Law & Order (season 6)

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Law & Order (season 6)
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Season 6 U.S. DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 20, 1995 (1995-09-20) – May 22, 1996 (1996-05-22)
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The sixth season of Law & Order aired on NBC between September 20, 1995, and May 22, 1996.

Cast[edit]

Rey Curtis (played by Benjamin Bratt) replaced season five's Mike Logan (Chris Noth) in the role of junior detective. This change left District Attorney Adam Schiff (played by Steven Hill) as the only remaining member of the series' cast from the first season. Hill was not an original member of the cast, as his character replaced D.A. Alfred Wentworth (played by Roy Thinnes) from the original pilot, "Everyone's Favorite Bagman". Paul Robinette (played by original cast member Richard Brooks) returns in the episode "Custody", his first guest appearance after his departure after season three.

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
1121"Bitter Fruit"Constantine MakrisRené Balcer & Jeremy R. LittmanSeptember 20, 1995 (1995-09-20)K010517.30[2]

Briscoe and his new partner, Det. Reynaldo Curtis (Bratt), investigate the murder of a young girl who disappeared between school and her music lesson, with a blurry film from an ATM as their clue.

  • Based on the Ellie Nesler case[1]
1132"Rebels"Ed SherinTeleplay by: Ed Zuckerman & Suzanne O'Malley
Story by: Suzanne O'Malley
September 27, 1995 (1995-09-27)K010613.70[2]
Briscoe and Curtis have a hard time finding cooperative witnesses when investigating the murder of a college student at a rough biker bar.
1143"Savages"Jace AlexanderMorgan Gendal & Barry M. Schkolnick & Michael S. ChernuchinOctober 18, 1995 (1995-10-18)K010314.70[2]
McCoy and Kincaid clash over the death penalty as McCoy prosecutes a man who murdered an undercover cop during a drug bust.
1154"Jeopardy"Christopher MisianoRené Balcer & Jeremy R. LittmanNovember 1, 1995 (1995-11-01)K010715.00[2]
A dead editor reveals a family dispute over the family business. Detectives find out that the victim's brother tried to sabotage the victim's reputation and business to gain new clients for his own, competing business, but when forensics evidence is ruled inadmissable, McCoy and Kincaid must refocus their case, leading to a case of sibling rivalry, a protective matriarch, and a corrupt judge.
1165"Hot Pursuit"Lewis H. GouldEd Zuckerman & Morgan GendelNovember 8, 1995 (1995-11-08)K011017.10[2]
When the detectives solve a series of murders committed by a holdup male and female team in ski masks, McCoy must determine whether the female member is an unwilling hostage or an active participant in the crimes.
1176"Paranoia"Fred GerberMichael S. ChernuchinNovember 15, 1995 (1995-11-15)K010416.70[2]

Briscoe and Curtis try to solve a co-ed's murder after a graphic description appears online, while McCoy finds himself up against a lawyer who is reluctant to reveal elements of her client's past.

1187"Humiliation"Matthew PennMichael S. Chernuchin & Barry M. SchkolnickNovember 22, 1995 (1995-11-22)K011119.20[2]
The investigation into a prostitute's murder leads to a married plastic surgeon as the obvious suspect, but Kincaid has a hunch that an elaborate frame-up is in play.
1198"Angel"Arthur W. ForneyMichael S. Chernuchin & Janis DiamondNovember 29, 1995 (1995-11-29)K011417.00[5]

A mother, claiming that her baby was kidnapped while she was at confession, retraces her steps and actions with Curtis, which raises legal questions later when her attorney introduces a unique defense.

1209"Blood Libel"Constantine MakrisTeleplay by: I.C. Rapoport
Story by: René Balcer & I.C. Rapoport
January 3, 1996 (1996-01-03)K010918.70[5]
A hidden anti-Semitic message in a high school yearbook offers a clue to an art teacher's murder and leads to a case that matches McCoy against "Klan lawyer" Roy Payne.
12110"Remand"Jace AlexanderRené Balcer & Elaine LoeserJanuary 10, 1996 (1996-01-10)K011315.60[5]

The victim in a 30-year-old rape and stabbing case is fearful when information received by Briscoe and Curtis creates the possibility of a new trial for the perpetrator.

12211"Corpus Delicti"Christopher MisianoEd Zuckerman & Barry M. SchkolnickJanuary 17, 1996 (1996-01-17)K011517.40[5]
The death of a show horse leads to a trial involving insurance fraud, a sting operation, and a wealthy woman's disappearance.
12312"Trophy"Martha MitchellTeleplay by: Jeremy R. Littman
Story by: Jeremy R. Littman & Ed Zuckerman
January 31, 1996 (1996-01-31)K011417.30[5]
McCoy finds that his career is on the line when his former assistant and ex-lover accuses him of concealing evidence that helped put an innocent man in prison.
12413"Charm City"Ed SherinMichael S. Chernuchin & Jorge ZamaconaFebruary 7, 1996 (1996-02-07)K011619.40[5]

A subway station gas attack, similar to one that took place in a Baltimore church five years earlier, brings Baltimore homicide detectives Tim Bayliss and Frank Pembleton to New York to assist Briscoe and Curtis in apprehending the prime suspect in both incidents.

