Law & Order: Season 9, Episode 16

Harm (3 Mar. 1999)

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Carmichael aggressively pursues criminally negligent homicide charges against a group of greedy doctors and a medical supplies saleswoman after a patient dies in surgery under unusual circumstances.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Freed ...
Dr. Bill Rudnick
Mr. Delany
Dr. Peter Michaels
Dr. Jacob Weiss
Ellen Whyte ...
Claudia Panati
Mrs. Atkins
Mr. Gerard


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the beating of a retired divorce lawyer Kenneth Slattery who is found at home in his study having been struck on the head. Slattery was retired but was still doing mediation work pro bono so the police begin investigating some of the clients who came to his home office. Slattery had recently pulled an old file from his storage facility in a 15 year-old divorce case. It leads them to a case of a medical partnership that may have been involved in deficient medical practices that led to the death of a 35 year-old woman, Maureen Gerard. It turns out two of the doctors used a new piece of equipment that had not yet been approved by the hospital and allowed a pharmaceutical sales rep to operate the equipment rather that a qualified nurse. ADA McCoy wants to offer the doctors plea bargain but Abby Carmichael wants to take the case to trial. Written by garykmcd

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Dr. Bill Rudnick: That patient's care was my primary concern.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: 'That patient' had a name, it was Maureen Gerard. No more questions.
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"When Lennie Takes The Side of The Ex-Wife, I Know We Have Something There"
12 July 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the episode Harm when S. Epetha Merkerson gives that assessment of Jerry Orbach siding with an ex-wife you know you're in for an intriguing Law And Order story.

But this episode has Angie Harmon taking center stage and doing the investigation and taking the number one seat for a case she developed and believed in over Sam Waterston. This episode starts as an assault on a retired divorce attorney, then moves to a disgruntled ex-wife of a doctor who did the assault and that leads to a medical malpractice case that turns out to be Criminally Negligent Homicide. A really nice bit of writing on this episode had all these gliding together and making perfectly valid sense.

Harmon was always my favorite of all the ADAs who second chaired Sam Waterston. Her instincts get aroused, she does her own investigation and she discovers an incredible case of cover-up when these doctors perform laser surgery with a new piece of equipment they're not really familiar with and which in fact is being operated during the surgery by a company salesperson played by Melinda Wade. That's what gets her to court and a trial of these doctors.

It may have been Jerry Orbach's unexpected sympathies that started the ball rolling, but this fine episode belongs to Angie Harmon.

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