Law & Order: Season 3, Episode 11

Extended Family (6 Jan. 1993)

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A Broadway producer's daughter is abducted from a department store. Later, she and her mother are found in a women's shelter. The mother claims that the daughter was abused by her father, but the daughter's accounts are inconsistent.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Primus ...
Gary Silver
Michael McGuire ...
Nicholas Teller
David Preston
Anna Kathryn Holbrook ...
Janet Silver (as Anna Holbrook)
Dr. Jenner
Ramona Stark, Ph.D.
Matthew Sussman ...
Alan Fischer
Lucille Rivin ...
Myra Fischer


Briscoe and Logan investigate a possible abduction of a young girl, Samantha Silver, who disappears from a crowded department when she is out shopping with her nanny. Her father is Gary Silver, a well-known Broadway producer. The case takes a major twist however when they locate the child with her mother, who claims she had taken the child because her ex-husband has been sexually molesting her. Her claim is backed up by several child protection advocates and a pediatrician's report that seems to confirm the little girl was molested. ADA Stone knows however that these types of cases are difficult to prosecute as they inevitably have to rely on the child's testimony. Written by garykmcd

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Strong portrayal of an important issue
14 May 2014 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I don't have a lot to add to Mr. Maxwell's review, and agree with him in most every detail. Just like to expand upon some key points he makes.

The issue of false-memory in children was all too common in the late 80s and early 90s. I saw it myself when a good friend was involved in a typically hostile custody battle over his daughter, who was even younger than the girl shown here. His daughter was brainwashed, in effect, to believe he had committed unconscionable acts which I personally knew him to be incapable of. Accusations of sexual abuse were, I would learn, practically pro forma in these cases even when there was no evidence, forensic or circumstantial, to support them. The Joyce van Patten character in this episode accurately depicts the hired guns who testified in such cases. I don't mean to dismiss the incidents of real sexual predation, but we've since found that many more cases are fiction than fact, and that many innocent people's lives were destroyed -- including the children's'.

Mr. Maxwell believes that Dick Wolf effectively copped out at the conclusion of the episode. I don't know what, if any, influence Wolf had in the decision to end the episode this way; I see he has a writing credit so I'm inclined to agree with Mr. Maxwell. But I do know that the conclusion was not at all unrealistic, however unsatisfying it may be dramatically. Many actual cases end in this manner, with the defendant winning the battle but losing the war.

The acting here is very good. Moriarty always excels at moral anguish, and he's rarely been better. Barry Primus plays the accused Silver with just the right combination of anger, indignation and residual guilt. Even little Madeline Zima does great as poor, tormented Samantha. Her scene with Carolyn McCormick is very strong.

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