Law & Order: Season 1, Episode 7

By Hooker, by Crook (13 Nov. 1990)

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A murder investigation leads detectives to a madam accused of running a prostitution ring disguised as a catering service.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Donald Cragen (credit only)
Laura Winthrop
Jolene Curtis
Bernard Barrow ...
Mr. Hamilton (as Bernie Barrow)
Addison Powell ...
Roger Auclair
Kelle Kerr ...
Robert LuPone ...
Brian Smiar ...
Arraignment Judge Harper
Paul Austin ...
Steven Marcus ...


Sergeant Greevy and Detective Logan investigate the death of a man found in Central Park. He was alive when found with a cracked skull but has had a heart attack as well. Oddly, his underwear was on backwards. They determine that he had booked himself into a nearby hotel and then arranged for a call girl to visit him. They locate the girl and it leads them the owner of a self-styled catering agency, well-known society hostess Laura Winthrop. ADA Stone wants to pursue her and the case certainly gets a lot of media attention. Her defense is that she was a responsible madam who took good care of her girls. Stone's intent is to show the damage she's caused. Written by garykmcd

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To this day, Michael Moriarty (Ben Stone) and Richard Brooks (Paul Robinette) remain in the show's opening credits. They can be seen at the top of the stairs in the shot of the courthouse against the "ORDER" title. This shot is taken from the end of the first season episode "By Hooker, By Crook" and has been in the show's opening credits since the pilot episode (although was shortened by about half a second in 1994). Furthermore, George Dzundza (Max Greevey) remained in the opening credits until the end of 1993, despite leaving after the first season. In their original version, which ran from 1990-1993, the show's opening credits were twice as long as they are today and featured a shot of the two detectives' unmarked patrol car speeding towards the camera (after the trademark "big four" shot of the two detectives and prosecutors walking together). Dzundza is sitting in the passenger seat. This shot is also interesting in that the detective's car, a 1988 Dodge Diplomat, was only used in seasons one and two of the show and was switched to a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria in season three, yet the shot of both the departed Dzundza and Diplomat remained. See more »


When Max Greevey is typing the arrest report, the commander's name, Cragen, is shown as Craven. See more »


Hotel Worker: Fifty cents! I've been working hotels for 40 years, and I ain't seen a two-bit tip since those Kennedys been in office. You see what I'm getting' at? Then this duke asks me about getting a girl, and I tell him, 'A big tipper like you don't need no girl!'
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One Upper Crust Madam
20 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Some prosperous looking gentleman is found with a cracked skull and sustaining a heart attack in Central Park. The position of his underwear indicates he might have been having a recent sexual experience. At first it's assault that George Dzundza and Chris Noth are investigating, but it turns to murder after the victim dies.

It's a torturous investigation, but our detectives uncover a prostitution ring that is run by one upper crust madam played by Patricia Clarkson. And since she caters to the wealthy and mighty a lot of them have a vested interest in seeing she does not go down, at least to the criminal justice system.

Prostitution is the victimless crime some would argue, but Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks do find some victims and not just of the assault the deceased sustained at the hands of her driver Byron Utley.

Personally I would have taken the slam dunk conviction of Utley who they have dead bang. But that way we couldn't have gotten a story obviously based on the Mayflower Madam.

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