After witnessing an inmate's execution, McCoy, Kincaid, Briscoe, and Curtis react in different and extreme ways.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mac Geller
Cathy Briscoe (as Jennifer Bill)
Reds Carpenter
Madison Arnold ...
Leonard Jensen
Paul Austin ...
Sean Daugherty


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis along with ADAs McCoy and Kincaid travel to Attica to witness the execution of a man they arrested and convicted. The execution has a deep effect on all of them. Claire Kincaid has always been against the death penalty and is now thinking of quitting the law altogether. McCoy goes to a neighborhood bar a reminisces about his father, not all of which involves pleasant memories. The happily married Curtis spends the afternoon with an attractive young woman. One of Lennie Briscoe's daughters picks the wrong time to try and have a heart to heart with her estranged father. Lennie falls off the wagon. For one of them, the night ends in tragedy. Written by garykmcd

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22 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


One of Jennifer Garner's first roles. She filmed the series during her first year in New York City, and at the time she was making ends meet by working as a babysitter. One of the people she babysat for was Stephen Colbert, whom she met while they both had small roles on another show. See more »


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very touching episode
29 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

have only seen this episode twice, but always miss the first 5 minutes. the show is written well enough, that even though missed that time, its made up during the show. this is my favorite TV show, but my opinion is still unbiased. (stopped watching during dennis farina days). if you are an avid watcher, you know they give some insight to the private lives of the characters. this episode really gave human qualities to each character. i see someone put a spoiler here, but each time i saw it, i was truly shocked. you don't see the ending coming. almost cried each time. won't give details of the show, but it it well worth watching. you won't be disappointed. if anyone knows when will be shown again, please post.

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