Law & Order

Season 19 Episode 7

Zero

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 17, 2008 on NBC
9.3
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Episode Summary

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A woman's body is found in a city garden, leaving Bernard and Lupo to sort through her contradictory life and her ties to a cop's death in New Jersey. Then Cutter's case is jeopardized by a law clerk with a crush whose judge requires an unusual amount of assistance.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A woman's body is found in a garden.

    8.2
    Law and Order is a program that usually does not deviate too far from its premise, dealing with crimes and corresponding trials. To some that is a good thing, and I usually enjoy the whole legal aspect of things, but sometimes it is nice to see a show venture out from the norm and try something new here.



    "Zero" was about much more than a case, it was about a grizzled old judge and knowing when it is time to walk away. We see the further evolution of Jack McCoy's protege Michael Cutter as he had to deal with a moral dilemma. Jack called him out on having to try the case twice, but still knowing that the future DA was making the right move.



    As of this writing this is currently ranked the #1 episode in Law and Order history. I do not know if I would go that far, but this was certainly a unique and memorable offering from the show's 19th season.moreless
  • Too many favors...

    9.0
    A touching episode about a judge who has seen his better days. While prosecuting the case of a woman killed in a garden, Cutter finds things going his way in court thanks to an old friend who is the judge's law clerk. Cutter discovers she is the one controlling him and his cases and turns the tide against her by getting her away from her computer in the courtroom so all can see how inefficient this judge really is. A medical exam is ordered and the clerk is fired and the D.A.'s office starts investigating her. A very touching scene at the end with McCoy and the judge.moreless
S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita van Buren

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Det. Kevin Bernard

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

D.A. Jack McCoy

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. A.D.A. Michael Cutter

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa

Leah Curney

Leah Curney

Nancy Hartwig

Guest Star

Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty

Judge Malcolm Reynolds

Guest Star

Sherry Stringfield

Sherry Stringfield

Carly

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: The detectives refer to the victim's car as a green Corolla, but the video from the New Jersey police cruiser shows the back of a Toyota Camry.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jack McCoy: Can anybody around here read?
      Mike Cutter: I believe that is a requirement for graduating law school.

    • Connie Rubirosa: So, you and the judge's clerk, you two are…
      Michael Cutter: Friends.
      Connie Rubirosa: Friends. (beat) So we don't have a conflict of interest problem, do we?
      Michael Cutter: No. And we don't have a jealousy problem, do we?
      Connie Rubirosa: I was in preschool when you started to work here… 'member?

    • Carly: You are out of order.
      Michael Cutter: You're a witness. You don't decide what's out of order.

    • (Reviewing Hartwig's blog.)
      Kevin Bernard: No paper, no plastic, which means no take-out, no magazines, no paper towels…
      Anita van Buren: No toilet paper?
      Cyrus Lupo: Left hand and a bowl of water. (van Buren and Bernard just stare at him) Half the world still does it that way.
      Anita van Buren: That's nasty.
      (later)
      Kevin Bernard: Hey, so when you were overseas, doing intel in the boonies… ?
      Cyrus Lupo: Left hand and a bowl of water.
      Anita van Buren: That's nasty.

    • (After finding Nancy Hartwig's body in a compost pile.)
      Kevin Bernard: First rule of composting – no meat.

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