Re: shared universe, crossovers and easter eggs
(And past crossovers aren't enough to stop references. The lead character of In Plain Sight cameoed on Law & Order: Criminal Intent before the show aired; but my understanding is that the writers of IPS later made reference to Law & Order as a TV show.)
This one is actually pretty easy to reconcile. The original L&O
was a tv show in the In Plain Sight
universe, it just never had a spin off called Criminal Intent
Baby, you and me were never meant to be, just maybe think of me once in a while...