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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wed, Jan 21, 1998 43 mins
A shooting attack in a bathroom leaves detectives trying to determine who was the intended target.
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.
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.
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.
Wed, Mar 4, 1998 43 mins
The detectives investigate the murder of a psychologist who was involved in helping the Archdiocese to arrange annulments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.