Law and Order
"Bright Boy"
CI, Episode 2.02
Production number: E3205
First aired: 6 October 2002
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Teleplay By
Marlane Gomard Meyer

Story By
Marlane Gomard Meyer & René Balcer

Directed By
Frank Prinzi

The murder of a child services worker and a deputy mayor first has Detectives Goren and Eames tracking a physically abusive man until they discover the female victim's special interest in a child prodigy.




Main cast

Guest cast



Robert Goren: Looks like Webster had a passenger, sat close to him. Wore a purple cashmere sweater.
Alexandra Eames: Tight-fitting size 2 with a plunging neckline.
Robert Goren: Mm. That I can't tell from this.
Alexandra Eames: I can tell from the bull he was feeding his wife.

Robert Goren: The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. It tests social adjustment.
Alexandra Eames: I remember this. We had to take it the last year of high school.
Robert Goren: So did we.
Alexandra Eames: How'd you do?
Robert Goren: I had to go to my counselor's office and have a talk with the school shrink. How about you?
Alexandra Eames: Me? I was so well adjusted, they elected me prom queen.

Alexandra Eames: There can't be that many places in town that give mortarboards to baby Einsteins.

Dr. Leonard: Please, you are going to disturb the children.
Robert Goren: Are they working on that problem, on the board?
Dr. Leonard: Yes, this is a special math tutorial.
Robert Goren: Really? These little kids are gonna solve that?
Dr. Leonard: These are profoundly gifted children.
Alexandra Eames: You have to forgive my partner, Dr. Leonard, he's feeling very humble right now.

James Deakins: I smell square one up ahead.

Background information and notes

  • This episode was based on "genius" Justin Chapman. Justin's mother Elizabeth fabricated his test results, and made him study an IQ test booklet before taking the exam. This led to the world's highest IQ. Justin was the youngest person ever to enroll in a for-credit course at the University of Rochester. His grandparents wanted to have full custody over him, but Elizabeth remained his primary caretaker.
  • In this episode the Riemann hypothesis is mentioned; one of most important unsolved problems in mathematics, which has been an open question for almost 150 years, despite the effort of many respected mathematicians.
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