Law & Order: Season 7, Episode 23

Terminal (21 May 1997)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Gilpin ...
Dani Klein ...
Susan Beckner
Lianna Pai ...
Carolyne Trang (as Liana Pai)
Kent Williams ...
Hank Coburn
Peter Jay Fernandez ...
Mr. Tyrell
David Cromwell ...
Mr. Veitch
Victor Panatti
Charlotte Colavin ...
John Driver ...
Phillip Keenan


A man opens fire during the docking of a dinner cruise boat. The Governor appoints a special prosecutor because Schiff refuses to seek the death penalty; McCoy helps Schiff appeal while Ross helps the special prosecutor at trial. Schiff's wife is hospitalized following a stroke. Written by Anonymous

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This episode paralleled real events that occurred in New York City in 1995 and 1996. First, Chapter 1 of the Laws of 1995 established a new death penalty in New York State. Second, District Attorney Robert Johnson of The Bronx had a "blanket" policy of declining to seek the death penalty in cases authorized (Murder 1, see NY Penal Law §60.06, and §125.27). Dissatisfied, Governor George Pataki ordered Johnson replaced with the Attorney General when Johnson declined to seek the death penalty in the shooting death of Police Officer Kevin Gillespie by one Angel Diaz (who ultimately committed suicide and whose accomplices were ultimately convicted of Federal RICO charges and not brought to answer in State Court.) Litigation ensued, and the New York Court of Appeals upheld Governor Pataki's actions in Johnson v. Pataki (91 N.Y.2d 214, 1997). See more »

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Steven Hill's transcendent final scene
23 September 2006 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

The last few minutes of this episode contain one of the most powerful acting scenes I've ever experienced in television, as Adam Schiff witnesses his wife's death in her hospital room. With no dialog and barest minimum of gesture and expression, Steven Hill (as Adam) conveys profound emotion as he mutely assents to withdrawing life supports from his off-camera wife. In a single camera shot, he registers the visceral reaction to her immediate death, behind nearly impassive expression he conveys transcendent pain and an animal urge to flight, and in an instant his shining eyes transition to resignation and pure grief.... This terminal scene alone makes this episode one of the finest of a series noted for fine productions.

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