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A frustrated, over-stressed mother is charged with murder after starting a fire that killed her disabled son, but the case weighs heavy on Jack McCoy's conscience. Nora Lewin is introduced as DA Adam Schiff's replacement.

Director:

Constantine Makris

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Matt Witten
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Cast

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
Megan Follows ... Megan Parnell
John Costelloe ... Colin Parnell
Judith Roberts ... Judge Schepps
Brian Delate ... Harris
Sakina Jaffrey ... Dr. Balikrishan
Jerry Grayson ... Richie Zwick
Patricia Dunnock ... Eleanor
Rudy Giuliani ... Himself (as Mayor Rudy Giuliani)
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda
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A frustrated, over-stressed mother is charged with murder after starting a fire that killed her disabled son, but the case weighs heavy on Jack McCoy's conscience. Nora Lewin is introduced as DA Adam Schiff's replacement.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The last of the original cast members, Steven Hill (as Adam Schiff), was replaced by Dianne Wiest (as Nora Lewin) in this episode. See more »

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The defense's so-called psychology "expert" said she has a doctorate in Kinesiology, which is the study of body movement. Though there is no such degree as a Doctorate of Kinesiology, a doctor working in the field of Kinesiology usually has a Doctorate of Philosophy and sometimes an additional Master or Bachelor of Science degrees (though a few countries such as Canada have a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree). The field of Kinesiology involves the study of the different mechanisms of movement and has applications in the fields of biomechanics and orthopedics; strength and conditioning; sport psychology physical and occupational therapy; and sport and exercise. A degree in Kinesiology can prepare a person to work in the fields of physical education instruction, rehabilitation, health and safety, health promotion, workplace, sport and exercise industries. Higher level degrees in Kinesiology, such as a bachelors degree or higher, can prepare a person to work in the fields of biomechanical and biomedical research. While an advanced degree in Kinesiology would involve some study of psychology and neurology it is not the primary focus of the field and certainly wouldn't make the individual an expert in the field of biochemistry or behavioral psychology as the "expert" witness claims to be. In fact the term "kinesiologist" is neither a licensed nor professional designation in the United States nor in most countries. See more »

Quotes

A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: [referring to the apparently incompetent defence attorney's line of evidence to obtain an acquittal] Looks like her lawyer is not the idiot he seems to be.
Jack McCoy: No, he's an idiot.
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Connections

Remade as Law & Order: UK: Duty of Care (2010) See more »

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The Unthinkable
22 August 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dianne Weist's first appearance as the new District Attorney got off to a good start in this Law And Order story. We learn here that her background was in the special prosecutor's office that Rudy Giuliani used to head. In fact Mayor Giuliani makes an appearance to introduce her.

This episode is a gut wrencher. An arson fire is set and living above the business that is destroyed is a mother and her mentally disturbed child. It is the child that is killed and the mother charged with the crime.

The crime is one we don't like to think about. That is the biggest burden that Sam Waterston and Angie Harmon face in convicting Megan Follows. Egging them on however is Follows's attorney Nick Chinlund who is one of the most obnoxious lawyers you will ever meet on any show. This was the first of two appearances Chinlund made on Law And Order. On the second he was the 'victim' and probably even more obnoxious there.

Sam Waterston is truly troubled over this one.


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