Law & Order: Season 10, Episode 3

DNR (6 Oct. 1999)

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Judge Denise Grobman is shot and seriously wounded when a man steals her car. Yet when investigation leads to a hired hit ordered by her husband, she vehemently refuses to believe in his guilt.

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Judge Denise Grobman
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Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the attempted murder of a prominent and highly respected judge, Denise Grobman. She was shot in her car having come home early and the evidence quickly points to her husband Walter as the man behind the killing. He has an alibi but McCoy is convinced he hired someone to make the hit as he was the only person who knew she would be where she was at the time of the shooting. Judge Grobman proves to be the major stumbling block however refusing to believe that her architect husband could do such a thing. McCoy realizes that she is key to ever getting a conviction but has to face Judge Grobman's decision to refuse further medical treatment - both her kidneys have failed and she is in constant pain - meaning she would die before the case could be concluded. Written by garykmcd

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Jack McCoy: At first I thought the cops were wrong; they weren't. Walter Grobman hired someone to kill his wife because he felt eclipsed. He's destroyed her life for no good reason. Why she's shielding him I will never understand, but I know my job: I'm going to convict this narcissistic son of a bitch.
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A Would Be Howard Roark
9 October 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This particular Law and Order episode struck a chord with me after I had seen and reviewed The Fountainhead here. In this episode a civil court judge played by Lindsay Crouse is shot and seriously wounded. She becomes a paraplegic afterward and since her kidneys are damaged, Crouse is put on dialysis. Long term prospects for her survival aren't real good.

Detectives Briscoe and Green develop evidence showing that the one who planned the whole thing was her husband, John Heard. Heard is a once promising architect who never became a big name in his field as his wife's legal career soared upwards. She was about to get a federal appointment when she was shot.

Developing the motive was interesting though. The detectives interviewed a former partner who said that Heard was a singular individual who pushed his own ideas regardless of what the client wanted. In doing so he put off any number of clients who took their business elsewhere.

Of course the other half of the episode dealt with Crouse's refusal to aid in any way the prosecution of her husband which led to the the whole issue of competency on her behalf.

But the husband's motive fascinated me in this one. It's like John Heard must have read The Fountainhead and took it to its logical outcome in his life as well as his profession. Jack McCoy quite accurately described him as a 'narcissistic S.O.B'.

The man truly thought he was Howard Roark and that's what happens to the Roarks in the real world.


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