Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the disappearance of Paul and Donna Ericson. Their absence isn't noted until their 8 year-old son returned home on Sunday after spending the weekend away. The Ericsons were having a dispute with their condo developer Nathan Faber, but he too soon disappears. The police are now convinced they're the victims of a kidnapping and an anonymous note to a newspaper seems to confirm it. Ben O'Dell contacts the police to say that his brother Matt, who is mentally ill, is responsible. He turns him in on condition that he will not face the death penalty and Carrie agrees to take his mental health status into consideration. Matt however flatly refuses to be examined by a psychiatrist and his lawyer, Danielle Melnick, manages to get much of the evidence thrown out. Once found guilty, the question becomes the death penalty for someone who may want to die.
Did You Know?
Actor Seth Barish who plays Michael Odell's first attorney Ralph Staggs, which he promptly fires (and gets Daniel Melnick) has also played a mentally ill man Harvey Bower in the episode "Collision" in season 10 episode 11. His attorney in that episode was also Danielle Melnick! See more
You turning soft on me, Jack?
You know I'm a sucker for an execution. I'm just here for the tortellini.
References Strangers on a Train