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School Daze 

Jack goes head-to-head with his former assistant, Jamie Ross, as he prosecutes the gunman in a high school mass shooting.


Richard Dobbs


Dick Wolf (created by), Barry Schindel (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Dianne Wiest ... Nora Lewin
Robert Emmet Lunney ... Bill Semple
Mia Dillon ... Patricia Semple
Michael Shulman ... Kevin Miller
Timothy Reifsnyder ... Henry Semple (as Timmy Reifsnyder)
Doris Belack ... Judge Margaret Barry
Marisa Redanty Marisa Redanty ... Principal
Greg Wood
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda
Carey Lowell ... Jamie Ross


When a masked student opens fire on classmates, killing four and wounding eleven, Detectives Briscoe and Green soon discover the unsettling fact that more than one student fits the profile of a youth heading toward committing such violence. The urgency of the investigation compounds when an e-mail threat of more murders is received by the student council president. Former assistant prosecutor Jamie Ross returns as a defense attorney trying to spare her troubled client from life in prison. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

16 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Robert Emmet Lunney played five different characters over the course of the series: See more »


Henry Semple's psychologist didn't violate privilege when she divulged her patient's name and basic psychological profile to Detectives Briscoe and Green. The reason being that if a mental health professional has a reasonable belief that their patient is planning to harm them-self, or others, they have an ethical, and legal, obligation to report that suspicion to the police. The defendant's psychologist strongly suspected her patient was the shooter, so she was well within the cannon of ethics and the law to divulge that suspicion to the police. See more »


Jack McCoy: I'm sick of learning things about this case after the fact.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Hey, we talked to fifty-two kids who were either in the cafeteria or had been identified as friends of Semple.
Detective Ed Green: Nobody indicated that there were prior threats.
Jack McCoy: Well, apparently someone knew.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: The parents claim that Semple told some kids he was gonna shoot the place up.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Did they have any names?
Jack McCoy: Detective, I had just told them that we had to cut Semple loose because of your screw-up. I wasn't about to let them know they knew more than we ...
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References School Daze (1988) See more »

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School shooting
13 July 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin catch a truly heart breaking case of a school shooting where four are killed and eleven wounded. A school psychologist may have given the detectives too much information when they zero in on Timmy Reifsnyder as the kid who dressed like a ninja and sprayed the cafeteria with automatic weapon fire.

Reifsnyder is a truly pitiable and bullied kid and sadly the episode wasn't slanted to be more sympathetic to him. Back in the day that could have been me. I could not believe how bloodthirsty Angie Harmon was in this episode.

Former second chair Carey Lowell showed up and there was a real antagonism between her and Angie Harmon. She was Reifsnyder's defense attorney.

The young man came from a good background and the parents Robert Ernest Lunney and Mia Dillon become of different minds in regard to Reifsnyder. In the end Lunney shows great strength of character.

The law has not caught up to deal with these situations. Partly because of our wonderful gun lobby. In my day there was not the easy access to guns. Some of us senior citizens could have been Reifsnyder back in the day had there been available weaponry. And bullying for all concerned was some kind of rite of passage. Still is to some troglodyte minds.

This story will give you a lot to think about.

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