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"Sweeps"
L&O, Episode 4.01
Production number: 69009
First aired: 15 September 1993
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Stone Kincaid Schiff Sweeps
Written By
Robert Nathan & Craig McNeer

Directed By
James Frawley

Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of a convicted child molester who was shot by the victim's father on a controversial talk show.

Plot

Plot

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

References

Quotes

Quotes

"Who said all cases are won by prepping the witness?"
"You did. About 400 times."
"Oh."

- Adam Schiff and Ben Stone


"I just hope we don't look ridiculous."
"I'd wear clown makeup if I thought it would help us get a conviction."

- Adam Schiff and Ben Stone


(Briscoe agrees to investigate what seemed like a simple case)
"I thought you said we had four open homicides?"
"Those bodies are frozen. They're not going to thaw."

- Mike Logan and Lennie Briscoe


"Who knows why she did anything? Who knows why she put her kid on TV -- 'Hello America, here's my molested son, watch him suffer'."

- Lennie Briscoe


"Secret location, lots of security. How did Fisher get here?"
"He shot the guy who molested his kid. I don't care if an avenging angel sent him. I might've done the same thing if it was my kid."

- Mike Logan and Lennie Briscoe


"We look like carnival hucksters. Want a deal? Take a number. You too can have a piece of the movie rights."

- Adam Schiff


"I'm a Catholic -- I can feel guilty about anything. But I bet my conscience is still easier to live with than yours."

- Ben Stone

Background information and notes

  • First appearances of S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren and Jill Hennessy as Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid. They were both added to the cast after the network had insisted that women characters be added to the show in order to attract more female viewers.
  • This episode is based on a 1988 episode of Geraldo. During a show on Nazi skinheads, a brawl broke out between two of the guests, resulting in host Geraldo Riviera's nose being broken. This episode also seems like tragic forshadowing for future events related to talk shows, including the deaths of Scott Amedure (Jenny Jones), Charlene Burkey (Forgive or Forget, hosted by Robin Givens) and Nancy Campbell-Panitz (Jerry Springer) shortly after they all appeared on the shows. It is worth noting that the death of Charlene Burkey, unlike the other two, was not at all related to the show.
  • The episode also appears to have been based on the Gary Plauche case. In March 1984, Plauche shot the man who had sexually assaulted his son, Jeff Doucet, in front of television¬†cameras. It was eventually revealed that a TV employee had told Gary where and when Doucet would be arriving.
  • Starting with this episode, the opening sequence becomes shorter and has more bass than the first three seasons.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Brookside
Memorial Hospital
6 East 75th Street
Wednesday, May 5

The Hamstead Hotel
446 East 83rd Street
Friday, May 7

United Telesystems
504 West 31st Street
Thursday, May 12

4 5 6

Executive Assistant
District Attorney
Benjamin Stone
Tuesday, May 25

Supreme Court
Arraignment Part 1
Wednesday, June 2

Chambers of
Judge Rebecca Steinman
Monday, June 7

7 8

Supreme Court
Trial Part 64
Tuesday, August 24

Supreme Court
Trial Part 64
Tuesday, August 27


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