Law & Order: Season 9, Episode 20

Empire (5 May 1999)

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A businessman planning to build a new football stadium in New York City is on trial for murder. But the prosecution's star witness, a professional fundraiser who was having an affair with the victim, may have her own sinister motives.

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Katrina Ludlow
Kathleen McNenny ...
Mrs. Sanderson
Henry Woronicz ...
Mr. Hughes
Gerald Anthony ...
Mario
John Rich ...
Judge Richard Tabachini
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Julian Spector
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Ira Hawkins ...
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Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis investigate the death of Gilbert Sanderson who collapsed in the restaurant next to his townhouse. The medical examiner confirms that he died of a heart attack but also found 1000 mg of Viagra in his system. The man had a heart condition and had been warned by his doctors not to take Viagra. The detectives suspect someone may have slipped it to him. On the night he died, he had attended a fund-raising dinner hosted by Julian Spector and organized by Katrina Ludlow. After some sparring, Ludlow admits she was with Sanderson before he died but that he was fine when she left. She also tell the police she has evidence against Julian Spector. She's put into protective custody with Curtis as her babysitter but it may all backfire at the trial. Written by garykmcd

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At the time this episode was filmed and originally shown, Benjamin Bratt and Julia Roberts were a couple in real life. See more »

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When Katrina asks Detective Curtis about his wife, who has multiple sclerosis, they speak of it as if MS is a terminal illness. MS is not terminal. See more »

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Jack McCoy: [after Spector has been found guilty] We brought down the rhino, Adam. The system won.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: So how come he's the one doing the celebrating?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Bail continued pending his appeal, which could be two years from now.
D.A. Adam Schiff: That's not why. Don't you people read the business section? As of last night his bond for the stadium is fully subscribed.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: So killing Sanderson gave him enough time to get his finances in order.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Groundbreaking ceremony's next week. I got my invitation this morning.
Jack McCoy: A hollow victory, Adam. He'll...
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It looks like a heart attack
16 December 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A young mover and shaker in New York town staggers into a restaurant only half dressed and promptly collapses on the floor. Of course the restaurant is concerned with him eating any of their food and the liability issues.

All roads to a solution lead to Daniel Hugh Kelly, a billionaire Donald Trump like figure who might have had Mr. Mover and Shaker's cocktail spiked with Viagra. And the woman he was having an affair with do the rest.

That woman is Julia Roberts and at the time she and Benjamin Bratt were an item. Bratt's character Ray Curtis can occasionally be one self righteous prig and here Roberts finds him easy prey to seduce. On the witness stand Bratt gets taken down a peg by the defense when this is brought out. And Roberts herself has her character and possible guilt brought into the open.

Not the best story except as a vehicle for Julia Roberts and no one could blame Bratt for yielding in this instance.


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