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A pipe bomb injures a pregnant security guard, and when Lupo crosses a line gathering evidence it may harm the DA's case.


Michael W. Watkins (as Michael Watkins)


Dick Wolf (created by), David Wilcox | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
Jeremy Sisto ... Cyrus Lupo
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Linus Roache ... Michael Cutter
Alana De La Garza ... Connie Rubirosa
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Kevin Rankin ... Dean Emerson
Grant Shaud ... Dr. Hoffman
Amy Landecker ... Attorney Parrish
Sherman Howard ... Judge Josiah Bell
Thomas G. Waites ... David Drucker
Anna George ... Dr. Anita Chandary
Guenia Lemos Guenia Lemos ... Jenny Lupo
Tom Guiry ... Ryan Emerson (as Thomas Guiry)
Matthew Lawler ... Roger Brown


A pipe bomb injures a pregnant security guard, and when Lupo crosses a line gathering evidence it may harm the DA's case.

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Release Date:

9 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Jack McCoy and his people have a brief discussion of Fritz Haber, the German chemist who got the Nobel Prize in 1918, and also invented poison gases which were used by Germany in war and in the Holocaust (later). The reason Haber won the Prize was entirely different: he developed a chemical reaction to convert atmospheric nitrogen (N2 gas) into fixed nitrogen (nitrogen atoms bound to atoms other than another nitrogen atom, as in ammonia, NH3), which enabled people to make artificial fertilizer from the nitrogen in the air, rather than having to use previously-living material, such as excrement and dead things, for fertilizer. This invention saved millions of people, maybe billions, from starving to death. It was so colossally important that the Nobel Prize committee had to award him the prize even in spite of his involvement with the poison-gas industry. So they held their noses (ha ha) and gave him the prize.

Later in his career, Haber wasted huge amounts of time and resources trying to find a way to extract gold from seawater. No fooling, he really thought there was enough gold in seawater to make the project practical, and hoped to enable Germany to pay off the judgment against it for WW1, which was required to be paid in gold, by getting the gold from seawater. This makes him--one man-- one of the most beneficial chemists, and one of the most evil chemists, and one of the most ridiculous chemists, in history. See more »


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D.A. Jack McCoy: I hear Pandora's Box slowly creaking open.
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The moral arithmetic defense, kill one scientist to save millions.
25 February 2018 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A security guard nearly died (she went into a coma) after one of the packages she was delivering blew up in the elevator. She was pregnant and it was an accident. Detectives realized something went wrong inside her family: his husband used to drink. Anyway she wasn't the target, the perp wanted to hit a lab placed upstairs. The owner, a doctor who was also a professor, thought he may have found a gay gene. The bomber (victim's brother in law, a homosexual played by Kevin Rankin) stole some father's heart pills to make the old style bomb, but some mistakes made by Lupo during the investigation could jeopardize the case: luckily not all evidences were out of trial. It all became clear: gay communities feared for a homosexual holocaust....but wait till the end, the truth is different.

I don't think medicine will lead to such a discovery in the next future. That's why I find this episode a little unlikely.

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