A failed suicide attempts leads to a train crash that kills 12 people. The defendant's attorney initially offers an insanity defense. However, he is soon fired, as the defendant represents himself and changes his plea.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Davey Buckley
James Buckley
J.D. Jackson ...
Lenny Thorne
Doc Dougherty ...
Sarge at Accident
Clinic Doctor
John Randolph Jones ...
Zach Burns


Detectives Joe Fontana and Nick Falco investigate when a commuter train strikes an SUV parked on the tracks. A dozen people are killed but it's not clear which of the dead or injured might have put the car there. It leads them to Davey Buckley who admits that he tried to commit suicide that day. In court his lawyer, Rodney Fallon, tries to present an insanity defense but mid-way through the trial, Buckley fires him and changes his plea to not guilty. Written by garykmcd

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18 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Jesse L. Martin was absent from the last four episodes of the fifteenth season. He left the show temporarily to work on Rent (2005). His character, Det. Green, was shot in the line of duty. For those four episodes, Martin was replaced by Michael Imperioli as Det. Falco. See more »


Remade as Law & Order: UK: Tracks (2013) See more »

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I don't make social policy.
22 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Any episode of Law & Order is worth watching, but some are way above others.

With the exception of Sam Waterson, this is the worst cast of the series: Dennis Farina, Michael Imperioli, and Annie Parisse are all the least of the characters in their respective roles.

The case was interesting in that a man tried to commit suicide and 12 people ended up dead instead. His lawyer, capably played by Giancarlo Esposito, tried to indict the social services not provided by the State for his client's condition.

It turns out, however, that he was just an alcoholic loser.

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