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Law & Order Season 8 Episodes

24 Episodes 1997 - 1998

NBC's popular procedural drama "Law & Order" returns for this eighth season, with more investigations shared by the NYPD homicide division and the New York City District Attorney's office. Returning characters this season 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); there were no cast changes from Season Seven. Stories this season 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.

Episode 1

Thrill

Wed, Sep 24, 1997 43 mins

Two teens (Rob McElhenney, Michael Maronna) are accused of killing a fast-food deliveryman. Tyrell: Donna Murphy. Adele: Ellen Muth. Shatenstein: Sig Libowitz. Mr. Wheeler: James Handy. Mrs. Wheeler: Suzanne Costallos. Mrs. Timon: Ava Maria Carnevale.

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Episode 2

Denial

Wed, Oct 8, 1997 43 mins

Bloodstains in a hotel room lead to a case involving two students and a missing baby who they insist was stillborn.

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Episode 3

Navy Blues

Wed, Oct 15, 1997 43 mins

The investigation into a Navy pilot's death leads to a lieutenant who was the deceased's lover. But McCoy faces military opposition over jurisdiction in the case.

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Episode 4

Harvest

Wed, Oct 29, 1997 43 mins

The shooting of a mother leads to a case involving not only the person who fired the gun but also the doctor who declared her brain dead.

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Episode 5

Nullification

Wed, Nov 5, 1997 43 mins

Killings during a robbery lead to the uncovering of a militia, the members of which declare themselves prisoners of war in a war against the Government.

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Episode 6

Baby, It's You

Wed, Nov 12, 1997 43 mins

A crossover episode with "Homicide: Life on the Street" involves the murder of a 14-year-old model.

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Episode 7

Blood

Wed, Nov 19, 1997 43 mins

The investigation into an apparent suicide leads to a case involving an adoption, a former spouse, the widower's son, and a person who's been living a lie.

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Episode 8

Shadow

Wed, Nov 26, 1997 43 mins

A murder investigation uncovers a lawyer who's able to fix cases for high fees; and the DA wants to find the attorney's partner within the system.

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Episode 9

Burned

Wed, Dec 10, 1997 43 mins

An answering-machine message begins an investigation that leads to a teen who claims to have set a fire that claimed the life of his stepsister.

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Episode 10

Ritual

Wed, Dec 17, 1997 43 mins

The planned circumcision of a couple's daughter leads to a rift between the American father and the Egyptian mother and then to a killing.

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Episode 11

Under the Influence

Wed, Jan 7, 1998 43 mins

A drunken driver kills three people and is charged with first-degree murder in a case that causes strong disagreements between McCoy and Ross.

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Episode 12

Expert

Wed, Jan 21, 1998 43 mins

A shooting attack in a bathroom leaves detectives trying to determine who was the intended target.

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Episode 13

Castoff

Wed, Jan 28, 1998 43 mins

The lawyer for a killer whose latest victims are a social worker and a sports announcer uses exposure to TV violence as a defense.

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Episode 14

Grief

Wed, Feb 4, 1998 43 mins

The brutal beating of a man leads to an investigation that involves two rape incidents, in one of which the victim was comatose.

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Episode 15

Faccia a Faccia

Wed, Feb 25, 1998 43 mins

The lawyer of a mob don who's a suspect in a hit man's murder, insists his client is mentally unfit to stand trial.

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Episode 16

Divorce

Wed, Mar 4, 1998 43 mins

The detectives investigate the murder of a psychologist who was involved in helping the Archdiocese to arrange annulments.

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Episode 17

Carrier

Wed, Apr 1, 1998 43 mins

The death of a student leads to a case involving a HIV-positive male who's seeking to infect as many women as possible, and McCoy wants to charge him with murder.

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Episode 18

Stalker

Wed, Apr 15, 1998 43 mins

A nurse is hospitalised after a fall that she claims resulted from a fight she had with a man who's been stalking her and sending her suggestive e-mails.

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Episode 19

Disappeared

Wed, Apr 22, 1998 43 mins

A defendant will not allow an insanity plea, thus complicating matters for the brother who turned him in with hopes of securing medical treatment for him.

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Episode 20

Burden

Fri, Apr 24, 1998 43 mins

A 12-year-old quadriplegic dies at home, and paramedics claim he was suffocated. The suspects include the boy's parents and sister.

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Episode 21

Bad Girl

Wed, Apr 29, 1998 43 mins

The investigation of a murder leads to a case that challenges Schiff's job; meanwhile, Briscoe tries to help his daughter.

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Episode 22

Damaged

Wed, May 6, 1998 43 mins

A teacher's shooting involves the rape of a mentally challenged female student by fellow students, whose attorney claims they weren't aware of her condition.

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Episode 23

Tabloid

Wed, May 13, 1998 43 mins

Tabloid journalism comes under scrutiny during a murder case involving a prominent man who blames his wife's death on a gossip columnist.

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Episode 24

Monster

Wed, May 20, 1998 43 mins

In the season finale, the hunt is on for a pedophile who left his victim comatose. Meanwhile, Briscoe is offered a deal to avenge his daughter's death.

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