A frustrated prison social worker is accused of taking the law into her own hands with a dangerous man whom she knew was violating the terms of his parole agreement.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anita Van Buren
Serena Southerlyn
Joyce Draper
Dr. Evodius Peters
Jim Bracchitta ...
Jason Goidell
Dr. Jack Clayburg
Dr. Jacob Lowenstein
Carla Lowenstein
Eleanor Hutchins ...
Ron Draper


A frustrated prison social worker is accused of taking the law into her own hands with a dangerous man whom she knew was violating the terms of his parole agreement.

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8 December 2004 (USA)  »

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The episode "Fixed" features a cameo appearance by Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen, however the opening credits mistakenly identify Cragen as a Lieutenant. (Cragen is, and always has been, a Captain in his entire run on the show). Subsequent rebroadcasts of this episode featured a fixed version of the credits where Cragen is correctly identified as a Captain. See more »


Captain Donald Cragen: Lowenstein was a coked-out crazy creep. He used Carla as a punching bag for years. Bruises, broken bones. By the time we got there, her jaw was so swollen, she couldn't talk.
Detective Ed Green: What about the little girl?
Captain Donald Cragen: She was black, blue, and burned. When I'm having a bad night, this is the one that comes back and haunts me.
Detective Ed Green: His P.O. said he had a son?
Captain Donald Cragen: Ezra. Two years old. Malnourished, neglected. Spent most of his time tied to the radiator like a dog.
Det. Joe Fontana: Parole officer also said that he's living on Long Island.
Captain Donald Cragen:
Detective Ed Green:
Captain Donald Cragen:
Det. Joe Fontana:
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References Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) See more »

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Public Service Homicide
7 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Other than Paul Newman playing Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler and The Color Of Money with a 25 year gap between those two feature films, I can't think of any players doing their roles 14 years apart as David Groh and Marcia Jean Kurtz as those battering and battered Lowensteins in different episodes of Law And Order 14 years apart.

Back in 1990 in an episode based on the Joel Steinberg case, David Groh was found guilty and went to prison for the murder of his little daughter and child abuse of his son. Marcia Jean Kurtz repeats her role as the battered spouse for whom the question of guilt and complicity still remain.

As Jacob Lowenstein, David Groh is run down in the street and Accident Investigation leaves no doubt this was quite deliberate. He loses a leg and eventually dies.

But even a public service homicide, a phrase I heard cops use about certain victims in real life, Jesse Martin and Dennis Farina still have to find the doer. It turns out to be a prison therapist Tracy Thorne who believes that Groh was conning her to get release. She's got good reason to think that it is so and she decides to do something about it.

No doubt she's one appealing defendant and Sam Waterston is going to have one huge task to get any jury to find her guilty.

You'll have to see this 14 year gap sequel to find out. It's an episode worth the wait.

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