Law & Order (1990–2010)
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After witnessing an inmate's execution, McCoy, Kincaid, Briscoe, and Curtis react in different and extreme ways.


Martha Mitchell


Dick Wolf (created by), Janis Diamond (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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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
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Len Cariou ... Mac Geller
Jennifer Garner ... Jaime
Jennifer Estlin ... Cathy Briscoe (as Jennifer Bill)
Tom Riis Farrell ... Bud
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Jerry Grayson ... Mike
Joe Lisi ... Reds Carpenter
Madison Arnold ... Leonard Jensen
Paul Austin Paul Austin ... Sean Daugherty


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis along with ADAs McCoy and Kincaid travel to Attica to witness the execution of a man they arrested and convicted. The execution has a deep effect on all of them. Claire Kincaid has always been against the death penalty and is now thinking of quitting the law altogether. McCoy goes to a neighborhood bar a reminisces about his father, not all of which involves pleasant memories. The happily married Curtis spends the afternoon with an attractive young woman. One of Lennie Briscoe's daughters picks the wrong time to try and have a heart to heart with her estranged father. Lennie falls off the wagon. For one of them, the night ends in tragedy. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

22 May 1996 (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?


Every episode of Law & Order opens with the investigation of a crime, usually a murder. This is the only episode that does not open with a crime, or feature a criminal investigation and prosecution. This episode opens with four of the main characters witnessing the lethal injection of a prisoner and it revolves around the characters reactions to the execution. See more »


Attica Penitentiary is not located in Suburban New York City, but in Western New York State and is at least a six hour drive from Manhattan. so the premise of the episode if execution occurred at 12:22A.M. the crew would have had an all night drive back to the city and would have been extremely tired , thus accounting for the emotional and sudden mood swings experienced by the crew. Had the execution occurred at 12:22 P.M. the crew would have either taken a private jet to and from rural Attica or driven at warp speed to return to the city by mid afternoon. See more »


A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: Jack called me.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Jack? Jack turned into a pumpkin.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Tremors (2013) See more »


Sweet Jane
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by the Cowboy Junkies
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aftershock great episode
7 April 2008 | by lost_321See all my reviews

Okay, so I'm a Law an Order fan, So what. I actually like it and no I'm not over the age of 40 and not a cop nor a legal student or whatever. Im actually just a young guy (early 20's)who likes a strong crime fiction story line with some good acting squeezed into one hour. So anyway, Im commenting on this particular episode because...well because its good. I have seen many law and order episodes and from the earlier seasons with George Dzunda to the newer variations (if your reading this then you know what I'm talking about), and none have impacted me like this one episode and I've only seen it twice. Its starts with an inmate execution that leaves Det. Briscoe, Det. Curtis, Mckoy and Kincaid all reacting differently about what just happened. The episode provides a deep background of their motives for who they are and why they work so hard. You see the color the characters unlike in any other episode they almost look lost as oppose to the strong direction and moral understanding of what there lives are about, in most episodes. Not in this one however, you see each of them question themselves and put into compromising situations that let you judge what kind of characters they are. Keep an eye on D.A. Jack McCoy,played by Sam waterson in this episode never have i seen him, or any other main character, so vulnerable.

Anyway, I try to look out for this episode whenever its on. If ever the opportunity arises to see this episode I recommend you watch it. How will you know whitch one it is? you ask. well, you will know it when you see it. Trust me.

PS. if you a Jill Henessy fan i highly recommend this one.

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