A frustrated, over-stressed mother is charged with murder after starting a fire that killed her disabled son, but the case weighs heavy on Jack McCoy's conscience. Nora Lewin is introduced as DA Adam Schiff's replacement.

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A frustrated, over-stressed mother is charged with murder after starting a fire that killed her disabled son, but the case weighs heavy on Jack McCoy's conscience. Nora Lewin is introduced as DA Adam Schiff's replacement.

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The last of the original cast members, Steven Hill (as Adam Schiff), was replaced by Dianne Wiest (as Nora Lewin) in this episode. See more »

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About 31 minutes into show, title screen: St. Cassandra's Hospital 1779 THRID Street Monday, September 27 NOTE THE STREET --- THRID not THIRD. See more »

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Dr. Emil Skoda: She's very appealing.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Well, when she's released from prison, you can ask her out.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Duty of Care (2010) See more »

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The Unthinkable
22 August 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Dianne Weist's first appearance as the new District Attorney got off to a good start in this Law And Order story. We learn here that her background was in the special prosecutor's office that Rudy Giuliani used to head. In fact Mayor Giuliani makes an appearance to introduce her.

This episode is a gut wrencher. An arson fire is set and living above the business that is destroyed is a mother and her mentally disturbed child. It is the child that is killed and the mother charged with the crime.

The crime is one we don't like to think about. That is the biggest burden that Sam Waterston and Angie Harmon face in convicting Megan Follows. Egging them on however is Follows's attorney Nick Chinlund who is one of the most obnoxious lawyers you will ever meet on any show. This was the first of two appearances Chinlund made on Law And Order. On the second he was the 'victim' and probably even more obnoxious there.

Sam Waterston is truly troubled over this one.


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