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:
Tracy Thorne ...
Joyce Draper
Dr. Evodius Peters
Jim Bracchitta ...
Jason Goidell
Dr. Jack Clayburg
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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D.A. Arthur Branch: You're still here.
Jack McCoy: I'm writing my closing statement.
D.A. Arthur Branch: You're gonna take it all the way to the jury.
Jack McCoy: No reason not to. That tape was pretty damning.
D.A. Arthur Branch: That's your call, but a part of me wouldn't mind seeing this whole thing go away.
Jack McCoy: Me, too.
D.A. Arthur Branch: You know, this office has cut a deal with the likes of Jacob Lowenstein. We could do the same thing with Joyce Draper.
Jack McCoy: I'd be happy to if she'd allocute to what she did.
D.A. Arthur Branch: She won't?
Jack McCoy: I spoke to her lawyer, dangled the possibility. She won't accept any sort of ...
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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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