Law & Order: Season 14, Episode 10

Ill-Conceived (3 Dec. 2003)

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An illegal Mexican immigrant is accused of killing his wife's sweatshop boss because he was their baby's father. He claims, however, that his wife was forced to be his boss's surrogate mother.

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An illegal Mexican immigrant is accused of killing his wife's sweatshop boss because he was their baby's father. He claims, however, that his wife was forced to be his boss's surrogate mother.

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Detective Lennie Briscoe: [holding Maria's baby while she's out of the room] Just like riding a bike.
Detective Ed Green: Yeah well I think you're riding too hard, he's starting to drool.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Detective Ed Green: If you're thinking 'why does this baby have blue eyes?' then yeah.
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Was real justice done?
13 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Law And Order episode combined the two issues of illegal aliens and surrogate birthing into one episode where the husband of a woman carrying her former boss's surrogate child murder's the boss who is a factory owner in the garment district.

Sweat shop no, say his employees. The man wasn't a saint, but compared to some places it wasn't bad. Lots of money and his credit cards on the body so who would kill him and why?

It turns out that the widow Jacqueline Anderson was something of an ice princess and later makes a bad witness during Sam Waterston's case. The investigation by Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin yields up the fact that Agustin Rodriguez murdered the victim and his wife Zilah Mendoza was carrying the victim's baby as a surrogate.

It isn't until the very end of the show that we learn why. And the why is important as it might make the difference between Murder 2 and Manslaughter 2 which is what Rodriguez's defense attorney Roma Maffia is arguing.

In the end we're not sure if real justice has been done. The issues are so complex.

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