A female Navy pilot kills an officer over their affair. However, McCoy suspects that the Navy may be impeding the D.A. office's investigation because she is a valuable asset and a positive female role model.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lennie Briscoe
Rey Curtis
Anita Van Buren
Jamie Ross
Lt. Kirstin Blair
Commander Billings (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Quartermaster Stroud
Joyce Reehling ...
Lt. Commander Coleman
Lt. Lopez
Jack Young
William T. Ottenberg
Ruth Miller
Lee Shepherd ...
Lt. McIntyre


When two patrolman find a dead body in a park Detectives Briscoe and Curtis think the man, Navy Chief Robert Stroud, is the fifth victim of a mugger who also kills his victims. They break the case rapidly but when ballistics confirms that Stroud was shot with a different gun, they still have a murder to solve. They soon learn that the married Stroud was having an affair with a pilot, Lt. Kirstin Blair. The DA's office soon finds itself in a tussle over jurisdiction with the Navy but manages to charge Blair with murder. She's a very cool customer and claims that Stroud was shot accidentally. Her lawyer bases her case on the defendant's character. So does ADA Jack McCoy. Written by garykmcd

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15 October 1997 (USA)  »

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The murder victim's name is Robert J. Stroud. In real life Robert F. Stroud was the "Birdman of Alcatraz". A convicted murderer serving a life sentence, He became a world famous ornithologist while in prison. "Birdman of Alcatraz " was a 1962 movie starring Burt Lancaster. See more »


Despite what the Navy attorneys said, military personnel do in fact have the right to remain silent, consult an attorney, and not incriminate themselves. It is known as Article 31 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Military personnel who are detained (only commissioned officers can make arrests)by security personnel are required to have their Article 31 rights read to them, just like civilians do with the Miranda warning. See more »


Jack McCoy: Statement or not, the facts are on our side.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Facts don't win cases.
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References The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) See more »

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Top Gun Misfires
14 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A Navy CPO, a married one at that, is found shot to death in Central Park and it's first thought to be the work of a serial killer. But the end result for Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt is the arrest of Kate Walsh, a Navy pilot who is the first to be stepping into the shoes of Tom Cruise.

The Navy has a lot invested in Walsh who has become a poster girl for the Navy's new acceptance of women in combat. They've got a major public relations disaster here, Sam Waterston and Carey Lowell have a murder case to try and prove. The two work at complete cross purposes.

The 'no fraternization' policy comes under scrutiny in this story, but never gets resolved. Walsh says that it was an accident and she's always cool under fire as any top gun is supposed to be.

Waterston gets real lucky when a piece of evidence turns up from out of the blue that belies Walsh's claims.

Lowell who regarded Walsh as a feminist heroine is crushed. Catch the last couple of lines in the story about hero disillusionment.

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