Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of Karen Burdett who jumped - or was pushed - out of her apartment window. They initially suspect suicide but the crime scene unit confirms she was thrown off the balcony. Her husband Josh dismisses suicide at first but then confirms that she may have been depressed over giving up their three week old daughter for adoption. He says they gave her up because he didn't want children, but when the police learn the baby is African-American, they begin looking for her boyfriend. The fact is that Josh Burdett is actually African American but has passed as white all of his life. Even his first wife - to whom he was married for 19 years - denies ever knowing he was black. ADA's McCoy and Ross soon realize they're on the wrong track and prosecute the person they are sure is responsible. Written by
Did You Know?
Adam Schiff's quote "Back then they had lynch mobs and bull-whips; now they use toilet plungers" likely refers to the beating and forced sodomy with a broom handle of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima by Brooklyn NYPD officers. The case made national news that summer, a few months before this episode first aired. See more
References Gone with the Wind