Question: I missed the episode in question and have been unable to find the answer on the Internet: What was the story line 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, Det. Reynaldo Curtis, joined the long-running NBC hit drama in 1995 and left in 1999 (the end of Season 9) to care for his wife, who suffered from multiple sclerosis. In reality, Bratt — at that time the main squeeze of mega-hit mainstay Julia Roberts — wanted more time to pursue a movie career. Jesse L. Martin's Det. Ed Green showed up the next fall as a replacement partner for show stalwart Det. Lennie Briscoe (the late, great Jerry Orbach), who, unlike the legions of other characters that left the series, knew enough to stay on a horse that keeps running and winning.