Law & Order: Season 4, Episode 11

Golden Years (5 Jan. 1994)

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A young woman is accused of starving her grandmother to death because she wanted to receive her share of the inheritance faster.

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Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Jan Miner ...
Edna Hodge
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Laura Bauer
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Denise Hernandez ...
Maria Gonzalez
Doris Belack ...
Frederica Meister ...
Eileen Bauer
Michael Ryan ...
Charlie Meadow
Paula Laurence ...
Mrs. Silverman
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An elderly woman is found dead in her apartment and there is evidence of a burglary. The victim's granddaughter tells the detectives that she had hired a live-in caregiver but she is nowhere to be found. When the caregiver is tracked down she claims to have been fired days earlier by the granddaughter. Written by Anonymous

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Laura and Fr. Frawley say that the Catholic Church doesn't allow Christian burials for people who died by their own hand. That is no longer the case; Canon law was changed in 1983 (ten years before this episode was made) to allow suicide victims to be given Christian funerals. See more »

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Adam Schiff: Young people get impatient with old people. Especially cantankerous ones.
Ben Stone: Oh yeah? Speaking from personal experience?
Adam Schiff: I'm a sweetheart. And I'm middle aged.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Mortal (2013) See more »

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28 November 2010 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

An eighty-two year old lady is found dead in her apartment. There are signs of a break in. Brisco and Logan track down the maid, who shied away from events for fear of being deported. They also contact the old lady's granddaughter who, it develops, starved the old woman to death, partly out of sympathy for a person in pain, partly perhaps for personal gain.

The plot isn't a simple one. It doesn't depict a Manichaean universe of good and evil. Everyone's motives are mixed. It's one of the things that made this such an unusual series. Religion plays a part too. Starvation was a preferable alternative to suicide, but whether this is a subterfuge by the defendant is impossible to determine.

As usual, story development are sketched in by a series of interviews, closely edited sessions by the cops, and occasional wisecracks about Brisco's alcoholism and Logan's love life.


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