Law & Order (season 9)
|Law & Order (season 9)|
Season 9 U.S. DVD Cover
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Original release||September 23, 1998– May 26, 1999|
|Actor||Character||Main cast||Recurring cast|
|Jerry Orbach||Lennie Briscoe||entire season||N/A|
|Benjamin Bratt||Rey Curtis||entire season||N/A|
|S. Epatha Merkerson||Anita Van Buren||entire season||N/A|
|Sam Waterston||E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy||entire season||N/A|
|Angie Harmon||A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael||entire season||N/A|
|Steven Hill||D.A. Adam Schiff||entire season||N/A|
|Carolyn McCormick||Elizabeth Olivet||N/A||episode 23|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|182||1||"Cherished"||Ed Sherin||Teleplay by: Kathy McCormick
Story by: Carl Nelson, Scott Tobin & Kathy McCormick
|September 23, 1998||E0203|
After a baby girl is found dead, Briscoe and Curtis investigate the family and learn that her adopted family and brother were trying to keep some painful secrets. Jack gets a new partner, Abbie Carmichael, who had a 95% conviction rate in her four years with Special Narcotics. Together McCoy and Carmichael try to prove that the little girl's brother committed the crime.
|183||2||"DWB"||Constantine Makris||René Balcer||October 7, 1998||E0205|
Detectives discover a shocking twist involving unlikely suspects when they investigate the brutal beating of a black man dumped near the highway.
|184||3||"Bait"||Lewis H. Gould||Teleplay by: David Shore
Story by: David Shore & I.C. Rapoport
|October 14, 1998||E0204|
|The investigation into how a teen got wounded leads to a case involving a young woman's murder and a drug operation.|
|185||4||"Flight"||David Platt||Richard Sweren & William N. Fordes||October 21, 1998||E0209|
|After a child in a day-care center dies from an antibiotic resistant bacteria, Briscoe and Curtis try to find the source of the infection, leading to a case involving an extramarital affair, embezzlement and a drug manufacturer.|
|186||5||"Agony"||Constantine Makris||Kathy McCormick||November 4, 1998||E0216|
|After the detectives find a murdered postman and a woman who was left for dead in her apartment, the investigation leads to a serial killer and a surprise.|
|187||6||"Scrambled"||Martha Mitchell||Teleplay by: Ed Zuckerman
Story by: Judith Hooper & Dick Teresi
|November 11, 1998||E0208|
|The murder of an employee at a fertility clinic leads to a case involving a dead man's first and second wives.|
|188||7||"Venom"||Jace Alexander||Teleplay by: I.C. Rapoport
Story by: David Shore & I.C. Rapoport
|November 18, 1998||E0206|
|The killing of a professional escort leads to a case involving the relationships between a young man and two older women.|
|189||8||"Punk"||Matthew Penn||Teleplay by: Matt Witten
Story by: Richard Sweren & Matt Witten
|November 25, 1998||E0215|
The murder of a corrections officer leads detectives to a women's prison where a guard was linked to an inmate Carmichael put away on drug charges and a confrontation with defense attorney Danielle Melnick.
|190||9||"True North"||Arthur W. Forney||Ed Zuckerman||December 9, 1998||E0207|
|The double murder of a wealthy man and his daughter leads the detectives to the wife and stepmother of the deceased. However, Canada's objection to the death penalty hampers McCoy and Carmichael in seeking crucial evidence for obtaining a conviction.|
|191||10||"Hate"||Constantine Makris||René Balcer||January 6, 1999||E0214|
|Evidence points the detectives in the direction of a white supremacist youth gathering after the brutal beating and murder of a high school girl.|
|192||11||"Ramparts"||Matthew Penn||Kathy McCormick & Lynne E. Litt||January 13, 1999||E0211|
Briscoe and Curtis reopen a case that was closed in the 1960s when a vehicle is dredged from the Hudson River containing the remains of a murdered man who was involved in a fight for civil rights.
|193||12||"Haven"||David Platt||David Shore & I.C. Rapoport||February 10, 1999||E0219|
|Briscoe and Curtis probe the murder of a popular Harlem community leader while McCoy and Carmichael struggle to prevent a chaotic situation involving affirmative action.|
|194||13||"Hunters"||Richard Dobbs||Teleplay by: Gerry Conway
Story by: William N. Fordes & Gerry Conway
|February 10, 1999||E0218|
|Briscoe and Curtis race against time to find the killer of a parolee before two bounty hunters find the suspected murderer.|
|195||14||"Sideshow"||Ed Sherin||René Balcer||February 17, 1999||E0210|
When Briscoe and Curtis discover that a high-level federal official found murdered in Battery Park was recently transferred from Baltimore, they team up with Baltimore homicide detectives. The joint investigation reveals that the victim was involved in an affair with another high-level government official, whose career will be destroyed if the relationship becomes public. The independent counsel summons McCoy and his Baltimore counterpart, Ed Danvers, to Washington and demands that McCoy reveal his source or be jailed for contempt. Briscoe and Curtis apprehend the suspect, but the FBI claims jurisdiction and the suspect evades trial, if not justice.
