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Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Jennifer Gaylin who was possibly the victim of a drive-by shooting. She was a social worker and quite popular at the community center where she worked. Her father Doug Gaylin is convinced the killing was racially motivated but the detectives learn she may have been using drugs to boost her sex drive. It turns out the victim was heavy into the S&M scene and had a partner, TV reporter Stu Steiner. When the police find him dead in his apartment they learn from the FBI that there have been 3 other very similar killings in other cities. From another participant in the S&M scene they learn that Eddie Chandler might be behind the killing. Chandler is arrested and charged with first degree murder. His lawyer, Al Archer, will argue that prolonged exposure to TV violence led to his sociopathic behavior.

Dennis Boutsikaris has played three different characters throughout the course of the series:

  • Episode 14.17 Istatymas ir tvarka: Hands Free (2004) - Al Archer
  • Episode 12.10 Istatymas ir tvarka: Prejudice (2001) - Al Archer
  • Episode 11.8 Istatymas ir tvarka: Thin Ice (2000) - Al Archer
  • Episode 8.13 Istatymas ir tvarka: Castoff (1998) - Neil Pressman
  • Episode 7.3 Istatymas ir tvarka: Good Girl (1996) - Al Archer
  • Episode 3.4 Istatymas ir tvarka: The Corporate Veil (1992) - Richard Berkley
  • Episode 1.4 Istatymas ir tvarka: Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (1990) - Dick Berkley

Scott Whitehurst (Lester Metcal) previously played the role of Melman in episode 5.13, Istatymas ir tvarka: Rage (1995).

During the trial, Eddie Chandler lists The A-Team (1983) as one of the 'violent action shows' he grew up watching. "The A-Team" was notorious for having massive gunfire, multiple explosions and numerous car and aircraft crashes, but nobody ever died. Despite being a #1 show in America during the 80's, the show came under fire by parental and political groups alike for being too violent, and was even frowned upon by their own network, NBC. Reportedly, Robert Keeshan blamed the show for America's drug problem. By vast comparison, in the Netherlands in the 1980s, the show was widely loved because 'there was no violence'.

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    • Author: Steelcaster
    This episode is about as skillfully executed as any of the others in the first decade but is more than usually interesting because of its subject. A charming serial murderer is brought it, defended by a famous Harvard law professor (read Alan Dershowitz)who claims that his client was driven to homicide by lengthy exposure to violence on television when he was growing up.

    McCoy's counter argument is that the majority of kids grew up with violent images but became decent citizens or even conscientious objectors.

    The story raises two important questions. One is whether exposure to violence in the media prompts us to behave violently. Of course it does. Every social psychologist would agree to that. But it only affects some of us, not all of us, in such a way as to lead to violent behavior on our part. Any two matched cities across the northern border from each other are likely to watch the same shows, but the American city is likely to have eight time the homicide rate of the Canadian city.

    There may be a dozen or more easily identifiable things that create a predisposition to violence, and the media is only one of them. McCoy's position is that TV is unimportant; the Dershowitz figure's position is that it's the main determinant in the case.

    That brings up the second important question. McCoy's position depends on free will. Some of us choose to follow the models we see on TV, while others choose not to. This gets us into metaphysics. (What the heck is free will?) And, if we dismiss free will, it gets us into a conundrum of a different color. If we can explain a behavior by identifying its environmental causes, is there any such thing as "guilt"?
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    • Author: Alexandra
    In a case based on the Andrew Cunanan spree serial killings Mitchell Lichtenstein, an aging party boy is charged with the murder of five people, two in the New York County jurisdiction and investigated by Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt. I've run into a few like Lichtenstein who don't turn homicidal. But believe me there's nothing more pitiful than one who is showing his age as Lichtenstein and trying to act 21 again. There's always someone younger and prettier coming up, a universal constant like death and taxes.

    But this particular case is turned into a lab experiment by his pro bono defense attorney, Alan Dershowitz like Dennis Boutsikaris. Since the man is dead bang guilty he wants to try a new and different kind of defense. Prolonged exposure to TV violence as a kid made him value human life less.

    A defense like this abrogates personal responsibility, something that Sam Waterston just can't allow.

    In real life Andrew Cunanan never lived for a trial preferring to take his own life as law enforcement closed in. God only knows had he taken his chances with the criminal justice system what might the outcome have been.

    Hey, Twinkies worked for Dan White.
  • Episode cast overview, first billed only:
    Jerry Orbach Jerry Orbach - Lennie Briscoe
    Benjamin Bratt Benjamin Bratt - Rey Curtis
    S. Epatha Merkerson S. Epatha Merkerson - Anita Van Buren
    Sam Waterston Sam Waterston - Jack McCoy
    Carey Lowell Carey Lowell - Jamie Ross
    Steven Hill Steven Hill - Adam Schiff
    Dennis Boutsikaris Dennis Boutsikaris - Neil Pressman
    Mitchell Lichtenstein Mitchell Lichtenstein - Eddie Chandler
    John Benjamin Hickey John Benjamin Hickey - Charles Thatcher
    Jon DeVries Jon DeVries - Doug Gaylin
    Edmund Genest Edmund Genest - Warren Stevenson
    Jerry Mayer Jerry Mayer - Defense Attorney Greenwald
    Gene Saks Gene Saks - Judge Carl Samuel
    Leslie Hendrix Leslie Hendrix - Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
    Dennis Kelly Dennis Kelly - Congressman Maxwell
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