Law & Order (season 9)

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Law & Order (season 9)
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Season 9 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 23, 1998 (1998-09-23) – May 26, 1999 (1999-05-26)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06)[1]
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The ninth season of Law & Order premiered in the United States on NBC on September 23, 1998, and ended with a two-part episode on May 26, 1999. It was released on DVD on December 6, 2011.[2]

Cast[edit]

Abbie Carmichael (played by Angie Harmon) replaced season 8's Jamie Ross (Carey Lowell) in the role of Assistant District Attorney.

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

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
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.

  • The letters "DWB" refer to the unofficial police phrase "driving while black."
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.

  • This episode was the basis for the Law & Order: UK episode "Survivor."
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.

  • This episode was the basis for the Law & Order: UK episode "I Predict a Riot."
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 a love 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 F.B.I. 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 (1999-05-26) 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.

Notes[edit]

  • 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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Preceded by
Season Eight
(1997–1998)
List of Law & Order seasons
(1990–2010)
Succeeded by
Season Ten
(1999–2000)