Law and Order
L&O, Episode 13.02
Production number: E3301
First aired: 9 October 2002
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Written By
Michael S. Chernuchin

Directed By
Constantine Makris


The investigation of the murder of a high school English teacher leads Briscoe and Green into allegations of sexual misconduct, culminating in the arrest of a pupil, Fiona Reed. As the case unfolds, the prosecution team of Southerlyn and McCoy discover that she is not who, or even what, she claims to be.


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New York State Senate, Albany


Jack McCoy: Never get Freudian with a man with a pickle.
Serena Southerlyn: It's called "res ipsa loquitor", Mr. Bergen. I'm sure your attorney will explain it to you.
Attorney: It's Italian hocus pocus for "they get a belly full of bupkes".
Serena Southerlyn: Actually, it's Latin for "two half-naked people in an apartment are probably not there to play Scrabble".
Lennie Briscoe: (arriving at the crime scene) So, Dr. Brody, tell me the story.
Dr. Brody: What we got here is one very dead lady.
Lennie Briscoe: You went to school for that?
Dr. Brody: Made mom proud.

Background information and notes

  • "Res ipsa loquitur" is Latin for "the thing speaks for itself". It is a common doctrine in tort law used to meet the burden of proof based on circumstantial evidence, declaring that the occurrence of an accident implies negligence. Serena however, seems to be using the term more literally, the way one might say "if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's probably a duck."
  • With the first-run telecast of "Shangri-La," its 279th episode, Law & Order surpassed the original Hawaii Five-O as TV's longest-running crime drama in prime-time, breaking a record that stood for 22 years.

Episode scene cards

1 2

Apartment Of
Valerie Keenan
17 Horatio Street
Tuesday, September 24

Cannon's Pub
2792 Broadway
Wednesday, September 25

3 4 5

Home Of
Emily Malloy
Astoria, Queens
Thursday, March 23

Apartment Of
Fiona Reed
587 West 26th Street
Thursday, September 26

Chambers of
Judge Shirley Taylor
Wednesday, October 9

6 7 8

St. Paul's Academy
Administration Office
Milford Connecticut
Monday, October 14

Office of
Dr. Emil Skoda
Tuesday, October 15

Supreme Court
Trial Part 66
Monday, November 25

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