Law and Order
L&O, Episode 10.02
Production number: E1103
First aired (US): 29 September 1999
First aired (UK): 29 September 1999
First aired (CAN): 29 September 1999
First aired (AUS): 7 February 2000
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Written By
Richard Sweren

Directed By
Constantine Makris


Briscoe and Green believe a 10-year-old girl is responsible for a child's death, and McCoy wants her isolated to avert any future fatalities.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

  • Mary Mara as Defense Attorney Sharkey
  • Hallee Hirsh as Jenny Brandt
  • Luba Mason as Jocelyn Brandt
  • Madeline Blue as Tara Padden
  • Joseph Murphy as Vince Brandt
  • Annie Golden as Frances Padden
  • Sarah Brockus as Charlene Polanski
  • Ann Talman as Ruth Polansky
  • Jacqueline Knapp as Judge Arlene Choate
  • Alan Davidson as Dale Vernette
  • Daniel Hilt as Shorty
  • Keith Franklin as Jonas
  • Paul Reggio as Bob Ward
  • Joey Temperini as Billy
  • Erin Rakow as Gabbie Lang
  • Jo Twiss as Erica Lang
  • Kamal Marayati as Soucha
  • Joe Zaloom as Nick
  • George Morafetis as Botelli
  • William Paul Michals as Fred Hansen
  • Evan Katz as Jake Hansen
  • Anthony Barrile as Fiske
  • Larry Gregory as Stevens
  • George F. Miller as Clerk
  • Lou George as Mark Berger (uncredited)



Your honor, my client is 10 years old. She has teddy bears on her bedspread and a Big Bird piggy bank filled with pennies, and she killed a child. It's so incongruous, it's almost inconceivable. Dr. Olivet has testified that because of her age and because of the way her brain works, she simply couldn't appreciate that as she struck Aaron Polansky with a rock, she was killing him. Jenny thought she could revive him with a 1-1/2 volt battery. It speaks for itself. Mr. McCoy's position is to ignore the question of responsibility and brand Jenny Brandt a killer. She'll never change. We have to put her away. People change. If anyone can change, it's a child. And Dr. Olivet has emphasized that this will not happen in a state mental hospital. Mr. McCoy's solution is a solution of last resort. Please, don't give up on her, Judge.

–Ms. Sharkey

Jenny got dealt a lousy hand. I look at her with pity and regret, but Jenny Brandt is trouble. She battered Aaron Polansky's head and stuffed him in a pipe. Miss Sharkey wants us to believe that she didn't appreciate what she did. I don't agree. Jenny daydreams about killing small boys. She even had a trial run with a cat, but ultimately what she could or could not appreciate is irrelevant. Jenny is a loaded gun! She has a cocked fist with a rock in it! She needs to be stopped before she kills again! Dr. Olivet talks about sending Jenny to a state institution like it's a death sentence that turns the world upside down. Aaron Polansky got a death sentence! Jenny would get treatment. Now, everybody knows state psychiatric care could be better, but letting Jenny get away with murder won't help this girl. How will she ever appreciate that her actions have consequences if there are none? And how many children will she kill before the adult criminal justice system can take over? Do we have to wait and see? Miss Sharkey would like us to cross our fingers and hope. Hope that it won't happen again. I have my own kind of hope. I hope the state doctors can find a way to fix this girl. I hope that it takes six months, but until they do, we can't afford Miss Sharkey's brand of hope. We need to protect the Aaron Polanskys of this world from Jenny Brandt.

–Jack McCoy

Would you want this girl loose in your neighborhood? The public is sick of violent children being sent to bed without their dessert.

–Jack McCoy

I gave it some ice cream, but I put chemicals in the ice cream, like, for the floors and stuff. It started screaming and choking, then it went dead. It was way cool.

–Jenny Brandt, as she tells Dr. Skoda about a cat she killed

Jenny Brandt: Sometimes I think about hurting little boys.
Dr. Skoda: Hurting them how?
Jenny Brandt: Hitting them over the head and making them cry. Killing them and leaving them with no clothes on so they look stupid.
Dr. Skoda: Jenny's been emotionally abused, maybe physically. She lashes out when her anger reaches the boiling point.
Abbie Carmichael: So we lock this girl up?
Dr. Skoda: Get used to it. There are more and more girls committing violent crimes. I don't see anything from Jenny except a future of escalating antisocial behavior.
Jack McCoy: What makes you say that?
Dr. Skoda: Emotional abuse, the snuffed cat, blacked out photographs, her lack of response when I went after her.
Jack McCoy: Fantasies about hurting little boys.
Dr. Skoda: Previews of coming attractions. She's graduated to murder. She's not going to stop.
Abbie Carmichael: You sound pretty sure.
Dr. Skoda: The kid's a done deal. She's a textbook serial killer. You just got her early.
Adam Schiff: Little girl killers?
Abbie Carmichael: You don't believe it because they wear knee-socks and pigtails?
I'm giving you a little slack here, Ed. Just don't break the rope.

–Anita Van Buren

Last year, they released three subway pushers and a guy who dined on his neighbor's liver.

–Adam Schiff

Dr. Skoda: (about Jenny Brandt) If she were my patient, she'd be institutionalized.
Ms. Sharkey: So you'd give up on her without even trying to treat her?
Dr. Skoda: I have no problem trying to treat her behind bars.
Ms. Sharkey: A little dispassionate, don't you think, Doctor?
Dr. Skoda: I'll save my compassion for next kid she kills.
He held her hand. Are you accusing him of excessive kindness?

–Jack McCoy about Detective Green interrogating Tara Padden

Background information and notes

Episode scene cards

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Apartment of
Andrew Shortman
5513 West 43rd Street
Saturday, May 16

Apartment of
Tara Padden
430 West 47th Street
Saturday, May 16

Apartment of
Charlene Polansky
638 Tenth Avenue
Saturday, May 16

4 5 6

Correctional Facility
Tuesday, July 7

Family Court
Motion Hearing
Monday, August 24

Family Court
Motion Hearing
Monday, August 24

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