Law & Order (season 7)

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Law & Order (season 7)
Law and Order season 7 cover.jpg
Season 7 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 18, 1996 (1996-09-18) – May 21, 1997 (1997-05-21)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 January 19, 2010 (2010-01-19)
Region 2 April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12)
Region 4 April 21, 2010 (2010-04-21)
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List of Law & Order episodes

The following is a list of Law & Order episodes from the series' seventh season (1996–1997):[1]

Cast[edit]

Jamie Ross (played by Carey Lowell) replaced season 6's Claire Kincaid (Jill Hennessy) in the role of Assistant District Attorney. The resulting ensemble cast was the most stable in the history of the Law & Order series up to this point, being unchanged for two seasons and 47 episodes.

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
Carey Lowell A.D.A. Jamie Ross entire season N/A
Steven Hill D.A. Adam Schiff entire season N/A
Carolyn McCormick Elizabeth Olivet N/A episodes 4,17-18

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
135 1 "Causa Mortis" Ed Sherin René Balcer September 18, 1996 K1106

McCoy's new second chair, ADA Jamie Ross, is determined to prosecute as harshly as possible a carjacker who took the life of a teacher as she pleaded for her life on an audio tape discovered at the crime scene.

136 2 "I.D." Constantine Makris Ed Zuckerman September 25, 1996 K1107

The cops tackle identifying a corpse left in an elevator, and McCoy finds his prosecution of the suspect later hampered by a vindictive judge who resents Ross's in-court rebuke for sexual harassment.

137 3 "Good Girl" Jace Alexander Jeremy R. Littman October 7, 1996 K1103

Briscoe and Curtis have to break the mutual alibi of two girlfriends as they try to find the killer of a young black man, whose angry parents pressure McCoy to indict a young woman who claims the victim had raped her.

138 4 "Survivor" Vincent Misiano Barry M. Schkolnick October 23, 1996 K1104

Briscoe and Curtis's investigation of the murder of a rare coin dealer nets them a millionaire as a suspect, but Ross has to play detective too as the DA's office tries to establish a provenance for the missing coin collection.

139 5 "Corruption" Matthew Penn Teleplay by: Gardner Stern
Story by: René Balcer & Gardner Stern
October 30, 1996 K1101

Curtis, angered by the attitude of an old colleague of Briscoe's, looks beyond the findings of an IAB investigation and turns up evidence of police corruption that puts the DA's office into competition with an ambitious judge and Briscoe under investigation for stealing evidence from a police lockup.

  • This episode was the basis for the Law & Order:UK episode "Honour Bound."
140 6 "Double Blind" Christopher Misiano Jeremy R. Littman & William N. Fordes November 6, 1996 K1105
The murder of a janitor in a university laboratory building leads back to a student employee whose participation in a drug study may have prompted the crime.
141 7 "Deadbeat" Constantine Makris Ed Zuckerman & I.C. Rapoport November 13, 1996 K1108

The murder of a deadbeat father whose son is dying of leukemia presents McCoy and Ross with a sympathetic suspect and a moral dilemma.

142 8 "Family Business" Lewis H. Gould Gardner Stern & Barry M. Schkolnick November 20, 1996 K1111

The murder of Richard Speigel, chief financial officer for an exclusive, family-owned department store goes from the sitting room to the bedroom and into the board room as suspicion shifts from co-workers to family members.

143 9 "Entrapment" Matthew Penn René Balcer & Richard Sweren January 8, 1997 K1109

The case against Huey Tate, a young man accused of shooting the well-known leader of the African-American Congress, comes undone when the New York authorities learn that their chief witness was once an informant for the FBI, and is still under their protection.

144 10 "Legacy" Brian Mertes Ed Zuckerman & Jeremy R. Littman January 15, 1997 K1113

The investigation of a seemingly random shooting leads Briscoe and Curtis to a brazen, cold-blooded hitman, and the only way to bring him down is for Briscoe to pose as his competition. The case is complicated during trial when we learn that the victim was shot as revenge for a murder he committed himself just three years ago.

145 11 "Menace" Constantine Makris Teleplay by: I.C. Rapoport
Story by: Barry M. Schkolnick & I.C. Rapoport
February 5, 1997 K1114
An apparent suicide turns out to be murder as Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a woman who jumped from a bridge (in front of numerous bystanders) to avoid a crazed attacker with whom she was apparently involved in a fender-bender. When they are unable to convict, McCoy and Ross dig deeper and discover that the 'accident' might not have been so accidental after all. Meanwhile, Curtis is booted from his house after admitting to his wife that he cheated on her.
146 12 "Barter" Dan Karlok René Balcer & Eddie Feldmann February 12, 1997 K1110

An unpromising case of murder suddenly develops new leads when the cops explore the possibility that the victim was mistaken for someone else. McCoy walks a thin line in the matter of ethical conduct as he tries to make a case against a lender who uses unscrupulous methods to collect the money owed to him.

147 13 "Matrimony" Lewis H. Gould Ed Zuckerman & Richard Sweren February 19, 1997 K1115

The discovery of a would-be thief refocuses a murder investigation, leaving the prosecutors the task of making a conspiracy case against the deceased's attorney and the pretty young widow.

148 14 "Working Mom" Jace Alexander Jeremy R. Littman & I.C. Rapoport February 26, 1997 K1118

The shooting of an ex-cop in a neighborhood notorious for prostitution leads Briscoe and Curtis to two suburban housewives who are secretly high-class hookers. When one of the housewife's specialty lipstick is matched to a lipstick sample taken from a very private spot on the victim, it seems like McCoy has an open and shut case. However, the accused soon claims rape and hires a famous women's rights attorney to defend her. Felicity Huffman (Sports Night) guest stars.

