It's Your Law & Order Drinking Game!
A thirsty viewer's companion to the series we know as the Mothership.
Around the turn of the millennium, when I was in the middle of my undergraduate years, my friend Amy and I got very invested in watching Law & Order reruns on A&E. I remember, for instance, that we once raced out of a Ben and Jerry's in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta so that we could make it home for the 7:00 episode. As we ran down the stairs, we shouted, "Fourth season or higher!" Because obviously, the show didn't get great until the ladies arrived.
Perhaps unavoidably for college students, our pastime evolved into a drinking game. (Don't ask me why, but we used a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor.) It was so much fun that I still play to this day while I'm watching. I don't drink that much anymore, as my decrepit old bones can no longer handle the booze, but whenever the moment arises, I still think "drink!"
And now you can, too! I'm pleased to present a Law & Order Drinking Game, which blends my original rules with revised and updated drinking opportunities that I'm making up today. And since a game like this can never truly be complete, please add more entries in the comments!
- The date on the title card is within one week of your birthday:
- The date on the title card is your actual birthday:
- Future opening-credits cast member appears in a different role:
- Future famous actor has a small role:
- Future famous actor is the killer:
- Denis O'Hare or Lauren Ambrose appears:
- The Julia Roberts one:
- Lennie makes a morbid wisecrack:
- Someone other than Lennie makes a morbid wisecrack, which only invites negative comparisons to Lennie:
- A witness gets sassy with the detectives:
- The detectives get snippy with each other:
- Van Buren fixes a witness, suspect, fellow officer, or ADA with a death glare, then says something along the lines of "Don't even try me, little girl":
- Rey worries about his sick wife. Jamie, Van Buren, or Lennie worries about a child. Green worries about a fellow officer's family. Fontana worries about ruining his expensive outfit:
- One of Schiff's or Lennie's old friends is corrupt:
- Medical Examiner Rogers!
- You hear the jangle of spurs as Jack gets on his high horse:
- Jack explains how it was in the '60s:
- The internet is proven to be dangerous or scary:
- A fake website or app has a hilariously stupid name:
- Someone went to Princeton:
- The killer went to Princeton:
- In the opening scene, the civilian who discovers the corpse is in the middle of an argument:
- When the detectives arrive, they know the homicide wasn't a robbery because the victim is still wearing a watch or still has a wallet/purse:
- Lennie mentions his drinking problem:
- "The framers of the Constitution never imagined this!"
- A defense attorney character has been on the show before:
- A former ADA returns as a defense attorney:
- The defense attorney is Danielle Melnick: