L&O, Episode 9.03
Production number: E0204
First aired: 14 October 1998
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Curtis Briscoe Mark Rivera Bait
Written By
I.C. Rapoport & David Shore

Directed By
Lewis Gould


The investigation into how a teen got wounded leads to a case involving a young woman's murder and a drug operation.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Rey Curtis: Guy protects his turf.
Lennie Briscoe: He probably pees a circle around his desk every morning.

Stanton's Attorney: The statement says it all. One dope dealer implicates the other. Don't worry, Miss Carmichael, we won't insist on a an apology.
Abbie Carmichael: And none will be forthcoming.

We can't all be Mark McGwire.

–Jack McCoy

Rivera: You going take the word of a dope dealer over a cop?
Rey Curtis: Wearing a badge doesn't make you a cop. You let your snitch take a bullet.

Background information and notes

  • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Chad MacDonald case.
  • The name of the girl killed in this episode, Sara Teasdale, is also the name of an American poet who lived from 8 August 1884 to 29 January 1933. Her works were quite popular in the early 1900s; death was a major theme. Plagued by poor health most of her life, she committed suicide by drug overdose.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Auto Forensics Garage
One Police Plaza
Monday, September 15

Home Of
Mr. & Mrs. Teasdale
East Meadow, New York
Monday, September 15

8th Precinct
Narcotics Division
Wednesday, September 17

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Juvenile Center
Brooklyn, New York
Tuesday, September 30

Rikers Island
Correctional Facility
Friday, October 3

Grand Jury Room
Tuesday, October 14

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