Law & Order

Season 7 Episode 14

Working Mom

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 26, 1997 on NBC
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The murder of an ex-cop with a penchant for blackmail and illicit sex brings feminist lawyer Lanie Stieglitz into court against McCoy to defend a suburban wife and mother.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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. Rey Curtis

    Carey Lowell

    Carey Lowell

    ADA Jamie Ross

    Elaine Stritch

    Elaine Stritch

    Lanie Stieglitz

    Guest Star

    Felicity Huffman

    Felicity Huffman

    Hillary Colson

    Guest Star

    Jodie Markell

    Jodie Markell

    Sondra Benton

    Guest Star

    William Severs

    William Severs

    Judge Henry Fillmore

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Lanie Stieglitz: (her closing summation) It's not often that Big Brother has to listen to your opinion. It happens every four years. And it happens when you have the privilege of sitting in this box. Hillary Colson shopped at Gap Kids. She goes to PTA meetings. She's also a prostitute. I don't like it anymore than you do. It disgusts me. I don't approve of serial adultery. She's endangered the lives of every member of her family in a pathetic search for what? Novelty? To fill a void in her life, maybe? I don't know. But I do know this. If this were a referendum on prostitution, I would say: "Throw her in jail and forget about the key". But it's not! That's not why she's on trial. She is on trial, because she said no to an ex-police officer armed with a Colt revolver and the will to use it! An ex-police officer. Hmm? A bully who used sex to dominate women. She said NO! And she meant it! The Bill of Rights does not only apply to the June Cleavers of this country. Acquit my client, and you say to Big Brother that any woman, regardless of her character, has got the right to say no, and has got the right to back it up! I'm not asking you to agree with prostitution. But I am begging you to disagree with rape.
        Jack McCoy: (his summation) Miss Stieglitz is right. This isn't a referendum on prostitution. It isn't a referendum on rape. You're here to render a verdict on her client's credibility. She says she was raped. What's her evidence? "Keene was a bully. My husband believes me. So should you." In the meantime, she suffered no injuries, she destroyed evidence, she lied to the police. It was only when she was backed into a corner that she cried rape, that she wrapped herself in the right of self-defense. But she wasn't defending her virtue. She didn't shoot Gilbert Keene to keep from performing an act that she had willingly performed on dozens of other men. She killed him to protect a secret. You've all seen what lengths she went to, to avoid Mac Bernum, to hide her identity. Who can blame her? She didn't want to lose her husband, her family, her comfortable home. Those things, she would kill for. But those things do not justify the taking of a life! The threat of deadly physical force does, or rape does, or kidnapping, or robbery. But none of those things happened in that car. What happened in that car was a cold and calculated thing. A woman killed her blackmailer, not her rapist. That's who Gilbert Keene was. That's how he got sex. He didn't rape those other women. He blackmailed them. I don't want you to convict her because she's a prostitute. I'm asking you to convict her, because her story is a lie.

      • Lennie Briscoe: Suburban mommy hookers. I wonder what the tabloids would pay for the exclusive on this.

      • Jamie Ross: It's still Murder 2, but we'll drop the minimum to 15.
        Lanie Stieglitz: Peel off the testosterone patch, Ms. Ross. You're thinking under the influence.

      • Jamie Ross: He drove her to an out-of-the-way place. He had rape on his mind.
        Jack McCoy: She got into his car willingly. She had murder on hers.
        Adam Schiff: One fact; two sharp edges. You're going to need an extra large box of Band-Aids.

      • (Curtis and Briscoe are walking back to their car.)
        Rey Curtis: So Lennie, that stuff about me needing help decorating, that was just to get her to hand me a brochure, right? ... 'Cause you know I know how to put together a room.
        (Briscoe smirks without answering and gets into the car.)

      • Mail Store Owner: 176 pays once a year with a money order mailed in. For all I know, Elvis is renting that box.
        Lennie Briscoe: Would you happen to have any copies of Elvis's money orders?

      • Lennie Briscoe: Is this still a hooker's stroll?
        Officer: 24 hours a day. Could have somethin' to do with his johnson bein' out.
        Lennie Briscoe: Oh thanks. I might not have put that together.

      • Jamie Ross: They were shopping all day in big department stores, they paid cash and threw away their receipts.
        Jack McCoy: Sound a tad rehearsed?

      • Hillary Colson: I took him to look at carpet samples.
        Rey Curtis: Well, you left a lipstick sample on him.

      • Anita Van Buren: Hey, a guy getting his knob polished. I can believe anything.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Jack McCoy: The Betty Friedan militia?
        Betty Friedan (1921-2006) was the well-known feminist author of The Feminine Mystique. She helped found the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), and the National Organization of Women (NOW).

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