Law & Order (1990–2010)


The death of a government official in New York leads Jack McCoy to cross swords with the Independent Counsel in Washington, as he tries to keep the identity of a key witness secret.


Edwin Sherin (as Ed Sherin)


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer


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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
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
George Hearn ... Independent Counsel William Dell
Meg Gibson ... Faye Wellington
T. Scott Cunningham T. Scott Cunningham ... Brett Nelson
Julie Nathanson ... Katherine Rainer
Adam Grupper ... Ned Burks
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ... Judge Childers
John Dossett ... Frank Wellington
Pamela Payton-Wright Pamela Payton-Wright ... Vivian McBride
Richard Belzer ... John Munch


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of 36 year-old Jeanine McBride who is found in a park, shot in the head. The medical examiner determines that she was suffocated before she was shot. Until recently, she worked at the White House and had subsequently been transferred to Baltimore as a director of the Social Security Administration. In Baltimore, Detectives Munch and Sheppard check out her house and learn that her car has been missing for several days. From the evidence it appears she was killed in Baltimore and dumped in New York. Working together, the four detectives eventually find a witness who saw the victim leave a club with Chesley Purcell. While they attempt to find her, ADA McCoy comes up against an independent prosecutor who has an inexplicable interest in the case. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 February 1999 (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?


The storyline of this episode is continued in Homicide: Life on the Street: Sideshow (1999). Jerry Orbach (Detective Lennie Briscoe), Sam Waterston (EADA Jack McCoy), Benjamin Bratt and (Detective Rey Curtis) all play their Law & Order (1990) characters in that episode whereas Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Michael Michele (Detective Rene Sheppard) and Zeljko Ivanek (ASA Ed Danvers) all play their Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) characters in this episode. See more »


The victim being a federal employee would make this case fall under the jurisdiction of the FBI, not the NYPD or Baltimore PD. See more »


Mr. Bowker: [sightseeing] Hey, kids, look! This is called "Castle Clinton". It's an old naval fort.
Shane Bowker: It's the President's fort?
Mr. Bowker: No! It's named after... uh... I don't know who. But not the President.
Mrs. Bowker: There's the restroom: they should name ***that*** after the President.
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References Jules and Jim (1962) See more »

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