Law & Order: Season 8 (1997 - 1998)

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Air date: Sep 24, 1997

Amazingly, Season Eight of Law & Order begins with the cast from Season Seven intact, with no additions or deletions. The case at hand: the murder of a pizza delivery man, which the detectives believe was deliberate and not a random shooting. As it turns out, the dead man was the victim of a thrill killing committed by a pair of teenagers (Rob McElhenney, Michael Marrona). Complications: Each teen blames the other for the murder, an eyewitness saw only one of the boys pulling the trigger, and the key clue is the recording of a Confessional -- which cannot be admitted as evidence. In the course of events, detective Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) receives some bad news.

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Air date: Oct 8, 1997

In another case "ripped from today's headlines," a trail of gruesome clues leads to the conclusion that a newborn infant has been killed. The main suspects are a pair of college-student lovers, who insist that the child was stillborn -- and besides, both have an airtight alibi. Once the case finally gets to court, the Defense plays mercilessly upon the heartstrings of the jury.

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Air date: Oct 15, 1997

The detectives and the lawyers again run up against the brick wall of military jurisprudence while investigating the death of a Navy pilot. McCoy finally narrows the suspects down to the dead man's lover, also a pilot. Unfortunately, the Navy and the Judge Advocate General form a united front to block further investigation -- and, perhaps, to prevent justice from prevailing.

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Air date: Oct 29, 1997

A young mother is the victim of a drive-by shooting. The ensuing investigation is complicated by a discrepancy in establishing time of death. By the time this matter has been sorted out, the DA's office is presented with two prime perpetrators: the person who fired the gun, and the doctor who declared the victim brain dead -- then harvested her organs for transplant.

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Air date: Nov 5, 1997

One of the men killed while holding up an armored truck bears a distinctive tattoo of an eagle. This leads the detectives to a militant militia group, who declare themselves "prisoners of war" when rounded up by the police. One of the group's members (Denis O'Hare), appointing himself counsel for his comrades, demands that the jury enter a not guilty plea on the basis that the laws broken were "unjust" -- with surprising results.

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Air date: Nov 12, 1997

In the second of Law & Order's three "crossovers" with the Baltimore-based NBC crime series Homicide: Life on the Street, a teenaged model dies on the streets of New York, apparently the victim of toxic-shock syndrome. An autopsy reveals that the girl had been raped, a crime that would have to have been committed while she was in Baltimore. Thus, detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) calls in his Baltimore counterpart, John Munch (Richard Belzer), to assist in the investigation. Meanwhile, New York assistant DA McCoy (Sam Waterston) finds himself locked in a jurisdictional battle with the Baltimore DA -- a battle complicated by the actions of the dead girl's parents. In addition to Richard Belzer, Homicide regulars Jon Seda (Falsone) and Yaphet Kotto (Giardello) also appear. The first episode of the two-part "Baby, It's You" aired as the November 11, 1997, installment of Law & Order; the conclusion was seen November 14 on Homicide: Life on the Street.

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Air date: Nov 19, 1997

A suicide investigation is turned over to homicide when it is revealed that the white victim may have been killed because she adopted a black baby. While trying to determine the baby's paternity, the detectives and the lawyers unearth some unpleasant secrets in the past of one of the suspects. But do these secrets have any bearing on the killing -- and even if they do, will they ever be heard by a jury?

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Air date: Nov 26, 1997

A bail bondsman is murdered, and the detectives subsequently haul in a likely perpetrator. Then, an offhand comment made by the suspect leads to irrefutable evidence that a disreputable attorney has been fixing cases for a price. Even more disturbing is the possibility that the attorney's accomplice is a "mole" working within the New York City legal system -- and maybe in the offices of the DA himself.

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Air date: Dec 10, 1997

A young girl from a wealthy family is killed in a suspicious fire. Confronted with an incriminating answering-machine message, the teenaged stepbrother of the victim confesses. Things take an even more sinister turn when D.A. Schiff (Steven Hill) tangles with the wealthy and well-connected grandfather of the accused. Robert Vaughn makes his first Law & Order appearance as powerful, paranoiac millionaire Carl Anderton.

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Air date: Dec 17, 1997

The victim of a probable mugging dies, whereupon the detectives launch a homicide investigation. The trail of clues leads to the planned circumcision of Alison Martin (Emmy Rossun), the daughter of an American father (Cotter Smith) and an Egyptian mother (Ava Haddad). The outcome of the story is triggered by the ethnic and religious schism between Alison's parents.

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NBC's popular procedural drama "Law & Order" returns for this eighth series, with more investigations shared by the NYPD homicide division and the New York City District Attorney's office. Returning characters 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), Detective Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt), and Assistant DA Jamie Ross (Carey Lowell). Stories this series include a bail bondsman's slaying that leads to an investigation of judicial corruption, the murder of a teen model in New York, claims of extreme mental illness used as defense in a restroom homicide, and the stabbing of a psychologist that leads several of the principals into the middle of a messy divorce case.

Critic Reviews for Law & Order Season 8

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It's as fine a crime show as any that television has produced.

Nov 28, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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