Rick Mason is the host of a trashy tabloid TV show, the kind that likes to create confrontations among guests, all in the hopes of getting ever better ratings. For his latest program, the guests are a young boy and his mother and the psychiatrist who molested him three years before but has now been released from prison. The show has barely started when the boy's estranged father bursts onto the stage and shoots the psychiatrist, killing him. Detectives Briscoe and Logan seem to have an pretty straightforward case but soon begin to suspect that Mason may have set up the confrontation and was well aware that such a confrontation could be violent. ADA Stone is keen to prosecute Mason but it will be difficult to overcome Mason's popularity and to convince a jury of his guilt. Written by
Did You Know?
This is the first episode for S. Epatha Merkerson
as Lietunent Anita Van Buran(she had appeared as another character in the first season episode _ "Law & Order" Mushrooms (1991)_) and for Jill Hennessy
. The network had insisted that women characters be added to the show in order to attract more female viewers. See more
The show host's lawyer says that any conversation she had with her client on the phone is privileged and that anything overheard by an employee is also privileged because that person is an employee. There is not and never has been any such extension of lawyer-client privilege to employees of a client simply by virtue of their being an employee, and any lawyer should know that. See more
Detective Lennie Briscoe
[Discussing how Sid Fisher located his victim
He was in the Army, in the Rangers in Vietnam. Those guys can track a leopard in the rain.