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.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rey Curtis
Anita Van Buren
Faye Wellington
T. Scott Cunningham ...
Brett Nelson
Katherine Rainer
Ned Burks
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Judge Childers
Frank Wellington
Pamela Payton-Wright ...
Vivian McBride


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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17 February 1999 (USA)  »

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Initially broadcast two months after President Clinton's acquittal after being impeached over charges arising out of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Before sightseers discover the dead body by Castle Clinton in New York, the woman sightseer says, "There's the restroom. They should name that after the President." The grand jury presided over by Independent Counsel William Dell appears to be out of control, leaks testimony to the press, and takes a strong interest in people's personal lives. 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 »


Jack McCoy: [after Dell has questioned McCoy about ADA Kincaid's death in front of the grand jury] Mr Dell, have you no shame? Have you no shame?
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References Homicide: Life on the Street: The Same Coin (1999) See more »

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