"Bad Girl"
L&O, Episode 8.21
Production number: K2524
First aired: 29 April 1998
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Written By
René Balcer

Directed By
Jace Alexander


The investigation following the stabbing of a police officer could determine D.A. Adam Schiff's fate in the upcoming election. Meanwhile, Briscoe's troubled daughter Cathy is arrested for drug dealing, and his partner Curtis is wounded in the line of duty.


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Oh, you want to take me on, little girl? Well, let me tell you something. You better be packing more than a dirty mouth.

–Anita van Buren

Adam Schiff: Whatever gave you the idea the district attorney's office was your family law firm?
Carl Anderton: Whatever gave you the idea that it wasn't?

Screw you and your dead cop!

–Monica Johnson

Remember what LBJ said when they were hammering him about Vietnam? "Felt like a hitch-hiker on a highway in a Texas hailstorm, can't run, can't hide, can't make it stop." I'm putting you on that highway, Adam.

–Carl Anderton

Feldman's people sent out feelers, he wants to debate me on television. A lot of good it did Nixon.

–Adam Schiff

Background information and notes

  • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Karla Faye Tucker case. Karla, along with a partner, killed 27-year-old Jerry Lynn Dean with a pickax. After killing him, they decided to kill Dean's friend, Deborah Thornton to eliminate her as a witness. Karla Tucker was sentenced to death through lethal injection and was executed on February 3, 1998, becoming the first woman to be executed in the state of Texas since the Civil War. (Karla Faye Tucker at Wikipedia)
  • The events of the episode occur over the course of six months. While discussing with Monica Johnson about her religious conversion, McCoy mentions she's been in prison for six months.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Electric Gardens
90 East Second Street
Wednesday, February 19

City Welfare Agency
410 Joralemon Street
Tuesday, February 25

Supreme Court
Trial Part 71
Monday, April 7

4 5 6

Supreme Court
Trial Part 71
Wednesday, April 9

Supreme Court
Trial Part 71
Friday, November 7

Court of Appeals
Albany, NY
Monday, February 2

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