Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A schizophrenic attorney who refuses to take medication defends himself against multiple charges of murder.

Director:

Lewis Gould (as Lewis H. Gould)

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Denis O'Hare ... James Smith
Maryann Plunkett ... Joanne Ellis
Shawn Elliott ... Judge Joseph Rivera
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Ann Dowd ... Patricia Smith
Sean Ellis Sean Ellis ... Jerome Early
David Aaron Baker ... Mr. Lowe
Tara Hauptman Tara Hauptman ... Paula Dean
Jack Davidson ... Blumberg
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Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate a multiple homicide when several people in a laundry are stabbed to death. There is one survivor and she - and several others - identify a crack-head that hangs around many of the businesses on the same street. He's eventually identified as James Smith a schizophrenic who is off his meds. Smith is a lawyer who manages to obtain the court's approval to represent himself. The prosecution faces a dilemma knowing that while Smith might be quite presentable when taking his medication, he has in the past simply decided to stop at which time his mental health would rapidly deteriorate. The case is particularly difficult for ADA Claire Kincaid who had once agreed to a plea bargain with him. The families of the dead now blame her for the loss of their loved ones. Written by garykmcd

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Emmet Lunney played five different characters over the course of the series: See more »

Goofs

The bayonet was describe by the seller as a "Korean War" type, but the Korean War bayonet for the M-1 (Garand) rifle was much shorter. This looks more like a WW1 (1903 Springfield) bayonet. See more »

Quotes

Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Don't you care about the people you killed?
James Smith: I'm sorry for them, Mr. McCoy. But that wasn't me. I'm not that creature. And I'm not going to take the rap for what he did.
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Don't you care about the people you killed?
4 September 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I always like the shows with Lenny Briscoe (Jerry Orbach). He manages to come up with the most sarcastic quips in his investigations.

There are two themes running through this episode.

First the diagnosis of schizophrenia and the fact that many with that disease do not take their medication regularly.

Secondly, the overwhelming amount of cases handles by a District Attorney's office and the necessity to plead out to keep the courts from being clogged. That is what led the defendant, James Smith, played admirably by Denis O'Hare (Michael Clayton, A Mighty Heart) to be on the streets.

Jack (Sam Waterston) and Claire (Jill Hennessy) manage to get justice done despite the efforts of the D.A. Adam Schiff (Steven Hill) to just make it all go away.


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