Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate a possible murder when a woman hears an answering machine message saying they're responsible for killing someone by the name of DeeDee. The first suspect the phone's owner, Stan Kaminski but the police realize the message may have been intended for Roy Lawlor. Two years ago, a drunken Lawlor fell asleep with a lit cigarette and set fire to his apartment killing his daughter Diane, aka DeeDee. They trace the incoming call to the home of Carl Anderton, Lawlor's former father-in-law. From the voice on the tape, they suspect Anderton's grandson 15 year-old Terry Lawlor - DeeDee's half-brother - to be responsible. Once the boy is arrested, the powerful and politically connected Anderton pulls out all of the stops to get the case dropped including threatening to withdraw his support from Adam Schiff who faces re election in a few months. DA McCoy consults Dr. Emil Skoda who thinks the boy may be bipolar but Terry's grandfather flatly refuses to let ... Written by
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A.D.A. Jamie Ross
It would help if we could tell the jury what turned Terry into an arsonist.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy
He was angry at his father. That's an emotion I can understand.