Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Bad Girl 

The pursuit of the death penalty for a police officer's killer who found religion in prison becomes a political football for the DA's office, and Briscoe's daughter gets in trouble with the law.


Jace Alexander


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Carey Lowell ... Jamie Ross
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Cliff Gorman ... Judge Gary Feldman
Isabel Gillies ... Monica Johnson
Geoffrey Nauffts ... Monica Johnson's Defense Attorney
Neal Jones ... Mr. Flynn
Jennifer Estlin ... Cathy Briscoe (as Jennifer Bill)
Ana Gasteyer ... Monica's social worker
Lynn Cohen ... Judge Elizabeth Mizener
Ilana Levine ... Emily Schoener
Tom Wiggin ... Ross Sanders


Police believe a young woman is responsible for the stabbing of a police officer. McCoy is stunned during his cross-examination of the defendant on the stand. McCoy and Ross struggle with the morality of the death penalty when she claims she has become a "born again" Christian on death row and has asked to end her appeals. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

29 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julian Gamble has played four different roles over the course of the series: See more »


When the mail carrier describes the girl on the bus to Briscoe and Curtis, she says she was a white girl with a ring in her nose and a barbed wire tattoo on her neck. In the next scene, the detectives are asking a DJ about the same girl, describing her as having a blue streak in her hair and having an Eyebrow ring, neither of which the mail carrier mentioned in her description. See more »


Monica Johnson: [to Briscoe] Screw you and your dead cop!
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Just let me have 10 minutes with her, Lieutenant.
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3 June 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Guest star Isabel Gillies who later had a semi-regular role as Christopher Meloni's wife in Special Victims is a perpetrator. A raging hate filled perpetrator who in a moment in a drug filled rage killed a female undercover cop.

This girl is some piece of work and Briscoe and Curtis have their hands full arresting her. We also see something of her background that made her what she is now.

But she breaks down in court and the jury finds her guilty. Killing a cop she knew was a cop guarantees her the lethal injections.

A strange thing happens though. Gillies has a religious conversion and from the punk rock look and attitude she now is a born again Christian and looks like a coed from Liberty University. Is it real or a ploy?

Politics enters this one with Adam Schiff being challenged by a candidate put up by old friend and now enemy Robert Vaughn. The candidate is Judge Cliff Gorman who Sam Waterston crossed swords with before.

But Gillies really shines in this episode. This might be her career role.

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