Law & Order: Season 9 (1998 - 1999)

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Air date: Sep 23, 1998

Angie Harmon joins the cast as A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael in the opening episode of Law & Order's ninth season. The focus is on the "ethics" of foreign adoptions, and the catalyst is the suspicious death of a baby girl. The detectives are puzzled by the secretive attitude of the infant's parents, who won't allow the authorities into their apartment. Once this matter is settled, the D.A.'s office sets its sights on Russian doctor Andre Kostov (Victor Steinbach), who for a price has been farming out unhealthy children for adoption in the U.S.

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Air date: Oct 7, 1998

One of the most infamous hate crimes of the 1990s was the source for this episode. Even jaded New York detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) are shocked by the brutal murder of a black man who was dragged behind a car to his death. Prosecuting the crime proves to be a difficult task, thanks to the reluctance of the only known eyewitness and the evasive behavior of certain NYPD cops. The outcome of the case is as startling as the crime was senselessly vicious.

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Air date: Oct 14, 1998

Detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) investigate when a teenager is wounded. The trail of clues leads to the mysterious death of a young woman. Ultimately, a vicious drug operation enters the picture, at which time the detectives fade into the background and the D.A.'s office, represented by A.D.A.'s McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Carmichael (Angie Harmon), take over.

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Air date: Oct 21, 1998

A youngster dies of a virus at a day-care center. As detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) trace the source of the illness, evidence is unearthed of embezzlement and an extramarital affair. Somehow these diverse elements are all bundled together when A.D.A.'s McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Carmichael (Angie Harmon) target a drug manufacturer for prosecution.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1998

A deadly assault leaves a postman dead and a woman named Kitty Lansing (Christina Haag) near death. The detectives manage to follow the trail of clues to a serial killer, who willingly confesses. But several surprises await the D.A.'s office in their prosecution -- and there is a heated confrontation in store for A.D.A.'s McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Carmichael (Angie Harmon).

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Air date: Nov 11, 1998

Detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) swing into action when a fertility clinic employee is murdered. The ensuing investigation leads to the two wives of a dead sperm donor. As indicated by the title of this episode, it will take a lot of work from the D.A.'s office to "unscramble" this case of deadly possessiveness.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1998

A "black widow killer" is at the center of this episode. First, detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Curtis (Benjamin Bratt). Next, A.D.A.'s McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Carmichael (Angie Harmon) shed the spotlight of suspicion on Dennis Pollock (Matt Keeslar), a young man who is romantically involved with two considerably older women.

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Air date: Nov 25, 1998

A corrections officer is murdered, exposing a case involving sex in a woman's prison. A.D.A. Carmichael (Angie Harmon) soon discovers that among the players in this drama is a female inmate whom she'd previously jailed on a drug charge. As the D.A.'s office squares off against aggressive defense lawyer Danielle Melnick (Tovah Feldshuh), a disturbing secret looms ominously over one of the prosecuting attorneys.

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Air date: Dec 9, 1998

Stephanie Harker (Bellamy Young), stepmother of one of the victims of a double murder, is a key "player" in the subsequent prosecution. This time, the D.A.'s office faces opposition not merely from a single defense attorney but from an entire country. Crucial evidence is filed away in Canada, but the American lawyers are denied access because of Canadian opposition to the death penalty.

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Air date: Jan 6, 1999

A high school girl is beaten to death, and it looks as if a neo-fascist youth group is responsible. Conventional wisdom is to prosecute the teens who actually committed the crime. But assistant D.A. McCoy (Sam Waterston) aims his sights a bit higher (or, perhaps, lower) by going after Tom Willis (Michael Cumptsy), the adult white supremacist who fomented the violence.

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NBC's long-running procedural drama "Law & Order" returns for this ninth series of stories involving the NYPD homicide division and the New York City District Attorney's office. Returning characters this series include DA Adam Schiff (Steven Hill), Senior Detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach), detective supervisor Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), Executive ADA Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Detective Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt), with Angie Harmon joining the ensemble as ADA Abbie Carmichael (replacing Jamie Ross). Stories this series include the investigation of an African American man whose body has been beaten and dumped beside the highway, the death of an employee at a fertility clinic, the demise of a corrections officer with ties to a women's prison, Curtis and Briscoe's efforts to find the man responsible for slaying a parolee before two bounty hunters get to him, and the gruesome demise of a philosophy instructor on a subway line.

Critic Reviews for Law & Order Season 9

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (0)

Given its history, it's likely that Law & Order will recover from the less-than-stellar episodes so far this season, but one wonders whether it will finally run out of cases to dramatize.

Nov 2, 1998 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Law & Order: Season 9

  • Apr 29, 2019
    It follows the same formula from past seasons so this means it is brilliant with great acting and very well-paced. There is a stronger running story than the last couple of seasons with an emotional farewell at the end. Sometimes, it can get gimmicky but overall it is another good season for the ever-growing show.

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