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Patient Zero 

A carjacking murder investigation becomes complicated by a SARS outbreak in New York City, and the discovery of medical container with the virus in the stolen car.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack McCoy
Serena Southerlyn
Arthur Branch
Dr. Charles Blanchard
Elaine Blanchard
Charlotte Swan
Phoebe Jonas ...
Jeannine Wilson
Ian Hopkins
Dr. Dorothy Hunter
Judge Antonia Mellon (as Mary Lou Mellace)
Mark Kenneth Smaltz ...
Judge William Koehler
P.J. Benjamin ...
Owen Franks


Detectives Briscoe and Green investigate the shooting death of Anna Hopkins, the apparent victim of a carjacking. Several witnesses saw a man pull her from her SUV and have three of them picked the carjacker out of a line up, so the case is open and shut. The real problem is the container of medical waste they find in the SUV containing the SARS virus. The dead woman was a lab tech in a university research project and the project director, Dr. Charles Blanchard, suggests she may have been a terrorist. When a woman and her son are diagnosed SARS, the police soon learn however that Blanchard and the woman, Jeanine Wilson, had been having an affair. She's convinced that Blanchard tried to kill her and he's charged with murder. Doubt arises when it turns out Jeanine had been to Blanchard's lab just a few weeks before she fell ill. Written by garykmcd

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8 October 2003 (USA)  »

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When Briscoe puts the handcuffs on the auto mechanic and starts to lead him away, you can see that the cuffs aren't actually on the mechanic's wrists. He's just holding them in his hands. See more »


Kostas Theodoulos: This lady, she was putting up a fight. The guy pulls a gun and just pops her. Bang.
Ed Green: Because she wouldn't get out of the car?
Kostas Theodoulos: Looked like. This city's a cesspool. Two years ago, guy comes into my shop, points a gun. Give him whatever he wants. Nothing's worth your life.
Ed Green: Those are words to live by.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Or die by.
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References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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Stands by her man
1 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's a carjacking and a homicide from same that Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin start out with. But when the car is picked up with SARS virus in tubes the case takes on a whole different light.

The victim worked for the famous Hudson University which exists in all the Law And Order shows and she works for scientist Daniel Gerroll. She was trying to dump the virus when she was carjacked and shot. It gets serious when a pair of SARS cases turn up in New York. A mother and four year old son, the mother recovers the boy dies.

What Sam Waterston now is faced with is the fact that Gerroll and the mother Phoebe Jones were having an affair and that Jones was becoming an inconvenience not to mention her kid which was their's. Still Gerroll's wife Khrystyne Haje stands by her man.

That Gerroll is evil no doubt, we don't find out how evil until the end of the show.

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