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
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.


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]


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
112 1 "Bitter Fruit" Constantine Makris René Balcer & Jeremy R. Littman September 20, 1995 (1995-09-20) K0105

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]
113 2 "Rebels" Ed Sherin Teleplay by: Ed Zuckerman & Suzanne O'Malley
Story by: Suzanne O'Malley
September 27, 1995 (1995-09-27) K0106
Briscoe and Curtis have a hard time finding cooperative witnesses when investigating the murder of a college student at a rough biker bar.
114 3 "Savages" Jace Alexander Morgan Gendal & Barry M. Schkolnick & Michael S. Chernuchin October 18, 1995 (1995-10-18) K0103
McCoy and Kincaid clash over the death penalty as McCoy prosecutes a man who murdered an undercover cop during a drug bust.
115 4 "Jeopardy" Christopher Misiano René Balcer & Jeremy R. Littman November 1, 1995 (1995-11-01) K0107
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.
116 5 "Hot Pursuit" Lewis H. Gould Ed Zuckerman & Morgan Gendel November 8, 1995 (1995-11-08) K0110
When the detectives solve a series of murders committed by a holdup team in ski masks, McCoy must determine whether a young woman found with them is an unwilling hostage or an active participant in the crimes.
117 6 "Paranoia" Fred Gerber Michael S. Chernuchin November 15, 1995 (1995-11-15) K0104

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.

118 7 "Humiliation" Matthew Penn Michael S. Chernuchin & Barry M. Schkolnick November 22, 1995 (1995-11-22) K0111
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.
119 8 "Angel" Arthur W. Forney Michael S. Chernuchin & Janis Diamond November 29, 1995 (1995-11-29) K0114

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.

120 9 "Blood Libel" Constantine Makris Teleplay by: I.C. Rapoport
Story by: René Balcer & I.C. Rapoport
January 3, 1996 (1996-01-03) K0109
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.
121 10 "Remand" Jace Alexander René Balcer & Elaine Loeser January 10, 1996 (1996-01-10) K0113

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.

122 11 "Corpus Delicti" Christopher Misiano Ed Zuckerman & Barry M. Schkolnick January 17, 1996 (1996-01-17) K0115
The death of a show horse leads to a trial involving insurance fraud, a sting operation, and a wealthy woman's disappearance.
123 12 "Trophy" Martha Mitchell Teleplay by: Jeremy R. Littman
Story by: Jeremy R. Littman & Ed Zuckerman
January 31, 1996 (1996-01-31) K0114
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.
124 13 "Charm City" Ed Sherin Michael S. Chernuchin & Jorge Zamacona February 7, 1996 (1996-02-07) K0116

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.
125 14 "Custody" Constantine Makris Teleplay by: Morgan Gendel
Story by: René Balcer & Morgan Gendel
February 21, 1996 (1996-02-21) K0117
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.
126 15 "Encore" Matthew Penn Ed Zuckerman & Jeremy R. Littman February 28, 1996 (1996-02-28) K0120
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.
127 16 "Savior" David Platt Michael S. Chernuchin & Barry M. Schkolnick March 13, 1996 (1996-03-13) K0121
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.
128 17 "Deceit" Vincent Misiano René Balcer & Eddie Feldmann March 27, 1996 (1996-03-27) K0118
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.
129 18 "Atonement" Martha Mitchell Teleplay by: Morgan Gendel
Story by: Ed Zuckerman & Morgan Gendel
April 10, 1996 (1996-04-10) K0123
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.
130 19 "Slave" Jace Alexander René Balcer & Elaine Loeser April 21, 1996 (1996-04-21) K0122
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.
131 20 "Girlfriends" Christopher Misiano Teleplay by: Ed Zuckerman & Suzanne O'Malley
Story by: Ed Zuckerman & Jeremy R. Littman
May 1, 1996 (1996-05-01) K0124
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.
132 21 "Pro Se" Lewis H. Gould René Balcer & I.C. Rapoport May 8, 1996 (1996-05-08) K0119
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.
133 22 "Homesick" Matthew Penn Teleplay by: Barry M. Schkolnick & Elaine Loeser
Story by: Michael S. Chernuchin & Barry M. Schkolnick
May 15, 1996 (1996-05-15) K0126
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.
134 23 "Aftershock" Martha Mitchell Teleplay by: Janis Diamond
Story by: Michael S. Chernuchin & Janis Diamond
May 22, 1996 (1996-05-22) K0125
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]

  1. ^ "Law and Order (9/13/1990 – 5/24/2010)". Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  2. ^ Frank, Ariel (November 17, 1995). "TV Plot Based on Grant Case, Dunster Deaths". Harvard Crimson. 
  3. ^ Wyatt, Edward (2005-01-08). "Even for an Expert, Blurred TV Images Became a False Reality". New York Times. 
  4. ^ Courrier, Kevin (1998). Law & order: the unofficial companion. Renaissance Books. p. 253. 
  • 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
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List of Law & Order seasons
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