Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A family man is shot to death inside a parking garage. Police soon discover the crime was not a random act of violence. Stone tries to get one of the suspects to testify against the other.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Cragen
Gil Himes
Victor Norris
Kelly Neal ...
Willie Tivnan
Meg Mundy ...
Helen Ralston
Homeless Man
Caris Corfman ...
Elizabeth Strickland
Forensic Scientist


Detectives Greevey and Logan investigate the shooting death of Alan Ralston who was killed in his parking garage after returning home from a party. His wife Janet Ralston survived the attack but was injured in the attack. There were many people on the street outside the garage but no one other than a wino will step forward. They do find a crack pipe and the wino identifies Willie Tivnan who admits he was there but didn't see anything. Greevey isn't sure they have the right guy. Willie is definitely a mugger but one who uses a knife and never a gun. As well, the Ralstons stolen credit cards have never been used. When evidence comes out that Janet may be having an affair with her financial advisor Gil Himes, they have another possible motive for the crime. She eventually claims she had nothing to do with the crime and that Himes acted on his own as she broke off their affair. Willie Tivnan provides the information ADA Stone needs to charge Janet with her husband's murder. Written by garykmcd

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23 October 1990 (USA)  »

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Based on the Charles "Chuck" Stuart case. In 1989, Stuart and his pregnant wife Carol were both shot. Carol Stuart died after her son, Christopher Stewart, was delivered two months early by cesarean section. The infant suffered seizures due to oxygen deprivation and died 17 days later after his father authorized discontinuing life support. The police suspected Willie Bennett (which led to inflamed racial hatred in Boston), but the case fell apart when Charles committed suicide less than three months after the murder on January 4, 1990 by jumping from the Tobin Bridge. His younger brother, Matthew, was able to clear Bennett by making a confession of his own and identified Charles Stuart as the killer. See more »


When Sergeant Greevey and Detective Logan are interrogating Willie Tivnan they are still carrying their side-arms, which is a major violation of police procedure. Whenever a police officer goes into an interrogation room with a suspect they are required to leave their guns locked in their desks, this is to prevent the suspect from grabbing a gun from one of their holsters. See more »


Detective Mike Logan: How many killers does it take...?
Det. Sgt. Maxwell "Max" Greevey: Take the bulb!
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Good Instinct
13 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Chris Noth who aged right before our eyes in the various Law And Order shows as Detective Mike Logan broke in with a real good partner. In this episode George Dzundza as Sergeant Max Greavey closes a a murder case and then gets second thoughts. He and Noth may have arrested a young kid with a crack habit who just doesn't feel right as a perpetrator because he never used a gun. Kelly Neal was in an apartment garage because he was smoking some crack and it turned out to be this scene of a murder. Hopefully he gets off the crack and sends nightly prayers to God for George Dzundza whom we know gets killed in the first episode of the following season of Law And Order.

Neal is an easy collar, but it doesn't feel right. But when Dzundza brings it up to Dann Florek his ulcer goes into overtime. Very discreetly and with a time limit he has Dzundza and Noth reinvestigate and sure enough wife Roxanne Hart and lover Bob Gunton planned the whole thing right down to him shooting her in a not vital spot to make it look like a mugging. Poor Neal almost fell into it just by being there.

When they get it right and both are arrested it becomes a lovely bidding war to see who sells out who first. For ADA Michael Moriarty and later Sam Waterston, this episode shows that a prosecutor probably should take a course in poker because it sure helps dealing with high price defense attorneys like Barton Heyman and Philip Bosco who was making the first of several appearances as a lawyer on Law And Order.

A really good episode from the earliest days of the series.

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