Briscoe and his new partner, Rey Curtis, track down the man accused of kidnapping and killing a young girl. But before the suspect is arraigned, the girl's mother shoots and kills him in the courtroom.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Venture ...
Mr. Gaines
Nick Capetti
Mrs. Capetti
Tanya Berezin ...
Karen Gaines
Steven Stahl ...
Frank Sullivan
Joe Paparone ...
Charles Fleming


Det. Lenny Briscoe and his new partner Det. Ray Curtis investigate the abduction and murder of12 year-old Jodie Gaines. She was dropped off by her school bus less than a block from her after school piano lesson. She never showed up. They get a lead from an ATM camera where they find a white van parked on the street where walked by. It leads to the arrest of Nick Capetti who is charged with murder. At his arraignment however the dead girl's mother, Karen Gaines, shoots him dead. She gets a sympathetic judge and a lenient sentence leading DA McCoy to have the case re-investigated. The new suspect in the case is Karen Gaines herself. Written by garykmcd

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20 September 1995 (USA)  »

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Benjamin Bratt's first episode. See more »


The psychiatrist at the Gardner Clinic makes multiple errors, and possibly commits crimes, by revealing confidential medical information about his former clients to Lenny and Rey. According to medical-privacy laws, the psychiatrist isn't even allowed to confirm whether a client is under his care, let alone what the client confided to the psychiatrist in therapy.

Moreover, the psychiatrist reveals that two of his clients had an affair, and this fact is used by the police to expand their investigation. Both clients of the psychiatrist would most definitely have any convictions against them thrown out because the evidence against them was illegally obtained. Patient-client privilege is absolute, and without the psychiatrist breaking of confidentiality, the police would never have had a case. See more »


A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: It's hard to believe those two were ever in love.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Passionately, I'd say. Where do you think all the hate comes from?
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Lots of twists... including to L&O itself
31 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Season 6 of L&O was a shot in the arm for the series - a new detective (Curtis) and even though he was a sometimes obnoxiously conservative addition, the show itself took a lot of welcome risks during his tenure. There was more action and more plot twists, and the franchise's biggest departure from its basic format in the season finale. I'm not sure what it was, but something lit a fire under the producers and writers starting with this season.

The season debut sets up some half baked conflict between seasoned, imperfect Lenny and inexperienced, holier-than-thou Curtis which is alright. The episode itself is about the abduction and murder of a girl who was locked in a caught despite between her parents, and features the kinds of plot twists and brief bursts of chaotic action that really made these seasons exciting for me.

This episode isn't the best example of the renaissance, for one thing it lacks the kind of character depth for such an emotional story, but it's still pretty good.

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