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 &#038 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.