Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A 10-year-old girl may be responsible for the murder of a little boy in her neighborhood.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Richard Sweren




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Mary Mara ... Ms. Sharkey
Hallee Hirsh ... Jenny Brandt
Luba Mason ... Jocelyn Brandt
Madeline Blue ... Tara Padden
Joseph Murphy Joseph Murphy ... Vince Brandt
Annie Golden ... Frances Padden
Jim Bracchitta ... Jerold Specter
Lauren Klein Lauren Klein ... Judge Carla Solomon
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the murder of a young boy, Aaron Polanski, who was found on a construction site with his trousers pulled down around his ankles and a AAA battery in his mouth. The medical examiner determines the boy died from a blow to the head but was not sexually assaulted. The police find two eyewitnesses to the crime, Tara Padden and Jenny Brandt - 13 and 10 years-old - but they soon begin to suspect they are lying. In fact, they come to believe they likely lured Aaron and killed him. Jenny seems to be the one who actually did the killing and after reviewing the facts, including Dr. Skoda's report, ADA McCoy wants the girl committed to a state mental hospital. The girl's lawyer counters with her own expert, Dr. Elizabeth Olivet, arguing the girl the girl can be treated outside of an institution. Written by garykmcd

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This episode is also partially inspired by the case of James Bulger, a three year old boy who was abducted and murdered by two ten year old boys in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK in 1993. The horrific and shocking crime made international headlines at the time. See more »


When Jenny's lawyer meets with McCoy and Carmichael in the judge's chambers before trial, he is wearing a broad-stripe, burgundy-colored dress shirt. Then, during a brief shot from behind him, the stripes are narrow and navy-colored. See more »


Dr. Emil Skoda: [about Jenny] If she were my patient, she'd be institutionalized.
Ms. Sharkey: So you'd give up on her without even trying to treat her?
Dr. Emil Skoda: I have no problem trying to treat her behind bars.
Ms. Sharkey: A little dispassionate, don't you think, Doctor?
Dr. Emil Skoda: I'll save my compassion for next kid she kills.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Broken (2010) See more »

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Bad Seed
12 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back in 1956 the film The Bad Seed shocked moviegoers with the idea that 10 year old Patty McCormack could be a killer. Nevertheless there it was and it became McCormack's signature role.

Law And Order picked up on that theme and cast Hallie Hirsh who leads the older Madeline Blue into killing a seven year old boy and leaving the body in a drainpipe. The same kind of amoral act that Leopold and Loeb did way back in the 20s..

What to do with her, Hirsh that is who just shows no remorse, no empathy whatsoever. This turns into a duel between J.K. Simmons and former Law And Order resident psychiatrist Carolyn McCormick who is retained by the defense.

Some folks can't comprehend pure evil existing, yet there is Charles Manson. How much more incomprehensible when it's a child.

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29 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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