Law & Order: Season 5, Episode 4

Family Values (12 Oct. 1994)

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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:
Steve Martell
Maggie Conner
Defense Attorney Boden
Victor Raider-Wexler ...
Defense Attorney Wheeler
Anna Kathryn Holbrook ...
Christine Whitburn (as Anna Holbrook)
Victor Conner
Cynthia Hayden ...
Miss Vincent
Bill Cwikowski ...
E. Katherine Kerr ...
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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Great acting
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One of the L&O golden oldies with one of the best police/DA lineups: Briscoe and Logan doing the detective work and Jack McCoy and Claire Kincaid prosecuting the case.

Anna Holbrook has a supporting role in the episode, which is a real treat because she knocked it out of the park every time she was on L&O or SVU.

Sarah Paulson is also great playing the teen-aged daughter. I recommend watching this episode back to back with the 2010 season 11 episode of SVU called Shadow, where 16 years later Paulson plays another rich daughter.

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