149 15 "D-Girl" Ed Sherin René Balcer, Ed Zuckerman & Gardner Stern March 13, 1997 K1119

A headless corpse fished out of the river sends Briscoe and Curtis out to Los Angeles to obtain a blood sample from their chief suspect. Back in New York, McCoy and Ross try to obtain a court order for the procedure.

150 16 "Turnaround" Ed Sherin René Balcer, Ed Zuckerman & Gardner Stern March 20, 1997 K1120

In New York, Briscoe and Curtis try to pin down the suspect's schedule on the night of the murder, but find instead that another man was in the area at the right time and more importantly, might have a motive for the crime. After a new arrest warrant is issued, McCoy and Ross have to fly to L.A. to defend their warrant against attacks by the man's defense counsel, Ross's former husband Neal Gorton.

151 17 "Showtime" Ed Sherin René Balcer, Ed Zuckerman & Gardner Stern March 27, 1997 K1121

The trial of Eddie Newman begins but the prosecution's chances of conviction are hampered by a "dream team" of defense attorneys, Gorton's personal pressures on Ross, and a surprise accusation of sexual harassment. Curtis' relationship with Lisa also creates tension.

152 18 "Mad Dog" Christopher Misiano René Balcer April 2, 1997 K1116

McCoy pushes the police perilously close to harassment as he tries to link a recently paroled serial rapist to a new fatal rape.

  • Return to old time slot on Wednesdays at 10pm ET.
  • Guest Star: Burt Young
  • This episode was the basis for the Law & Order: UK" episode "Hounded."
153 19 "Double Down" Arthur W. Forney Teleplay by: Ed Zuckerman & Shimon Wincelberg
Story by: Richard Sweren & Shimon Wincelberg
April 16, 1997 K1122

The cops' best hope of finding a kidnapped hired car driver alive is one of the armed robbers who grabbed him after a job, but the immunity deal he demands in return would effectively preclude his prosecution for the shooting death of an off-duty cop, placing McCoy in a difficult position as he seeks to placate the cops, who want the guy prosecuted, and the kidnapped man's wife, who wants every avenue of saving her husband explored.

  • Guest Star: Edie Falco
  • This episode was the basis for the Law & Order: UK episode "Immune."
154 20 "We Like Mike" David Platt Gardner Stern & I.C. Rapoport April 30, 1997 K1125
A young man who claims to have helped a murdered young man change a flat tire is first the cops' primary suspect, then the prosecutors' chief witness.
155 21 "Passion" Constantine Makris Teleplay by: Barry M. Schkolnick
Story by: Barry M. Schkolnick & Richard Sweren
May 7, 1997 K1124

Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a pretty young book editor who was reputedly having an affair with one of her authors, and find themselves focusing on the author's longtime companion, who steadfastly denies there was anything wrong with their relationship.

156 22 "Past Imperfect" Christopher Misiano Janis Diamond May 14, 1997 K1112

The cops have a definite clue when a bloodstain that's not the same as the victim's reveals that the killer was a blood relative, and the prosecutors stumble when their chief suspect claims their chief witness is her lawyer, and his knowledge of the crime represents privileged communications.

157 23 "Terminal" Constantine Makris René Balcer & Ed Zuckerman May 21, 1997 K1102

The cops uncover a man with a secret second life as they try to learn who opened fire on a group of people disembarking from a party cruise, but his guilt or innocence becomes almost a second thought as Adam Schiff goes toe-to-toe with the governor and the state's Attorney General over the decision to seek the death penalty. Meanwhile Schiff learns his wife has been rushed to Cedar's Hospital after suffering a severe stroke rendering her unconscious.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ CNET Networks, Inc. (2007). TV.com episode summary for Season 7. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
  2. ^ "Court tosses conviction of man in slaying of teacher who pleaded for her life". Associated Press. 2004-07-14. 
  • Carey Lowell joins the cast as Jamie Ross in this season.
  • In the episode "Deadbeat", the actress who currently plays Dr. Melinda Warner (Tamara Tunie) in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit played defense attorney Caroline Bennett.
  • In the episode "Entrapment", the actress who went on to play Monique Jeffries (Michelle Hurd) in the first two seasons of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit guest starred as a corrupt FBI informant.
  • During the 7th season, Law & Order was becoming more popular than ever on television and was NBC's 2nd most-popular drama; however, the ratings were usually half the size of their big hit drama ER. NBC decided to give Law & Order some additional promotion by airing episodes 149 "D-Girl", 150 "Turnaround" & 151 "Showtime" (a three-episode story arc involving the murder of a Hollywood director's wife, partially set in Los Angeles) on Thursday nights at 10pm ET instead of ER reruns. Ratings for all three episodes were strong and helped establish the show on NBC's schedule for years to come. Episode 152 "Mad Dog" was supposed to air on a Thursday night as well, but NBC moved Law & Order back to Wednesdays at 10pm ET when their midseason show, the police drama Prince Street, bombed in the ratings in that same time slot.
  • Sam Waterston was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy for his performance in "Mad Dog".
  • Law & Order won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series for their work in the 7th season.

External links[edit]


Preceded by
Season Six
(1995–1996)
List of Law & Order seasons
(1990–2010)
Succeeded by
Season Eight
(1997–1998)