During the investigation into a wealthy publisher's death, the victim's daughter claims to be having a relationship with her mother's new husband.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lennie Briscoe
Anita Van Buren
Jack McCoy
Claire Kincaid
Adam Schiff
Steve Martell
Defense Attorney Boden
Victor Raider-Wexler ...
Defense Attorney Wheeler
Christine Whitburn
Victor Conner
Cynthia Hayden ...
Miss Vincent
Bill Cwikowski ...
Sally Markham


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the disappearance of Laura Madsen, a successful editor at a book publishing firm. Her car is found parked near a bridge with her shoes and other effects on the front seat. Her body is eventually found in the river and the medical examiner concludes that she was dead before she hit the water. The police initially suspect her ex-husband, Victor Connor, who of course denies having anything to do with her death. He has an alibi for the time she disappeared however. When they learn that her new husband Steve Martell is something of a philanderer he becomes their new prime suspect. Laura's 17 year-old daughter Maggie gives her stepfather an alibi and tells the police they were having an affair. He denies having the affair with his stepdaughter and determining just which of the two is telling the truth is is ADA McCoy's major challenge. Written by garykmcd

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12 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Chris Noth, as Det. Logan, has a scene with the victim's therapist, played by Mary Beth Peil. Years later, Peil had a recurring role on "The Good Wife" as the mother of Noth's character, Peter Florrick. See more »


Mike Logan: [speaking of a possible suicide] The East River? I'd ratrher swallow my gun.
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Featured in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Shadow (2010) See more »

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No limit to his involvements
30 January 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Someone dumps a body off the Manhattan Bridge into the East River and it turns out to be the wife of Stephen Shellen, contractor and quite the seducer. He's married to the victim and stepfather to Sarah Poulson and also involved with Poulson. And that's hardly the limit of his involvements.

It's either one or the other who is the doer though one might have been an accomplice or a witness. No way Poulson could have gotten her dead mother in a car and dumped her by herself.

I can't say what it is but Sam Waterston draws to an inside legal straight and might put his career in jeopardy with this one. In a similar situation in an episode where a daughter actually confessed to shield her guilty father, Waterston declined to take the route he takes here.

Look also for another of Shellen's involvements portrayed by Anna Holbrook. She has three very critical scenes.

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