Law & Order: Season 7, Episode 23

Terminal (21 May 1997)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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All these years later - still profoundly powerful
24 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was well into this episode when I realized it was the one with Steven Hill's amazing closing scene. I'd been doing stuff around the house with it on in the background until then; once I realized, I sat down and gave it my complete attention.

Still as heartrending as ever. What an amazing actor. Neat, clean, pure. I wish I could see more of him.

His incredible performance aside, I slashed off a couple of stars based on how the guest characters were written. For some reason, reliably good crime shows with high scripting standards fall repeatedly into the trap of over-writing the "bad guys". Witness the original "Prime Suspect", where the most powerful officials all but twirled their mustaches and snarled "Yah-hah-hah!" With Helen Mirren at the helm, they *really* felt they needed to give her cartoons to act against? Same thing here. With actors the caliber of Hill and Waterston, surely the scenes would work better with subtler villains. But no. The governor's representatives are unctuous and slimy. The one sitting second chair to Jamie comes complete with grating insincere smile and insults her to boot. I hate being talked down to like this.

Still: Hill makes up for it all. Do watch this one.


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