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

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Donald Cragen (credit only)
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Laura Winthrop
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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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In keeping with the Law & Order (1990) system of having actors appear prior to becoming regular characters, Courtney B. Vance plays an uncredited assistant to the Mayor. He would return 5 years later in 1995 as another character in Law & Order: Rage (1995) and then 11 years later as prosecutor Ron Carver in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001). See more »

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

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Det. Sgt. Maxwell "Max" Greevey: He gonna make it?
Doctor: Nurse's pool says no.
Det. Sgt. Maxwell "Max" Greevey: How much is in it?
Doctor: Thirty bucks.
Det. Sgt. Maxwell "Max" Greevey: If they were sure, there'd be at least a hundred.
Doctor: He's got a chance.
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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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