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A woman jumps to her death off the Brooklyn Bridge, but evidence and eyewitnesses suggest that a crazed man made her jump after they were in an auto accident.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), I.C. Rapoport (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Detective Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Carey Lowell ... A.D.A. Jamie Ross
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
John Cullum ... Harold Dorning
Christopher Cousins ... Robert Dorning
John Ellison Conlee ... 'Crazy' Mike McDugan
James Georgiades ... Mr. Marsh
John Ramsey John Ramsey ... Judge Walter Schreiber
Caitlin Clarke ... Robert Dorning's Attorney
Jennifer Server Jennifer Server ... Female Witness
Gustave Johnson ... Mr. Styles
Marilyn Rockafellow Marilyn Rockafellow ... Mrs. Whatney


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of Karen Marsh who, it seems, jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge. They soon establish that she had been in a fender bender and the driver of the other car forced her out of her car and chased her. She apparently leaped off the bridge to get away from him. Karen had been without a job since the shoe factory she worked in burned down some six months before. She had recently visited her old boss, Harold Dorning and he thought she was just fine. They eventually trace her attacker, "Crazy" Mike McDugan a man with a violent temper and a criminal record for assault. He admits to the road rage incident but insists that she jumped off the bridge on her own. The best the DA's office can get is an indictment for assault - until they learn that his one-time prison roommate was a professional arsonist which makes them look into the fire at the factory where she worked and her old boss. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

5 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Cullum (Harold Dorning) also played the role of Bernard Powell, Sr. in episode 12.4, Law & Order: Soldier of Fortune (2001). See more »


Det. Rey Curtis: [referring to his wife] She left me, Lennie! She took the kids and split. She wants me out of the house.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: [sighs] Why? What happened?
Det. Rey Curtis: I broke my vows with this girl in the park. Just a one-time thing.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: How'd Deborah find out?
Det. Rey Curtis: I told her.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Your second mistake.
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Like the folks you meet on the Brooklyn Bridge
13 October 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It could just as easily been a suicide, a woman jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge at night other than several witnesses that Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt have to laboriously track down to find out that in fact she may have jumped to elude some guys pursuing her.

It turns out that the victim was formerly the secretary and bookkeeper for John Collum whose factory burned down in a suspicious arson fire. The fire marshals had previously said it was passing vagrants, but as things progress it turns out to be more suspicious than that for Collum and his son Christopher Cousins.

The bridge pursuers are a real credit to society. One is played by John Ellison Conlee with the name of Crazy Mike McDugan and he's a leg breaker for hire and doesn't have too much smarts. The other has the colorful name of Randall the Candle, he's the arsonist who did the deed. He only has one scene, but Rusty DeWees is one menacing dude and infinitely smarter than his prison pal as you'll see.

Great Law And Order episode as Sam Waterston builds his case and only at the very last minute is all revealed.

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