Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A homeless man with bipolar disorder accused of killing a schizophrenic woman refuses to take his medications during the trial.


David Platt


Dick Wolf (created by), Gerry Conway (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Tovah Feldshuh ... Danielle Melnick
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Myrna Bauer
Joseph Hindy ... Phil Bauer
Roberta Maxwell ... Teresa Brewster
Pippa Pearthree ... Judge Esther Morrow
Bill Marcus Bill Marcus ... Ron Brewster
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda
Seth Barrish ... Harvey Bauer
Madison Arnold ... Patrick Clarke


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate an attack on a schizophrenic woman, Karen Brewster, in Riverside Park. They eventually find her dead, locked in the storage container she lived in. The medical examiner determines she was manually strangled and there is evidence of sexual activity, most likely rape. The investigation leads them to Harvey Bauer who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is possibly psychotic. His lawyer Danielle Melnick wants to plead an insanity defense but Dr. Skoda is convinced Bauer is faking the psychotic part and ADA McCoy gets a court-ordered prohibition to using the defense. McCoy also needs a court order to force Bauer to take take his medication. As they continue to investigate however, they discover a unique relationship between Bauer sand the victim. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

26 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ken Land (Burt Kellerman) previously played the role of Carl Bishop in episode 5.11, Law & Order: Guardian (1995). See more »


Danielle Melnick: Look McCoy. My client may be legally sane, but it doesn't mean he's not crazy.
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

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The system failed them both, miserably. And now we're left to clean up the mess.
18 May 2018 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A couple noticed a girl screaming from the park before their tenth floor apartment. Detectives found a bag full of clothes, some stains of blood and a pair of glasses. Thanks to these items, they managed to reach the victim's parents; they stated she suffered from schiizophrenia, she even assaulted her father's doctor at the hospital after a stroke. Back to her apartment (a real mess, rent paid by her relatives), Briscoe collected more information about this sick girl: her doctor stopped her treatment after she couldn't afford to pay his bills. She spent some time in a shelter, a bum sold her a knife; unfortunately they found her strangled inside a container. A guy's from the shelter (Seth Barrish) with bipolar disorder addicted to donuts had a special obsession for her. Police arrested him (one of the officer shot him by accident in the shoulder), he had just been realeased from prison. Is he really mad or Is he just acting?

Voices, maybe from Bill Gates, ordered him to kill her. But are they enough to prevent him from a conviction? McCoy proved he avoid medication on purpose during the trial. Anyway he was wrong, they were lovers, so things got more and more complicated.....Who really killed her? Wait till the very end.

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