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Family Business 

Two feuding daughters of a department store owner are suspects in a murder investigation. Both have motive and connections to the murder weapon, but getting a conviction on either daughter could prove to be difficult.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lennie Briscoe
Anita Van Buren
Adam Schiff
Anne Twomey ...
Jean De Baer ...
Laura Bergreen
Richard Venture ...
Douglas Greer
Bill Moor ...
Bill Patton
Paul Medici
Judge Grace Larkin
Victor Popov


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Richard Spiegel, CFO of a major New York City department. The company was run by Spiegel's wife Kate and her sister Laura after their father Seymour Bergreen retired. The investigation leads them to designer Paul Medici who it turns out was having an affair with Kate. He has a solid alibi for the time of the killing however. They subsequently learn the victim had consulted a criminal attorney and that Laura Bergreen may have been using employee pension funds to pay off the store's debts. When they locate the murder weapon, they find the gun was owned by Kate and had Laura's fingerprints on the barrel. Both sisters are arrested but there is no evidence of a conspiracy and little specific information to point the finger at one or the other. Written by garykmcd

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20 November 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Joseph Wiseman's final television appearance before his death on October 19, 2009 at the age of 91. See more »


There is a trial scene that takes place on Thursday, November 23rd. That would be Thanksgiving; court would not be in session that day. See more »


Detective Rey Curtis: What exactly is your relationship to Kate?
Jeffery Arbaugh: I'm her philosophical and spiritual exploration guide. And I feed the dogs.
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Bergren Family Values
23 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

This Law And Order story features the farewell performance of Joseph Wiseman who made his debut on the big screen in another police drama, The Detective Story. In that he plays a young punk. Here he plays the family patriarch, founder and part owner of a posh department store where during the evening hours after the store was closed his son-in- law is found murdered.

Wiseman is the father of two daughters the other one unmarried. The daughters fight a lot, but are of one mind when it comes to the family business. Wiseman has pretty much ceded control to the younger generation.

If this episode shows nothing else it shows the rich in addition to having the money to buy themselves out of trouble they also have the time on their hands to construct some foolproof schemes.

Don't ever be in the way of the Bergrens.

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