"Animal Instinct"
L&O, Episode 3.18
Production number: 68021
First aired: 17 March 1993
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Schiff Animal Instinct
Written By
Michael S. Chernuchin & Sibyl Gardner

Directed By
Ed Sherin


The murder of a scientist leads to an investigation involving animal-rights activists.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Lennie Briscoe: They've got 2,000 members in Manhattan alone. I didn't know we had that many animals.
Mike Logan: You oughta ride the subways.

What's the difference between a Stalin purge and a Walsh midterm? Stalin tried to re-educate you before he killed you.

–Susan Boyd

She may act and look normal, but talk to her about the affair and you'll probably learn that she's getting coded messages from the pattern of his ties. Things as unrelated as his expense report, a song on the radio.

–Dr. Elizabeth Olivet describes Susan Boyd's mental state

Smart and crazy. That's a hell of a pair.

–Lennie Briscoe at Susan Boyd's home.

Benjamin Stone: She uses an out-of-date prison library, and her work is better than anything I've ever seen from a Wall Street law firm.
Adam Schiff: The truth is ugly, so we put our prophets in prison.
Benjamin Stone: Oscar Wilde?
Adam Schiff: Charles Manson.

Background information and notes

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

International Society
For The Protection
Of Animals
352 Park Avenue
Tuesday, February 23

Apartment Of
Dirk Chesney
538 West 46th Street
Thursday, February 25

Office Of
Susan Boyd
Wednesday, March 10

4 5 6

Riggs Investigative
845 Amsterdam Avenue
Thursday, March 11

Supreme Court
Trial Part 58
Monday, April 19

Supreme Court
Trial Part 58
Wednesday, April 21

7 8 9 10

New Jersey
Superior Court
Law Library
Newark, New Jersey
Tuesday, April 27

Susan Boyd's
Cape May Apartment
Thursday, April 29

Office Of
Executive Assistant
District Attorney
Benjamin Stone
Monday, May 3

Office Of
District Attorney
Adam Schiff
Ten Months Later

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