L&O, Episode 8.18
Production number: K2523
First aired: 15 April 1998
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Written By
Kathy McCormick

Directed By
Richard Dobbs


A nurse is hospitalized after a fall that she claims resulted from a fight she had with a man who's been stalking her and sending her suggestive e-mail.


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Lennie Briscoe: Anybody with you tonight?
Building Superintendent: Yeah, the shrew I married. If I was gonna toss anybody down the stairs...

Phone sex has been replaced by e-mail sex? Who knew?

–Lennie Briscoe

Lennie Briscoe: So I ask him, "Was it the same old problem?". He said yeah. He wanted to have sex twice a day. She wanted to have it twice a year.
Tony Profaci: So what did you do?
Lennie Briscoe: I wrote him a summons that said, "You must have sex once a week and only once a week."
Rey Curtis: And they bought it?
Lennie Briscoe: Yeah. I'm the police.

Medical Examiner: Beaten and stabbed, broken neck.
Lennie Briscoe: At least she can't say, "I told you so."

Jack McCoy: Lowery was in prison in Pennsylvania when the e-mail started.
Jamie Ross: If he's Giovanni, then he must have had access to an on-line computer.
Jack McCoy: Have they checked that out?
Jamie Ross: No.
Jack McCoy: How sure are they about Lowery?
Jamie Ross: They dropped the ball, somebody got killed. They're sure and they want him.
Jack McCoy: Send them to Pennsylvania.

Lennie Briscoe: I hear some judge threw out the tape.
Jack McCoy: We're waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Lennie Briscoe: Which is?
Jamie Ross: Motion to dismiss, which we're going to lose.
Lennie Briscoe: The tape's out 'cause she lied about the first attack?
Jack McCoy: Yes.
Lennie Briscoe: I don't think she lied. I think the guy pushed her down the stairs.
Jamie Ross: Did it occur to you to mention this sooner?
Lennie Briscoe: I didn't know there was going to be a problem.
Jamie Ross: Do you have anything besides an opinion based on hindsight?
Lennie Briscoe: 28 Years' experience.
Jack McCoy: Why did you change your mind?
Lennie Briscoe: You saw the crime scene photos and you have to ask me that? We made a mistake and she paid for it.
Jack McCoy: Do you understand the implications?
Lennie Briscoe: Yeah. The defense has a police report that says the opposite of what I'm saying.
Jack McCoy: Manetti will tear you to shreds on the stand. I can't stop it.
Lennie Briscoe: I can make the case.
Jack McCoy: Under oath?
Lennie Briscoe: You set it up. I'll be there.
Jack McCoy: We're indicting Lowery for attempted murder.
Jamie Ross: For the incident on the stairs?
Jack McCoy: I'm not sending Briscoe to the lions without backup.
Jamie Ross: What about the police report?
Jack McCoy: You heard the man. The police made a mistake.

Judge Quinn: You're accusing a police detective of lying under oath and two Assistant D.A.s of suborning perjury. Do you have anything to back up your charges?
Lennie Briscoe: Yeah. His opinion.
Judge Quinn: All right, that'll do, Detective Briscoe. Move on, Mr. Manetti.

Anita Van Buren: You were an inch away from perjury!
Lennie Briscoe: More like a foot, foot and a half.

Adam Schiff: What you've got is two cops making us look like morons.
Jack McCoy: We're both trying to do the right thing.
Adam Schiff: Their good intentions could cost us a conviction. Offer Lowery a plea.
Jack McCoy: I did. Manetti turned it down.
Adam Schiff: Then, do something else.
Jack McCoy: We only have one move left.
Jamie Ross: Hang Rey Curtis out to dry.

Lt. Van Buren: [having heard of Briscoe's testimony] Where the hell do you get off pullin' a stunt like this?
Briscoe: They were gonna dismiss the charges.
Lt. Van Buren: So you lied to a judge?
Briscoe: I didn't lie.
Lt. Van Buren: I'm lookin' at the transcript, Lennie. You're an inch away from perjury!
Briscoe: More like a foot, foot and a half.
Lt. Van Buren: [slams the transcript on her desk] I am not laughing. How dare you go behind my back on somethin' like this.
Briscoe: We owe this girl something. We called her a liar, and we sent her straight into Lowery's arms. Well, I don't think she lied, and that's what I said.
Curtis: And thanks to you, Lowery's gonna walk.
Briscoe: What the hell's that supposed to mean? I stopped him from walking.
Curtis: What, for a couple of minutes? His lawyer just subpoenaed me to testify at the trial. For the defense!
Briscoe: Fine! So back me up.
Lt. Van Buren: One of my detectives lying under oath is more than enough! Thank you! That's it!

Background information and notes

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Rikers Island
Correctional Facility
Wednesday, January 10

Hudson Terrace
Medical Center
Thursday, January 11

Rawling Correctional Facility
Brownsville, PA
Tuesday, February 13

4 5

Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Monday, March 4

Supreme Court
Trial Part 90
Tuesday, March 26

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