had just been a straight dog fighting case. You really appreciate their involvements and culpability in failing to control their dog and then covering up the crime and not reporting it.



    Still the ending provides an enormous amount of satisfaction as they get what they deserve. A v good L&O case.moreless
  • A dog kills a woman in Central Park, uncovering a dog fighting business. The detectives and the DA try to find out who is ultimately responsible.

    9.5
    I saw this episode again shortly after the Michael Vick trial. It was odd that it was close to real life, based on the dog fighting connection, however, I knew this was a "ripped from the headlines" story, but a different headline. In true "Law & Order" style, they go above and beyond the immediate crime. In this case, the DA decides to go after the people who owned a dog they knew had been trained to fight, but done nothing about.

    And I loved the witty banter between Briscoe and Green in the house where the dogs are kept. First the conversation about the dogs being trained not to bark, and the comment about an S&M club for K-9s.moreless
Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

ADA Serena Southerlyn

Dianne Wiest

Dianne Wiest

Interim DA Nora Lewin

Melissa Leo (I)

Melissa Leo (I)

Sherri Quinn

Guest Star

Bruce McCarty

Bruce McCarty

Roger Quinn

Guest Star

David Warshofsky

David Warshofsky

Danny Miller

Guest Star

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O'Rourke

Peter Behrens

Recurring Role

Robert Hogan

Robert Hogan

Judge Albert Scholl

Recurring Role

Tanya Berezin

Tanya Berezin

Judge Rosalyn Lenz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (The Quinns have agreed to a plea.)
      Serena Southerlyn: I just got off with animal control. The dog was put down.
      Jack McCoy: The Quinns' trial was the only thing keeping it alive.
      Nora Lewin: Abused, tortured, and now destroyed.
      Serena Southerlyn: Almost makes you wish you could reverse the sentences.

    • (As Sherri testifies, the Quinns' dog King is brought in on a leash with a muzzle on his mouth; King growls and barks rabidly.)
      Peter Behrens: Your honor!
      Judge Scholl: Mr. McCoy?
      Jack McCoy: The defendants claim the dog is gentle, your Honor. We think the jury has a right to decide for itself.
      Judge Scholl: Bring the dog into the well.
      (The court officer brings King closer.)
      Jack McCoy: Care to pet your dog, Mrs. Quinn?
      Peter Behrens: Objection!
      Jack McCoy: (to Roger) How 'bout you, Mr. Quinn? Shall we take the muzzle off and you can pet your dog?
      Peter Behrens: I move for an immediate mistrial, your Honor!
      Judge Scholl: That's enough! The show is over! Mr. Quinn, take your seat. You too, Mr. Behrens. Mr. McCoy, remove that dog right now.

    • Sherri Quinn: King had the terrier in his mouth, it was dead already I think. But the lady kept on trying to get it away from him. That's when King went for her. It was so fast, then it was blood everywhere. I am so sorry.
      Defense Attorney: Nothing further.
      Jack McCoy: (Standing up to cross examine) Sorry, but not sorry enough to call 9-1-1.

    • Lennie Briscoe: Put your hands behind your back, you're under arrest.
      Ralph Carson: For what?!
      Ed Green: For being a sick bastard. Now shut your mouth before I put one of these on you.
      (Holding a muzzle in his hand)

    • Sherrie Quinn: He was scared for our sake. King was always a good dog.
      (King is brought in on a leash with a metal muzzle over his mouth, snarling, barking and lunging)
      Jack McCoy: You just described your dog as friendly, Miss Quinn. Would you like to pet him right now?

    • (After a number of dead dogs are discovered in a van)
      Lennie Briscoe: Gives a whole new meaning to the term 'doggie bags'!

    • Lennie Briscoe: On the bright side, at least there's no barking.
      Ed Green: Maybe they were trained not to bark.
      Lennie Briscoe: Well, there's a cheerful thought.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Southerlyn would be the first Assistant ADA to come in after the departure of DA Adam Schiff.

    • This episode marks Elizabeth Rohm's first contract appearance as Serena Southerlyn.

    • This episode had an opening narration which differed from the norm:

      "On September 11th, 2001, New York City was ruthlessly and criminally attacked. While no tribute can ever heal the pain of that day, the producers of "Law & Order" dedicate this season to the victims and their families, and to the fire fighters and police officers, who remind us with their lives and courage what it truly means to be an American."

      The narration is replaced with the usual "In the criminal justice system..." opening for syndication.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on September 19, 2001.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

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