Law & Order: Season 8, Episode 6

Baby, It's You (12 Nov. 1997)

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Baltimore Homicide detectives Munch and Falsone help Briscoe and Curtis with a murder investigation. However, the victim's family attorney interferes with the investigation by leaking information and offering rewards.

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Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a 14 year-old fashion model, Britney Janaway. She had complained to her father, a doctor, that she had abdominal pain and he took her to his office to treat her. She also had a bruise on her back and scratches on her arm. The medical examiner determines she died from toxic shock and had been raped some weeks before. The Janaways aren't very cooperative and their lawyer goes out of his way to make it difficult by placing ads and offering a hefty reward. The police look into the Janaways household staff - past and present - and the Baltimore police help out by checking out the home the Janaways kept there. Trying to arrest their main suspect is not easy however but when they do, he is in fact a witness. Written by garykmcd

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The storyline of this episode is continued in Homicide: Life on the Street: Baby, It's You: Part 2 (1997). Jerry Orbach (Detective Lennie Briscoe), Sam Waterston (EADA Jack McCoy), Benjamin Bratt (Detective Rey Curtis) and Carey Lowell (ADA Jamie Ross) all play their Law & Order (1990) characters in that episode whereas Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Yaphet Kotto (Lt. Al Giardello), Jon Seda (Detective Paul Falsone) and Zeljko Ivanek (ASA Ed Danvers) all play their Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) characters in this episode. See more »

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During a stakeout at a cemetery, Richard Belzer's character mentions that Montgomery Clift and Walt Whitman were buried in the cemetery. Clift is buried in Prospect Park in Brooklyn and Walt Whitman is buried in Camden, NJ. See more »

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Detective Rey Curtis: Mmmm, how do you want to work the Baltimore angle? There's a housekeeper, Helen Crane? We should talk to her.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: We know people down there.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Pembleton?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: No, the one whose ex-wife I was sleeping with.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: [to Curtis] Tell him he'll have to be more specific.
[Curtis holds up his hand to say "No thanks"]
Detective Lennie Briscoe: The mediocre pool player.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Munch!
[laughs]
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Green Eyed Monsters.
6 December 2013 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a two-part story involving a model who was raped in Baltimore and managed to die in New York City, thus precipitating a jurisdictional conflict and allowing the producers to cross the outstanding cast of "Law and Order" with the admirable cast of "Homicide." There isn't really a lot of screen time for any of the characters because there are more than the usual number of them, but Richard Belzer as the Baltimore detective gets the wittiest lines.

A doctor stagger into the ER of a New York hospital carrying the dead body of his daughter, who has just died of toxic shock, the result of an infection incurred some weeks ago during vaginal abrasions that are presumed to be the result of a rape. Of course it's not all that easy. It rarely is.

You should take a dekko at the girl's dead body -- or the stills -- or the flashbacks of her telling the camera, "I love you, Daddy." She's feminine perfection. She could be Milla Jovovich's sister. "How old is she, twenty-one?", asks Benjamin Bratt. "Try fourteen," says the orderly as he wheels away the gurney.

Any male viewer can now understand why in parts of Appalachia and Asia girls of fourteen are married already. We might shake our heads with pity but there's license behind that mask. At the same time it's hard to envy beautiful people, particularly alluring young girls, because we're all going to lose it sooner or later and handsome people have more to lose.

I don't think I'll get into the story any further. Not that the crime theme is complicated. It's really very simple. But there are red herrings and such, and the climax comes as something of a surprise.

This episode is different from any of the others I remember from the series. Instead of a scene changing with the expected PLUNK PLUNK, the show is fulsomely orchestrated, complete with theme songs, and it's only a distraction. I enjoy Richard Belzer in interviews but he has the voice and demeanor of a stand-up comedian. The rest of the cast, familiar with their roles, could hardly be better.


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