This episode begins a crossover with Homicide: Life on the Street that concludes in "For God and Country". It is included on the third disc of the Season Six DVD set.

Special appearances are made by Richard Belzer, Kyle Secor, and Andre Braugher as Detectives John Munch, Tim Bayliss, and Frank Pembleton.
12514"Custody"Constantine MakrisTeleplay by: Morgan Gendel
Story by: René Balcer & Morgan Gendel
February 21, 1996 (1996-02-21)K011714.70[5]
Paul Robinette places the system on trial when he defends a young black woman accused of kidnapping her biological baby from his white, adoptive parents.
12615"Encore"Matthew PennEd Zuckerman & Jeremy R. LittmanFebruary 28, 1996 (1996-02-28)K012015.10[7]
A jogger killed in Central Park turns out to be the second wife of a former comedy club owner, who was acquitted of killing his first wife. Convicting him this time may hinge on tracing the path of a Colombian coin used as a subway token slug.
12716"Savior"David PlattMichael S. Chernuchin & Barry M. SchkolnickMarch 13, 1996 (1996-03-13)K012115.90[7]
A down-on-his-luck ad executive becomes the prime suspect when his wife and son are killed and his daughter wounded on a night that he claims was spent drinking.
12817"Deceit"Vincent MisianoRené Balcer & Eddie FeldmannMarch 27, 1996 (1996-03-27)K011815.30[7]
When a young attorney is murdered shortly after he decides to file a sexual harassment claim against his employer, Briscoe and Curtis quickly discover that the alleged harasser and his wife each have an excellent motive for murder.
12918"Atonement"Martha MitchellTeleplay by: Morgan Gendel
Story by: Ed Zuckerman & Morgan Gendel
April 10, 1996 (1996-04-10)K012316.20[7]
The investigation into the murder of a model with a passion for cocaine and partying focuses on the men in her life — a nightclub owner, a basketball player, a photographer, and a limousine driver.
13019"Slave"Jace AlexanderRené Balcer & Elaine LoeserApril 21, 1996 (1996-04-21)K012212.70[7]
A woman is shot while sleeping and the investigation leads the police to a boy whose crack-addicted mother has entrusted him to a dealer's care.
13120"Girlfriends"Christopher MisianoTeleplay by: Ed Zuckerman & Suzanne O'Malley
Story by: Ed Zuckerman & Jeremy R. Littman
May 1, 1996 (1996-05-01)K012413.60[7]
After a college co-ed's body is found, the detectives look for a campus rapist, but the medical examiner's report puts them on a different path, one involving prostitution.
13221"Pro Se"Lewis H. GouldRené Balcer & I.C. RapoportMay 8, 1996 (1996-05-08)K011914.60[7]
The investigation into multiple homicides at a clothing store leads to the arrest of a man with schizophrenia (Denis O'Hare), who presents McCoy with a formidable opponent when he decides to represent himself.
13322"Homesick"Matthew PennTeleplay by: Barry M. Schkolnick & Elaine Loeser
Story by: Michael S. Chernuchin & Barry M. Schkolnick
May 15, 1996 (1996-05-15)K012617.30[7]
After an infant is found dead in his crib, he is determined to have been poisoned, and all evidence points to the child's au pair.
13423"Aftershock"Martha MitchellTeleplay by: Janis Diamond
Story by: Michael S. Chernuchin & Janis Diamond
May 22, 1996 (1996-05-22)K012515.00[7]
After Briscoe, Curtis, McCoy, and Kincaid witness the execution of a criminal they brought to justice, their unique reactions to the event culminate in personal tragedies for each of them.

Notes and references[edit]

  • Benjamin Bratt joins the cast as Det. Rey Curtis in this season.
  • Det. Curtis' full first name, Reynaldo, is mentioned in the second episode, "Rebels".
  • This is the final season to feature Jill Hennessy as ADA Claire Kincaid.
  • "Charm City", episode 124, is the first part of a two-part crossover with the Homicide: Life on the Street episode "For God and Country". It is the first of three such crossover episodes. The episode is included in the DVD set on the third DVD, after the episode "Charm City".
  • The episode "Encore" features Larry Miller reprising his role as Michael Dobson from the season-five episode "Coma".
  • In the episode "Custody", Richard Brooks reprises his role as former ADA Paul Robinette.
  • The episode "Atonement" features Michael Imperioli. He will portray Detective Nick Falco in season 15.
  • The season finale episode "Aftershock" was the first and only episode of the entire Law & Order series to not feature a case and instead focuses on the characters' private lives. Claire Kincaid is killed in a car accident, injuring Detective Briscoe. Detective Curtis has a sexual encounter with a girl he meets in the park; this will lead to marital problems in subsequent seasons.

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Preceded by
Season Five
(1994-1995)
List of Law & Order seasons
(1990-2010)
Succeeded by
Season Seven
(1996-1997)