Question: I missed the episode in question and have been unable to find the answer on the Internet: What was the storyline reason that was given for the departure of Benjamin Bratt's character on Law & Order? Could you please help me out!? Jessica
Televisionary: That's why I'm here, Jessica. (Well, for that and for annoying my colleagues by humming to the songs coming through my headphones.)
Bratt's character, Detective Reynaldo Curtis, joined the long-running NBC hit drama
in 1995 and left in 1999 (the end of season nine) to care for his wife, who suffered from multiple sclerosis. In reality, Bratt until recently the main squeeze of mega-hit mainstay Julia Roberts
wanted more time to pursue a movie career. Jesse L. Martin
's Detective Ed Green showed up the next fall as a replacement partner for show stalwart Detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach
), who, unlike the legions of other characters that have left the series, knows enough to stay on a horse that keeps running and winning.