|196||15||"Disciple"||Martha Mitchell||Teleplay by: Richard Sweren & Lynne E. Litt
Story by: Kathy McCormick & Lynne E. Litt
|February 24, 1999||E0220|
|After a teen is found dead in the emergency room, the investigation leads to a case involving a religious ritual and a defendant who claims that the action taken was dictated by a saint's voice.|
|197||16||"Harm"||Richard Dobbs||René Balcer & Eddie Feldmann||March 3, 1999||E0213|
|Briscoe and Curtis investigate a possible homicide while probing the assault of a retired divorce attorney.|
|198||17||"Shield"||Stephen Wertimer||Teleplay by: David Shore, I.C. Rapoport & René Balcer
Story by: David Shore & I.C. Rapoport
|March 24, 1999||E0220|
|Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of a police officer who was shot while on an undercover stakeout.|
|199||18||"Juvenile"||Lewis H. Gould||Richard Sweren & Lynne E. Litt||April 14, 1999||E0223|
|The investigation into the shooting of a newspaper columnist leads to a murder case from the 1970s and involves a suspect who at the time had been a juvenile.|
|200||19||"Tabula Rasa"||Richard Dobbs||Kathy McCormick & William N. Fordes||April 21, 1999||E0222|
|After a philosophy professor is pushed in front of a subway train and killed, the investigation leads to a suspect who, following a divorce, changed his identity and disappeared with his daughters.|
|201||20||"Empire"||Matthew Penn||Teleplay by: Robert Palm
Story by: René Balcer & Robert Palm
|May 5, 1999||E0217|
|The death of a corporate mogul caused by an overdose of a sexual performance-enhancing drug leads to a case with a witness that puts Curtis in a compromising position.|
|202||21||"Ambitious"||Christopher Misiano||Teleplay by: Barry M. Schkolnick
Story by: Richard Sweren & Barry M. Schkolnick
|May 12, 1999||E0221|
|The murder of an audio installation salesman leads the detectives to a case with connections to the Italian mafia.|
|203||22||"Admissions"||Jace Alexander||Teleplay by: Kathy McCormick & Lynne E. Litt
Story by: William N. Fordes & Lynne E. Litt
|May 19, 1999||E0224|
|A coed's killing leads to a case involving the deceased's relationship with a professor and two male students who vouch for each other's whereabouts on the night of the murder.|
|204||23||"Refuge (Part I)"||Constantine Makris||René Balcer||May 26, 1999||E0212|
|A crime scene where both the victim and perpetrator are found dead leads detectives and attorneys to a speechless 10-year-old witness – and into a dangerous web that involves the ruthless Russian mafia.|
|205||24||"Refuge (Part II)"||Constantine Makris||René Balcer||May 26, 1999||E0225|
McCoy must connect defendants who are part of the Russian mob with a money-laundering operation before vital evidence is destroyed - and any more witnesses are found dead.
- Angie Harmon joins the cast as ADA Abbie Carmichael, the replacement for Carey Lowell's ADA Jamie Ross who resigned at the end of the previous season.
- Benjamin Bratt left the series following the season. To account for this, Det. Rey Curtis leaves the NYPD to care for his sick wife, Deborah, who was afflicted with multiple sclerosis in season 8.
- This is the last season of Law & Order to air alone. Its first spinoff, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, debuted the following fall.
- "Sideshow" (episode 195) is the first part of a two-part cross-over with a Homicide: Life on the Street episode of the same name. This was the last time Law & Order and Homicide featured a crossover, as the latter series was cancelled at the end of the season.
- "Agony" (episode 186) is shown during an episode of Friends.
- The TV-movie Exiled: A Law & Order Movie, which featured Chris Noth's return as Detective Mike Logan following his departure and character's reassignment to Staten Island as a punishment for assaulting a city councilman at the end of season five, aired during this season on November 8, 1998. The movie featured John Fiore's last appearance as Detective Tony Profaci, whom Fiore appeared as in a recurring role since the series debuted.
- "Hate" was dedicated to United States Attorney Charles E. Rose, with the epitaph "He made the world a safer place".
- "Juvenile" has a pre-end credits text card stating Andrew Hampton was serving his sentence at Clinton Correctional Facility and Nicole Hampton was acquitted for the shooting of Gerald Fox. The last time these cards were used was the season 7 episode "Barter" and the season 1 episode "The Violence of Summer."
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