Law & Order - Season 8
Season 8 of Law & Order was the first with no cast changes prior or during the season. This would not last long however, as Carey Lowell would leave the show at the end of the season to spend more time with her daughter. Her character of Jamie Ross would announce her departure from the district attorney's office for basically the same reason. Jamie Ross would return for two guest appearances in subsequent seasons of Law & Order as a defense attorney, and would later appear in Law & Order: Trial by Jury, now as a judge in New York County. The eighth season also featured the first appearance of J.K. Simmons as Dr. Emil Skoda as the state's go-to psychiatrist as former recurring cast member Carolyn McCormick left the show to take a role in the American version of Cracker. Following the quick cancellation of Cracker, she would return as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet the next season, and both Olivet and Skoda would appear on various Law & Order series until 2009.
The eighth season featured several story arcs that spanned multiple episodes, with Robert Vaughn portraying DA Adam Schiff's old friend and eventual enemy Carl Anderton three times, and Cliff Gorman playing ambition judge and DA candidate Gary Feldman three times as well. Another arc focused on Det. Briscoe's daughter Cathy getting arrested on drug charges and eventually found murdered. On a strange note, the episode "Tabloid" (S8E23) was cowritten by Alec Baldwin, the only writing credit to Baldwin's name (the actor reportedly based his script on his real-life experiences). The eighth season also saw the show's second two-part crossover with sister show Homicide: Life on the Street, with the first part airing on Law & Order and the conclusion two nights later on Homicide.
- Detective Lennie Briscoe - Jerry Orbach
- Detective Rey Curtis - Benjamin Bratt
- Lieutenant Anita Van Buren - S. Epatha Merkerson
- Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy - Sam Waterston
- Assistant District Attorney Jamie Ross - Carey Lowell
- District Attorney Adam Schiff - Steven Hill
The following weapons were used in Season 8 of the television series Law & Order:
Smith & Wesson Model 36
Detective Lennie Brisco (Jerry Orbach) and Lieutenant Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) are armed with Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolvers. Despite the NYPD having officially switched to automatic pistols on January 1st, 1994, older officers like Briscoe and Van Buren were grandfathered in and allowed to continue carrying revolvers.
Smith & Wesson Model 60
A Smith & Wesson Model 60 is found in "Shadow" (S08E08) and is the murder weapon in "Disappeared" (S08E19).
Smith & Wesson Model 34
A Smith & Wesson Model 34 is used in a suicide in "Carrier" (S08E17). It is described by the police as "a .22".
Paul (uncredited) is armed with a two-tone SIG-Sauer P226 in "Expert" (S08E12).
Andy (Andrew Van Dusen) is armed with an M1911A1 in "Expert" (S08E12).
Detonics Pocket 9
A Detonics Pocket 9 is used in a shooting in "Damaged" (S08E22).
The murder weapon in "Thrill" (S08E01) is a .25 caliber Seecamp LWS.
A stainless Beretta 84FS is used used in a shooting in "Harvest" (S08E04). It is described as being chambered in ".380," and "American-made," with walnut grips. (Beretta 84's are still made in Italy.)
Members of the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit can be seen armed with slab-sided M16 Rifles with A2 handguards.
Members of the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit can be seen armed with the M16A1s fitted with A2 handguards.
MGC M-16 Model Gun Corp Replica Rifle
ESU officers are seen with MGC M-16 Model Gun Corp Replica Rifle in numerous episodes. Some of them have round A2 handguards.
A few unidentifiable AK-47 variants are seen in a gun stash in "Nullification" (S08E05). There's not enough to make a proper ID. They're also likely to be replicas as well.
MGC CAR-15 Model Gun Corp Replica Carbine
An MGC CAR-15 Model Gun Corp Replica Carbine is seen in a gun stash in "Nullification" (S08E05).
The armored car robbers in "Nullification" (S08E05) are armed with MAC-11s. They are identified as such, and it is stated that they were converted to full auto.
Two Uzis are seen in a gun stash in "Nullification" (S08E05).
A Sten gun is seen in a gun stash in "Nullification" (S08E05).
Sawn-off Single Barreled Shotgun
A sawn-off Single Barreled Shotgun is found taped under a desk in "Shadow" (S08E08).
Ithaca 37s are carried by NYPD Officers and ESU Officers in a few episodes.