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A woman is killed after stray bullets travel through her apartment window. Briscoe and Curtis learn that an abused 13-year-old who was forced to work for a drug dealer by his drug-addicted mother was the shooter.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack McCoy
Claire Kincaid
Adam Schiff
Cassie Rickman
Andrew Gellis
Marla Rubinoff
Tom Signorelli ...
Mr. Merrick
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Lonnie 'Nacho' Rickman
Ross Morales (as Agustin Fernandez)
Clayton Doyle
Frank Doyle


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of Carol Merrick who was shot in her bed with her husband lying next to her. The police suspect her husband who clearly has a drinking problem and blacked with no memory of what might have happened. Ballistics determines however that she was shot from 50 to 100 yards away and that it was likely a stray bullet fired from the roof of the building across the street. Some kids had been seen there and are identified as Lonnie Rickman and Clayton Doyle. Clayton admits that Lonnie tried to shoot him and that both of them were working for a known drug dealer, Roscoe Morales. Lonnie meets with Dr. Olivet who finds that he was likely abused by his mother. When the DA learns that Lonnie's mother gave the boy in payment to Morales to settle her drug debts, they have to find a way to get the boy to testify against the drug dealer. Written by garykmcd

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21 April 1996 (USA)  »

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Lt. Anita Van Buren: Your conduct was unacceptable.
Detective Rey Curtis: Why? Cause I let a father discipline his kid?
Lt. Anita Van Buren: No one lays a hand on a suspect in my interrogation room. Now that man was out of control and it was up to you to manage it.
Detective Rey Curtis: Well, that kid was out of control and you know what scares me? That somebody like that can go to school with my daughter.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: You think you're the only one who loses sleep? Look, if you don't like the way this place is run... transfer.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Deal (2011) See more »

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Growing up without love
5 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

One of the saddest episodes in the history of Law And Order is this one where when all is said and done will a juvenile perpetrator ever get his head straight. The consequences of growing up without love can be devastating.

Young Adam Zolotin was on an apartment rooftop trying to shoot the even younger George Gore,II and with one bullet he fires it goes through an apartment window and kills a woman who is a complete stranger.

The problem that Sam Waterston has is getting young Zolotin to forget about the code of the streets and roll on the drug dealer he works for. Agustin Fernandez is said drug dealer and a nastier piece of work and bigger lowlife you won't find.

But depending on your version of the pecking order Zolotin's mother is higher or lower. Karen Young is Zolotin's mother and all she lives for is the almighty crack cigarette. She gave her kid over to Fernandez for his own use as a drug mule and God knows what else. What to do with them God also only knows.

When all is said and done young Zolotin just wants a little love in his life. Maybe the saddest thing going in this old world is how too many are denied same.

This will break your heart.

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